Prop me up!

“Prop me up against the jukebox…” prop!

This is my first prop I’ve made in a long time. It is headed to the Portsmouth Little Theatre for the Sordid Lives show.

I’ve been working on some other props and I have also donated a painting of the historic PLT to be raffled off. 


The drawing will be held on Saturday, May 27th following the performance of Sordid Lives! Part of the money raised will go to the PLT.

Raffle tickets go on sale Monday at Haskins House and can be purchased at the PLT box office on show nights! Raffle tickets are available for a $5.00 donation. 

I will also have 8″ x 10″ prints for sale at Haskins House and the Portsmouth Little Theatre for $10.00.

You can reserve your seat for Sordid Lives now at www.pltlive.com 

Street Art Saturday Returns!

Read all about Street Art Saturday’s return here in this wonderful write-up at the Portsmouth Daily Times and watch some of the performances on our YouTube channel. 
The next show is on June 3rd. We will have lots more talent filling the streets and Charlie will be releasing his new book Painting Portsmouth!

Wayne-O-Rama

Life goal met! I got a chance to work with legendary artist Wayne White! 


If you were like me, Wayne White is an artist you might not know you knew. For a years I’ve seen his work on tv shows, movies, and music videos without realizing who he was or what he was responsible for creating. When I saw the documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, I learned of the many characters and props White had made on series like Pee Wee’s Play House, Beakman’s World, The Weird Al Show, and his award winning music video Tonight, Tonight for the Smashing Pumpkins.  

In his work White promotes humor in the art world and explains that laughter can be one of our most valuable forms of expression. I was mezemorized by White’s work and found that I enjoyed it so much because it was energetic, entertaining, and most importantly fun.


White is currently working on an installation project called Wayne-O-Rama. People are describing the show as a history fun house. The exhibit pays tribute to White’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee and recreates the area’s history through a series of giant sculptures and puppets!

I was fortunate enough to not only meet Wayne White, but I also got the chance to work with him! I was able to lend a hand on this giant Samuel L. Jackson puppet! 

It was an unbelievable experience for me to be able to work with such an innovator. I’ve admired his work for years and his work continues to motivate me to experiment and try new things. 

The Wayne-O-Rama instaltion will be open until this September and will be followed by a new Wayne White retrospective this June! Check out Wayne’s website here for more info.

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.

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