Semi-Famous Again!

This week I exceeded Andy Warhol’s predictions – I had a full 30 seconds of fame on KDKA’s “Pittsburgh Today Live” with Michelyn Hood!  This is the second year in a row that she’s stopped by my booth to see what’s new. Mikey loved all the great gift-giving ideas she found in my Chalet. She was especially enthusiastic about my new puzzles and commented on how much fun they would be to put together!

We’re off to a fantastic start at the Holiday Market this season. Since the show began last weekend, things have really been hopping!  I think folks are making up for last year by getting out and about to shop for the holidays… and perhaps to buy a few things for themselves. There have also been a lot of out-of-town visitors who are picking up some special memories to take home. It’s always such a pleasure to hear their stories and how my work reminds them of happy memories.

If you can’t visit me in Market Square over the holiday weekend, here’s a little something to help you celebrate! I’m running a special holiday offer on my website (www.lindabarnicott.com) with FREE SHIPPING for orders over $100.00. To claim your discount, enter the code Turkey21 at checkout. This free shipping offer is good until midnight on Cyber Monday. So if you can’t make it down to Market Square in person this weekend, here’s your chance to shop from the comfort of your home without paying extra for shipping.

Don’t forget – my puzzles, color metal gifts and candles all have limited quantities available, so shop early for the best selection!

From today until Thursday, December 23rd, I’ll be downtown every day. This year, Holiday Market hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Can’t wait to see you there! I am so grateful for each and every one of you.

Chalet Countdown!

 “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love/ Every song you sing seems to say, ‘Merry Christmas, may your New Years’ dreams come true!’”

“The Christmas Waltz” – Frank Sinatra

Don’t you just love holiday music?  That song honestly describes just how I feel right now. I think I’m truly at my happiest this time of year – as we say in my family, “all the way down to my heart.”

So after weeks of planning, stocking up, and setting up, I think I’m finally ready for this year’s Holiday Market.  The Holiday Market has definitely become my favorite show because there’s so much to love about it… being immersed in the holiday spirit… meeting many new friends and being reunited with old friends… and of course, hanging with Santa, who collaborated with me in creating my “Jolly Old Elf” series that gave a huge boost to my career.  Besides, all those long days in my little Chalet with family and friends are a great bonding experience – not to mention learning to dress for cold weather and developing resistance to frostbite!

It’s all good! No wonder I’m feeling festive already!

The Holiday Market officially opens on Friday (November 19) at 11 a.m., with Light-Up Night on Saturday.

My new puzzles and postcards arrived just in time to kick off the season. Also new for 2021 is a tote bag with my image of the Incline on it.  (More on that next time!)  In addition to lots of new items, I’m also well stocked with fan favorites. And as always, I’ll be happy to personalize or sign your gifts of art for you.

My beautifully decorated wooden chalet sits on the corner in Market Square closest to Starbucks. We’re surrounded by other chalets featuring wonderful gifts from local makers as well as artisans from around the world. The air will be filled with holiday music and holiday cheer!

Come down to Market Square and enjoy the holidays with me!  As an extra incentive to get you to visit in person, I’m offering a special deal at the Chalet on FRIDAY ONLY – take 12% off anything in my Christmas Shop. This offer is good anytime on Friday… just show me this post to claim your discount.

And for those who can’t make it downtown this weekend, I’m having an online sale on my website, www.lindabarnicott.com.  Just enter the code HOLIDAY at checkout anytime from now until midnight on Sunday.

Can’t wait to see you at the Chalet!

Puzzles and Postcards and Prints – Oh My!

It’s been quite an exciting week here at the Barnicott Gallery/Studio/Art Warehouse!

First, the much-anticipated art puzzles I was telling you about have arrived – just in time for my show at Bethel Presbyterian Church this Saturday in Bethel Park… not to mention the opening of the Holiday Market in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, November 19th!

