November 26, 2021
By Chelsea Reed
Need a quick little inspiration while you celebrate the biggest feast of the year? These fun and comforting art pieces are a wonderful pick-me-up! Step back in time to cozy gatherings and Thanksgiving traditions with memorable art as you prepare for your loved ones this special time of the year. We’ll share with you some of our favorites.
Few things remind us of Thanksgiving like the bounty of a good harvest. The medium of this piece is oil on linen board, and it details some groceries back in the day. From colorful pumpkins to flavorful garlic, it looks like this home has everything it needs to make a memorable meal. All that’s missing is the turkey!
The Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving would not have been a success without the kindness of fellow Native Americans. In that spirit, this oil painting celebrates the daily life of Native Americans from centuries ago. Their resourcefulness and respect for nature are to be admired. These two certainly know a thing or two about traveling light in their hopes for a good hunt!
If you ever wondered what Thanksgiving was like just after President Lincoln made it an official holiday in 1863, it might have been served from a kitchen like the one in this oil painting. It’s actually a replica of a Roanoke Island farmhouse in the 1800s. What sorts of delicious meals would be made here?
Who would have thought there was American football in the 1800s, too? Now considered a Thanksgiving tradition, the first-ever football game was played by two college teams in 1869, and it looked a lot like this wood engraving featured in Harper’s Weekly on November 26, 1887. The rules were much like rugby today… Only with no mouthguards or helmets!
Ah, the good old days. This oil on linen board piece captures a thoughtful moment. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on past memories along with enjoying good company in the present. Could this woman from simpler times be preparing herself for the big day? Perhaps Thanksgiving meals from older times weren’t as simple as they are cracked up to be!
A cozy fireplace is a wonderful way to say “welcome home!” to visiting family and friends. In America’s early years, a hearth was the home’s “grand central station.” It was not only a welcome sign but a stove and a home heater too. The hearth in this oil painting definitely looks like a good place to be!
Who says only humans get to have Thanksgiving fun? The raccoon family in this lacquered oil painting certainly looks like they are having a great time. Are they anticipating for those Thanksgiving scraps to be wheeled out to the curb? We’ll know by sundown!
Speaking of American traditions, you’ll want to get ready for Seaside Art Gallery’s Modern Masters Art Show! From November 27 to December 31st, the theme of this show is all about the Carolina Shores. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!
Chelsea Reed is a copywriter who writes winning content, articles, blogs, and websites from her base in North Carolina. She might not be building sandcastles or swashbuckling with pirates these days, but the Outer Banks beaches continue to keep her young at heart.
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