Updated: Jun 2
The Ottawa County Historical Society will feature painter and writer Dr. Robert Kroeger at its first Scholarship fundraising event Friday, June 2 at Port Clinton’s The Arts Garage. Kroeger will be sharing barn stories from his first barn book, Historic Barns of Ohio (2021) and second barn book, Round Barns of America (2022). Kroeger will also have a painting demonstration with the completed painting being the first of three prizes of the OCHS annual raffle at the Wolcott Keeper’s House fall festival in October. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4pm, barn stories begin at 6pm and book sales and signing will take place at 7pm. The Ottawa County Historical Society was formed in 1963 to discover, preserve and celebrate the history of Ottawa County and to promote a heightened awareness of our local place in time. To learn more about OCHS please visit their website at www.ottawacountyhistory.org. The Arts Garage, home of the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, is located in the city’s old maintenance garage at 317 W. Perry Street Port Clinton, Ohio. Unique to Port Clinton, TAG provides a central space for artists’ galleries as well as space for working artists and classes. To learn more about TAG, please visit www.gpcaac.org.
ABOUT DR. ROBERT KROEGER Dr. Robert Kroeger, a native of Youngstown, graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry and served four years in the U.S. Navy, where he ended with the rank of lieutenant commander. Kroeger is a second generation artist, taking after his father Francis. A career as a dentist allowed Kroeger to study color values and facial esthetic principles in smile design with his professional art career blossoming later in life. Kroeger’s focus on barns pays tribute to a disappearing piece of American history. Representative of America’s agrarian roots, a farmstead’s barn served a multitude of purposes, from housing equipment, animals or grain. Today, most barns are used for storage space. With the high cost of maintenance, the number of barns is dwindling. He is the author of two books on dentistry and seven books on golf in Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland. Dr. Kroeger lives in Cincinnati with his wife Laura, where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
To learn more about Kroeger, visit his website at https://www.robertkroeger.com.