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In the early 2000s, while staying in a rural bed and breakfast in Licking County, Ohio, a lonely deteriorating barn, called out to artist and retired dentist, Robert Kroeger. With roof sagging, boards missing, and in obvious disrepair, it captivated his eye. Suddenly a voice whispered, “Paint it and write about it.” The message was like a lightning bolt that hit him between the eyes. Almost immediately, it ignited his Ohio Barn Project, which has taken Robert to more than half of Ohio’s 88 counties, including Hancock County, where he has painted barns, talked with owners, and written stories about each structure. Kroeger’s thirteen Hancock County paintings are on exhibition at the Museum until the 2019 Barn Tour in September.
Dr. Robert Kroeger’s impasto oil paintings of Hancock County barns will be auctioned off in September 2019, with proceeds benefiting the Hancock Historical Museum. Silent bidding will begin at the museum on Thursday, September 5th at 10am. Bidding will take place at the Hancock Historical Museum through Friday, September 13th. Bidding will continue at the 2019 Historic Barn Tour on Saturday, September 14th at 10am, and will culminate that day at 4pm. Interested buyers unable to attend the Historic Barn Tour on September 14th may submit a proxy bidding form with the Hancock Historical Museum anytime between September 5th and September 13th at 4pm. Proxy bidding forms are available at the front desk of the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky Street, Findlay, and must be completed in-person, or by calling (419)423-4433. A minimum bid of $100.00 will be placed on all paintings. Bids must increase by an increment of at least $25.00