Look Who’s Hanging Out in Market Square!

Pittsburgh Steelers legends Franco Harris and Joe Greene visit with Linda Barnicott at the Holiday Market in Market Square.

Despite the long hours and cold weather, one of my favorite parts of the Holiday Market is people-watching … looking out from my Chalet to see folks sharing the holiday spirit, shopping, and enjoying hot chocolate and live music.

At this time of year, Market Square truly feels like the heart of the city. Folks from all walks of life gather here to enjoy the Holiday Market. People not only from the many neighborhoods of the Pittsburgh area, but from many different cities, states, and even countries as well.

What do they have in common? I think it’s our love for each other and for this special season of joy, and I see it here every day. I may not be “Home” much lately, but being here in Market Square fills my heart with joy.

I just love hearing from people after they have received my art as a gift – it’s like the happy ending of a story… and who doesn’t love a happy ending?

This week I received a thoughtful email from Diane Cox, who asked me to send a print of “Meet Me Under Kaufmann’s Clock, Too” to her sister. What she said warmed my heart so much that I asked her if I could share it…

“My sister received her print yesterday. We had laughed and reminisced about our connection to Kaufmann’s clock. Thank you for making this nostalgic trip in time possible through your artwork! And thanks for putting the streetcar in the painting. Another Pittsburgh memory for our family.”

I also wanted to share a beautiful photo I recently received from JP Diroll, a dear friend who happens to be a very talented photographer. Here, JP is helping his little daughter hang one of my ornaments on their tree as she celebrates her first Christmas.

Pittsburgh Photographer JP Diroll and his daughter hang up a Linda Barnicott Christmas ornament on his tree.

The highlight of my week, however, involved a very special visit from an old friend. Franco Harris dropped by the Chalet this week, accompanied by his friend Mean Joe Greene (who in real life doesn’t have a mean bone in his body!).

Franco wanted to purchase a signed print of my painting “Franco Harris – The Story of the Immaculate Reception” for his friend, Joe. I came outside the Chalet to get a photo with Franco and Joe, and as you can see, I look awfully small between these two legends – big guys with even bigger hearts.

"Franco Harris - The Immaculate Reception Story" features Steelers legend Franco Harris in one of the most iconic moments in Pittsburgh sports history.

So as we were looking at the print, I said “Joe, let me tell you a little about this painting.” Joe asked, “Now what can you tell me that I don’t already know?”

I proceeded to give him some of the behind-the-scenes details of the painting, like…

  • How Franco and I were text buddies during the process of creating the painting. We were always texting back and forth about some tiny detail, like whether the color of his wristband was exactly right.
  • The reason I added Frank Sinatra and Myron Cope to the painting was because they were Honorary Generals in Franco’s Italian Army.
  • How I had originally placed the Game Ball in Franco’s hand as he returns to the locker room in victory… but I didn’t know they actually had lost that very important ball that day!

It was a lot of fun hanging out that evening with Franco and Joe and their lovely families. I’m in awe of how they were so giving of themselves, happy to spend time with their fans, smiling, shaking hands, and taking picture after picture with anyone who asked.

It just goes to show, you never know who you might run into in Market Square. Come on down and say hello!

Happy Holidays!

Special Visitors at the Chalet

Greetings from the Chalet in Market Square! … pretty much my home-away-from-home until December 23rd. With the frosty weather this week, I’m really glad I invested in some Arctic-grade long underwear! But one of the things that bring some sparkle to all those long cold days is the wonderful visitors who come to see me there.

First, of course, The Jolly Old Elf himself has been visiting with children in his Market Square Santa House, and he stopped by on his break to say hello. I have a feeling he just likes looking at all those paintings he’s in!

Then just yesterday, the Penn State Lion was passing by my chalet, and he practically flipped out when he saw the painting of Old Main on the top shelf. He couldn’t stop hugging me and thanking me for the memories it brought to mind. The video crew he was with even interviewed me about the Market!

But the most meaningful, heartwarming visit this week was with a young man named Michael.

