Local Amish folk art collection to be displayed at Goshen College

Exhibit: Amish Arts 1900 – 1940: from the Pottinger Collection
Date and time: Reception on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m. with a lecture at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Music Center’s Hershberger Art Gallery (June 4 through Sept. 16) and Harold and Wilma Good Library Gallery (Sept. 23 through Nov. 18)
Cost: Free and open to the public

A collection of local Amish folk art will be on display in the Music Center’s Hershberger Art Gallery from June 4 to Sept. 16, 2018, with a reception on Sept. 9 at 2 p.m., followed by a lecture at 3:30 p.m. The collection will then be remounted in the Harold and Wilma Good Library Gallery from Sept. 23 through Nov. 18, 2018. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit presents a wide range of domestic folk arts gathered from Old Order Amish communities in primarily Elkhart and LaGrange counties in north central Indiana. The exhibit includes items such as quilts, comforters, clothing, dolls, rugs, pincushions and sewing caddies, as well as several rare pieces of paint-decorated furniture - a chest of drawers, blanket chest, one-drawer stand - dating from as early as 1871.

David Pottinger
David Pottinger among his collection of Amish folk art

Thanks to a generous gift, these objects were purchased from the collection of David Pottinger of Goshen, of materials collected beginning in 1977. Other Amish collections from Pottinger are held by the Museum of American Folk Art, Indiana State Museum and Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

This exhibit is curated by David Pottinger and Faye Peterson, and is sponsored by the Goshen College Art Department and the Mennonite-Amish Museum Committee.

The Hershberger Art Gallery is located in the north lobby of the Goshen College Music Center at College Avenue and 12th Street in Goshen, Indiana and is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Harold and Wilma Good Library Gallery, located on the lower level of the Harold and Wilma Good Library on the campus of Goshen College, is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Hours vary during academic breaks, summer and holidays.