Four different paintings are available in puzzle form – “Santa’s Woodland Christmas,” “All Aboard with Santa,” “Holiday Memories Under Kaufmann’s Clock,” and everyone’s favorite, “My Hometown.” Each puzzle is 1000 pieces and measures 20” x 28.” They will make perfect gifts for the holidays!

For those of you who are already on the waiting list, your orders will be filled first. For everyone else, it’s definitely better to order sooner rather than later – only a limited number of puzzles will be available this holiday season.

This year I’ll also be offering several new cards on my website as part of my Note Card Bundle. Now there are even more options to collect note cards with familiar scenes that mean so much to you! Check out the full collection at https://lindabarnicott.com/product/notecard-bundle/

But wait… there’s more!

Brand new postcards of eight of my paintings will be available for the first time at the Holiday Market. These aren’t the note cards I’ve always had, but a new product – actual postal send-through-the-mail postcards! Every year at the Holiday Market, there are a few people who ask about postcards. I tell them I have note cards, but they just say “no thanks” and explain that they collect the postal kind, like the ones you send to family and friends when you’re on vacation. I hated to disappoint them.

Then last month Tom and I returned to Ligonier for a fall outing, and Cindy from the Sweet Shop asked me if I had postcards of my painting “Silent Night in Ligonier.” I immediately knew this was going to be my next project!

I’ll have the puzzles and the new note cards and postcards at the Holiday Market, but please feel free to contact me over the phone or email if you’re interested in any of the above.

Meanwhile, my home is starting to look like a warehouse as we gather everything together for the show. But I really don’t mind; it’s all part of being a working artist, and I love it!

Just a reminder – I will be selling out some of my product lines this season. This includes my 100% soy candles and all of my color metal pieces such as ornaments, coasters, and mint and sandwich trays. Bookmarks, keychains, and Santa plates are also being discontinued.

Selection is limited to existing stock, so if you think you might want any of these before they’re gone forever, check them out on my website – it’s now or never! www.lindabarnicott.com

I can’t wait to play Santa’s Helper this year and help you pick out some perfect gifts to make Christmas even merrier!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Soon!)

There’s a special November tradition in the Barnicott family… and if you listen ever so closely come the First of November, you may hear the sounds of Christmas floating through the air.

Since Tom was just a lad, November 1st was their “official” first day to start listening to beautiful holiday music. When we started a family of our own, we kept that festive tradition of reflection and anticipation.

It’s also around November 1st (with the holidays right around the corner) that Santa shares his calendar with me every year so that I can share it with all of you. Though his spare time this time of year is pretty limited, he still comes to visit with the children of Pittsburgh at the People’s Gas Holiday Market and the Heinz History Center. This is a perfect opportunity to have your family photographed with the Jolly Old Elf himself, whom I’ve painted many times.  So if you have your children’s photo with Santa as well as one or more of my paintings of him on your wall, doesn’t that make him the real Santa by default?

(Scroll down to the end to see Santa’s 2021 Pittsburgh Holiday Season schedule.)

And speaking of Santa, my 2020 book, The Jolly Old Elf: Santa Claus Paintings by Linda Barnicott, is going to be reprinted in a few weeks; I have only a few remaining from the first run.  Last year I published a short run of the book, but with the pandemic we weren’t able to accomplish everything we wanted to.

One of the fun parts that I didn’t get to share with you last year was when Santa and I teamed up with some very talented people (including my daughter Brittany) to create a promotional video for my new book.   Santa and I had a wonderful time recounting our memories of creating each painting in the series. You could hear “Lights… Camera… Action!” throughout the evening, as it literally took hours to get enough good footage to develop this two-minute video!

Here’s the link to the video: https://youtu.be/gU9C8CkNXDo .

I want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your copy this year, so I’ve created a pre-order page on my website. Order now for Christmas delivery.

