BHS was sorry to read that the Tin Man Brewing Company not only closed its tasting room and restaurant but also has put the brewing business up for sale. We wish the owners and staff of this West Franklin Street enterprise – which gave a big boost to the micro-brewing scene – the best of luck and hope new owners restore it to active duty.
Billy’s portrait of the Tin Man was painted in 2015 as part of his ‘Places I Love’ series, which he created for the First Annual ‘Billy at the Bokeh’ show. (The painting is still available. Contact BHS at 812/303-4722 or at email@example.com. ) The Third Annual ‘Billy at the Bokeh’ show opens at the Bokeh Lounge (Washington & Parrett) this Friday, April 7 from 6 to 9 pm during First Friday at Haynie’s Corner, which resumes for the season this month. The theme of this new body of work is ‘A New World Order’. The show runs through April.
There is a story about the Tin Man portrait that relates to the closing of another local business, Aztec Printing, located in the historic Euler Block on the northeast corner of Washington and Parrett in Haynie’s Corner. Before Aztec moved in about 40 years ago, a small, family-owned grocery store operated from that corner. The daughter and son-in-law of Kissel’s Finer Foods came to that first show at Bokeh and loved the Tin Man portrait, and commissioned Billy to paint a portrait of the grocery store as the clients remembered it.
Last week we learned that the owners of Aztec Printing have retired and sold the business. That was sad news for us, as Aztec has been our only Evansville printer, providing a dozen years of great service. We wish Barb and Joyce and Bonnie and all the other women of Aztec a happy retirement and thank them for all they quietly did for our community. They were an anchor at Haynie’s Corner through many lean years and we will miss them.
Join us for FF@HC tomorrow, or drop by by the Bokeh Lounge at any time and browse the new work Billy has made during his ‘art sabbatical.’