Julie Longacre, artist, known for her historic renderings and landscape paintings, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas. She was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, lived her young life in Gilbertsville, and resides in Barto, PA with her husband, Newton who is part owner of the family business, Longacre’s Dairy.
Julie first exhibited her work in 1971 in a show held at the Boyertown Historical Society, along with Harry Bertoia, sculptor, and illustrator, Jack Coggins, launching her career as a freelance artist. Since then her illustrations and paintings have appeared in books, calendars, and historical publications the first of which was The Revolutionary War Years, by Wm Edmunds Claussen and several years later, she illustrated two volumes about the Boyertown Opera House Fire: Mid-Winter Mourning and A Town in Tragedy by MaryJane Schneider. In 2008 she began publishing her own books, biographical in a sense, featuring her drawings and paintings: The Place I Keep, A Sketch in Time and most recently, The Julie Longacre Coloring Book. Her first book, The Dirty Old Ladies Cookbook, now in its 4th printing revealed her sense of humor and domesticity. A dedicated artist, Julie in a recent interview, was asked when she became interested in painting, she responded, “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t.” She is comfortable working in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. She seeks a balance between the freedom of exploring a playful impressionistic approach to landscape and the commissions of historic significance which require dedication and discipline.
Known as an “artist of the people” Julie has gifted many non-profit organizations with her time and talent. Her original paintings are in collections throughout the US and Canada. She divides her time between her home in Pennsylvania and her summer home in Port Hood, Nova Scotia.