In the corner of my living room is a wicker clothes basket that came from my great-grandfather's general store just outside of Litchville, North Dakota. His calloused hands and suitcoated shoulders built a store that supplied farmers for miles around. Now only vague, passed-down stories and a waving wheat field mark its existence. Two soda bottles sit on the window ledge in my kitchen. They were discovered on one of my husband's walks through the woods surrounding our Pennsylvania home. Once the mud was washed away, we found that they were from a local bottleworks, a company that only one of Dave's great-uncles barely recalled. Even his grandmother, who grew up in the area during the Depression, didn't recognize them.
The works on this page are part of an ongoing series honoring entrepreneurship, and the fleeting passage of time, how the landmarks of our hometowns can change in the blink of an eye. Small businesses contribute more than just employment and ingenuity--they also give us a sense of 'place', a sense of an individual sharing a dream with his or her neighbors. A small business may begin its life with the goal of making money, but so often along the way it becomes more; it becomes a source of memory, comfort, and even identity. Who doesn't think fondly of a favorite mom-and-pop store where you know everyone behind the counter or that quirky cafe where you have gone to the same table for longer than you can remember?
Share any and all of your small business stories by emailing me with a jpeg and I'll create a painting inspired by it. The pieces will be shown in this online gallery, and perhaps displayed in some actual art venues. Any comments or stories about the business will also be added to the display. Those submitting ideas are under no obligation to buy a work. I reserve all copyrights, and require no reproduction unless by permission of the artist.Your participation is vital to this project! Currently the only states represented are Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Montana. But let's have all 50 states represented! (And by the way, there are some churches on the Pennsylvania page, painted simply because I found them beautiful.) Click the contact link in the navigation bar to contact me with any suggestions.
All of these works are hand-painted with acrylic paint on designer stretched canvas. They are originals, and personally signed on the back. Their dimensions are all 8"x10", and they are sold unframed, but still can be hung as is. Works are shipped within a week of your order.
If you wish to purchase, simply put down a price you are willing to pay into the box below, and click the 'buy now' button. Clicking on the 'buy now' button will lead you directly into Paypal.
Minimum price asked for is $50 which will cover materials, packing, and shipping. The average price is between $50-$75, but any price over $50 is gratefully accepted. Just give my treasured art a happy home, and I am happy, too. Proceeds from the sale of these works go to the St. Johns Anglican Mission Fund, where my husband assists struggling people he encounters in police chaplaincy, as well as people we both encounter in our day to day lives.
Because of the prevalence of international online scams, we reserve the right to decide on a case by case basis whether to ship art out of the United States.
(left: picture of my ancestors's general store.)
Website creation and design - Cory Jaeger-Kenat
Background vector designed by visnezh / Freepik