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Handmade Portraits: The Beerhorst Family

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I was first intrigued by The Beerhorst Family, a.k.a. studiobeerhorst, when I stumbled upon images of their eye-catching Wonder Wagon. An Amish-buggy-turned-mobile-art-show, the Wagon was originally designed as an installation piece for Michigan’s art fest, Art Prize. This folksy ride now parks itself in the Beerhorsts’ driveway and continues to befuddle and delight their neighbors in downtown Grand Rapids.

Wherever Rick and Brenda Beerhorst go with their six kids, they inspire curiosity. Are they part of a circus? Hippies? A cult? The Beerhorsts make their living creating art and spend all of their time together at the Beerhorst compound. The children, ages 6 to 19, subscribe to “un-schooling,” a structure-less approach to homeschooling that does not focus on formal classes, textbooks or tests. The kids are encouraged to follow whatever interests them: beekeeping, homemade video game cabinets, and hand-drawn comic books currently make up their curriculum. To some, the hands-off approach to education can seem reckless, to others, it’s pure inspiration. The Beerhorst kids all have very different personalities, but what struck me the most was how articulate and independent all of them were — I would even say fearless.

The Beerhorst family and friends.

Brenda and Rick believe that their faith in God is what keeps the family steady. Brenda told me, ”Everybody has to make their own path in this life and I do think about that for our kids. There have been times when I project the future and I think, will my kids be ready? But they’ve grown up with Rick and I as examples. And they’ve seen us struggle and they’ve seen us pray together and they’ve seen things change because of that prayer.” Find out more about the Beerhorsts on Brenda’s blog and their Flickr stream.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Romy Jenkins of Grammiesquiltz winner of The Beerhorst Family Sweepstakes! 

Enter The Beerhorst Family sweepstakes! Comment below to enter to win a Studiobeerhorst Girl With White Roses print. At 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 31, 2011 we will pick at random one commenter. (We apologize in advance that this sweepstakes is only open to U.S. folks over 18. Void where prohibited. Download a PDF of the full Rules and Regulations.)

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  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars says:

    Wow! I am loving their art. Reminds me of Frida. And of the Wissman family- a family of 14-ish, who all sing! http://www.wissmannfamily.com/.

    2 years ago

  • DessertWine

    DessertWine says:

    Important to remember that societal norms are not the only options....

    2 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Wonderful article! Love the sock monkey! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • rebourne

    rebourne says:

    incredibly inspiring.

    2 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Very talented family!

    2 years ago

  • stockannette

    stockannette says:

    Amazingly fun and wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord says:

    Wonderful story of faith and family!

    2 years ago

  • SweetMagnoliaLane

    SweetMagnoliaLane says:

    Wow I love Rick's etsy shop!

    2 years ago

  • AurDenDesigns

    AurDenDesigns says:

    How wonderful. This is a gift my children have giving me. So inspiring and how lucky they are to follow their inspiration and curiosity. It is cool to be creatively weird.

    2 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    What a wonderful talented family~

    2 years ago

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset says:

    Love this story!! A fantastic family and great shop :D

    2 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Great story, Both Interesting and colorful. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • jennyleefowler

    jennyleefowler says:

    Such an inspiration! Happy to see all of their work represented here.

    2 years ago

  • subrok

    subrok says:

    Nice Portrait.

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Cool! Love it!

    2 years ago

  • uglyyellow

    uglyyellow says:

    This is magical! ♥

    2 years ago

  • GoodTimeJunkin

    GoodTimeJunkin says:

    Very inspiring way to encourage creativity with little ones.

    2 years ago

  • DivinelyDesignedBJM

    DivinelyDesignedBJM says:

    Great imaginations! What an inspiration to all of us!

    2 years ago

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile says:

    Great story!

    2 years ago

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey says:

    Awesome story, great post!

    2 years ago

  • abitofmonkeybusiness

    abitofmonkeybusiness says:

    Very``inspiring!!

    2 years ago

  • jmartinez78

    jmartinez78 says:

    Wonderful video! How can I join their clan?

    2 years ago

  • hollyberry67

    hollyberry67 says:

    This family is so talented! I love the way they live.