Also, don’t forget – I’m discontinuing my color metal pieces and candles this year. Orders will be fulfilled from existing stock on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the meantime, I’ll be at the Bethel Presbyterian Church Holiday–A–Fair on Saturday, November 13th from 9 am to 3pm. The church is located at 2999 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, and you can find my booth in the auditorium.

Can you believe it’s almost here??? I’ll be opening the following week on Friday, November 19th at the People’s Gas Holiday Market in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Market is open every day until December 23rd.  If you’d like to come see me in person, I’ll be in the same location as last year (near Starbucks), where I’ll be happy to personally sign your purchases.

P.S. – Here’s Santa’s schedule of appearances at the Holiday Market and Heinz History Center for 2021:

What’s New?

I had an absolutely wonderful time last weekend exhibiting at Fort Ligonier Days! Earlier in the week, we were concerned about rainy weather, but except for a few sprinkles on Saturday, it ended up being pretty spectacular.

I loved seeing many old friends there, and I even was able to meet some of the re-enactors from the fort.  Miss Alex and Mr. Constantine stopped by and told a hilarious story of how he had to catch a runaway chicken. Very believable, right down to his grass stains on his cloak!

In case you missed it, I’ve made it a lot easier to build your own custom note card bundles, just in time for the 2021 Holiday Season.

Now you can select ANY TEN note cards for $24 – it’s up to you! You can order all Santa themes, select your favorite Pittsburgh scenes… or just mix and match.  Choose ten different cards with your favorite designs, or ten of the same design for a special event or holiday.  Just click on the note cards you want, and the website will build your bundle in the grid on the other side of the page.  Have fun making your selections!  https://lindabarnicott.com/product/notecard-bundle/

Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles! Many thanks to everyone who has asked to be on the waiting list for my four new puzzles: My Hometown, Holiday Memories Under Kaufmann’s Clock, All Aboard with Santa, and Santa’s Woodland Christmas.  I placed an order for a new batch on Tuesday and hope to have them within five weeks – in plenty of time for Christmas gifts. They’re just the thing to help pass those long winter months!

Due to the limited number of puzzles available and because there isn’t a pre-order link on my website, if you’d like to get on the waiting list, please drop me an email at Linda@lindabarnicott.com.

Just let me know which of the puzzles you would like and provide your address and phone number so I can get in touch with you when they arrive.  Each puzzle sells for $35.00.

Despite the supply chain issues that have been such a problem lately, I promise you I won’t be raising prices this year. There are a few product lines that are being discontinued, and those items – primarily the candles and the handmade color metal pieces from Wendell August Forge – will be available on a first-come/first-served basis.  There may also possibly be an issue with my normal gold framing for the prints, and I’ll be looking for an acceptable substitute in the meantime.

The Bottom Line is… Shop Early!

Power to the Puzzle People!

Oh my goodness, what a week this has been! On Sunday I finished up a spectacular show at the Mt Lebanon Artists’ Market, and it couldn’t have been better! I am absolutely loving the shows this year. Everyone is so happy and very pleasant to talk to as they browse the artists’ booths. It’s always a pleasure to provide customers with something special for their loved ones (and just as often for themselves!).

For all of you who weren’t able to make the show, here’s the announcement for my cool new art collectible I unveiled there:

I had been thinking about how everyone was spending much more time at home since the start of the pandemic, and I read that board games and puzzles were selling like hotcakes. Then it occurred to me… why not create some puzzles based on my art?  I decided to give it a try it with two Pittsburgh scenes and two Santa Claus scenes.

 

Unfortunately, there was a long delay in the production of my puzzles because of COVID. Earlier last year, I had researched vendors who could make them, but no one was taking new customers, so I had to put that project on the back burner. I learned my lesson, and this year I started earlier.  I met the short window and was able to get my puzzles made.

But it came right down to the wire… they arrived on Friday night (three days ahead of schedule and just in time for the show)! I was delighted to see that they were well made and looked great.

I had started out with a small order of 64 puzzles, enough to make sure they were of high quality.  The Mount Lebanon Artists’ Market seemed like the perfect test market for the puzzles. I wondered “Will they sell? What will people think? And how many folks actually enjoy making puzzles?”

