If I had to describe myself with one word it would be artist - a visual artist and an artist with words. My artwork is included in Ohio Online Visual Arts Registry. I'm working with various galleries in the Midwest to promote my oil paintings and abstract light photography.

 

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Hocking Hills – Antiques

Antiques may be cheaper in the country *

© Becky Linhardt 2012

 The Hocking Hills area of southeasternOhiois known for its natural beauty – trails to hike or mountain bike, lakes to canoe or kayak, and lots of rustic cabins, inns, and state parks where you can escape to enjoy a bit of quiet.

 Artists like the area and withOhioUniversitynearby there is an emphasis on the arts that might be considered a bit unusual for this area ofOhiothat is considered to be part ofAppalachia.  The Hocking Hills area is also becoming known for good quality antiques at reasonable prices. On a cold winter day or even a rainy day during the busier summer season, there are antique malls and shops to explore – indoors.

 Recently I visited two of the antique malls in the area. Most items were priced well, good values. It wasn’t as though I needed anything more but I was charmed by a few small items and finally bought a cast iron skillet ($30) that had the right weight and just needed to be “seasoned.” My aunt pointed out a small weaving to me – cotton with wool that might or might not be Native American it could be a Turkish kalim.  I liked the price ($20) and the colors though I was not sure where it would fit in my home but I found the perfect place draped over a leather pillow on an ottoman.

 Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center, 13178 St. Rte. 664, Logan, OH 43138 phone:800-462-5464 or www.1800HOCKING.com

 Spring Street Antiques, 26782 US Hwy 33, Rockbridge,OH 43149 phone: 740-385-1816

Logan Antique Mall, 12795 St. Route 664 S, Logan, OH 43138 phone: 740-385-2061

 * DESIGN INSPIRATIONS

 A hand-carved, walnut-stained wooden bird ($5), a small wooden Arts & Crafts pencil cup ($7) and a few other little treasures made this a delightful shopping experience that allowed me to add some “accessories with memories/stories” to personalize my living space.

See also my essay on Design Investments: Shopping for Antiques

Colors get jumbled when so much “stuff” is placed in close proximity.  Colors that you may not have thought of placing together catch your eye.  Watch for and pay attention to those “Ah, Ha” moments.  Mine came when I spotted a red and green-gold rocking horse (shown above) near a neutral brown basket. I did not buy the toy but I took a photo and stored the color idea for another time.

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