    2 years ago

  • LittleMissCards

    LittleMissCards says:

    It won't play for me *pout*

    2 years ago

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna says:

    Go Beerhorsts!

    2 years ago

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits says:

    Interesting.

    2 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    Great photography and story.

    2 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Inspiring! Thank God for parents who see their duty as parents clearly - who don't give their kids up to the government, who are brave enough to bring their children up as they ought, no matter what the immediate consequences are.

    2 years ago

  • earthakitsch

    earthakitsch says:

    Absolutely wonderful.

    2 years ago

  • HelloMountains

    HelloMountains says:

    I wish i could live like this with my love and our childs!

    2 years ago

  • ScrappyTudeStudios

    ScrappyTudeStudios says:

    Seriously?

    2 years ago

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden says:

    Inspiring! Love the paintings. Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • lovemilag

    lovemilag says:

    I feel for these children, and I hope that they are truly prepared to make their own way in this world.

    2 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    I love studiobeerhorst..I have bought several of their prints....their work is so full of heart and soul. True talents!!! I'm so glad to see the story behind their family and work.

    2 years ago

  • lovemilag

    lovemilag says:

    I feel for these children, and I hope that they can live independently in this world. They seem so unprepared.

    2 years ago

  • mamif

    mamif says:

    that's so great

    2 years ago

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards says:

    pretty cool, thanks for sharing :)

    2 years ago

  • scoutandrescue

    scoutandrescue says:

    Amazing & beautiful portrait. Still, the kids will surely grow up to revolt, become accountants. Grass is often greener on the otherside even from an artisitc home.

    2 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    what they have accomplished is my vision of utopia

    2 years ago

  • joycecountrywool

    joycecountrywool says:

    If they grow up to 'revolt'; then so be it. Questioning and always looking for an alternative route is part of creating. We have nine children and have always encouraged them to go their own way. If they choose accountancy or plumbing, and as long as they continue to learn, we'll be happy!

    2 years ago

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello says:

    Interesting....

    2 years ago

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello says:

    6 kids but a gazillion people in the photo...also,the woman to the right of the sunflower looks sad

    2 years ago

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello says:

    Kind of reminds me of portlandia...

    2 years ago

  • PeachyKeenCreations

    PeachyKeenCreations says:

    No one ever made history by playing by the rules. I don't think there would be any revolution. The parents seem willing to let their children follow their hearts. How can you revolt against that? Ars longa vita brevis! :) This family gets this saying. Love it!

    2 years ago

  • studiobeerhorst

    studiobeerhorst says:

    All those people are friends that worked with us on our Art Prize project last year. Any you are very observant jamiespinello, our dear friend on the bench struggles with sad spells from time to time.

    2 years ago

  • extase

    extase says:

    amazing! i didn't realize you guys were connected in such a way. i've been a fan of all of your works for a while. congrats! interesting vid.

    2 years ago

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz says:

    yes! i've been impatiently waiting for this moment. i know the beerhorst family folks and they are inspiring and wonderful people! i'm glad they're able to share their story here. well deserving for how much heart and soul they put into what they make. happy for you guys!

    2 years ago

  • BowerbirdBazaar

    BowerbirdBazaar says:

    jamiespinello, I took part in the Plan B project (that's me in the front with the long tan dress on the bicycle), and that photo was taken last year. i don't think she's sad there. we didn't really know when the pictures were being taken. she's just looking 'non-chalant'!! none of us are really smiling. she is very nice and was a wonderful help to the project. **So excited this Handmade Portrait is here! Like my friend Ryan (Ryanplz, above), we are both lucky to know the Beerhorsts and be inspired by them. They bring a lot of life to Grand Rapids.**

    2 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Really interesting and such a huge family! Will read more! Thanks for the article!

    2 years ago

  • lilfishstudios

    lilfishstudios says:

    I've been an admirer of this unique and talented family for a few years now and find them extremely inspiring. Wonderful to see them share their story here.

    2 years ago

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer says:

    I'm inspired by how much freedom you allow for your children! It's wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • galiana

    galiana says:

    What a fascinating family. Hooray for unschooling!

