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History of a Painting - Meat & Cheese

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Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

History of a Painting - Meat & Cheese 

Nappanee, Indiana

Acrylic painting by Larry Johnston©

The very first outdoor Festival, where I displayed and sold my paintings, was a local show in Elkhart County, in Nappanee, Indiana.  The Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival was about 12 years old then and was held in the apple orchard, but I have since participated in 30 of their annual shows.

The show takes place on an Amish working farm, which now, has become one of the biggest shows in the country.  Besides the farm, they also have a round barn theatre, a Restaurant Barn, where they serve family style Amish dinners. On the property, they also have a variety of shops, including the "Meat and Cheese" store.  I painted a few of the Amish Acres buildings in my early career, one of them being the Meat & Cheese.

 Check out some of my other Paintings and the stories behind them:

Carter's Hamburgers,....  Movie Theatres, (Set of 4),....  Oliver Ford,....  Krispy Kreme, Atlanta, GA,....  Behind the House,....  Fishing Flies (Set of 4),.... Brewster's Taxi,....  Underwater swimmer looking up,....  Miami, FL Fire Station,....  Diving Dog,....  Stone Mtn Mill - Summer,....  Underwater Face,....  Detroit FOX Theatre,....  Gas Pumps (Set of 4),....  Ft. George Drive-in Theatre,....  Red Covered Bridges (Set of 4),....  Gone Fishing,....  Duck Decoys (Set of 4),....  Agnew Seed Store,....  Brown Covered Bridges (Set of 4),.... The Prange Building ,....  Crown Point, Criminal Court,....  Coconut Tree,....  Barns - (Set of 4),....  Pedal Cars - Set of 4,....  Starr's Mill,....  Fishing Lures Set of 4,.... Fireman's -Set of 4,....  The Fire Dept.,....  Barber - Set of 4,....  Barber Pole,....  Shrimp Boat,....  Hot Air Balloon - Set,....  Los Angeles Theatre,....  Florida Lighthouses set,....  Fire Dog,....  Louis' Lunch,....  Fresh Fruit,....  Bumper Cars,....  Roanoke Weiner Stand,....  Skyline Chili & Weinermobile,....  Fried Green Tomatoes windw,....  Bradford's store,....  Monaco Bay Nightclub,....  milk silo,....  4-Seasons of Outhouses,....  Shrimp Boat,....  Wings for You,....  Texas Tavern,....  Columbia Street Roastery,....  FOX Theatre, Atlanta, The King & I,....  Luigi's Pizza,....  Tilley's Trolley,....  Sixes Road Mill,.... Savannah, GA Carriage,.... Hope Train Depot,....  Jackson Drink Stand,....  Euharlee Covered Bridge - Spring,....  Toy Ferris Wheel,....  Roselawn,....  Sewing Machine,.... Rosie's Diner, 2nd painting,.... Billy Goat Tavern,....    The Varsity - 2nd painting,....  The Varsity,....   Wickers End,....  LaSalle Hotel Rooftop Sign,....  Waffle House,....    Crown Point, IN Jail,....  Roses and the Old,....  Train,....  Norman's,....  Sinclair Gas Pump,....  Wicker Guest House,....  Ted Peter's Smoked Fish,....  Stone Mounain Grist Mill,....  Classic Milk Shake,....  Juke Box Song Selector,....  Thrasher Bros Warehouse,....  Wood & Swank Post Office,....  Restored Truck,....  Brown Barn Texaco,....  Weldy School,....  Broken Swing,....  Chicago Theatre,....  Bonnie Doon Ice Cream, S. Mich. St.,....  Armuchee House,....  The Corner Shelf,....  Loew's Jersey Theatre,....  Marathon Gas Pump,....  Calloway's Round Barn,....  River Street, Savannah, GA,....  Court House, Crown Point, IN,....  Pooles Mill Covered Bridge,....  Steak and Shake,....  The Peanut Shop,....  Hot Diggity Dogs,....  Wrigley Field,.... Piano Through a Window,.... The Coconut Tree,....  Barber Tonics,.... Pelican Diner,.... A & W Drive-in,.... The Lantern,.... The FOX Theatre, Atlanta,...  Tri-Way Outdoor Theatre,...  Rexall Drug Store,...  A Family Homestead,...  The Palace Theatre,...  Angel's Diner,...  Krispy Kreme, Gainsville, Florida,...  Bonnie Doon US31,...  Ross Diner,...  The Gag & Heave,... A&W Root Beer Barrel,...  Bonnie Doon, Lincolnway, Mishawaka, IN,...  Train Depot, Cartersville, GA,...  Dairy Queen,...  Firestone Store,...  The South Shore,...  The Gathering Place,...  4-Way Lunch,...  Mustard and Ketchup,... McDonald's,...  Lost Mountain Store,...   The Big Chicken,...  Euharlee, GA. Covered Bridge,...  Juliette, GA Church,...  Fried Green Tomatoes House,...  Whistle Stop Cafe,...   Whistle Stop Train Depot,...  Tilley Park,...   Jimmy's Hurricane,...   Barber Chair,...  Fire Truck,...   Rosies Diner,... Judge Roy Bean's   

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If you know anyone that wants to buy or sell their home in the Elkhart County,

or surrounding area, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577,

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart, Indiana,

or email larry@larry-johnston.com  

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Larry. I don't have enough words to express how much I love this picture! And it was a pleasant surprise, as I from your title I was expecting to see meat and cheese and was wondering just how you'd pull that off!

Dec 12, 2015 10:46 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

After being out in the wilderness, you go into town and hit this reliable place

Dec 12, 2015 10:47 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning Larry,

The Amish do not have as an elaborate building as that here but the cheese, food and workmanship keeps me coming back.

Make yourself a great day.

Dec 12, 2015 10:47 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Larry Johnston,  The Amish are always interesting, we have the Kutztown Folk Festival in Pennsylvania and I was always impress going there as  a young kid.

Dec 12, 2015 11:34 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

There is no one that markets better than Dick Pletcher. He is a master at it and his Amish Acres, the farm, and Amish Acres the Art & Craft Show have blazed a trail in history because of him.   The meat and cheese shop is just one authentic looking building he has erected for your shopping pleasure.

Dec 14, 2015 01:32 AM