By Krista M. Madkins

Harker Heights Herald

Mies Poznick's 30-year hobby - Bavarian Folk Art - has led her to 20 years of teaching others the techniques of the German art she learned while stationed with her husband in Baztobaz, Bavaria.

"The story is that in (the Baztobaz, Bavaria) area, the Bavarian Folk Art started because people who owned guest houses decorated their furniture to make it more appealing," said Poznick. "They decorated wardrobes, chairs, tables and armoires with gorgeous flowers."

The decorated furniture was then displayed throughout the guest houses, which resemble American bed-and-breakfasts.

After falling in love with the art, Poznick and a group of ladies paid for an instructional class on Bavarian Folk Art from a local artist in Baztobaz.

Now, she teaches the same techniques and skills at the Harker Heights Recreation Center.

"Mies will start from the very beginning," said Joyce Mayer, a former participant of Poznick's previous class in Harker Heights.

Poznick said the first day of the class will be a meet-and-greet where she will demonstrate what she plans to teach participants. They also will discuss necessities for the course.

"Don't buy the cheapest brush," said Poznick. She explained that a cheap brush may make it harder to do some of the patterns, suggesting that individuals in the class should invest in a good round brush from a craft store.

In addition to the brush, individuals in the class will need four basic acrylic paint colors to start off with: black, white, red and antique gold. Individuals will have to make a surface selection for their works to be constructed on.

Traditionally, Bavarian Folk Art was done on wooden surfaces. However, it can be done on metal as well. For those individuals who select a metal surface, they need to remember it must be rust free.

Contact Krista M. Madkins at or (254) 501-7468.

If you go

What: European Folk Art Painting Class

When: 10 a.m. to noon Mondays in February

Where: Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller's Crossing in Harker Heights

Admission: Free for senior citizens. Registration required.

More information: Call (254) 953-5657.

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