It turns out that I worried for nothing – my puzzles were a big hit! In fact, the Pittsburgh scenes are already sold out. I’m bringing what is left of the Santa Claus puzzles with me to Fort Ligonier Days this weekend. I’ve reached out to the company earlier this week about reordering, but I have yet to hear when they will be available again.  So for now, I’m not going to put them up on my website, but if you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please reach out to me via email, Linda@lindabarnicott.com.

Come see me this weekend!

I’ll be at Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, October 8th through Sunday, October 10th. My booth is located in the Loyalhanna Lot, about 1½ blocks down from the Diamond and right above the fort itself. Though I will only have one tent this year, you can find me at Booth 16/17.  Festival hours are 10 – 6 Friday and Saturday and 10:30 – 5 on Sunday. My booth will be well stocked with art and gift ideas for purchase. I hope to see you there!

One More Announcement…

Check out my website for a new product that I’ve been working on for quite some time – my new Note Card Bundles!  Select any ten cards for $24 to create your own custom bundle. Order all Santas or pick your preferred Pittsburgh scenes. You can mix and match ten different note cards from your favorites or select all ten of the same image.  Just click on the first card you want, and it will build your bundle in the grid on the other side of the page. Have fun making your selectionshttps://lindabarnicott.com/product/notecard-bundle/

It’s Showtime!

It looks like fall has finally arrived, and with it comes my busiest season!

Last week, I had my booth set-up at the Ebenezer Covered Bridge Festival, and I have to say it was another phenomenal show! To all of you who came out to see me, your support is much appreciated. It always puts a smile on my face and in my heart.

Next up is the Mt. Lebanon Artist Market this weekend on October 2nd and 3rd. My art booth (#214) will be located in the in the Academy Avenue parking lot. The closest address for your GPS is 620 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh 15228.  Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

This show always features exceptional talent, and every year I’m impressed by the beautiful creations of the artists who are accepted into the event. Also, the food trucks are really good and offer a diverse selection with something for everyone! Let’s pray for sunny weather, no wind, and a big turnout!

Now for some big news…

I’m releasing a new product line soon – it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for about three years, and it’s finally happening!  I’m very excited to tell you about it, but I’ll have to keep you guessing for just a little while longer.  All will be revealed soon!

P.S. – Looks like I was spotted along Route 6 in Northern Pennsylvania!

Years ago, I took a painting trip along Route 6 and created several pieces from beautiful towns and scenes along the way. Dear friends of ours were traveling and stopped at the Pennsylvania Visitors’ Center near Tioga near the New York border. They thought it would be fun to send me this picture, and I wanted to share it with you, too.  It was a delightful surprise!

“Evening at Ebenezer Covered Bridge”

Sending out a big thank-you to everyone who reached out to wish me well in the art workshop I attended last weekend. Your good wishes paid off in many ways! Quite honestly, I never know what I’ll learn when I attend a workshop, but gathering together with other pastel artists is always inspirational.

In my spare time, I worked on a new piece, hoping to finish it in time for this weekend’s upcoming show at the Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival. It must have been all those creative vibes flowing – not surprisingly, it turned out to be the perfect time to be “in the zone!”  I finished the painting yesterday morning and rushed it straight to my printer. I hope to have it up on my website ASAP.

In the meantime, here’s “Evening at Ebenezer Covered Bridge” as a work-in-progress:

“A summer evening at Mingo Creek Park will inevitably bring you to the historic Ebenezer Covered Bridge. Whether by trail or winding road, experiencing this classic bridge with a gentle stream beneath it will take you back to a simpler time.” 

I love the tranquility of this early-evening painting, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

I’ll have a few of the 8” x 10” prints available at my booth this weekend. For those of you who are coming out to the show, keep in mind that it will be mostly “cash-only.” I know it’s inconvenient, but there’s a perfectly good reason for it!  Because Mingo Creek Park is in a valley, I’m usually unable to connect to the server required for credit transactions. The good news is that there’s an ATM set up there for your convenience.

