“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
I arrived at Barnyard Art Gallery & Studio a little early so I took time to sit quietly and gaze at the peaceful farm scene surrounding me in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A large St. Bernard dog loped over to let me know he’d seen me coming. A little while later I was warmly and openly greeted by Elva Hurst. After chatting with her and seeing her studio and retail space, it was apparent this woman is filled with amazing grace and multi-talented artistic gifts. Her painted items, canvases, as well as books and dvds are everywhere. Her publications tell her story of faith, life transformation and living in a community of Anabaptists (Mennonites and Amish).
A little while later a bus group from Ohio filled her barn auditorium to see a demonstration of Elva’s artistic talent first-hand. As I sat witnessing her Chalk Art Talk, “Hymn Histories,” I thought how the spirit could not have been more alive in Lititz, Pennsylvania. There before my eyes within a 45 minute period a beautiful pastoral landscape by a world-class talented artist was created. As she sketched Elva told the backstories of some classic hymns sung in churches through the generations. At times she and the audience broke into song with a few verses of familiar tunes. A number of my favorites!
(Elva Hurst’s completed demonstration from the Chalk Talk)
In my mind the Barnyard Studio space is there for great purpose – to inspire others by the art Elva produces and teaches. My soul was restored by the simple messages of faith she told.
(Barn filled with all sorts of Amish/Mennomite creativity)
(Elva’s studio space for teaching art classes)
If you are ever in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania region do stop by and take in one of Elva’s Chalk Talks. Check the event calendar on her website and make reservations for your group. Check out her wide variety of programs. I promise you will be stunned by this woman’s talent. You will not be disappointed!
(below- Elva’s books and DVDs. Her son and daughter have their own publications as well.)
And lastly, Sew the Heart is now available for purchase at Elva’s Barnyard Art Gallery and Studio.
Do return to SowtheHeart.com. In upcoming posts, I will share with you more about Lititz, Pennsylvania designated as “One of the Best Small Towns in America.”