January 20, 2019 -- Red Oak Cafe
Red Oak Café sign at Red Oak II, near Carthage, Missouri.
It was a real, operating restaurant at one time, but is now closed & sits idle, but the sign is still there with the artist’s name in lower right.
Red Oak II is a “real, but fake” town created by Artist Lowell Davis. Davis is a well known artist generally referred to as the “Norman Rockwell of Rural Art”. His love for the simpler times is reflected in his pet project Red Oak II, a real, but fake town he created just off old U.S. 66 near Carthage, Missouri over 30 years ago. It’s a collection of more than 40 vintage buildings that comprise the town where he had so many memories as a child. Davis has a love for the simpler times of the past that are reflected, not only in his “new” town, but also in his paintings and sculptures. Of his re-created town, he said: “Red Oak II is a combination of a painting and a sculpture, and it is just made from things that someone else threw away.”
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