It was a busy day at the Chalet last weekend, and I was signing art gifts for one of my customers when I noticed a young man looking in from the other side of my counter. When we made eye contact, he asked, “Ma’am, are you the artist?”

“I am,” I replied.

Michael explained that he had served in the Marines, and he’s now newly married and living in Boston. He was visiting with his Pittsburgh family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Years ago,” Michael said, “you gave me a free magnet because I was in the service. I brought that magnet with me when I was stationed overseas. It reminded it of home through all my deployments. Even in Afghanistan, it kept me thinking of home.”

“I just wanted to say thank you.”

I think my heart swelled to three times its size that day – to think that a little magnet of my painting, “My Hometown,” meant so much to this young man that he made a special effort to thank me.

It’s people like Michael who serve on behalf of those who don’t have a voice, who just want to have a normal peaceful life. I was happy to have the opportunity to say “Thank you, Michael, for putting your life in danger so that others may be free.”

So this holiday season, take a few moments and let someone in your life know how much a small gesture meant to you. You may just make their holidays a brighter, warmer time… like Michael did for me.

Have a great week, and if you’re in town, please stop by the Chalet and say hello!

P.S. – Treat yourself to an old-fashioned Christmas!

My daughter Brittany will be representing the Barnicotts at this year’s Christmas at the Village at Old Economy Village. We are participating for the first time with my paintings and gifts at this lovely show.

Take the family to experience a German Christmas of the 1800s with candlelit pathways and decorated buildings. You can even visit with Belsnickel – Santa’s Pennsylvania Dutch cousin!

Christmas at the Village will be open to the public from 2 to 9 pm on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 2 to 7 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Chalet!

Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year when I kick back and remember how grateful I am for all of you.

Every one of you has brought great joy into my life! Just knowing that you read my blog each week and you’re interested in keeping up with my family and my art career means so much to me. You are the reason I paint, whether it’s our beloved Pittsburgh, familiar landmarks… and of course, the Big Man himself, Santa.

So for this special holiday weekend – and that includes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, up until midnight on Cyber Monday – I’m hosting a sale on my website.

Anything and everything on my website is 10% off this weekend, with the added bonus of Free Shipping on orders over $100.00. Just enter the code GRATITUDE when you order.

P.S. –‘Tis is the season to be grateful for family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving from the Barnicotts.

Here We Go!

And so it begins…

We found all of the decorations. Then we bought a few more.

We boxed up hundreds of prints and giftware pieces, loaded them in the van, and brought them downtown.

All day long, we hung paintings, filled up my displays, and made sure everything was in place.

Why all the hard work? Because today is Day 1 of 38 days of holiday cheer at the annual Holiday Market in Market Square! The soft opening tonight (Thursday, November 15th) is mostly unadvertised. It’s sort of a dry run to make sure everything is in working order and the lights and decorations are ready for Light-Up Night on Friday (and of course for every day and every night after that until December 23rd).

Not many people know about the soft opening, so it won’t be nearly as busy as it will be tomorrow on Light-Up Night. Today’s your chance to enjoy the Holiday Market without the crazy Light-Up Night crowds that will be downtown on Friday.

Come visit me at my Chalet in Market Square today between 4 and 8 pm! You’ll not only avoid the crowds… but if you need more motivation, I’ll also take 15% off any purchase! Simply print out this blog post and present it at the Chalet. (The discount is available for today – November 15th – only.)

That’s right – everything that is in my chalet today is 15% off!

Not in town? Not a problem! I’m offering Free Shipping today for online orders. The banner is waiting for you on the main page of my website – check it out at www.lindabarnicott.com. Better hurry though – the free shipping offer ends at midnight on Thursday, November 15th.

I’d be happy to help you with your holiday shopping list. Hope to see or hear from you soon!

P.S. – If you think Santa looks excited about the Holiday Market, you should see Aria. She is all dressed up in her pink sunglasses to come downtown and visit Grandma’s chalet!

P.P.S. – Abigail and Autumn Update: Both babies are thriving and are still totally adorable in my completely unbiased opinion.

