DescriptionA 'circuit,' nowadays is called a 'charge,' was a geographical area that encompassed two or more local churches. Local Methodist pastors would met with their bishops annually for appointment to either a new circuit or remain at the same one, most often they were moved to another circuit. Once a pastor was assigned a circuit, it was his responsibility to visit each church in his charge at least once a year in addition to possibly erecting new churches. Because of the long distance between churches, the preachers would ride on horseback. They were called 'circuit riders' or 'saddlebag preachers.' They traveled with few possessions, carrying only what would fit in their saddlebags. They traveled through wilderness and villages, they preached every day at any place available such as peoples' cabins, courthouses, fields, meeting houses, later, even basements and street corners. Unlike preachers of settled denominations, Methodist preachers were always on the move (most circuits were so large that it would take 5 to 6 weeks to cover their assignment). This is what boosted Methodism into the largest Protestant denomination at the time; bringing the church to the common people. This is Festus Krause as the famous Marcus Wittman.
This piece measures 16 x 20, medium is traditional oils on Claybord, gesso-coated Masonite.
Denny Karchner, New Port Richey, FL Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Denny's passion and love for "pencil and paints" are gaining him increased notoriety among museums and private collectors. Over the last several years, Denny has worked closely with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming and has had art included in their Annual Art Auctions. In the Fall of 2005, Denny had two pieces accepted into the prestigious "Booth Western Art Museum" for their permanent private collection. Those pieces are "Horse Capture" and "Chief Tosh~A~Wah." In 2008, the Booth purchased another piece from Denny of Jim Dunham who is one of the directors at the museum. In 2006, the family of the late, great Curt Gowdy commissioned Denny to paint his portrait which is the only portrait ever done of him. Lastly, Denny has been hired by Art Rooney, Jr., owners of the 2008 NFL Superbowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers to paint many of the old Steelers from the 1940's on up to the 1970's Super Bowl Teams. In 2008, Mr. Rooney purchased Denny's pencil study and the oil painting of Pittsburgh Steeler, Troy Polamalu. He donated the pencil study to the John Heinz History Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and he donated the oil painting to the NFL Hall Of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. What an honor for a "Lifetime Fan" and former resident of "The Steel City."
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows): 2005, Bay Area Artists Exhibit, Tampa, FL 2006, Progress Energy Gallery, New Port Richey, FL 2007, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery, Solo Exhibition, PA 2007, NFL Hall Of Fame, Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Canton, OH 2007, Senator John Heinz History Museum, Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA 2007, Sacred Buffalo Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Cody, WY 2008, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Annual Art Auction Exhibition, Cody, WY 2008, Senator John Heinz History Museum, Pittsburgh Sports Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA 2008, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery, Alumni Exhibition, PA ___________________________