February 23, 2024


12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Mennonite Life Community Room



Paint an 18th century fraktur Easter rabbit image in a 6×8″ grain painted frame. The piece will be ready to hang in your home by the end of the class!

The custom of the Easter rabbit and colored eggs was brought to America by immigrants from southwestern German in the 1700s. This delightful image is attributed to Berks County schoolmaster Johann Conrad Gilbert (1734–1812) who emigrated from Germany in 1757.

All supplies will be provided for this workshop. No experience is necessary. Please register for this event by February 16.

In the case of inclement weather on February 23, this workshop will be postponed to Friday, March 1, 2024.


Artist Bios

Jim King has been grain painting since 1995, and teaching classes for ten years. He began by purchasing old blanket chests in disrepair, rebuilding damaged wooden parts, adding appropriate hardware, and then graining the piece with traditional oil or vinegar glazes.

Lynn Sommer has come to understand traditional fraktur folk art of the Swiss Mennonites and PA Germans as a form of storytelling. The art form’s 16th and 17th century Dutch and German inspired motifs and fraktur lettering surround records of birth, baptism, and marriage with treasured spiritual mottos, verses, and poetry. She continues this tradition with ink and watercolor. Many of Lynn’s fraktur pieces incorporate a hymn or melody inspired by a person; others are inspired by a historical tradition. More information about Lynn can be found at



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    Lancaster, PA 17602 United States
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Did You Know?

The sandstone used for the Herr House was quarried on-site.

Christian Herr was a prominent leader in the 18th century Mennonite Community. Years after his death Lancaster Mennonites were still referred to as the Christian Herr Party.

Indigenous Peoples taught the Herr family and other Mennonites how to hunt game, clear heavily forested land, and how to identify native plants.