Ready or Not… Here Come the Holidays!

It seemed like Fall was playing games with us this year, and the leaves took forever to turn. But finally the fall foliage has arrived, filling our world with a plethora of beautiful colors. I was afraid we would miss out on that this year with all the unusual weather.

And now another sign of the changing of the seasons is coming our way…

It’s hard to believe, but in just one week, it’s time for my longest (and favorite) show of the year – the Pittsburgh Holiday Market in Market Square!

As they do every year, the Market will have a Soft Opening on the day before Light-Up Night. This year, that date is Thursday, November 15th. (Yes! That’s less than one week away!) Though it won’t be advertised, the Market will be open from 4 to 8 pm that evening. The reason for the soft opening is to test the lights and make sure all the bugs are worked out before the real Light-Up Night festivities begin.

Not many people actually show up because not many people know about it. So I’d like to invite you, my favorite customers, to join me downtown for a Soft Opening Jump Start Sale at my Holiday Chalet!  I’m offering a straight 15% off everything in my Chalet for my readers. Just print this email and bring it with you to my Chalet next Thursday between 4 and 8 pm. You can find me near the live stage.

What if you’re busy that night or out of town? I’ll save you the travel time and gas by offering Free Shipping on everything on my website for one day only – from 12:01 am, Thursday, November 15th, until 11:59 pm that night. Taking advantage of the one-day-only online free shipping isn’t quite as good as being there, but close enough! I’ll be happy to personalize your gifts if you just mention it with your order.

Many of you have asked about Santa’s schedule for the Christmas season. Listed below are the dates he will be at the Santa House in Market Square. Please bring your kids, your cousins, your nieces and nephews, your neighbors, your friends, your parents and grandparents, and especially YOURSELF and have a fun time together! If you purchase any of my Santa paintings, he may even be able to sign them.

11/17/18:             4 – 8 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
11/20/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
11/21/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square

11/24/18:             9 – 11 am, WPXI Holiday Parade
11/24/18:             4 – 8 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
11/26/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
11/27/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
11/28/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
11/29/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square

12/1/18:               4 – 8 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/3/18:               12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/4/18:               12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/5/18:               12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square

12/8/18:               4 – 8 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/10/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/11/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/12/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square

12/13/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/15/18:             4 – 8 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/19/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square
12/20/18:             12 – 3 and 4 – 7 pm, Santa’s House in Market Square

Before things get rolling at the Chalet next week, I have one more pre-holiday show on Saturday (November 10) at Bethel Presbyterian Church  in Bethel Park. I will be there in the auditorium from 9 am to 3 pm. If you’re in the neighborhood and want to check out a great craft show, please stop by!

Have a great week! I’m looking forward to seeing you or hearing from you this Holiday Season.

Catching My Breath

Today I’m at the Giant Oaks Garden Club’s “A Victorian Tinsel Christmas,” and I’m taking advantage of a little break in the action to sit down for a bit, catch my breath, and write a quick note to you.

I’m still playing catch up after last week’s very successful – and very fun! – Trunk Show and Studio Open House.

The folks who came by really seemed to enjoy both the evening and the daytime events. I’m very grateful for everyone who showed up and for the opportunity to spend time just hanging out and talking with everyone.

In fact, the event was so successful (and so much fun) that I believe I may make it an annual thing! So look for the Second Annual Trunk Show and Open House event next year at our new home/studio in Brentwood.

Tomorrow, Tom and I will be doing our “divide and conquer” strategy again – I’ll be spending the day at John McMillan Presbyterian Church (875 Clifton Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102), and Tom will be representing me at Christ United Methodist Church on Highland Road in Bethel Park.

Please stop by and see one of us (or maybe even both of us?) and kickstart your holiday shopping with a special gift.

Studio Trunk Show and Open House – This Weekend Only!

If you’ve been keeping up with my last few posts, you know I’m hosting my most unique and unusual event ever this weekend. My Trunk Show and Open House will take place at my studio this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Items for sale will include everything from originals, prints, and gifts to one-of-a-kind pieces, including some of my “oddities.”

