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Silhouette Artist Coming to Christine’s Hallmark, August 21st

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:22 am

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Looking for something unique and fun to do this summer? Parents and children of all ages will have the opportunity to purchase a heirloom original keepsake in Troy, MO on Thursday, August 21st.

Third generation silhouette artist, Erik Johnson will be appearing at Christine’s Hallmark, 200 Magee St., Troy, MO from 4 to 7 pm to create this unique and rare art form. Erik began learning the art of silhouettes at the age of 10 from his father, Edward Johnson. He has been creating silhouettes professionally for over 12 years.

The art of silhouettes was highly popular in America from 1790 to 1840. However, once the camera was invented, the era of silhouettes came to an end as a form of portraiture. Now it is a rare art form prized by a new generation who appreciate the nostalgic appeal it conveys. Erik is one of only 15 silhouette artists in the nation.

With a skilled and masterful eye, Erik works his magic to carefully cut out the likeness of each subject’s face while they sit in front of him. These amazing mementos are created in just five minutes.

All ages are welcome to sit for their silhouettes, priced at $25 for an original and $15 for each duplicate, and framing is available. Don’t worry, squirmy young children are invited too! Appointments can be made online at