SoDennisHeritageArts

Hand-made and Hand-Painted Folk Art

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Announcement    I have been listed in the Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts since 2017. This honor is bestowed on artisans who work in traditional media, styles, and crafts and is a juried selection. The directory is sponsored by Early American Life magazine and can be viewed at https://www.ealonline.com/directory/index.php

Be sure to visit my professional website, www.joanberkey.com, to see other townscapes that I have done and learn about my process. You can also see an index of the New Jersey etchings that I can paint, as well as view the mid-1800s books, with etchings, for neighboring states. I can do ANY custom order, using current photos, historic etchings, and/or historic photos.

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Last updated on Jan 19, 2022

I have been listed in the Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts since 2017. This honor is bestowed on artisans who work in traditional media, styles, and crafts and is a juried selection. The directory is sponsored by Early American Life magazine and can be viewed at https://www.ealonline.com/directory/index.php

Be sure to visit my professional website, www.joanberkey.com, to see other townscapes that I have done and learn about my process. You can also see an index of the New Jersey etchings that I can paint, as well as view the mid-1800s books, with etchings, for neighboring states. I can do ANY custom order, using current photos, historic etchings, and/or historic photos.

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About SoDennisHeritageArts

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I'm an architectural historian with over 30 years of experience researching and writing about historic buildings. Most of the buildings I've studied are in New Jersey, but I'm also familiar with those in neighboring Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York.

I'm also a folk artist, an avocation that I set aside while raising my two children and having a full-time career working with historic buildings. Now that the kids are grown and on their own, I have more free time and have returned to my interest in American folk art.

I took folk art lessons from my mother, Ruth Berkey, who was an Early American Decorator and a long-time member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. From her, I learned false-graining, primitive painting, tole, and theorem painting (stenciling on white cotton velvet or paper). I also took lessons in drawing and oil painting from several other instructors and focused on realistic paintings inspired by the American greats of John Singleton Copley and the Peale family. In my historic townscapes, I combine my two passions of folk art and architectural history.

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    I took folk art lessons from my mother, Ruth Berkey, who was an Early American Decorator and a long-time member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. From her, I learned false-graining, primitive painting, tole, and more.

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Last updated on Jan 2, 2017

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