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The Pennsylvania Belsnickel

When German immigrants from the Rhineland came to the Pennsylvania area in the 18th century, they brought along their Christmas traditions of the Christmas tree, exchanging gifts and folk lore including “Pelznickel” or fur clad Nicholas.

Published Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 in Chalkware.


Artist Proofs Now Available

As we are full into spring, we’ve uncovered some great artist proofs now available. Artist Proofs are the first pieces painted before numbered production.

Published Friday, May 8th, 2015 in Chalkware.


The Legend & Lore of Pére Noël

Although Pére Noël was originally depicted wearing a long robe with a wicker basket, he is now dressed similarly in fashion as the American Santa Claus.

Published Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 in Chalkware.


The Legend & Lore of Christkindl

Vaillancourt Folk Art is proud to create a chalkware piece dedicated to the legend and lore of Christkindl; the gift giver, introduced in the 16th century.

Published Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 in Chalkware.


The Legend & Lore of Zwarte Piet

In Holland, Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) is the assistant to Sinter Klaas and is part of the annual feast of St. Nicholas on Sinterklaasavond, the evening of December 5th. Zwarte Piet is dressed in an elaborate Renaissance costume and traditional believed to be a Moor from Spain. Other stories give his origin as a slave Read More »

Published Thursday, December 18th, 2014 in Chalkware.


Historic Vaillancourt Chalkware from the Museum Vault

The museum vault has been updated with some “new” pieces that have recently been discovered while decorating for our Christmas opening. It’s amazing to see the progression that Vaillancourt chalkware has undergone throughout the 30 years that we’ve been making Christmas. In the early days, the pieces used a simplified palette and underwent an aging Read More »

Published Thursday, October 16th, 2014 in Chalkware.


Legends & Lore: A New Chalkware Club

Judi Vaillancourt is proud to present her newest Chalkware Club, “Legends & Lore.” You have, of course, heard of Santa Claus and St. Nicholas. But do you know Ashen Klaus, Weihnachtsforman or Zwarte Piet? These are just a few of the Christmas gift givers that Judi Vaillancourt has been researching for her new chalkware series. Read More »

Published Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 in Chalkware.


The Girls Are Ready for Halloween

Each year on Halloween, girls and boys find the perfect outfit and begin the trek up and down the streets of the neighborhood in order to find the best treats. At Vaillancourt Folk Art, the Ghouly Girl made that trek alone last year in the hopes to make the most of the holiday. This year, Read More »

Published Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 in Chalkware.
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