Breaking news! I am excited to announce the installation of a draft horse protection sign at the peak of their barn on the fairgrounds of the Common Ground Fair. The sign, a contribution by the Penobscot Chapter of MOFGA,
was designed and painted by Jj Starwalker for the chapter. We are please to be able to share the work and support both our local chapter and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. I will also be demonstrating the drawing and painting of the signs both Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, at the Common Ground Fair. Stop by and see me!
Hexenmeister (hex master) is the painter of traditional
Pennsylvania Dutch (actually Deutsch or German) hex signs,
commonly found at the peaks of barns in Pennsylvania and
the surrounding area. These circular hex signs have much
mystery, myth and confusion surrounding them. I was taught
that they were "painted prayers," invocations
and petitions made visible, asking God for the blessing
of protection for home and farm, good fortune, abundance
and prosperity or inviting guests to be welcome.
many folk arts, their roots are not clear. This site is
devoted to the art, magik and practice of designing and
painting these symbols of my Pennsylvania "Dutch"
heritage, the tradition in which I was taught and the directions
in which I have taken it.
"You have done outstanding work!" K.W. -- Delaware
" It is beautiful and we LOVE it! We will have a little ceremony following your instructions and carefully place it on his chosen place of display. It was a pleasure working with you!! Thank you so much. " N.K. -- Alabama