He may look as if he has painted himself into a corner, but artist Ray Harvey is painting the Dottie's Diner logo on the mural.
Artist Ray Harvey doesn’t live in Cuba, but he has adopted, or been adopted, by the area. When Harvey completes the two new mural commissions at Midwest Petroleum Travel Plaza Harvey will have painted 24 pieces of public art in the area. Last summer Harvey painted a 50′ mural entitled Classic Road Show at Midwest.
Now, Don McNutt of the Midwest Petroleum Travel Plaza has commissioned Harvey to paint two more 25′ murals, each with a transportation theme, outside the Travel Plaza’s restaurant. The current mural features vintage trucks and a Greyhound bus with Fort Wood painted above its front window.
The logo for Dottie’s Diner that Harvey is painting over the restaurant entrance pays homage to McNutt’s mother. The logo will also appear on the restaurant’s menu.
What many might be surprised about is that Harvey paints his large murals, even the 50 footers, using a one-inch brush.
After this wall is complete, Harvey will paint another wall in the area with vintage trains.
To read the article on the first mural Harvey painted at Midwest Petroleum featuring classic cars, read the Cuba Free Press article, “Truck Plaza adds to Mural City’s art exhibits.”
Harvey works on the lift to reach his work area. Customers often engage him in conversation as he paints.
Using a one-inch brush, Harvey paints his murals showing fine details in large areas.
To read more about Harvey and his artwork in the area and to see more photos, read the blog entry
“Classic cars take their spot in Cuba, MO’s pubic art offerings.”
Artist Ray Harvey used his vintage widelux camera for this panoramic photo. The camera gives the mural the "curved" effect. Copyright Ray Harvey.
Cuba, MO is known as Rt. 66 Mural City. Originally, the designation was the result of Viva Cuba’s 12 outdoor murals. But a consequence of the original mural program is that local businesses have embraced the idea of art, and other examples of public art have spread throughout Cuba.
The latest example is artist Ray Harvey’s mural Classic Road Show at the Midwest Petroleum’s Travel Plaza at the I-44 overpass. The indoor mural stretches above the lobby between the restaurant and convenience store. Harvey has taken many of the classic autos that people might associate with Rt. 66 and featured them in the colorful mural, which spans 50 feet above the lobby.
Here are a few scenes from the mural’s creation.
The project started with sketch of the mural.
Using the sketch as a guide, Harvey made an outline of the mural on the painting surface. Normally, he can project the outlines on the surface, but the well-lit lobby prevented that. Harvey did his painting standing on the Travel Plaza's lift.
At the midpoint of painting, Harvey painted the Rt. 66 shield on the mural. He took this photo himself--a tricky shot.
The vibrant car mural draws many appreciative looks from passersby and the truckers' section of the nearby restaurant.
Congratulations to artist Ray Harvey and Midwest Petroleum Travel Plaza on their contribution to the Route 66 Mural City’s public art. We think you should should get a “A Best of Show” ribbon for your Classic Road Show mural. Our question now is where’s the Classic Road Show T-Shirt?
To see more public art outside the Viva Cuba Mural Project in Cuba MO, and other Ray Harvey art in Cuba go here.
To see Ray Harvey’s website, go here.
To read the story behind Harvey’s Bette Davis mural, go here.
To see Harvey’s murals on the Phillips 66 station, go here.
To learn about the widelux camera and see more of Harvey’s widelux shots, go here.
Ray Harvey painted his own car show.
Mural image rights reserved to Ray Harvey
Ray Harvey uses a preliminary sketch as a guide while he sketches the mural images on the wall. Working inside is a welcome respite from the 90+ degree temperatures and humidity.
Missouri artist Ray Harvey is spending July adding to Cuba, MO’s growing collection of public art. Cuba is known for being the Route 66 Mural City and Viva Cuba’s 12 outdoor murals. However, as an offshoot of Viva Cuba’s mural project, business people in Cuba have commissioned their own examples of public art.
The latest entry in the public art scene is taking shape at Midwest Petroleum’s Truck Port and Restaurant located on the north side of the I-44 overpass. Midwest Petroleum’s CEO Don McNutt gave Harvey the go ahead on the mural after viewing some proposed sketches and choosing the classic cars and Route 66 logo.
Using Midwest Petroleum’s lift and a sketch as a guide, Ray Harvey drew his design on the wall and began painting the Route 66-themed mural with its complement of classic cars. For an artist that often perches on lifts and scaffolding outside in 90+ degree heat and humidity, this inside job in the lobby of the air conditioned restaurant and convenience store is a welcomed change of pace.
