Martin’s Grocery

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Martin’s Grocery

South Bend, Indiana

The Martin’s grocery chain started in South Bend, Indiana in 1947 at 1521 Portage Avenue in South Bend and has grown to over 20 stores in northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. The chain has since been purchased by SpartanNash from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This painting of the first Martin’s was painted prior to the purchase. I included a milk truck that was used during that time.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)
 
8″ x 12″ Black Edge………. $109.17
 
8″ x 12″ White Edge………. $109.17
 
8″ x 12″ Wrapped Edge………. $109.17
 
 
12” x 18” Black Edge ………. $168.07
 
12” x 18” White Edge ………. $168.07
 
12” x 18” Wrapped Edge ………. $168.07
 
 
16” x 24” Black Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
16” x 24” White Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
16” x 24” Wrapped Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
 
20” x 30” Black Edge………. $314.34
 
20” x 30” White Edge………. $314.34
 
20” x 30” Wrapped Edge………. $314.34
 
 
24” x 36”Black Edge ………. $335.65
 
24” x 36”White Edge ………. $335.65
 
24” x 36”Wrapped Edge ………. $335.65
 

24” x 36” ………. $1,495.00 Original Painting on stretched canvas

 

 

Newell’s

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Newell’s

Goshen, IN

Located on Main Street in downtown Goshen, Indiana, It was well known for woman’s clothing.  With changes throughout the building’s history, I tried to create the store as it once looked.  Since 1880 when the store opened, Newell’s sustained 4 generations of the family business until 2008. The store has changed in many ways, but the “Newell’s” stained glass sign still remains at 201 S. Main St., Goshen, Indiana.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)
 
8″ x 12″ Black Edge………. $109.17
 
8″ x 12″ White Edge………. $109.17
 
8″ x 12″ Wrapped Edge………. $109.17
 
 
12” x 18” Black Edge ………. $168.07
 
12” x 18” White Edge ………. $168.07
 
12” x 18” Wrapped Edge ………. $168.07
 
 
16” x 24” Black Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
16” x 24” White Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
16” x 24” Wrapped Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
 
20” x 30” Black Edge………. $314.34
 
20” x 30” White Edge………. $314.34
 
20” x 30” Wrapped Edge………. $314.34
 
 
24” x 36”Black Edge ………. $335.65
 
24” x 36”White Edge ………. $335.65
 
24” x 36”Wrapped Edge ………. $335.65
 

24” x 36” ………. $1,295.00 Original Painting on stretched canvas

 

Gas City, Indiana family home

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Family Home

 Gas City, Indiana

While traveling in Indiana and exhibiting at art shows, we would stay at a campground, so I could spend the week painting, getting ready for the weekend shows.  Since we were is a motor home, Evelyn would spend the day at the Ft. Wayne Library, working on the family Genealogy.

My family, on my mother’s side were from the Peru and Kokomo, Indiana area. I remember going to Gas City, Indiana to the family reunions as a child.  I am not sure how it came about, but we ran into a family that was actually related to us, who lived in Gas City. They had just remodeled their home and wanted a painting of the finished project.

This is just one of several family homes, that I painted for customers over the years.

Prints:
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
Options:
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
(frames and hardware are not included)
8″ x 12″ Black Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ White Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ Wrapped Edge………. $109.17
12” x 18” Black Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” White Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” Wrapped Edge ………. $168.07
16” x 24” Black Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” White Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” Wrapped Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
20” x 30” Black Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” White Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” Wrapped Edge………. $314.34
24” x 36”Black Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”White Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”Wrapped Edge ………. $335.65

24” x 36” ……….  Original Painting on stretched canvas is not available.

 

Amish Acres Meat & Cheese

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

At one time, many years ago, Amish Acres Art Festival was in the top 5 art festivals in the Country, I have exhibited and sold my artwork here for more than 30 years.

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

 

Lerner Theatre Sign

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

The Lerner Theatre Sign

Elkhart, IN

The Lerner Theatre is the key focus of Elkhart, Indiana with their giant sign inviting everyone up and down Main Street to see what’s going on inside the Lerner Theatre, whether it is a performance, movie, or another type of gathering.

When you see the big Lerner sign, you cannot help, but to immediately read what is on the marquee below.  It is always exciting when you see that sign with anticipation of the performance you are about to witness.

This painting was selected to exhibit at the Juried Regional at the Midwest Museum of American Art, located in Elkhart, IN.

Other Theatres I have painted are: The Palace in South Bend, IN; The Reese in Plymouth, INFox in Detroit, Atlanta’s Fox, Fox #2 in Atlanta; The Chicago Theatre; The Los Angeles Theatre; Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City, NJ, Warner Theatre, Elkhart.