    2 years ago

  • ArchetypalTheatre

    ArchetypalTheatre says:

    Yay! This is such an inspiration. Something like this is what I am working to create in my single parent household with my little one =) Thank you Beerhorst family!

    2 years ago

  • redsweetpea

    redsweetpea says:

    I must say I'm somewhat envious of your lifestyle. How brave to step out and really live through your art. If only we all had so much courage to break the mold and go back to what and who we need to be. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron says:

    Loved this. Seems like such an amazing family. Would love to see a longer version.

    2 years ago

  • julieandco

    julieandco says:

    Hey! I know them....since the early 90's! We are lucky to have such fun and passionate people in our town!

    2 years ago

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague says:

    what a stupendous family! thanks for the article :)

    2 years ago

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood says:

    Thanks for sharing. Very much enjoyed meeting the Beerhorst family. I feel connected to their magic.

    2 years ago

  • RaineDesign

    RaineDesign says:

    WoW, what a cool family. I can only hope to live up to their "Un-Schooling" techniques when I have kids someday! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    2 years ago

  • Grammiesquiltz

    Grammiesquiltz says:

    I feel for families that spend 8 hours working, 2 hours traveling, 8 hours sleeping, 5 and 45 minutes in other pursuits and only 15 minutes talking to each.

    2 years ago

  • BestDressedJewelry

    BestDressedJewelry says:

    It's so inspiring that people are educating their children this way. It's one of the best ways for the evolution of the human spirit. Children can really delve into their creativity this way! I love it!!!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • CameronsJewelryBox

    CameronsJewelryBox says:

    Your work is amazing!

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Interesting and talented family. The artwork is wonderful. Peace and best of luck to you.

    2 years ago

  • chickfamilyink

    chickfamilyink says:

    Tara, another one out of the park. I have been thinking about the Beerhorsts lately and then Bam! you make a video about them. Pure serendipity/synergy. Keep making great work. Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • MementoMinefield

    MementoMinefield says:

    I find this to be extreamly inspiring. What a unique group of people, the kind of people you want to just spend some time talking with. Fantastic choice in story. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Amazing family, I think as you get older you do come to realise that its more important to go after what makes you happy in life. Its great that they're doing just that!

    2 years ago

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign says:

    Great story! My mom would love a hand painted gift like this!

    2 years ago

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker says:

    As always, this is a beautiful portrait. I especially love seeing the children so directly involved.

    2 years ago

  • carriershannon

    carriershannon says:

    it's always a joy to walk and ride past the beerhorst household... the wagon still keeps my head turning and their work is incredibly inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • PonderingSeedsofHope

    PonderingSeedsofHope says:

    Did I just find my old classmate from Calvin College? Wow, Rick has a very talented members in his family. Their living itself is the expression of Art!

    2 years ago

  • emilybosma

    emilybosma says:

    As a neighbor to this fantastic family, I love to see what they keep coming up with! Walks through the neighborhood are much more interesting :)

    2 years ago

  • artworder

    artworder says:

    have enjoyed the inspiration that rick and brenda are for our community!

    2 years ago

  • Sapucha

    Sapucha says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with the etsy community! Look forward to seeing you at Art Prize!!

    2 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    Wow. What a visual I just saw. Truly to the core. Truly inspiring.

    2 years ago

  • gingerbreadstars

    gingerbreadstars says:

    Family is an art form and this family makes beautiful art!

    2 years ago

  • SmallEarthVintage

    SmallEarthVintage says:

    Love the Beerhorsts and this profile! They are all so very talented and inspiring. Also, Rose Beerhorst is more well-spoken than many 40-somethings of my acquaintance. Thanks for this glimpse into their lives, Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • lovelierseas

    lovelierseas says:

    Oh I love this. Such an inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • tugboatprintshop

    tugboatprintshop says:

    Lovely feature!

    2 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    amazing family!!!!! I love all of the handmade portraits they are like jewels beautifully made and always inspiring. thank you for sharing your family with the world

    2 years ago

  • Sandyervinshepherd

    Sandyervinshepherd says:

    Young people need freedom of expression to develop as creative players... they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure. Inspiring Family!!

