Dedicated to the men and women whose labor helped build the community we enjoy today
The corner of High St. and W. Milwaukee St. in downtown Janesville, Wi. had seen better days.
Still, those days were impressive
Because Janesville had always been a "G.M." town, it was natural to approach the local GM auto dealership first about sponsorship. Owner and President of Fagen Automotive, Bob Clapper, was very receptive to the project. Besides the obvious appreciation of our auto heritage, Bob shared a civic sence to help this little corner out, a little bit.
The Armory with it's history, especially in the Bataan Death March, is a beautiful building. In my youth it served as a venue for live music on weekends. The epicenter of the "circuit".
The Monterey Hotel was the jewel of the region when built in 1930. At the start of the great depression. The Kennedy's, Joe Lewis, The King of Siam, were a few of the notable guests of this grand Art Deco Building. On a personal note my mother, Naomi Richter, was the first female Real Estate Broker, in Janesville. She had her first office in the corner of the Monterey ground floor. Have not lost faith in the hope that it will be restored.
This was the initial sketch for the project. A 24 x 36" acrylic painting on canvas.
With a 90 year history I decided to focus on one 5 year period of production. The late 1950's.
The phrase Iconic, is sometimes over used. These auto's have stood the test of time and do reflect a design period that has left these models, some of the most collectible around. Famed designer Harley Earl had a part in most.
Because this was started in October, time was of the essence.The building itself was and is still in need of a little TLC. The mural site prep began with multiple power wash. Then primed with three coats of latex primer.
Here is the JATV you tube of my talk at Janesville Art League. This was held at the beautiful Women's Club Building, just blocks from the mural site.
I am a little long winded so I talked for a hour. You may want to "sample"...