I had another really fun weekend with friends, collectors, and the wonderful staff at Berlin Creek Gallery in Berlin, Ohio. Gallery owner Nancy Tarzan always gives her collectors and me a total Amish experience during our shows, including an authentic Amish dinner at the home of an Amish family. Last Thursday night’s dinner was at the home of David and Esta Hershberger in Berlin, and it was outstanding.
Berlin Creek Gallery’s wonderful team, L. to R.: Nancy’s daughter Alysha, me, Tracy, and owner Nancy Tarzan.
We had a large turnout for our Amish dinner at the home of David & Esta Hershberger in Berlin, OH. They provided a wonderful dinner.
Friends come from near and far to spend the weekend with me and one another at The Miller Haus B&B. Jay and Gloria Beppirman drove all the way to Ohio from Ridgeway, Virginia, to spend the weekend. The Miller Haus is so comfortable, warm, and welcoming for all of us. Our Berlin Creek Gallery group takes up all the rooms and books a year in advance. We laugh a lot and get to know one another more with each show. We have breakfast together each morning; and, on the Saturday night, B&B owners Daryl and Lee Ann Miller and innkeepers Ed & Francine Beres make a special dinner for us. The whole staff takes such good care of us.
Tina Francis, pictured in my lap, and her four friends stayed at The Miller Haus, too. They were such a joy and a lovely and lively addition to every meal.
After Friday’s show, we toured the Behalt Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, followed by dinner at the Farmstead Restaurant. Our tour of the Center featured Behalt, which is a 10-foot by 265-foot circular mural painted by artist Heinz Gaugel. “Behalt” means “to keep, hold, remember.” The oil-on-canvas cyclorama depicts the long history of the Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites, using artistic techniques of line and color to illustrate multiple stories in a vast timeline. It took Heinz Gaugel thirteen years to paint the mural!
Our group also toured the Center’s pioneer barn. Behind us is a restored Conestoga wagon that brought early settlers from Pennsylvania to the region.
Our tour guide explained to us that the buggy I’m pictured in front of is not a “courting buggy” as most people think. It is just an open buggy used in the summertime and warm weather and put away in winter. It was so elegant—I loved the wheels!
Our tour guide was excellent, and we all enjoyed it. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites, I recommend a visit to the Behalt Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center.
This weekend I’ll be showing with King James Galleries of Winchester (Va.) at the historic Edinburg Mill in Edinburg, Virginia. Our show will coincide with the Edinburg Ole Time Festival. Gallery manager Marian Sempeles and I will release my newest giclée of the area. Home Sweet Home-Edinburg, VA depicts three historic Edinburg landmarks, including the Hotel Edinburg, the Edinburg Mill, and the Edinburg Train Station.
Home Sweet Home-Edinburg, VA depicts the Hotel Edinburg, the Edinburg Mill, and the Edinburg Train Station. The giclée will be released September 20-21 during my show with King James Galleries of Winchester, which will be held at the Edinburg Mill. For more information, please contact the gallery at 540-869-9025.
The first day of fall is next week. Happy fall!