Upon his retirement from Marathon, Fred Warren fulfilled a lifelong desire to use his mechanical engineering skills to build his own violins. He studied the art of violin making with a nationally renowned luthier and soon began making his own instruments. He owned and operated Fred Warren’s Violins for many years where he made and repaired violins and violas in the basement of his house at 625 West Circle Drive in Findlay. His patterns, one violin, and a collection of photographs taken by Dave Hanson were recently donated to the Museum. We wish to remember this talented man with an unusual post-retirement occupation.
The Ohio Barn Project: Hancock County Barns by Robert Kroeger
February – September
Barns represent the heart of America, and the old ones are bleeding. So many barns, so little time.” - Robert Kroeger, artist and writer.
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, when the paintings will be auctioned off to benefit the Museum.