Other Theatres I have painted are: The Palace in South Bend, IN; The Reese in Plymouth, INFox in Detroit, Atlanta’s Fox, Fox #2 in Atlanta; The Chicago Theatre; The Los Angeles Theatre; Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City, NJ, Warner Theatre, Elkhart .

Amish Acres Restaurant Barn

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Amish Acres Restaurant Barn

Nappanee, Indiana

The first outdoor Art Festival I exhibited in was in Nappanee, Indiana, about 30 minutes from where I lived at the time in 1976.  It was an exciting time, as it was held in the apple orchard of a real working Amish Farm.

I exhibited at Amish Acres Arts and Craft Festival for 30 years and made a habit of eating at their Restaurant Barn on the last of the four-day show, before tearing down and packing up my display.  They are famous for their Amish Family-style “Threshers Dinner”.

I painted the Restaurant Barn painting, as well as 3 other places on the grounds.  Other paintings were: The Amish Farm House, The Round Barn Theatre and the Meat and Cheese shop.

At one time, many years ago, Amish Acres Art Festival was in the top 5 art festivals in the Country, I have exhibited and sold my artwork here for more than 30 years.

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

 

Neet Covered Bridge

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

No Prints Available at this time. If you are interested in a print of the original painting above, let me know, I am always looking for new good quality vendors!

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

 

Links to other covered bridge paintings I have done can be found here:

Mecca Covered Bridge

Neet Covered Bridge

Bridgeton Covered Bridge

Beeson Covered Bridge

Euharlee Covered Bridge

Euharlee Covered Bridge-Spring

Concord Covered Bridge

Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge

Pepsi Covered Brid

English Cottage at Wellfield Botanical Gardens

 
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
 

Wellfield Gardens, Elkhart, IN

From the English Cottage Garden

Wellfield Gardens is such a great place to visit and every year, we see that they have added more trails and opened more areas to see.  After my first visit to Wellfield, I made it a point to include it among my paintings of Elkhart.  The English Cottage is the backdrop for many Wedding photos.

The painting was done in 2014.  I painted it as a moonlit night after a rain. I am now painting some evening scenes and reflections in the rain.  I will be showcasing them in later paintings.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.  

 

Luigi’s Pizza

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Luigi’s Pizza,

South Bend, Indiana.

I remember when I was in High school many decades ago, riding my bicycle to Luigi’s Pizza, several miles away, in an area called River Park, for a pizza.  Luigi’s is still around, but have moved from the place on the corner.  My Aunt, Jean, used to talk about going to Luigi’s when she was in High School.  She is now over 90 years old. That’s an indication as to how long they have been making pizzas.

When I painted the painting, I included her driving her favorite car (Ford Retractable) and around the corner is Uncle Don, with his Studebaker (Silver Hawk).  When they came to one of my art shows, they saw it for the first time.  When they said they loved it, I told them that I painted it for them.

Uncle Don has since passed-away, but the painting still hangs in Aunt Jean’s Family Room where she can see it easily while watching TV or just relaxing.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped  
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)
 
8″ x 12″ Black Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ White Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ Wrapped Edge………. $109.17
 
 
12” x 18” Black Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” White Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” Wrapped Edge ………. $168.07
 
 
16” x 24” Black Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” White Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” Wrapped Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
 
20” x 30” Black Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” White Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” Wrapped Edge………. $314.34
 
 
24” x 36”Black Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”White Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”Wrapped Edge ………. $335.65
Original painting on stretched canvas not available.
 
 

 

 

Azar’s Big Boy

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Azar’s Big Boy

South Bend, IN

Azar’s Big Boy was a typical 1950s Drive-in, complete with Car Hops.  It was right next to another Drive-in called Bonnie Doon. The back of the drive-ins was an alley, so it became a way to go in one and drive to the other and exit back to the street, around the block and do it all over again.  This was called the “Merry-go-round”.  Also popular in the 1960s, when I was in High School were motor scooters. The 2 pictured are the Cushman brand.  The one of the left is like the one my brother drove.  It even had a stick shift. Another popular scooter at the time was the Allstate. It had bubble type fenders with a storage compartment on one side, unlike the red Cushman with the storage compartment under the seat.

This painting was one of my first paintings when I started featuring classic cars.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped  
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)
 
8″ x 12″ Black Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ White Edge………. $109.17
8″ x 12″ Wrapped Edge………. $109.17
Azar’s Big Boy 
 
 
12” x 18” Black Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” White Edge ………. $168.07
12” x 18” Wrapped Edge ………. $168.07
 
 
16” x 24” Black Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” White Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
16” x 24” Wrapped Edge ………. $226.14 (Most popular)
 
 
20” x 30” Black Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” White Edge………. $314.34
20” x 30” Wrapped Edge………. $314.34
 
 
24” x 36”Black Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”White Edge ………. $335.65
24” x 36”Wrapped Edge ………. $335.65

24” x 36” ………. $1,295.00 Original Painting on stretched canvas