Customers to the restaurant follow Harvey’s progress as they munch on their meal, and bystanders stop in the lobby to gaze up at the scene taking place. This is public art in the truest sense.
The mural will feature some popular classic cars that you probably wouldn't see together except in a car show or auto museum.
If you want to see this latest addition to Cuba’s art scene, stop in at Midwest Petroleum’s lobby and watch it take color and shape. This is Harvey’s second week of working, and he estimates that it will take around three weeks of work. As you can see from the work so far, this colorful addition to Cuba’s public art should be a crowd pleaser.
Ray Harvey steps back to gain a little perspective on the mural.
Other locations of murals painted by Ray Harvey in the Cuba, MO area: Victorian Manor, My Place Tires, Bette Davis, Murals on the 1930′s Phillips 66 Station, and Holy Cross Church and school hall. These can be viewed at the Other Public Art link on Viva Cuba’s website.
Artist Ray Harvey points out a detail in his painting at the Memory Center Community.
Cuba, MO will soon have even more public art. For a small town of 3500, there’s an abundance of art both inside and outside. One of the offshoots of the Viva Cuba’s Mural Project is that the community has embraced art in a big way.
Missouri rtist Ray Harvey is no stranger to Cuba’s art scene. He painted both the Bette Davis mural and the History at the 4-Way murals on the Phillips 66 Station. He painted the mural on My Place Tires and has painted both inside and outside the Catholic Church.
Harvey has three murals inside the Victorian Manor Assisted Living Facility. The owner of Victorian Manor John Paul Quick first met Harvey as he was painting at the Phillips 66 Station. He told him that he was interested in having Harvey do some murals in a new assisted living facility that they were building in Cuba. The Quicks liked his work in their Cuba Victorian Manor and had Harvey paint more murals in their Victorian Manors in St. Clair and Sullivan.
Quick and his wife Nancy are now building their first Alzheimers’s facility called the Victorian Manor Memory Center Community in Cuba. Harvey is again painting murals throughout the Center to make it a warmer, more interesting place for the residents to live.
When the Center is finished in a couple of months, we will photograph all the murals for posting on our website under the Other Public Art link. Then Harvey will be off to Washington, Missouri to paint murals in two Senior Housing Centers and another Alzheimer’s Facility.
See Other Public Art in Cuba, MO here. This is art in Cuba, MO outside the Viva Cuba Mural Project, including the work of Ray Harvey.
Read “Bette Davis visits Cuba, MO” here
Read “Before and after images tell the tale of restoration in Cuba, MO” here, which tells about the restoration of the Phillips 66 Station and its murals.
Preview of Chair-i-table Auction offering…
Mural City Gothic should be an “in-demand” piece at this year’s auction.
For most of us, when we look at this chair painted by artist Ray Harvey, we are reminded of why he is an artist, and we aren’t.
When preliminary photos came in of artist Ray Harvey’s painted chair for the Saturday, May 8th Chair-i-table auction, it was forwarded to Viva Cuba Members. Responses varied from “I want it” to “Wow!”
The chair is an imaginative play on American artist Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting. We’re calling it Mural City Gothic. We think this chair will be an “in-demand” piece at this year’s auction, which will be held at Java.net. Some chairs will be sold at silent auction and others by live auction. See the flyer below for details.
Ray Harvey of New Haven painted the Bette Davis mural and the mural panels on the Phillips 66 station for Viva Cuba. He also painted the My Place Tires mural, murals at the Catholic Church, and murals at the Victorian Manor assisted living facility. You can find this work on the Viva Cuba website.
Before the auction, we will publish all of the Chair-i-table Auction offerings on this blog, but we just had to give you a peak at this one.
For more information on the auction read “Chair-i-table auction slated for May 8 at Java.net” and “Chair-i-table Auction Preview: It’s a Girly Chair.”
For more information about Ray Harvey and his work read “Vintage Widelux camera offers new perspective on Cuba MO Murals,” “My Place Tires raises the cool factor on Route 66 in Cuba, MO,” and “Artist Ray Harvey’s website Widelooks.com features Cuba, MO gallery.”
For more on Ray Harvey, visit his websites Ray Harvey Art and Widelooks Photography, which features his photography using his vintage Widelux camera. Harvey’s art is also available at www.etsy.com/shop/rayharveyart.