Randy Welborn Studio

The Carnation Ice Cream Shop
circa 1953

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The Carnation Ice Cream Restaurant, located at the corner of 11th and Broadway in Beaumont, was a beloved establishment that opened its doors in 1948. It quickly gained popularity among locals and remained a favorite spot for Sunday evening outings for over two decades.

The painting depicts a scene from July 4th, 1953, showcasing the restaurant's iconic aesthetic, including the use of glass blocks, tile, and neon signs. The focal point of the piece is a young couple, with the girl at the counter feeding her boyfriend a 35-cent banana split - a dish renowned for its deliciousness.

The artist, who created this piece as part of their "Moments to Remember" series, aimed to evoke feelings of nostalgia and evoke memories of a simpler time. The painting also includes small details such as the cub scout's ice cream spill and the artist's flat tire, adding a touch of realism to the scene. Overall, the painting serves as a tribute to the Carnation Ice Cream Restaurant and the memories it holds for so many.

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 35x28" on masonite panel, completed in 1990.

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