The Washington and Green Counties Covered Bridge Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It’s a lovely show with lots of vendors and great food and entertainment. Come out and see me and spend a lovely day in the country… and maybe even take a walk along the rocks and dip your toes in the creek! I hope to see you there!

Art Runs in the Family

I grew up in a very creative family. My father was a Jack-of-all-trades, and our family is full of musicians and artists.  For most of them it was a hobby, though there were a few who were able to make it a profession. I, of course, received the art gene and have been blessed to fulfill my childhood dream of making a living through my art.

Many family members of the younger generation have also found ways to express that gene and make art a part of their lives.  Brittany has discovered her inner artist since the start of COVID.  I cherish each and every one of her creations, though I have to keep telling her that I’m not saying her doodles are good just because I’m her mother!  My younger daughter Alyssa is a schoolteacher and a wonderful mom, and she too has been exploring her artistic side. She enjoys creating décor for her classroom and sketching just for fun.  My nieces, Amy and Laura, were homeschooled, and they developed their art talents with beautiful renditions of life, love, and faith.

Laura and her little family are off on a new adventure, and her art is the road that will help lead them there. Their dream is to adopt a child from the foster care system, and they’re hoping to find a girl between the ages of 6 and 10. Their son Riker is very excited about the possibility of having a sister to share his life.  They’re a loving family, and I have no doubt they’ll be the perfect home for some little girl.

Laura is selling her artwork, with 100% of the proceeds going to fund the adoption – canvas prints, framed prints, posters, tapestries, t-shirts, notebooks, and more! I hope you’ll consider one of them for your home or as a gift.  If you know someone who might like her work or would want to support their journey toward finding a daughter, I would be grateful if you would help spread the word.

I love my niece’s art!  My personal favorite is the Family Tree Print (as shown in the poster above). I hope you will also enjoy Laura’s work.  Just follow this link to check it out –
https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/laura-kudey/shop

As for me, I’m just beginning to work on a new commission piece. I only take a few commissions during the year, and it will feel good to be painting again.  I’m also looking forward to announcing some new fun items of my own… coming soon!

P.S. – All my granddaughters are now officially one year older! Aria is now 5, and the twins Autumn and Abigail have reached the advanced age of 3! And (this is the big and)… they all started school last Friday!!! Oh my, get out the tissues!

Seems Like Old Times

The Barnicott family just had an amazing weekend at Picklesburgh on the Seventh Street Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh. Maybe it’s because we’re so out of practice, but it seemed like more of a marathon then our typical show. Nevertheless, we were delighted as countless old and new friends stopped by to say hello and to browse and purchase my work.

We quickly sold out of a brand new item that I created especially for Picklesburgh – two exclusive Picklesburgh stickers. One was “Pickle Fun in Pittsburgh,” and the other was simply the giant pickle balloon that I painted in “The Pickle is Back!”
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Who knew stickers could be so much fun?  Many customers bought them to decorate their notebooks or laptops, and one fella said he bought it to add to the “art gallery” on his refrigerator!

The vendor next to me had a fabulous display of painted fruits and vegetables and also sold stickers. She said she had actually been selling them for some time, but for the last year and a half, her stickers have been selling like crazy! So you may see more stickers at my shows in the future…just for fun!

Picklesburgh was my first show in such a long time, and I am most grateful for the opportunity to get back out there and have face time with people again!

Mark your calendars! 

My next show will be Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th at the Washington & Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival. My tent will be set up at the Ebenezer Covered Bridge located in Mingo Creek County Park. More details to come!

Just a heads-up: As we move into the coming holiday season, I will be selling out of some favorite gift items. More on that soon. So if you’re looking to get an early start on your holiday shopping, visit the “Collectibles” section at www.lindabarnicott.com