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Fireboards (Large Limited Edition Prints)

Historically, for the warmer months when a large fireplace was not in use, freestanding art would often be placed in front of the gaping hole of the hearth. These were known as fireboards and often employed various folk art techniques, including stencilling. Honoring that tradition, we call these large prints Fireboards even though most people hang them on their walls.

These were the first complex stencils we tried, using ten different hand-cut stencils to lay down ten semi-transparent colors with the end result of 30 to 40 colors total achieved by overlapping different colors. We stencil directly onto birch veneer plywood. Each print is signed by A. Michael Shumate, the original artist, as well as initialled by the stenciller, in the same way engravers used to sign their works as well as the original artist.

Our pictures (32" x 24") are framed in a two part ship-lap folk style frame and come ready for hanging. Our editions are of a run of 500. Once that number is reached, the stencils will be retired permanently.

Fireboard Limited Edition Print over a Mantle
Country Summertime

Country Summertime

A farmer plows his field as a horse and buggy head towards a bridge, a mill and a large yellow Island home where a woman pumps water and her chickens, pigs and sheep graze nearby. A train crosses the bridge over a river where a man fishes in a small boat. In the background cattle are in the field and we see the core of a village: the blacksmith, the general store and a church.

$300.00

Country Summertime

City Street

A horsedrawn firewagon rushes to a fire, steam pouring out of the pump. The trumpeter warns all to get out of the way. A boy tries to keep up as bystanders stop what they're doing to gawk. One man steadies his horse while the butcher looks on. A barrister from the firm of Sneak & Finnagle is distracted from his reading. An artist even looks out instead of at his model who we see silhouetted in the next window. At right a woman is distracted while watering her window boxes and a man below is surprised by unexpected rain. At the far left a couple are blissfully ignorant of all the comotion as they kiss, but the tobacconist missed it all, having gone fishing.

$300.00

Click the link at right to see a video of "City Street"

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Country Summertime

Winter Holiday Evening

Adults and children enjoy an evening of moonlit skating as sleighs of relatives are heading to Grandma's house where she stands on the porch with Grandpa, ready to greet them. The beautiful Christmas tree invites all to celebrate. In the village beyond are other homes warm and snug in the crisp winter night.

$300.00

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