20 Under 40

Each year the Portsmouth Daily Times creates a Progress edition to showcase how far our town has come each year. These editions also center around those in the community who strive to make a difference. The theme this year focuses on community leaders under the age of 40, who dedicate their time to making Portsmouth a better place. Selections were made based on nominations and community suggestions.

Charlie and the Haskins House crew are honored to be included in this year’s Portsmouth Daily Times 20 Under 40! 

Q & A

How are you involved in the community?

My name is Charlie Haskins. I grew up in Scioto County and live in Portsmouth. I come from a large family of craftsmen, artists, poets, musicians, and … eccentrics! I wanted to be an artist at a very early age and worked along side my artist dad to fufill that dream. I earned a B.F.A. in painting at Shawnee State and later moved away to Tennessee to get my master’s degree. Afterwards I returned to the area to teach art and open my own gallery. Generally the artwork I make is whimsical and full of stories, bright colors, jokes, puzzles, and puns. Within the past few years I’ve been painting scenes of Scioto County and I am currently enjoying making art with my 4-month-old son, Milo.

What achievement are you most proud?

Since about 2003 I have been showing art in Portsmouth. I first showed my work in antique stores like Urban Ore and Pack Rats and later in places like the Boneyfiddle Arts Center and the Southern Ohio Art Museum, until I ultimately opened my own gallery and store called Haskins House.

Which person has influenced you the most and why?

Upon opening my own store, I was introduced to a large number of Portsmouth’s creative community. Almost every week I met an artist, writer, or musician that I had never heard of before. I met folks from all walks of life and all different skill levels, who devoted their existence to making and sharing their creative endeavors.

What was your proudest professional moment?

I saw a passion for technique, craft, and a desire for expression in these people. As a result, my brother Travis Haskins and I began to host open mics, local art exhibits, and collaborate with programs like Main Street Portsmouth to create events such as Street Art Saturday that offered these artists a chance to share their talents. Helping to give artists a voice at theses events helped me find my own, as I have often revisited these events in my paintings. Seeing the crowds at a show, laughing, smiling, sharing ideas is truly a great feeling.
I am exceedingly grateful for the support we have seen at Haskins House.

What gives you reason for optimism in your community?

People have continued to commission portraits and murals and attend our events. It is an encouraging thing to see 2nd Street filled with creativity, business, and most importantly people.

Raffle & Print Sale!

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and I’ve been working with Portsmouth’s 7 Nations Celtic Club on a new painting to help celebrate their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.


This painting is titled The Irish Rovers and it will be raffled to help finance this year’s festivities. 

The picture includes highlights from the event including the bagpipers, the 7 Nation Celtic Wagon, and the best dressed dog (aka The Irish Rover). I even hid a tiny four leaf clover in the picture! 

Raffle tickets are avialiable at Port City Irish Pub – 424 Chillicothe St in Portsmouth. Patrons can purchase tickets for $1.00 each and have the option to buy multiple tickets to increase their chances of winning the original painting.

Prints of this painting will also be  available for sale. Pre-ordered prints measure 11″ x 17″ each and will be signed and numbered. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy can do so at Haskins House’s online store by clicking here. Customers have the option to pick their orders up at Pack Rat Antiques at 534 2nd St in Portsmouth or they may request to have their items shipped directly to them. Each print is $15.00 and will ship on March 14th.

This year’s parade will be on March 18th at 11am and will feature the Cyril Scott Bagpipers. The parade will be starting in Boneyfiddle and ending at Tracy Park. 

So mark your calendars and wear some green!!! This event will be rain or shine. ☘️🇮🇪

 

Tribune: Profile 

We are so happy to be included in this year’s Tribune: Profile Magazine!

Although I believe Milo was expecting the article “Escaping the Formula” to be filled with info. about when and what food he can start eating, rather than his dad’s exploits in making secret experimental Easter egg art. 

I do think he liked seeing his picture though!

The article covers a lot of recent developments in my work and discusses different changes in my themes and style. The magazine is full of interesting stories about people from the area and has just been released!
A big thank you goes out to the staff at the Tribune and Jermey Wells for this flattering feature! We really appreciate your kind words and support.

We are moving!!! 

It is a very sentimental and exicting time for us as we announce the Haskins House store will be relocating this month! Although it’ll be a big move for us, it will not be far.

We are very happy to say we will be joining our neighbors, Pack Rats, at 534 2nd Street in January.

The space and the atmosphere of Haskins House will be very much the same. All that will really change will be a few numbers on the address of our business cards.

That’s right. The big move is from 536 Second St. to 534 Second St.

As we begin the move, be on the look out for lots of sales and events to help us celebrate the opening of our new space.

