One of the oldest family operated restaurant-bar combinations in Elkhart, Indiana was Pete’s Simonton Lake Tavern. Located on the east side of State Road 19 (Cassopolis St.) Pete’s was open 7 days per week, serving appetizers, Dinners, Baskets, Soups, Salads, Pizza and Sandwiches. Rib-eye and chopped Steaks, Hamburgers, Italian Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken, Chicken wings and several Seafood plates were among the favorites.
Pete’s was a local favorite for years, so I had to capture it in one of my paintings. It is now called “Re-Pete’s” under new ownership as of 2018.
I hope my painting will keep Pete’s image of one Elkhart’s historic places remembered for years to come.
I previously mentioned an old farm house in the area of Pine Mountain, Georgia that had been turned into a so called antique shop. Most of everything was old, but not very collectible. This chair was sitting on the back porch of that old house. I’m sure that old wicker chair overheard a lot of interesting stories in it’s time, but as the weather and age of the chair overwhelmed its usefulness, it has come to its end. Thus, the name “Wicker’s End”. Other paintings that were done, because of that old store, were “The Corner Shelf“, “The Lantern” and the “Milk Can“. This painting has always been one of my favorites.
I have painted several fire related paintings, which make up my fireman set. In choosing a fire station, my first choice was my most familiar. I grew up in Cassopolis, Michigan until was 10 years old. Living in an upstairs apartment less than one block from the volunteer fire department, I became familiar to the sound of the siren that alerts everyone when they are needed. It was not much of a fancy fire station, but it was ours. As a young boy, I was always fascinated by the water tower that sat behind the station. This painting was one of my early paintings, so you can see the difference in my artistic talents from then.
BBF first opened in Columbus, Ohio in 1961 competing with the McDonald’s fast food chain. They eventually opened 48 BBF restaurants in Ohio West Virginia and Kentucky before it was sold in 1970 to Bordon, Inc. The revolving neon Rotospheres on top of their sign always fascinated me and I’m sure it helped attract business. I painted the BBF to accept the sign, as well as the nostalgic history of one of the 15 cent hamburger pioneers. I also included a few classic cars of the time to add to the nostalgia.
24” x 36” ………. $1,295.00 Original Painting on stretched canvas
Painting a still life is always fun, especially when you start from just an idea. I decided to do a setting that would go well with this Fresh Fruit cart w found. We were travelling in our motorhome, so I decided to make use of my son’s kitchen, with the brightly colored wallpaper. We spent a lot of money to make this happen, then had to eat it all before it all went bad. Here are a few close-up shots of the painting.
24” x 36” ………. $1,295.00 Original Painting on stretched canvas not available.
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.
24” x 36” ………. $1,495.00 Original Painting on stretched canvas