Sunday, September 15, 2013

A New Day For Hattie Fay -- Victor Celebrates The Arts #5

A New Day For Hattie Fay
Victor Celebrates The Arts # 5
Oil 11" x 14"
$295.00 + $10. s/h

For the show at the end of the week of painting for the Victor Celebrates The Arts plein air event in Victor, Colorado, each artist could submit up to 5 paintings:  3 plein air, 1 interior, and 1 miniature (no larger than 4" x 6").  Having an interior category was great for painting during the noon/afternoon hours when the outside light doesn't have great light and shadows.  It also allowed the artists easy access to almost any building.  This was the 14th VCTA event and the people in the town are used to artists setting up all over the place during the week.  There were so many great interiors:  old stores, museums, homes, diners.  

My piece was painted in a bedroom (mine) in the Fortune Club.  The Fortune Club represents the bawdy side of old Victor.  It was a famous gambling house and saloon and was reported to be one of the area's most talked about Red Light Social Clubs with rooms available on the second the Fortune Club Hotel.  The Fortune Club was built in 1899 by Harry Lang with financial assistance from Adolph Coors.  The club continued in operation until 1916 when prohibition came to Colorado and Harry Lang disappeared.  

I stayed in room #4;  my friend Rosemary stayed next door in room #3.  These rooms were hosted by sisters Cleo and Hattie Fay who were eventually run out of town as their burlesque act was "so indecent as to shock the hardened men of the infamous Union Theater."  You gotta wonder, how indecent was it??!!

My room was the right window in the center group of windows.  

The Fortune Club Diner.  They had incredible home made pies baked fresh daily!

Two old timers who ate at the diner everyday!!  I love a town that has a great sense of humor!


Debbi Smith Rourke said...

What fun. Lovely painting. I have never painted an interior on site, only by photo. I may try this. Sweet!

Pam Holnback said...

Debbi, thank you! I like that there was an interior category. It made me paint something outside of my usual!

Victor Errington said...

Hi Pam.
great painting the bedroom scene. Also a good write up. All the best.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Wow, looks like it was great fun! Lovely painting too!

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks so much Vic. Glad you enjoyed all the info.

Kimberly, Thank you. It was lots of fun!!