We would like to thank everyone for the art, the music, and the poetry! The time we’ve spent at 536 is very important to us and your support has allowed us to host many wonderful events and meet a lot of great artists.

We hope to see you soon!

Animal House?

Thanks to everyone who attended the opening of the new group art show at the Southern Ohio Museum! We had a great time getting to talk to the artists and got some really good feedback. I was very happy to be included in the show and have the opportunity to introduce my work to a new audience. I was also very pleased to be able to show off the newest member of Haskins House, my son Milo!

If you missed the opening, the show runs until January. It is made up of three different artists’ work and includes sculptures, textiles, and paintings nearly all of which depict animals. Here is an example of one of my pieces called the Crocogator.  

I really appreciate all of the support everyone has been showing me for the new work. Hopefully we will see an illustrated animal book at Haskins House in the near future! 

Portsmouth Calendar

We are publishing our first calendar! It will arrive at the store just in time for the Christmas season. The calendar is comprised of twelve hand painted scenes of Southern Ohio all of which were created by artist Charlie Haskins.

Included in this compilation are locations like the Grant Bridge, the Roy Rodgers Esplanade, the Scioto County Fair grounds, Shawnee State University, Tracy Park, the Southern Ohio Medical Center, Hurricane Run Farms, and Camp Oyo.


This wall calendar will be printed on Premium 100# Gloss Book stock. Each month is printed in full color 8½” x 11″ format with metal spiral binding and hole punch. Calendars  will be available for $20.00 each. 
The new calendar will hit the store’s shelves at our Shop Small event on Nov 26. Supplies are limited. To reserve your copy, you may preorder by emailing us at charles.e.haskins@gmail.com  or by visiting our online store here.

River Currents Two

We are very happy to announce that Charlie will have his work on display at the Southern Ohio Art Museum this month!

The new exhibit River Currents Two is a group show that will feature the work of three Ohio based artists. Charlie will be showing a variety of his work that spans from the beginning of his career to his most recent work. Artworks will be on display starting November 18th through January 13th in the museum’s main gallery. A reception will take place on December 8th and will be accompanied by a craft workshop and a concert. 

We are very excited about this opportunity and we hope to see you there! For more info please check out the museum’s site and RSVP to the show’s opening on our Facebook page.

 

Wonderful World

Any day now my wife and I will get to meet our son, Milo Haskins! After our many doctors visits I was inspired to create this painting of The Southern Ohio Medical Center. 

In it a couple is seen leaving the hospital together holding their newborn child. In the foreground there is a great deal of brightly colored foliage, but upon closer inspection one can see that the plant life in this painting is rendered in a way that allows it to double as portraiture. 

Hidden in the flowers are faces that bare the likenesses of various members of my family that have passed in recent years. Among them is my father Charles Haskins, who is represented as the blue flower in the lower right corner, my grandmother Joyce Haskins placed right behind him, and my great grandfather Estel Parker on the opposite side of the picture. 

When I look at this odd juxtaposition of life and death I see the past, present, and future all intertwined. The field of faces reminds of me of the loss of many loved ones while simultaneously illustrating for me the legacy and influence they have left behind. I can see as my child comes into this world a long series of events that have taken place to get us all here and I cannot wait to show him what his grandfather would call a ‘wonderful world’. 

The Rock & Roll Demon

This storyboard was intended as a music video for a series I have been working on called The Adventures of Karlie. In the story, a small child named Karlie falls into a mine shaft and encounters a group of evil creatures. As she explores the underground tunnels, Karlie is warned by several dancing fireballs that she should run away, but Karlie doesn’t listen and is overtaken by the Rock and Roll Demon.

The Rock and Roll Demon is short and meatballish in stature, but quickly becomes terrifying as he and the dancing flames belt out his theme song. Here is the rough edit story board. The music here is played by Justin Bell and my brother Travis Haskins. 

We also preformed the song live at Tracy Park with the help of Jason Whisman, Zach Craft,and both of my brothers John and Travis Haskins.


The Ballad of the Rock and Roll Demon
He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul

He has a hunger in his belly and he is going to eat you whole.

I wanna see you cry for your mother

Scream blue murder

Make you tremble and shudder

Take your fears turn to tears

Take your dreams turn to screams

I’m so scary got my pitch for ready and I’ll eat your soul just like spaghetti

Let me recpicate I hate love I love hate

He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul
See how he acts when out of the cracks he comes flying at you like a blood sucking bat

Like the living dead I’ll make a snack of your head

He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul
I know you are going to quiver and I know you are going to quake

I know your going to shiver and I know you are going to shake

When I use you as bait down at snake pit lake

He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul

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