Past Quarterly Programs

Apr 17th 2010 Quarterly Program


Matthew McKeeby, The Berlin Limner, will give a presentation titled, “The Life of Limner: Folk Art Painting, Portraits, and Decoration in the Northeast” on Saturday April 17, 2010 at 4pm. The presentation will be held in the Harvey House on the grounds of Old Austerlitz Village, the home of the Austerlitz Historical Society on Route 22 in Austerlitz. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation. This event is part of the Society’s “Odd Saturdays” program and is free and open to the public.

What is a limner you ask? A limner is simply an artist or painter, although the term has come to be used specifically in reference to painters in the North American Colonies who worked during the 18th and 19th centuries. Limners once travelled the countryside providing any and all painting services. The Berlin Limner has revived that tradition, offering a range of classic American folk art reproductions, originals, and decorative services.

Since the late 1980’s Matthew McKeeby has been crafting the very best quality oil-on-canvas reproductions of the works of great American folk artists, specializing in the world of Edward Hicks and the decorative painting style of Rufus Porter. About his work, Matthew says, “I really enjoy connecting with folks who enjoy the American folk art aesthetic and recreating the feeling of life in that earlier period. There was a real sense of limitless possibilities then, so much to be learned. Of course, just making art is a joy too.”

Matthew is a current resident of rural Berlin, NY. He grew up near Binghamton, NY and also lived in southeastern Pennsylvania. He has a BA in English from the University Of Pennsylvania, an MAT English from Union College and is a Teacher of English and Theatre at Averill Park High School. He is an Advisor to APHS Off-Broadway Players and Director of over thirty productions. He is self-taught as a painter in the limner tradition; all types of utilitarian and decorative painting in the manner of mid-19th century artists. You can find out more about Matthew at his website or by phone at 518-658-0987.