By Alex Simmons
Kathleen Ketch Stromecki, the owner of Her Heart Barn, was born on a dairy farm in a small town in Western New York, the oldest of six children, the other five being all boys.
Her parents have taught her the “values of hard work” and the importance of “understanding, family, acceptance and love,” she said.
Stromecki said she has always been the creative type, whether it was “fixing tractors, cooking, sewing, gardening, painting, etc.” She has referred to herself as “Genevieve’s granddaughter.”
Genevieve was her grandmother who “had many interests.” Stromecki said she really looked up to her grandmother and believes that she probably “got the gene from her.”
In a way to preserve her grandmother’s story, she began to collect antiques from the past to make sure others stories don’t fade away either.
Stromecki has planned many fun events for this spring. If you’ve ever seen that cute barn with the castle-like tower on the side, that’s Her Heart Barn.
It is a unique interactive art studio at 7935 Boston State Road in Hamburg. Stromecki loves to create with all her heart and loves to share the joy that creating can bring.
Her Heart Barn is hosting an Open House this Sunday, March 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. Stop in and say hi. The barn is a welcoming area open to all ages.
Her Heart Barn offers many different types of classes, including Pysanky, Placek & Polkas (Babcia too!) on March 30 and April 7 at 1:30 p.m., April 13 at 10 a.m. and April 14 at 3 p.m. Create different types of Polish crafts just in time for Dyngus Day and Easter.
Since spring time has just begun, you can create Springtime Gnomes on April 10 and April 24 at 7 p.m. Cute little gnomes that can just lounge around the house for decoration or out on the front porch to welcome visitors.
Another class offered is called Letters and Lattes. This takes place on April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 4:30 p.m. This class is meant to bring back the art of letter writing, with a side of latte.
If you’ve got a green thumb you might enjoy classes like creating your own Garden Totems, happening on April 5 at 7 p.m., or Sweet and Sassy Succulents, happening on May 3 at 7 p.m. and May 5 at 11 a.m.
In the succulent workshop, you will pick a container and neatly organize the succulents in it to make something beautiful.
There will be a family photo shoot area available to celebrate Mother’s Day with Family Portrait Fun! This event will happen on April 14 at 12 noon.
Stromecki will also be coming to the Hulbert Library in the Town of Concord to do a class called Snail Mail Saturday. This class takes place Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. She will be showing creative ways of how to make handmade cards using repurposed materials including fabrics.
The event is free, but don’t forget to bring your address book and stamps! Registration is required, so call the library at 592-7742 or stop by to reserve your spot.
Other events at Her Heart Barn include Meditation twice a month with Michael Rorick, and Stromecki also offers Dirty Pour Classes. Her “heART” Barn was “the dream of a seven-year-old,” she said. “I wanted a place to honor all the creative ways my grandparents taught my brothers and I my whole life.”
So stop in and explore your creative side and the company of others.
For more information, call Stromecki at 472-8258 or email her at KatStromecki@gmail.com. Visit their Facebook page, “Her Heart Barn.”