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This original oil painting portrays an Amish farm in Michigan. The farm belongs to a very good friend. The quiet, isolated, serene beauty in Amish life comes to life in this painting. The barns, house, and old school house are covered with snow during the harsh winters. Smoke can be seen coming from the chimney adding a little warmth on this extremely cold day.Michigan has a long history of Amish settlement, with the first Amish settling in the Great Lakes State in 1895. Today Michigan's Amish population numbers approximately 11,000.
Michigan's 86 Amish church districts are scattered over 35 settlements, from Hillsdale and Branch Counties in the south, to Mackinac County in the Upper Peninsula.Amish Barn Raising
Community Support is Very Important to the Amish of Lancaster County. Here Amish Men Get Together to Build A Barn for a Neighbor in Need
An Amish barn raising is an important example of the selfless practice of assisting one's relatives, neighbors and community through life's many hardships that characterizes the Amish people. It is such close-knit devotion and loyalty that has protected the community over the generations.
The Amish religion emphasizes the necessity of brethren to bear the burdens of each other. As we have seen, Amish culture depends on its survival upon the closeness of its community in opposition to the hostile forces of the modern, world.
This commandment to help one another for life through financial ruin, disaster, fire, and sickness is even more important in light of the fact that the Amish routinely refuse governmental aid programs, farm subsidies, or other national assistance.
When a fire strikes and destroys the barn of a member of the community, neighboring farmers come from all around bringing tools, hay, and other articles to help the family in need.
As the fire is extinguished and the ground cools down, neighbors immediately begin to remove the debris. Within a matter of a day or two, two or three hundred Amish men and boys unite and rebuild the barn.
The Amish women also help by preparing and serving food to the hungry workers. Amish children also assist by running errands for the adults.
If money is unavailable to purchase supplies and lumber, the congregation steps in and buys whatever is required.
In fact, the Amish barn raising experience becomes a social occasion bonding the families and neighbors in mutual assistance. Tragedy is turned into hope, and joyful playing can be seen among the children.
If for any reason FAA chooses not to make prints of this painting, please feel free to contact the artist, Jan Dappen directly.
The FAA watermarks will not be present on any prints or the original painting.
August 15th, 2013
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