Sharie Hatchett Bohlmann, a 35 year veteran of the collectible art world, recognized the desire we share to enjoy soothing landscapes and magic memories by creating those legendary scenes reminiscent of her special world travels. "I rarely put people in my paintings, because I want the viewer to feel lithe rooms with views are their own personal special places", added Sharie. Her signature use of plantation shutters or architectural columns, opens an entrance way and invites the viewer to step into the painting and enjoy the romantic scene as their own private window to the world. Also, Sharie has revived her pseudonym “ROXY” and an updated series of whimsical cityscapes.
Sharie's phenomenal rise to international artistic stardom was hard fought and her talent has earned her the respect of peers and collectors worldwide, establishing Sharie as the worlds leading Romance Artist. Sharie admirers include Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias and Donald and Marla Trump. Many other celebrated collectors worldwide include former President and Mrs. Reagan, who commissioned Sharie Hatchett Bohlmann to paint "Easter at the White House" for the permanent White House collection, and former President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.
Ravensburger HistoryRavensburger Spieleverlag GmbH is a German game company and market leader in the European jigsaw puzzle market.
The company was founded by Otto Robert Maier with seat in Ravensburg, a town in Upper Swabia in southern Germany. He began publishing in 1883 with his first author contract. He started publishing instruction folders for craftsmen and architects, which soon acquired him a solid financial basis. His first board game appeared in 1884, named "Journey around the world".
At the turn of the 20th century, his product line broadened to include picture books, books, children’s activity books, Art Instruction manuals, non-fiction books, and reference books as well as children’s games, Happy Families and activity kits. In 1900, the Ravensburger blue triangle trademark was registered with the Imperial Patent office. As of 1912, many board and activity games had an export version that was distributed to Western Europe, the countries of the Danube Monarchy as well as Russia.
Before the First World War, Ravensburger had around 800 products. The publishing house was damaged during the Second World War and continued to produce games in the years of the reconstruction. The company focused on children's games and books and specialized books for art, architecture and hobbies, and from 1962 grew strongly. The company started to produce jigsaw puzzle games in 1964, and in the same year opened subsidiaries in Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In 1977 the company split into a book publishing arm and a game publishing arm.
Today there are approximately 1,800 available books and 850 games as well as puzzles, hobby products and CD-ROM titles at Ravensburger and its subsidiaries, which include Alea for "hobby and ardent game players" and FX Schmid for games and children's books. Ravensburger products are exported to more than fifty countries.
In September 2010, Ravensburger broke Educa's record for the world's largest jigsaw puzzle of 24,000 pieces. Ravensburger's new puzzle design by late pop artist Keith Haring titled, 'Keith Haring: Double Retrospect' breaks the Guinness Book of World Records measuring 17' × 6' built from 32,256 pieces and comes with its own dolly cart for toting.