Shaker Woods Shakerwoods Festival Columbiana, Ohio
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As the owner of Buttermilk Hill, Jan Skibo is in her 34th year of participating in arts and crafts show...and how far she’s come! What started as a way to earn extra money for a son’s braces, has become a full time career for her and her husband Al.

Jan dabbled through those years with quilting, doll making, and painting country wood pieces before finally finding that special niche that fulfilled her. It fulfills her to the point of painting 14 to 16 hours a day and still craving more! She very often can’t stop herself and paints through the night.

While on a road trip to the Lancaster, Pa. area years ago, Jan fell in love with the quaint charm of saltbox houses and fields of grazing sheep. They inspired her to paint a few pieces that sold immediately. Laughing now when she see photos of those early works, she has actually kept one to remind herself to keep pushing and stretching herself as an artist. “An artist always needs to push herself to continue to improve,” she says.

Jan was a double major, art education and English, while attending Edinboro University on art and academic awards. After her freshman year, she decided to follow her sister’s lead to concentrate exclusively on art. Her sister taught art, Jan married and started a family.

“My unique art is what I call New England folk art and is my blend of primitive and country. Lots of “sheepies”, saltbox houses, and Georgian style houses fill my work. Slightly whimsical, if you look closely, you may see a spider spinning a web in a tree, a crow munching on a cherry, or a naughty sheep tugging on a clothesline full of quilts. I may not have time to quilt anymore, but I do paint them!” she laughs.

After Al cuts and prepares her surfaces, usually wood, she paints as her mood directs. Each “house” painting is an original, one of a kind. The piece is then distressed, antiqued with a walnut oil stain, and clear coated for protection.

Last year she was honored by being offered a contract to have her work published by Penny Lane Publishing and is very pleased that prints of her originals are now being sold in art and framing shops throughout the United States and internationally. “It is exciting to see the prints being sold in Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, and the latest, France. At this time we are expecting the release of six new prints for sale,” she says.

“Imagine the surprise, while browsing on Facebook, of seeing one of my prints being used as the cover art on The Country Register of Maine. The publisher in Maine very kindly mailed a copy to me. It all still feels very surreal to me when I see my name on Amazon or Ebay or online in dozens of stores. When I was introduced by my publisher, I was introduced alongside Billy Jacobs...a huge country artist!”

Jan says, “We do many quality shows each year, but Shaker Woods is where we take most of our special pieces. We work hard to find vintage goods to paint such as chairs, grain boxes, ice skates, old enamelware, kitchen scales and nail kegs. You never know what you might find painted at our booth!”

Of course, along with the vintage, Buttermilk Hill always offers their beautiful originals as well as unique gameboards and hand painted primitive signs that take from 9 to 12 layers of painting to achieve that antique look. Each piece they offer is finished with a walnut oil stain for a richer patina, and is clear coated for protection.

Buttermilk Hill offers goods priced from $4 to $200 and is located in booth 105.

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