Friday Preview Night (October 26th) will run from 7 to 9 pm and will feature 20% off everything in the show – INCLUDING ORIGINALS! – except “Super Savers.”

On Incentive Saturday (October 27th) from 10AM to 3PM, I’m offering percentage discounts – the more you spend, the greater the savings.

Sunday (October 28th) from 1 to 3 pm will feature unadvertised Mystery Specials that won’t be revealed until the day of the show.

There will be homemade cookies (not made by me, but sooo good), apple cider, dips, and chocolates to munch on (from my palette to your palate?) as you browse my studio looking for that perfect gift or addition to your home. Remember, originals will only be on sale (20% off!) at the Friday evening event. So if you’ve always wanted one of my original pastels, Friday evening is definitely the best time to visit.

I am so excited to invite you into my studio! But if you can’t make it or you live too far away, I’ll be offering an online special for this weekend only. Everything on my site will be 15% off… and if you spend over $100.00, you’ll also receive free shipping on your order! To claim your exclusive discount, type in the code SUPERSALE.

So hurry – Don’t wait! When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, the sale will be gone. Happy shopping!

P.S. – Don’t forget! If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to my email at linda@lindabarnicott.com. You’re welcome to bring friends – they don’t need to RSVP if they are with you.

P.P.S – In breaking Twins news, the girls have hit a milestone! They’re now 3 months old and over 9 lbs each! Aria loves her sisters, and the family is settling into the New Normal.

There’s a First Time for Everything

I’m super excited about the special event I’m hosting this weekend – because it’s going to be my most unique and unusual event ever!

My very first Studio Trunk Show and Open House will take place right here at my home studio on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 26th through 28th.

Items for sale will include everything from originals, prints, and gifts to one-of-a-kind pieces, including some of my “oddities.”

Here are the highlights:

Friday Night, October 26th, is Preview Night. From 7pm – 9pm, attendees will get 20% off everything at the show – Including Originals (I’ve never done this before!) – except “Super Savers.”

Saturday, October 27th is “Incentive Saturday.” From 10 am to 3 pm, I’m offering percentage discounts – the more you spend, the greater the savings.

Then on Sunday, October 28th, from 1 pm to 4 pm, I’ll be featuring unadvertised “Mystery Specials” that will be a secret right up until the day of the show.

This is a great opportunity to find something unique and special for the people on your Christmas list… or maybe just to treat yourself and buy that painting you’ve always wanted!

I hope you’ll join us for this fun event! Please RSVP by email to Linda@lindabarnicott.com.

Studio Address:  326 Turngate Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102

P.S. – I also have an important announcement that has been a long time coming.

Tom and I have discussed it for many months, and for various reasons, we have decided it’s time for him to change careers. At some point in your life, there comes a time when you have to look at what is in front of you. Though ministry will always be a part of who he is, and he will be listening to God’s guidance as he starts this next chapter, Tom will be retiring at the end of January.

Sometimes you just know when you make a decision that it’s the right thing to do at the right time. We know this is the best path for us going into the future for a number of reasons, especially with the birth of our new twin granddaughters.

Tom and I will be moving to a new home and studio in Brentwood at that time. I’ll fill you in on the details as things develop.

Celebrate Autumn with Me at Fort Ligonier Days

Have you ever been to Fort Ligonier Days?

Fort Ligonier Days is one of my very favorite shows of the year, especially with the beauty of the fall landscape and the wonderful people who always come to this event. It’s a fantastic all-day experience with great food and music, historical re-enactments… and of course, the finest art and gifts!

It looks like the weather on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be perfect for a day trip out to the country. I’ll be in Booths #16-17 in the Loyalhanna Lot located off South Market Street behind the fort. The show runs October 12th through 14th from 9 to 6 on Friday and Saturday and then Sunday from 10:30 am to 5 pm.

Come out and see all the wonderful new things I have to show you for the holiday season!

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Now on a personal note…

Tom and I are celebrating our 38th anniversary today, and this year I decided to surprise him with a very special and meaningful gift.