    2 years ago

  • mollytrout

    mollytrout says:

    ~inspiration, move me brightly, light the song with sense & color~~~

    2 years ago

  • rubydash

    rubydash says:

    What a beautiful family! I love that their kids are encouraged to follow their interests and that time for creativity seems almost mandatory, not simply alloted for a short period in the week. Blessings to you Rick and Brenda!

    2 years ago

  • mybutterflyheaven

    mybutterflyheaven says:

    I am so proud to know you personally. You all have been such an inspiration to me at the Fulton Street ARTisian Market and I learned so much at Art Prize. I love reading your blogs, and owning your art. May you all find the richest blessings that life has to offer. I commend you all on following your hearts. LaShelle

    2 years ago

  • saci

    saci says:

    Gorgeous paintings! Thank you for encouraging your kids to create. I'm an art teacher, and wish all children could have their creativity nurtured at home.

    2 years ago

  • mck254

    mck254 says:

    I love seeing the Beerhorst family. I've been following the blog, flickr stream and Etsy shop and was thrilled when I heard that you were doing a Portrait video! All amazing artists.

    2 years ago

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt says:

    Their prints are among my favorites. I love to give them to friends.

    2 years ago

  • TheUntamedHeart

    TheUntamedHeart says:

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth says:

    I love this. When I think back to doing time in Catholic school, I only wish I had been "un-schooled" myself. It's nice to see a family living how they want to live, not how they should according to contrived standards, expectations, cookie cutter molds etc. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us here on Etsy :)

    2 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

    as a grand rapids native and neighbor. a fellow art prize exhibitor. and a homeschool mom. i know the beerhorsts and commend them for all they do! congrats on the great feature. you deserve it!

    2 years ago

  • DiemDesignsJewelry

    DiemDesignsJewelry says:

    They are a truly wonderful family!! I am glad to know them!

    2 years ago

  • littlehouseofcolors

    littlehouseofcolors says:

    Very interesting story---a great amount of freedom and unity within one family is very admirable. And everyone seems so happy, without the poison that lives in my household.....the t.v.!

    2 years ago

  • tragicabbot

    tragicabbot says:

    I've driven by that wagon hundreds of times - sheesh - next time I will stop and have a look. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • VintageHomeShop

    VintageHomeShop says:

    sweet family...making their way and creating in the process. Lots of Love! Camille

    2 years ago

  • AliceCantrell

    AliceCantrell says:

    Wonderful video! What an awesome family.

    2 years ago

  • yerringtonstudio

    yerringtonstudio says:

    A beautiful film of a beautiful family. Love made manifest in the everyday struggle of life and not found wanting. They are being true to their hearts in loving God and their neighbors....Grace and Peace, Tim

    2 years ago

  • Amyvzee

    Amyvzee says:

    Wonderful, simply wonderful :) I am grateful for this family. Thank you Beerhorst's for sharing your life with us.

    2 years ago

  • LichenStudio

    LichenStudio says:

    What a beautiful, talented family! I've long been an admirer of your paintings, and love now being turned on to the amazing rugs and textiles you create. Lovely guitar playing, as well. Un-schooling is such a fascinating concept. I currently homeschool one of my daughters, and have toyed with the idea of allowing her to autodidact, but worry about so many things. Your post gives me courage, and heartens me. Thank you for allowing us a peek into your home.

    2 years ago

  • mountgigantic

    mountgigantic says:

    such an inspiring and creative family :)

    2 years ago

  • 4lilcupcakes

    4lilcupcakes says:

    Fun and different story. wonderfull story.

    2 years ago

  • mizkatie

    mizkatie says:

    What a beautiful story and family!!

    2 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Marching to the beat of a different drummer. Inspiring and a very loving story. Congrats.

    2 years ago

  • cayennepeppybags

    cayennepeppybags says:

    What a rich heritage they are giving their children. Loved this story

    2 years ago

  • BonChatBoutique

    BonChatBoutique says:

    I agree, such a beautiful story about family and creativity!

    2 years ago

  • deerdominique

    deerdominique says:

    How wonderful, truly.

    2 years ago

  • sophiemarie

    sophiemarie says:

    I appreciate this!

    2 years ago

  • astronuts

    astronuts says:

    It is right my ideal family!

