I took the following photo of THE TIMETELLER GAZEBO in the summer of 2014. This prominent iconic octagonal gazebo in downtown Waterloo, Ontario called the TIME TELLER was built in the 1980's as a proud reminder of the rich heritage of Waterloo region in Ontario. The glass-enclosed core of the gazebo holds a display of brewery items and beer steins that represent the annual Oktoberfest held here. It also houses a clock which originally was to be powered by the steam produced by nearby Carlings Brewery and/or Seagrams Distillery which was founded in Waterloo in 1857 by Joseph E. Seagram. After changing ownership many times over the years, in 1997, the Seagram Museum, formerly the original Seagram distillery in Waterloo, was forced to close due to lack of funds. The two original barrel houses on the site are now the unique Seagram Lofts condominiums. Sadly, due to lack of funds after the brewery closed, the steam clock was never completed.
More details of the Waterloo heritage TIME TELLER GAZEBO (Attribution: DINO2411) can be seen in the winter photograph.

Waterloo Heritage Time Teller Gazebo Art Prints

My dad, Otto Werner (1923 - 1991) who contributed to the design of the gazebo, was commissioned to design and paint a series of 24 panels that illustrated some of the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex designs featured on many of the old barns in the region. Each of these unique hex designs was incorporated into the gazebo design directly under the eaves. He also painted a different mural in each of the four dormers of the gazebo rooftop. The 24 hex designs of the TIME TELLER GAZEBO shown left are now offered as canvas and art prints - an excellent addition to your country or contempoary kitchen decor!


Briefly: During the beginning of the sixteenth century, state persecutions were conducted in almost every country in Europe against "Non-Conformists" who were cruelly persecuted in all countries. They began to emigrate to America and make a new home where they might serve God according to their spiritual beliefs and to the teaching of the Bible. These "Non-Conformists", comprised of many groups including Mennonites, Amish, Hutterites, Calvanists and Lutherans, did not believe in warfare and would never bear weapons of war or take part in military operations. The first wave of Mennonites came from Germany in 1700 and settled in Germantown, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and were soon followed by others of their faith from Germany, Switzerland, etc. Here the name "Pennsylvania Deutsch" (Deutsch means German - this was pronounced Dutch with time) was first given them, a term of distinction rather than one of disrespect. They settled in various counties of Pennsylvania and other colonies. The outbreak of the American revolution caused disagreements and lack of harmony among the Pennsylvania Dutch. Some were British sypathizers while others were strongly in favor of the independence of the thirteen colonies. It is believed that this struggle was probably the cause of the migration to Canada of some of the Pennsylvania Dutch who were strong United Empire Loyalists and consequently Tories. Many of them settled in Waterloo County, Ontario.

An important part in the culture and traditions of the German settlers that created their new home in America and Canada were the folk art style designs referred to as hex signs. The Pennsylvania Dutch decorated their farmhouses inside and out with these hand-painted geometric designs, painting them on many household items, above doorways and on their barns. The elements that make up the designs all had special meanings from the individual colors and patterns to the birds or "Distelfinks", hearts, leaves and stars. It was their belief that these designs would bring blessings and good fortune to the home and family in the form of good luck, fertility, love, happiness, good health and many other desirable wishes.

These Pennsylvania Deutsch Hex Signs, Mennonite, Amish, Hutterite Folk Art, have been enjoyed for many generations by people around the world who have mounted them on their sheds, homes, barns, garages, above doorways, in workshops, and many other locations. Based on the original hex designs of centuries ago, Otto Werner's Mennonite hex designs have been reproduced as canvas prints, art prints, posters, metal prints, acrylic prints, art cards and throw pillows. Now you can collect your favorites and hang them in a grouping in your country kitchen, sunroom, bathroom - anywhere that you wish your decor to have the warmth and homey atmosphere that this traditional folk art inspires!

The entire hex collection would make a fantastic display in your deli, cafe or restaurant! A country folk art decor would complement the "down home country cooking" establishment that offers basic home cooking that "schmecks"!

Art Photography By

Hanne Lore Koehler

Written and painted by , owner of Koehler Art Studio Gallery. An artist who has painted many watercolor, acrylic, oil paintings and murals of landscapes, portraits, still life, architectural and sports art, she is also an author and illustrator of children's books. You can find her on Google, follow her on Facebook and also on Twitter.

See also:

landscape paintings by Otto Werner
LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS ........ Gallery 22

Otto Werner figurative pin-up art and female nude paintings
NUDE PAINTINGS ........ Gallery 24

Otto Werner wood cookie mold carvings and decorator prints
WOOD CARVINGS ........ Gallery 25

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