Victorian Gardens Project Continues

It has been almost two months since I began this 800 foot plus project. In that time the eighty foot long City Hall was painted followed by two adjoining row houses. When the north wall is complete at the end of February I will then leave the atrium area temporarily and move into the front of the building. here I will illustrate the store fronts for the Library, Saloon, Spa and Drug Store. Moving on to this area will free up the atrium space for the landscaping and all concrete re-surfacing to be completed. In about three months I will return to the atrium to continue the row house mural. Take a look at the progress so far!
On a related note, also in this time the word that all of the Victorian Manor facilities where I have illustrated were sold to Americare. This is great news for Quick Development but on the sadder side, the word that most of my murals will be painted over by the new owners was disappointing. The new ownership seems to be working hard to make a complete separation with the old management and all of the art is on the list. At least the scenes made people happy for awhile!

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Did I Mention the New Mural Project is 500 Feet Long?


Drawings have begun on this monstrous project. The first section to be illustrated is about 150′ wide and 16′ tall. While the scope initially is overwhelming, the more time I spend there helps me get comfortable with it all. All walls are built, covered and primed. Windows and doors will be installed next week. The entire area will be cleaned and sprayed. There will be nothing but my paint and I as the workmen will move on to other areas of the building! My first design for the “City Hall” will be transferred to the wall. All of the following designs will be decided upon as the project develops.

The theme of the entire space will be 1930′s small town including the City Hall and courses of row houses and brown stones. The style will be done in Trompe L’oeil (fool the eye). The walls are flat but when finished will be seen as real buildings with detail. There will be cars, people, pets and landscaping that looks real but really doesn’t exist. This will be very fun for the residents and their guests. Design of the city hall is a merge of the Kirkwood city hall meets the “Back to the Future” city hall. There will be brick, columns, carving and a clock on top. stay tuned for more progress photos!

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Largest Mural Commission to Begin in December!

I established Ray Harvey Art in 1986 and in that time I have created over 200 murals, fine art commissions and decorative finishes. These projects have included the installation of paintings in hotels, restaurants, offices, churches and residences. This December I will begin the largest commission of my career in terms of size and scope.
I have entered into an agreement with JP Quick Development which will challenge my artistic talents for at least twelve months. The down economy and foreclosures have been a positive for a few developers and this is the situation here. Picture a defunct Holiday Inn Holi-dome motel. Now take that structure and completely strip it out. Keep the bones but rebuild the entire structure with 750 square foot bungalows surrounding the enclosed atrium. Include a pool, spa and cafe in the controlled-climate naturally lit common space. While you’re at it, why not build a theater, chapel, health club, pharmacy, dime-store and saloon? This is the vision of the development company taking on this project.
I will be the one artist called upon to transform the 16′ tall and 500′ long atrium wall into a neighborhood setting with the use of paint. The mural will depict a 1920 row-house neighborhood complete with brown stone home fronts, city hall, trees and virtual neighbors. This is my largest “one piece” painting in the last twenty-six years. This part of the puzzle is expected to take over four months to complete. At its completion I will then move into the front area of the building and begin several smaller, yet large, murals in the chapel, theater and other venues. All together the work will last twelve months. At that time seniors will have an all-inclusive living facility they can call home. An estimate of occupation is not known at this time.

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Solutions For Healthcare Commission New Mural For Kentucky Facility

This week Ray Harvey Art received a new mural commission from Solutions For Healthcare, a designer of healthcare facilities located in Osage Beach, MO. The art will eventually installed in the dining area of an existing facility in Clinton, KY. The scene which will depict a vintage diner including celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and of course Elvis. Fun scenes as this can brighten the day of a resident and bring pride to the home. Ray Harvey will complete the painting in his studio and travel to Kentucky when finished for the installation. Harvey was asked how he felt having his art displayed in healthcare facilities as this. “First of all,” he said, ” these centers are not like the nursing homes of old. Due to the demand of care for older citizens these days there is much competition. Any way we can bring a smile to a resident and family members is well worth it. I suppose having my art hang here instead of a public museum or high browed residence isn’t quite as romantic as it could be. But image isn’t what I paint for. Watching the eyes of the viewer is where it counts. So why shouldn’t the residents of these centers get to appreciate original art. Do you somehow outgrow the eye for beauty?” To date Mr. Harvey’s largest healthcare mural actually is displayed in Mobile, AL where he created four 250′ long scenes. This new painting in Kentucky will be pretty small to Harvey’s standards but just as detailed including the characters, a jukebox, vintage signage and a window scene depicting downtown Clinton.
The painting should be in the design stage next week and is expected to be completed towards the end of November.

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Cuba MO Beautification Group Introduces New Christmas Print!

