Evening at the Jefferson
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In the fifties, downtown Beaumont still buzzed with activity on a Friday night, and the center of attraction was the movies palace of the area, the Jefferson Theatre.
This nostalgic painting depicts one of those occasions, specifically, March 29th 1955, the artist's birthday. There's a new DeSoto on the left and on the right is the artist's first car - a 1941 Cadillac Series 75 Limosine, both classic cars of the 50s era.
A man on the right is reading a poster that advertises the movie "Battle Cry" at the Liberty Theatre. See if you can find the guy looking for a friend's arrival. He's wearing a white sport coat and a pink carnation!
Notes from the artist:
In 1983 I wanted to do a painting of the Jefferson Theatre as I remembered as a kid. I picked my twelfth birthday and looked up which movie was playing that day in the Beaumont Enterprise microfilm collection at Lamar University. "Twist of Fate" starring Ginger Rogers was it. I was able to get an original poster to help with the painting. To add the 50s trivia interest I have a guy standing on the curb "waiting on a friend" wearing a "white sport coat and a pink carnation", from Marty Robbin's song of that era.
After I finished the painting I realized that others needed to be done reflecting those "good old day's of the 50s - so began a series I call Moments to Remember from the classic song by the Four Lads.
Description by the Artist
Watch this video presentation by the artist describing the painting process, the research, and the hidden trivia in the painting.
The original painting is 30x24" on masonite panel, completed in 1983.
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