When we first got married, I commissioned a painting for Tom from a fellow artist and dear friend, Joe Stasny, who has since passed away. Joe was an amazing watercolorist and loved painting wet-on-wet – meaning that the paper is wet the whole time you’re using watercolor paints.

Wet-on-wet can be pretty challenging, as I know because I took a few classes from him. They say that in the watercolor field there are “Happy Accidents.” Well, I never had one of those, and I never was really able to master that technique.

Anyway, Tom loved Joe’s work, especially a painting he had entitled “Winter’s Eve.” So I asked Joe if he could make a morning version of it for Tom; hence, “Winter’s Morn.” After all these years, the frame was looking a little shabby (I didn’t know about acid-free or museum-quality framing back then). So for our anniversary this year, I surprised Tom with “Winter’s Morn” in its new frame.

It’s amazing how just putting it in a new frame has brought the painting back to life. So if you have a painting that you love that looks tired or beat-up, I encourage you to re-frame it, and you’ll enjoy it again as if it were brand new.

One last thing…

In just two weeks, I’m hosting my most unique and unusual event ever – my Trunk Show and Artist Open House will takes place here at my studio on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 26th through 28th. And of course, you’re invited!

Items for sale will include everything from originals, prints, and gifts to one-of-a-kind pieces, including some of my “oddities.”

Friday Preview Night (October 26) will run from 7 to 9 pm and will feature 20% offeverything in the show except “Super Savers” – INCLUDING ORIGINALS!

On Incentive Saturday (October 27) from 10 am to 3 pm, I’m offering percentage discounts – the more you spend, the greater the savings.

Sunday (October 28th) will feature unadvertised Mystery Specials that won’t be revealed until the day of the show.

Full details to come in next week’s email!

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So head out to Fort Ligonier Days this weekend and stop by the booth and say hi! I’ve packed up my van as well as my car without an inch to spare, and we’re heading out to Ligonier to begin set up as soon as I finish this.

Hope to see you there!

How to Be in Two Places at the Same Time

Every week I write an email to reach out to you and give you a glimpse of what is going on with my life, my art, and my dreams. So you know that this 2018 has been a year of great change for our family. With the birth of the twins, my son-in-law beginning a new job, and my oldest daughter starting a new career, we’ve been through so many transitions.

The Barnicotts are in a very different place than we were last year in a lot of ways. But there’s one thing I’m looking forward to, something that I find comforting in light of so much change, and that is the consistency of my fall shows.

Just a week ago, I was at Houlihan’s for Perfect Palette, a unique charity event. It was a type of art event that I’ve never done before, being in a restaurant and meeting and greeting people in a small, intimate setting. So many people came back to visit us in the private room to say hello and enjoy the creations of ten different artists. I met up with many old friends as well!

Then on Saturday, I will be in two places at once! How can that be? 

I will personally be at the Courtney-Laughlin Gallery in Beaver on Saturday from 10- 4, and Santa (yep, that’s right!) will be joining me from 11-3. For anyone who would like to learn a little more about my work, I’ll be giving a short talk/telling stories at 11, 1, and 3.

Of course, Santa and I will be happy to sign any of my Santa paintings and gifts, and you’re welcome to take a free selfie with the Jolly Old Elf himself. The Courtney-Laughlin Gallery is located at 531 3rd St, Beaver, PA 15009.

Because I have such a great “better half” (my amazing husband, Tom), I have the power to be in two places at the same time… so I will also be at the St. Thomas More Art and Craft Fair in Bethel Park from 9 to 3. Tom will have lots of my new art and gift pieces as well as a wide selection of my prints and giftware. The church is located at 126 Fort Couch Road in Bethel Park (15102) across from South Hills Village. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and tell him Linda said he’s doing a great job!

Hope to see you there!

P.S. – Remember to mark your calendars for my exclusive “Studio Trunk Show and Open House” the weekend of October 26th! More details to follow!

P.P.S. – Just a word to the wise… shop early for the best availability of your favorite pieces.