PIERCETON – “Primitive art is doing hand made crafts with the look and feel of the early 1800’s” said Sally Reuter, organizer of Saturday’s Heritage Gathering Primitives Show and owner of Country Heritage Primitives 1860. “They’re made to decorate, for feeling simplicity and comfort in the home.”
The show starts at 9 a.m. in the Pierceton Elementary school. The 27 crafters, from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and South Carolina, have been juried to offer the finest handmades and antiques.
Especially at Christmas time primitive art has a lot of natural greenery, grapevines and pineapple motifs often painted with “attic” paint, a dry paint that looks like it was applied 100 years ago.
“There will be a lot of old fashioned dolls, homespun fabric, samplers, candles, punched tinware and Early American lighting,” Reuter said. “It used to be that antiques and handmades did not look well together, now we’ve learned how to make things look old, although we don’t sell them as antiques.”
“I have a motto,” Reuter said. “‘Primitives – for them it was necessity, for us it is our heritage.’”
Reuter, who lives in South Whitley, has owned the shop in Pierceton for six years. Before that she traveled to primitive shows for 15 years showing her wares.
The Pierceton Chamber of Commerce and Kosciusko County Visitors Bureau are co-sponsoring the show and Holiday Shop Hop.
The shop hop begins at 10 a.m. Participating stores are Sydow;s Antiques, Village Antique Gallery, Blue Pearl, Purrfectly Unique Design Studio and Boutique, Blue Lion Coffeehouse, Weckmuller Fine Chocolates, Lakeland Art Gallery, Clothing Carousel, Pierceton Art Gallery & Ceramic Studio and Country Heritage Primitives 1860.
Shoppers pick up passports at one of the named stores and have them stamped as they shop and brows the wonderful treasures Pierceton has to offer.
Once the passport is completely marked it is placed in a drawing with a chance to win a $200 grand prize.
The very popular horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., available for a freewill donation or canned goods for the local food bank. The driver will start at Pierceton Elementary School and give you a wonderful view of our town in a horse drawn sleigh. Dress warm.
The participating shops are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so join in the fun and begin or finish up your holiday shopping! Go ahead and Shop Hop till you drop! Don’t miss this fun-filled Saturday in downtown Pierceton.
For more information, call Sally Reuter, 574-594-3800.