And of course, I couldn't resist one more sign for my files.
I will relate one interesting occurance in Elk City. Apparently they've adopted the unisex restroom policy because when I stopped at a local gas station to use the necessary there was a man in the Ladies and he wasn't cleaning.
Stay tuned for further adventures.
FYI - This post takes us to August 25.
My first stop after leaving Indianapolis, Indiana the auspicious day of August 23, 2013 was the home of our family friend and adopted aunt, Lea. She resides in the town of Eufala, Oklahoma so named for the lake that attracts all sorts of tourists and sportsmen and is well known for the excellent fishing. It was here I began to collect signage photos for later reference. Sadly I was unable to obtain any ice cream at this Tastee Freeze establishment.
I continued on across this fair land en route to Albuquerque and spent considerable time in Elk City, Oklahoma home of the Route 66 Museum. Homage to my dead cat, Myrtle and Phillips 66 gasoline was paid per above.
Above are just two of the many antiquities that caught my eye at this well laid out and surprising museum.
It is always helpful to have connections. In my case my sister, Marianne Schwab, producer extraordinaire, is a great connection who has connections. She not only boasts to have met many celebrities during her illustrious career but also knows a lot of 'nuts and bolts' people connected to 'the business'. People like Tony Modica, owner of Modica's Deli http://www.modicas.com/ in Long Beach, CA , who provides catering on various sets. Tony also features artists in his very popular deli on Linden Ave. and Ocean Blvd.
I met Tony in January 2012 when visiting Marianne. She had told me about the venue the previous summer and I had begun work on the vintage motel sign series expressly with the idea of exhibiting them at Modica's. At the time I had completed about 7 pieces and wanted to show a couple to Tony to see if he would be interested in showing them in his dining area. He was and I said I could have enough ready to hang in a couple of months.
Tony mentioned that the artists who hung work in his deli usually sold and that the only one who didn't do as well refused to put tags with prices on the art. Tony said he thought some Long Beach historic landmarks might go well so Marianne and I drove around snapping reference photos of some local establishments. I returned to Tucson with excitement about the prospect of actually selling paintings.
Having planned a trip to Indiana the first of February for 2 months I had to work on the series there. I completed 7 more paintings including one of the Modica's sign. I also scheduled the opening for April 14 which is Second Saturdays in Long Beach and part of Linden Ave. is closed off so artists can set up booths. In addition that weekend coincided with the Long Beach Grand Prix so we expected a lot of traffic. No pun intended.
I posted information about the event on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/katrinawestartist?ref=tn_tnmn and Fine Art America http://katrina-west.artistwebsites.com/ . Marianne also ran an article about the exhibit on her travel blog
The day of the opening we took the train from North Long Beach to Ocean Blvd. because of the expected race traffic. It was a cool, sunny day and we sat in the deli for a couple of hours. We had something to eat and heard some nice comments about the work. Later we walked around the street fair and visited some galleries that were open. As the night became increasingly chilly we meandered back to Modica's for coffee. Several race car drivers were there having dinner so we got a couple of autographs.
I invite everyone to go to Modica's when you are in Long Beach and experience the best pastrami sandwich in the world. Oh and don't forget to notice the Vintage Motel Signs and Others that adorn the walls. You can see all of the work in the exhibit on the page on this site.
I'm just an artist trying to survive and still be creative. In fact I would say it takes a lot of creativity to survive. That's what some would say makes life interesting. I enjoy sharing what I've learned with others as well as just simply commisserating. I look forward to hearing about other's real life art.