    2 years ago

  • fripperie

    fripperie says:

    An interesting portrait.

    2 years ago

  • adfisher08

    adfisher08 says:

    Amazing family ideals. Beautiful art- creativity, inspiration, innovation and passion are some of the greatest lessons any parent can teach.

    2 years ago

  • LovePlease

    LovePlease says:

    So brave to follow your hearts and be unique individuals...I'm new to Etsy and I am so inspired by all the artwork and blogs...keep strong...

    2 years ago

  • duckychick1974

    duckychick1974 says:

    How wonderful to see a husband and wife working together to inspire their children!

    2 years ago

  • smoothpebble

    smoothpebble says:

    i love the beerhorst family, and their art!! I've been enamored with their block print art for a while now. They inspire me!

    2 years ago

  • AppalachianVintage

    AppalachianVintage says:

    Wow!!! How inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • ItsJustMeEmily

    ItsJustMeEmily says:

    What a great idea.

    2 years ago

  • pippijewelry

    pippijewelry says:

    I would be thrilled to own such a beautiful work of art! Count me in! Thanks! :D

    2 years ago

  • oddgirlart

    oddgirlart says:

    What an amazing family! I can feel the love!

    2 years ago

  • merio13

    merio13 says:

    What an awesome family! And the artwork is amazing!

    2 years ago

  • annasoc1

    annasoc1 says:

    I love these. They have the look of old Flemish paintings.

    2 years ago

  • erikajune

    erikajune says:

    Oh! I love their values and their art! Way to break away from "The Man"!!

    2 years ago

  • HolidayFrill

    HolidayFrill says:

    Love the portrait!

    2 years ago

  • kpkent

    kpkent says:

    Love these portraits. Would make a beautiful focal point in our livingroom. What I love even more is that the art is done as a family!

    2 years ago

  • mefisha

    mefisha says:

    Beautiful portraits and such a talented family!

    2 years ago

  • releia

    releia says:

    Smitten! Inspired....

    2 years ago

  • kceknits

    kceknits says:

    flourishing creativity rocks.

    2 years ago

  • ilikeyoucreations

    ilikeyoucreations says:

    Love your family's work and ideals:)

    2 years ago

  • designinkarnation

    designinkarnation says:

    LOVE! We unschool, too. I love that their focus on togetherness is ART! Inspirational.

    2 years ago

  • jonari

    jonari says:

    If only everyone could be so open minded, live and let live. What a wonderful world it would be...

    2 years ago

  • headpickle

    headpickle says:

    Love this. Thanks for sharing this piece about this inspirational family.

    2 years ago

  • Feltlicious

    Feltlicious says:

    I'm already lucky...I live here in GR and see the family down at our Fulton Street ARTisians market on Sundays! Love my button bracelet from the Sock Monster. The painted artwork is amazing and anyone would be lucky to win!

    2 years ago

  • jnnybee

    jnnybee says:

    how amazing. i would love to win.

    2 years ago

  • SewTechnicolor

    SewTechnicolor says:

    I love this! Very inspiring. Their art is gorgeous- I love the "Eyes Closed" print.

    2 years ago

  • glhearts

    glhearts says:

    I love your family/friends picture! Great looking group of people!!!

    2 years ago

  • angelkat2

    angelkat2 says:

    Thank you for being such a good inspiration! We just created a studio in our home for our two very talented daughters (both <16 years old). One wants to be a fashion designer and creates amazing dresses. The other focuses her talents on illustration and has very detailed work. You can probably tell I'm one very proud mama...:)

    2 years ago

  • tumbleweedprimitives

    tumbleweedprimitives says:

    Your work is beautiful! God Bless your family :-)

    2 years ago

  • PrairieG

    PrairieG says:

    I feel like their story could be turned into a book. A beautiful family making beautiful art!

    2 years ago

  • WoodbisonStudio

    WoodbisonStudio says:

    Love it! Faith, creativity, and allowing kids to find their bliss. What a wonderful way to raise children. I'd love to see a follow up story in ten years about the kids and what they are up to.

