History of a Painting - Amish Acres, Restaurant Barn

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History of a Painting - Amish Acres, Restaurant Barn.  

 

Acrylic Painting by Larry Johnston©

The first outdoor Art Festival I exhibited in was in Nappanee, Indiana, about 30 minutes from where I lived at the time in 1978.  It was an exciting time, as it was held in the apple orchard of a real working Amish Farm.

I exhibited at Amish Acres Arts and Craft Festival for 30 years and made a habit of eating at their Restaurant Barn on the last of the four-day show, before tearing down and packing up my display.  They are famous for their Amish Family-style "Threshers Dinner", which they still have today.

I painted the Restaurant Barn painting, as well as 3 other places on the grounds.  Other paintings were: The Amish Farm House, The Round Barn Theatre and the Meat and Cheese shop.

 

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

Mail Boxes,....  Texaco Pump,....  Carnegie Library, Crown Point, IN,....  Prater's Mill,....  Bubba's Roadhouse and Saloon,....  Billys Ritz,....  50s Diner, Sarasota, FL,....  Biff Burger,....  Dog 'n Mug,....  Bonnie Doon Ice Cream, Mishawaka,....  Skyline Chili,....  Meat & Cheese,....  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 

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George Souto
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Larry that is different.  I don't think I have seen a restaurant in a structure like that before.

Jan 24, 2016 09:30 AM #1
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Your paintings are always amazing Larry. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Jan 24, 2016 10:16 AM #2
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Inside the barn is even more impressive with the huge beams that the barn is built with.  

Jan 24, 2016 11:01 AM #3
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Larry, your art is wonderful.  I love the stories told with each one.  Mark

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Hi Larry, I have been there and ate in the restaurant. I believe I remember it was a buffet and I ate too much. They had some beautiful furniture pieces.

Jan 24, 2016 11:56 AM #5
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Good morning Larry. I have seen many Amish barns, but in PA, they are always in such amazing condition.

Love your painting, they found a different use for this barn.

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Hi Larry.  I would have loved to see this restaurant-barn in person.  Looks intriguing. 

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Good morning Larry. How very neat. I wonder what was that meal consisted of.

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Thank you very much for sharing some of your paintings and the history behind them. You have me oriented to looking for scenes that you would enjoy painting.

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Impressive talent Larry. Nice share!

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Larry

Thanks for sharing the history lesson . . . . and an outstanding printing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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