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Star Barn (Highspire, PA)

Star Barn (Highspire, PA)

This oil painting, Star Barn, is of a historic barn on Route 283, approximately eight miles southeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The barn, stone house and surrounding buildings have been local landmarks in a traditional Pennsylvania-German culture.  The style of architecture is Gothic Revival, also known as Carpenter Gothic.  Other names for the setting are Walnut Hill, Jordan Farm, Hoffer Farm and Nissley Farm.  The man responsible for the architecture was Colonel John Motter, a successful businessman during the Civil War.  In 1872, he bought the 164-acre farm.  In the center of the painting, notice the details in the three-level bank barn used for hay threshing, a granary, equipment storage and shelter for cows.  The third level, below the cupola, is used as an additional hay mow.  The immense cupola is topped off by an octagonal spire and bannerette weather vane.  The gothic-arch and star-shaped louvered windows are intended for light emission to the interior, ventilation and decoration.  In the painting, there are two silos.  Today, only one stands because the second one caught on fire.  To the left of the very symmetrically-shaped bank barn is the carriage house/corn crib.  Notice the cupola and the octagonal spire with a horse and buggy weathervane.  Behind and to the left of the carriage house/corn crib is the chicken house with a roof shaped with eight gables and a dovecote beneath each peak.  Behind it is the limestone house which is the oldest structure on the farm.  A wooden addition is attached to the north wall of the stone house along with a summer kitchen.  To the right of the bank barn and behind the large tree is the pigpen.  While working on the painting,   the artist worked from life, took hundreds of photographs, did detailed sketches, had interviews with the owners of the property and studied a master's thesis from a Pennsylvania State University graduate student.  Recently, this painting was credited in thesis by a student working on his master's degree.  The piece is masterfully painted and the prints are almost retired!!!  The painting was unveiled at the artist's gallery in 1991 by Lancaster County Commissioner, James E. Huber.  In 2008, the Harrisburg Magazine featured this print in an article, Columbia Artist Creates and Restores.  This print is available as a limited edition, open edition, poster and as a collectible.
ORIGINAL FOR SALE - $45,000.00 - Oil On Masonite
            Size - 14" x 21-1/2" - Signed and Dated 1991
950 Signed & # Prints (S/N)           95 Artist Proof Prints (A/P)
Print Size 11-1/2" x 17-3/4"             Print Size 11-1/2" x 17-3/4"   
#1 Print - $750.00                           #1 A/P - $1,000.00  SOLD
#2 Print - $500.00                           #2 A/P - $750.00  SOLD
#3 Print - $250.00  SOLD              #3 A/P - $500.00
#4 S/N - #950 - $150.00 each        #4 A/P - #95 - $225.00 each
         $175.00 to have the artist remarque your print.
         Both of the limited series are almost retired!!!
Poster Prints
14-1/2" x 22-5/8"  $95.00 each
Open Edition Prints
10-1/4" x 16"      $40.00 each
6-1/2" x 10-1/4"  $20.00 each
4" x 6-1/8"          $10.00 each
       Matting and framing available upon your request.

Prints available in all sizes.

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Hermansader's Victorian Mansion & Art Gallery
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