    2 years ago

  • sharon100

    sharon100 says:

    I love this style of painting - great use of vibrant color! This talented family is so inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • sherijberi

    sherijberi says:

    As Hurricane Irene draws closer to Baltimore... you bring a ray of sunshine. Young kids, tweens and teens... a family of filled with art and love. We enjoy art in our home and will be inspired to bring more due to your video.

    2 years ago

  • FossilRock

    FossilRock says:

    Kudos to this family for allowing their kids to pursue their passions. I'm not brave enough for unschooling yet, but we did move to homeschooling last year. It's amazing!

    2 years ago

  • pamalamb

    pamalamb says:

    Fascinating!!! Inspiring!!!

    2 years ago

  • dinocat

    dinocat says:

    great inspiration

    2 years ago

  • Dags

    Dags says:

    Agree with the Flemish paintings comparison. Such interesting art!

    2 years ago

  • lpc112

    lpc112 says:

    love the paintings and the textiles, esp the hooked rug!

    2 years ago

  • paperoranges

    paperoranges says:

    Inspiring!!!! Very interesting idea on how to raise children....

    2 years ago

  • JewelsByCoco

    JewelsByCoco says:

    What a talented family! Love the eclectic mix of items they have ~

    2 years ago

  • dianehawkey

    dianehawkey says:

    incredibly awesome

    2 years ago

  • AnnSiobhan

    AnnSiobhan says:

    I'm in awe...such amazing talent and such a nurturing enviroment for the creative souls that are this family. I'm in love with this article, video & their art. Thank you Etsy for introducing us to them.

    2 years ago

  • tofufoofoo

    tofufoofoo says:

    I fell in love with this family! Beautiful story and art.

    2 years ago

  • christiesampson

    christiesampson says:

    Inspiring art and story!

    2 years ago

  • hodgsonho

    hodgsonho says:

    What an amazing journey to support your family through art. I am inspired by your abandon of what others think life should be...

    2 years ago

  • rockcandymosaics

    rockcandymosaics says:

    I am so fascinated by the Beerhorst family and have been following their art for a couple of years!

    2 years ago

  • purplehopy

    purplehopy says:

    What an interesting family!

    2 years ago

  • Dress2ImpressEtsy

    Dress2ImpressEtsy says:

    Very cool and unique.

    2 years ago

  • pumpkinbunny

    pumpkinbunny says:

    this is why i love etsy....there is always something interesting, beautiful, and inspiring to discover....

    2 years ago

  • goodietruevintage

    goodietruevintage says:

    What an AMAZING story!! Do you think they'd consider adopting me? Hehe :) Michigan has so many wonderful artists! Very inspiring, thank you.

    2 years ago

  • ReclaimedDesigns

    ReclaimedDesigns says:

    Such a cool, talented, colorful family! I love the paintings, and the textiles and rugs that are created by the different members of this family.

    2 years ago

  • echogems

    echogems says:

    Baroque-inspired art with a modern twist. Interesting!

    2 years ago

  • mistressknit

    mistressknit says:

    Love this!

    2 years ago

  • susanconnors

    susanconnors says:

    Love your family. So inspiring. And love all the different forms of artwork.

    2 years ago

  • susanconnors

    susanconnors says:

    So inspiring! Glad you're here and being who you are.

    2 years ago

  • AmeliaDesign

    AmeliaDesign says:

    Yay for fellow unschoolers/artistic folks. :D

    2 years ago

  • bridiemurphy

    bridiemurphy says:

    creating a context...and doing what's in your heart. yes.

    2 years ago

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns says:

    Such a beautiful creative family. I'm a huge fan of Rick Beerhorst art. Thanks for sharing. :)

    2 years ago

  • BeadsbyOlga

    BeadsbyOlga says:

    A loving, talented,inspiring family and something to look up to...God Bless!

    2 years ago

  • sealioninmycereal

    sealioninmycereal says:

    What a fun family! very inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • RedbirdCottageArt

    RedbirdCottageArt says:

    Inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • necessityisthemother

    necessityisthemother says:

    Waaaaaant that print. Art at its best is a reflection of the beauty and glory of God... I think that is the task at hand.

    2 years ago

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands says:

    Like their art, their life and their love of God.

