Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs


Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Designs

These Pennsylvania Deutsch Hex Signs, Mennonite, Amish, Hutterite Folk Art, have been enjoyed for many generations by people around the world who have mounted them on their sheds, homes, barns, garages, above doorways, in workshops, and many other locations. Based on the original hex designs of centuries ago, Otto Werner's Mennonite hex designs have been reproduced as canvas prints, art prints, posters, metal prints, acrylic prints, art cards and throw pillows. Now you can collect your favorites and hang them in a grouping in your country kitchen, sunroom, bathroom - anywhere that you wish your decor to have the warmth and homey atmosphere that this traditional folk art inspires!

The entire hex collection would make a fantastic display in your deli, cafe or restaurant! A country folk art decor would complement the "down home country cooking" establishment that offers basic home cooking that "schmecks"!

Art Prints/Products With Hex Sign #15

This is Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Design #15 in a series of 18 hex signs for sale. For prices, sizes, information about art prints, posters, art cards, canvas prints, acrylic prints, framing, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, tote bags, phone cases and more ...

Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite Hex Folk Art Design Prints




In the 1980's, my dad, Otto Werner (1923 - 1991) was commissioned to design and paint a series of 24 panels to be mounted as part of the Waterloo Heritage TIME TELLER GAZEBO (following image) that illustrated some of the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex designs featured on many of the old Mennonite barns in the region. Each of these unique hex designs was incorporated into the gazebo design directly under the eaves. He also painted a different mural in each of the four dormers of the gazebo rooftop.

Shown here is the star and tulip design enclosed in a strong family circle. The star was a symbol of good will to all in Mennonite culture and tulips symbolized faith and hope. This is #15 of the 24 Mennonite barn folk art hex designs of the TIME TELLER GAZEBO which is now being offered as reproduction canvas, acrylic and art prints - an excellent addition to your country or contemporary kitchen decor! Add warmth and that homey feeling to your cafe, deli or restaurant with a collection of these favorite folk art designs!

Art Prints/Products With Gazebo Photo

Following is THE TIME TELLER GAZEBO in Waterloo, Ontario. For prices, sizes, information about art prints, posters, art cards, canvas prints, acrylic prints, framing, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, tote bags, phone cases, more ...

Waterloo Heritage Time Teller Gazebo Art Prints

I took the above photo of this gazebo in the summer of 2014. This prominent iconic octagonal gazebo in downtown Waterloo, Ontario called the TIME TELLER was built in the 1980's as a proud reminder of the rich heritage of Waterloo region in Ontario. The glass-enclosed core of the gazebo holds a display of brewery items and beer steins that represent the annual Oktoberfest held here. It also houses a clock which originally was to be powered by the steam produced by nearby Carlings Brewery and/or Seagrams Distillery which was founded in Waterloo in 1857 by Joseph E. Seagram. After changing ownership many times over the years, in 1997, the Seagram Museum, formerly the original Seagram distillery in Waterloo, was forced to close due to lack of funds. The two original barrel houses on the site are now the unique Seagram Lofts condominiums. Sadly, due to lack of funds after the brewery closed, the steam clock was never completed.




Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Folk Art Design #15



painted by
Otto Werner

Art Photography by
Hanne Lore Koehler



Mennonite Barn Folk Art Prints

An important part in the culture and traditions of the German settlers that created their new home in America and Canada in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were the folk art style designs referred to as hex signs. The Pennsylvania Dutch decorated their farmhouses inside and out with these hand-painted geometric designs, painting them on many household items, above doorways and on their barns. The elements that make up the designs all had special meanings from the individual colors and patterns to the birds or "Distelfinks", hearts, leaves and stars. It was their belief that these designs would bring blessings and good fortune to the home and family in the form of good luck, fertility, love, happiness, good health and many other desirable wishes.


Hanne Lore Koehler:

To all the outstanding contemporary artists below who took the time to visit my website and comment on my work, I am deeply touched by your generous comments and warm welcome into the international community of artists hosted by Fine Art America! Your overwhelming support and selfless promotion are heart-warming. I am honored to get to know you through your art.

Comments by other artists:

Doug Kreuger
A fascinating description, Hanne! I used to wonder about the meaning behind these symbols when I spotted one from the highway. Brings back memories of past road trips I made through Pennsylvania. Thanks! L&F

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