The work of Dr. Robert Kroeger, southern Ohio artist and author, resonates with Judy Campbell, artist and partner in Bridge Street Art Works.
Kroeger’s rustic paintings of the most rustic of subjects, agricultural barns, hang in the Ashtabula gallery. Priced between $150 and $600, Kroeger’s art of buildings that once housed animals will raise money to house humans.
Habitat for Humanity is the benefactor of the paintings, which Bridge Street Art Works’ partners agreed to exhibit and sale. Indeed, Campbell says she’d buy the whole collection if her resources allowed. Both the subjects and artistry appeal to her.
“I love the fact that he has such stark detail in them,” Campbell says. “It is refreshing and it is not contrived. You can it is straight from his eye.”
The paintings came about from Kroeger’s visit to the county several years ago and a tour of the rural landscape he took during that time. He painted a number of the barns in southern Ashtabula County, including the octagonal barn in Monroe Township.
Kroeger’s Ohio Barn Project has a mission of “preserving Ohio history . . . one old barn at a time.” He travels the state painting and writing about the old barns that have survived shifts in agriculture and society. He often donates his paintings, framed in original barn wood, to a nonprofit in the county where he painted the works.
The paintings are offered in the Bridge Street gallery, 1009 Bridge St., Ashtabula.