While traveling around the country, I was always on the lookout for places and things of nostalgia. One Sunday afternoon, while driving down a 2 lane road in east-central Georgia, we passed through a community which may have been too small to call a town, but they had a building, with a row of stores on the north side of the road. One was an antique shop, so we stopped, camera in hand. It was obvious they were closed, because there were no cars in sight and no people. As I peered in the windows, I saw several old things that would interest me. One was an old carousel horse and another, an upright old piano covered with dust.
I took pictures of both items, but since they were closed, I shot them through the window, hence the painting is called “Piano through a Window”.
While researching local landmarks in my home town of South Bend, Indiana, I recreated the Old Palace theatre, to make it look like it did in its thriving era. I started a series of the old theatres that were built during the 1920’s, which included the Chicago Theatre. Later I discovered the Loew’s Jersey, which, at the time was in disrepair was closed in 1986.
The fascination to me was the animated clock outside the building, which had two statues above the clock, St. George and a Dragon. There were red light bulbs in the dragons mouth which, when lit, simulated fire. On the quarter hour, the clock would chime and the statures would perform and the knight would approach the dragon and tip forward with his lance simulating a lunge.
The theatre was remodeled and reopened in 1996.