Acrylics on Board Framed with barn wood 18" x 16"
Mixed Media on gallery wrapped canvas 24" x 48" Only Pickup at the Gallery or Contact for shipping cost These three young “Newsies” (boys selling newspapers on street corners) were photographed by Lewis Wickes on May 9, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Wickes, a school teacher, sociologist and photographer, took photos of child laborers at the turn of the century. His work helped to bring about social reform and change child labor laws. One of his most compelling photos is of an 8 year old oyster shucker named Rosy who worked from 3 a.m to 5 p.m. She and her siblings began their careers “as soon as they were old enough to hold a knife”. So many things about this photo compelled me. The boy on the left with his up-turned collar, buttoned coat and ‘his old man’s pipe’ I picture as being from a higher class who really just wants to be one of the boys. The youngest to the right is seemingly cared for by the older two. My story of the young man in the middle is that he comes from an abusive home. With his over-sized coat and black eye I can hear a gruff father saying, “Come back when you are big enough to fill that coat!” It would be so interesting to hear the real stories from these three.
Mixed Media on on gallery wrapped canvas 36" x 24" Church was born on May 3, 1977, in Granite Falls, North Carolina, to Ken and Rita Church. Church worked with his father at Clayton Marcus, a furniture upholstery company where his father was president. At 13, he bought a guitar and began writing songs of his own. By his senior year of high school, he had found a gig at a local bar, which occupied most of his time. He played many Jimmy Buffett cover songs and a few of his own original songs in some dive bars. Some of these places were so rough that he got into a few altercations from the stage. For a few years, the band played often in bars and restaurants throughout North Carolina. The band "Mountain Boys" consisted of his college roommate, brother, and a fellow guitarist. Before moving to Nashville, Eric graduated from South Caldwell High School and then Appalachian State University with a degree in marketing. Upon graduation, Church became engaged to a Spanish teacher in the town of Lenoir, North Carolina. The future bride's father attempted to persuade Church into a corporate career, which he rejected as an aspiring musician (and later referenced in his song "What I Almost Was" from his debut album). She broke the engagement and he headed to Nashville with his father's financial backing. His father also provided the opportunity to make contacts, and more importantly, time to focus on developing his songwriting ability. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Church
Annie Greene Once upon a time
HARD COVER ONLY Georgia Farm Life in the 1940's by Annie Greene Mrs. Greene tells stories when she spent two summers in Adele GA with her Grandparents and cousins during the 40's illustrated with yarn.
Acrylic on on gallery wrapped canvas, 30" x 24" Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) played at the Monterey Pop Festival as the lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1967 where her unique voice and electric stage presence boosted her to fame. She later became a solo artist playing at many music festivals of the day such as the celebrated Woodstock Festival. She was best known for her song (written by Kris Kristofferson) “Me and Bobby McGee” but other works were also hits such ast “Piece of My Heart”, “Ball and Chain” and “Mercedes Benz”. Janis died of an accidental heroin overdose in 1970. Her final album "Pearl", was released after her death in 1971 and put her on the charts again. Janis is now part of the "27 Club", a list of talented artists over the years that have all died at the age of 27. Included in the club is Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Acrylic on on gallery wrapped canvas 24" x 24" U.S. Fly Gal- Elizabeth L. Gardner, WASP, at the controls of a B-26 Marauder. Photo from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_Airforce_Service_Pilots “Before the war, I was a housewife and a mother who stayed home to take care of my family. I was called to duty when the war started to learn how to test planes, instruct pilots, tow targets used for anti-aircraft artillery practice, and assemble planes. I was grateful for the opportunity because it made my childhood dreams of flying and fascinations with planes a reality.” - ‘Libby’ Gardner