    2 years ago

  • angrygeisha

    angrygeisha says:

    I have so enjoyed stumbling upon this inspiring family through another blog that originates in OR only to find that this fascinating brood lives but a hop, skip, and a jump away. One day I will be a collector...

    2 years ago

  • WhiteDoily

    WhiteDoily says:

    Three cheers to raising children with the chickens!

    2 years ago

  • tinecassidy

    tinecassidy says:

    What a joyous family! The paintings are absolutely beautiful and Brenda's hand hooked rug featured in the Etsy profile is lovely. If I don't win the print, can I have a ride in the wagon instead? ; ) Best to the Beerhorst family and to Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans says:

    love this peek into an exceptional MICHIGAN family. Well done Etsy and congrats Beerhorst family. Much handmade love coming to you from Leelanau County <3

    2 years ago

  • kalikaboo

    kalikaboo says:

    AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ENTER TO WIN THIS GEOREOUS PRINT! Especially from the kind of life you've been able to raise your children. It is so inspiring to read about your ways of being a family and raising your kids in this world that is filled with so much choas! Beautiful art and a beautiful way of life!

    2 years ago

  • CristinaRTC

    CristinaRTC says:

    This family is by far the most creative and unified one i have grown to know. I am friends with Rose and know of her family and they are ALL inspiring. I am lucky to have met her in an ArtWorks program at theUICA. I don't know if I have told her but she is the one who introduced me and inspired me to set up my own etsy shop. Also I adore Ricks music !u~ Much love for who they are and what they do <3

    2 years ago

  • BlackCatBazaar

    BlackCatBazaar says:

    I am a huge fan from afar! I follow their work on Flickr, as well. Congratulations on your wave making, Beerhorst family ~ may the ripples spread!

    2 years ago

  • boubelina2

    boubelina2 says:

    i have followed this family for many years on flickr and also wrote a blog post about them. i feel akin to their creative spirits and the realness of their lives. have wanted to meet them for the longest times but have settled for letters, cards and the occasional care package.

    2 years ago

  • bluebicicletta

    bluebicicletta says:

    what beautiful paintings and an amazing philosophy! I would love to win a print!

    2 years ago

  • BlueWillowFarm

    BlueWillowFarm says:

    Great and inspiring family! We are a bit Bohemian ourselves - single mom working from home and homeschooling my two girls I adopted from China. Wish we had the chickens and the bees - I'll have to look more into that LOL!

    2 years ago

  • brookstreamstudio

    brookstreamstudio says:

    Ha ha! Very cool...

    2 years ago

  • MadFarmerMotherHen

    MadFarmerMotherHen says:

    awesome and inspiring. i hope some day to craft a similar family! thanks for sharing your struggles and strengths.

    2 years ago

  • livelydawn

    livelydawn says:

    I wonder about the view implied here that 'unschooled' children will have equal opportunities in later life... yes, they may be more open to artistic pursuits and creative occupations, but the nature of 'unschooled' education means that all careers/vocations connected to higher sciences and mathematics are pretty much out of the question (it is very difficult if not impossible to 'pick up' or self learn such subjects). This is not meant as a criticism, as they seem a lovely, caring family -- but this approach to education seems to me to close as many doors as it opens.

    2 years ago

  • alicat73

    alicat73 says:

    Inspirational art and lifestyle! Not just thinking outside the box, but actually living outside the box. Thanks for the video.

    2 years ago

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    mia lopez says:

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    2 years ago

  • TeofanaART

    Teofana from TeofanaART says:

    Thank you for the video ! VERY Inspiring !

    1 year ago

  • kdeason71

    Kristi from kdeason71 says:

    I have been following your Flickr feed for a couple of years now, such an inspiration to creative homeschooling families! Much love<3

    1 year ago

  • Caracarmina

    Norma Andreu from Caracarmina says:

    I definitely was born in the wrong family! (Damn it!) some children are super lucky! how cool is this!!!!!!! :D

    1 year ago

  • jennymaynatural

    Jennifer Tracy from JennyMayNatural says:

    i thick i was born to the right family sorry : {

    71 days ago

  • jennymaynatural

    Jennifer Tracy from JennyMayNatural says:

    i am homeschooling so i now how it is and i love it !!!!!!!!!!!

    70 days ago