Viva Cuba is the beautification group responsible for the town’s mural project that has made the city known the length of Route 66. They originally wanted to develop a heritage mural project to depict notable happenings in history around the town. What has developed could never have been anticipated. There are twelve sponsored murals with many more private commissions. The city has the distinction of being named officially Mural City USA!
Now the group has commissioned Ray Harvey to bring the whole scene to life during the Christmas season. The original painting created by Ray Harvey is in the possession and displayed at Peoples Bank in Cuba. The image was also used to produce a set of open edition prints to be available to the public. This poster was presented for the first public viewing at the CubaFest celebration this past weekend. The artist was available for discussion and to sign copies of the poster. The initial sales are brisk for this art and are being sold throughout the holiday season. Details and more of the story can be viewed at this link: http://cubamomurals.com/wordpress/2012/10/cuba-the-small-town-with-big-ideas-features-its-own-christmas-print/

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New Celebrity Mural Displayed at the J Buck’s Clayton Location!

J Buck’s Restaurant has been a hot spot in Clayton for many years. Now it’s better than ever. The venue has gone through a major decorating renovation with an updated menu. The new menu will include a selection of house-smoked meats with an emphasis of more casual dining. The dining room has gone through an impressive face-lift. Metallic finishes, mid-century lighting and modern textures add to the contemporary atmosphere.
In the bar and meeting area hangs an original painted mural by Ray Harvey. He was commissioned by owner Doug Albrecht to create a panoramic painting depicting celebrity and sports figures from St. Louis. There are eighteen portraits spanning the width of fifty feet. Included are John Goodman, Tina Turner, Joe and Jack Buck, Nelly, Ozzie Smith and Andy Cohen among other notables.This artwork is the fourth at a Joe Bucks establishment this year.

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New Mural Commission Received From J Buck’s Clayton Location

It is official, Ray Harvey Art has received its’ latest commission for another mural for the Joe Buck’s organization. It was February when work began on the first three paintings for Joe Buck’s Restaurant downtown location. Now the Clayton venue of J Buck’s is getting a facelift and will include more Ray Harvey original art!
This painting will measure fifty-five feet long and will include around twenty portraits of sports stars and local celebrities. Some of the selected celebrities include Jon Hamm, Nelly, John Goodman, Scott Joplin, Chuck Berry and Tina Turner. The original art will circle the wall in the bar area. In addition, some large scale prints of the original three murals will be reproduced for other areas in the restaurant. The renovations are expected to be completed by the first week of September.

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Christmas in May? Believe It.

The first planning meeting for the painting “T’was the Night Before Christmas Over Route 66/Cuba” took place this morning. While many details are yet to be determined the patrons and Ray Harvey met to discuss the basic plan for the art. The painting, while owned by the patrons, will be loaned to the Viva Cuba committee for reproduction. The original art and subsequent product will be on display at CubaFest this October. The art will depict a snowy Christmas Eve on Route 66 in Cuba, Mo along with Santa, sleigh and reindeer. Many of the murals and popular notable Cuba locations will also be included. Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses.
The art shown here is the painting ” T’was the Night Before Christmas Over Washington” painted in 2007.

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Mural Unveiling at Joe Buck’s is Great Success!



On April first it was out with the old and in with the new. Murals that is! The three new sports murals were delivered to the downtown location in the morning, installed by a dedicated crew of carpenters and then unveiled that evening. Over 150 guests were in attendance for the charity event committed to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
The guests were treated to satellite food stations in order to sample some of the best bar-b-que food St. Louis has to offer. This included Ribs, Brisket, Turkey and Wings. The great meal was paired with selected beers from Anhueser Busch.
There was a brief entertainment session where Football Hall of Fame player, Dan Dierdorf, played MC and gave his thoughts on the Rams, football in general and the success of sports in St. Louis. The artist, Ray Harvey, was introduced by Mr. Dierdorf where they entered into a discussion of the three sports murals. Everyone in attendance was given a collectable poster depicting the three paintings and signed by the artist. The posters are available at Joe Buck’s Restaurant for $50 each and are signed by selected sports stars. One hundred per cent of the cost goes directly to the hospital.


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New Art to be Created at Holy Cross Church

Father James Finder has commissioned Ray Harvey to add to the work already completed in the sanctuary. A few years ago Mr. Harvey was called upon to put a creative touch with murals, decorative finishes and gilding to St. Michaels, St. Francis and Holy Cross Church in Cuba, MO. Now, Father James is calling him back to Holy Cross to continue the beautification. Three paintings and gilding were put in place in 2006. Ray Harvey will be adding even more gilding in the stations of the cross areas and a detailed carved motif on the side alters. Towards the rear of the church two 4′ x 5′ illustrations of chosen saints will be painted and aded to the walls. Completion is expected before easter Sunday on April 8th.

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