Anna Weaver, Amish Folk Art

Ms. Anna Weaver’s work reflects everyday life and memories of her childhood in a typical Amish community. Examples of subjects are sugar house, wash day, milking time, ice skating, covered bridge, spring plowing, and winter logging. She started painting Amish scenes on slate and smooth fieldstones gathered while clearing fields for planting. Most of these pieces were no larger than a softball.

A local restaurateur noticed her paintings in East Branch Books, a used book store in Sherman, and commissioned her to paint a mural along the full length of one wall in a dining area. With no prior experience in mural art, she produced an Amish scene that measured 30 feet by four feet and depicted a farmhouse, sawmill and an Amish school with children playing in the yard.

Something Unique Gallery and Frame Shop then asked Ms. Weaver for the opportunity to display and sell her work. She brought in several saw blades of various sizes and shapes with typical Amish scenes painted on them along with a few acrylic on canvas pieces.

Noted collectors of fine folk art noticed her work immediately, and most of her original pieces sell almost as fast as they come into the gallery,” said proprietor Bob Rogers.

Ms. Weaver is a young Amish mother originally from Spartansburg, PA, and now living in Western New York. Her education was the typical eighth-grade level schooling in small one- and two-room rural school buildings. Since Amish schools offer no formal art training, she is self-taught, and her works reflect her own talent and abilities. Encouraged by her mother, she started painting around the age of 16, concentrating on her favorite subject at the time, horses.

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