March of Dimes Blues

” MARCH OF DIME BLUES ”

Once upon a time a little grammar school boy was told by his school teacher that all the children in the class would be given a “March of Dimes ” drive card. The card had slits that a dime would fit into. The March of Dimes was a well to do and respected charity ( a drive to destroy or banish Polio from existence ) So, the youngster was told that if you brought the card back to school with all the slots full of dimes that they would be honored on the bulletin board . This young man took his card and carried it to the family country store where he worked with the family quiet often. After asking several customers if thy would like to donate to the ” MARCH OF DIMES ” , the reply was always ” No “. He got more disgusted each time he asked. He wanted to be honored so much, he decided to take a few dimes from the check out desk drawer and fill his card. Knowing he might be doing something a little out of line, he then carried it to school. Never knowing he would be in trouble , it finally came when a relative visited the classroom and saw his card and told his mother and father . He does not remember what punishment he received. His thoughts were ” He did it for a good cause “.

Oil on linen
12″ x 15 ” Actual painting will vary from this photo. Painting definition, color, etc.
Photo by Kim Reed

Tim Loves Tink

TIM LOVES TINK
( the legend lives on )

Over the years I have done a couple of paintings of a very unique small town ( Cornelia, Ga. ) that has a railroad underpass. Many years ago a couple in love decided to show their love for each other by painting their names on the famous RR underpass.
Now when they repaint the underpass the lettering has to be repainted . That has been done many times over the years. No one seems to know who the couple were. All known is ” TIM LOVES TINK “. MAYBE ONE DAY WE WILL KNOW. The view of the underpass shows the south side looking north.

oil on linen
Please note clarity, definition , color , etc. will vary from actual painting.

Photography by Kim Reed

Waterloo

” WATERLOO ” Another memory from my childhood. Years ago in the north Ga. mountains my family owned and operated a small country store with groceries , gas, oil ,etc. I have always felt lucky to grow up around our business. Having worked, and played at this location , I got to see and hear lots of happenings that otherwise I would not have had so many memorable times. This painting is a typical scene where one day a beautiful, huge traveling bus pulled up and asked for directions to Cleveland , Ga. As I recall they were looking for a new radio station having a grand opening and that the ” STONEWALL JACKSON BAND ” would be playing. They hung around for a short time and visited with us and some locals. Folks got autographs ,etc. For the time , this was ” a really big show “. By the way, one of Stonewall Jackson ‘s biggest hits was ” WATERLOO “.

Photo varies from the actual painting ( definition, color , etc.)

Photography by Kim Reed .

Squeegie

Once again, it is a great privilege and honor to do another book cover for author Joe Cobb Crawford . The book is not on the market at this time. Release date will be announced later and also the title . All the happening in the book take place in and around Copperhill , TN. The attached photo of the cover is a scene from a story called “SQUEEGIE “. Great story on this young man and several of the other “towns people ” that are shown. I remember as a child of our family traveling to Copperhill to see the adjoing area where all the Copper mines were located. It was a sight to see ! Most of the land was really in bad shape. Smoke stacks everywhere and also gas fumes and smoke. Still after that , I did enjoy the trips.

Oil on linen
Photography by Kim Reed

One of my first big moments in my art career. In 1997 one of my early paintings was selected to be placed in the permanent collection of the famous MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART in Augusta, Ga. It was bought by a super art dealer from New York City. Later she donated it to the Morris Museum. Great memory for me !!!!!!

Around 1990 I started doing little models of buildings such as churches, old stores, theatres, houses, barns, etc. I just called them ” little buildings “. Later on in the ” Art World ” I learned they were called ” 3 Dimensionals “. So from there I started with my painting art career. The first couple of the 3 dimensionals were for my mother. One was her fathers old barn, and the 2nd was our old country store. This picture is of an old Theatre ( The GRAND )in Cornelia, Ga. It looks somewhat like the actual thing, but not exactly. This ones Marquee lights up. Makes you want to go to the movies.

Wedding Bells

” WEDDING BELLS ”
( or Tying The Knot or Gettin’ Hitched )

On December 28, 1962 wedding bells rang for Corinne Smith and Kenneth Woodall ! We were married at my grandpa’s house in Lula , Ga. deep in the north Ga. mountains. We picked my Grandpa ( Rev. Robert N. Wright ) to perform the ceremony since he was a Baptist preacher. We wanted a quick wedding , I knew that he married folks like a ” speeding bullet “. Usually 2 or so minutes. Over the years, when I was spending days at his house during the summer late at night folks would knock on the door and want to be married. I witnessed that lots of times. On this particular day , we gathered with him and one of Corinne’s best friends , Launia Nichols ( as a witness ). In the painting I used my ” Artistic License ” to have my grand ma there also, ( although she had passed a few years earlier). As years passed , I am so glad and proud to have had him there for my Wedding Bells !

OIL ON LINEN
18″ x 14 ”
Photography by Kim Reed

Radio Interview

A little news about my art work ! I recently visited the Georgia Public Radio affiliate WPPR FM 88.3 in Demorest, Ga. and was asked to do an interview for a local program show called Community Life in Northeast Ga. Station program Director Candice Felice did the interview where we talk about my art career . It will be broadcast at 2 different times . Friday Dec. 23 at 3pm and then on the following Tue. Dec. 27 at 7 pm. This will be the final broadcast of local program for WPPR . Was great to get back with her for this show. I was featured on the program 7 or 8 years ago. Good luck to Candice who will be going on to bigger and better things. Attached photo is Candice Felice in the station studio with my annual Christmas painting . The broadcast can also be heard on a pod cast at any time.

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