Capital Oriented Murals

Happy belated 4th of July! With this Monday being a federal holiday, I think it’s fitting to do a post on historical murals, some of which are in state capitol buildings and capital locations.

First up, murals by Barry Faulker at the National Archives. When you click on the links, numbers appear to help identify all of the figures in these murals. This is a  very interesting site to learn about the restoration of these historic murals.

Faulker Murals 1 courtesy National Archives seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Declaration Mural by Barry Faulkner via the National Archives

Constitution Mural by Barry Faulker at the National Archives, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Constitution Mural by Barry Faulker at the National Archives

This mural is in progression in DC (federal capital city) on the exterior of the Foggy Bottom Grocery. I’m not sure what it is depicting but it may be finished by now.

DCMetrocentric_Mural as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Foggy Bottom Mural courtesy DC Metrocentric

The four murals in the Frankfort, KY Capitol Dome by Tricia Spaulding reflect Kentucky’s cultural heritage. Click the link to view them all.

Frankfort KY Dome Murals via The State Journal seen on Art Is Everywhere

Frankfort KY Dome Murals via The State Journal

Tricia Spaulding Murals1 as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Tricia Spaulding Murals 2 as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Finally, this realistic Chief Pontiac mural is one of 19 murals that has helped increased tourism by 99% in Pontiac, IL.

ChiefPontiacMural in Pontiac, IL via Pontiac Daily Leader, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Chief Pontiac Mural in Pontiac, IL via Pontiac Daily Leader

Derby Day

There's a lot I could say about art regarding The Kentucky Derby, just by association of my family's Kentucky heritage and my very prolific artistic Aunt but the Derby, specifically, is Louisville's sophisticated Mardi Gras — meaning lots of eccentric stuff happens — even with all the upper crust fancy hats to be seen on Derby Day. No matter how you celebrate Derby Day, here's a few things that you could use:

1) A Rose themed centerpiece — better yet, one made of chocolate cake.

2) Bottle art — Woodford Reserve

3) Mint Juleps

4) Burgoo — a type of stew (gumbo can be compared but without the seafood). I didn't even know what this was but here's the recipe for Chess Pie, the other essential — to eat as reward after eating the burgoo:

— featured in the Kentucky Derby Museum and from the Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook (can’t get more official than that!)

1 stick butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup flour

pinch of salt

2 tbs. Kentucky bourbon

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped chocolate chips

1 9 inch pie shell, partially baked

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, flour, salt and bourbon.  Add chocolate chips, and nuts.  Stir well.  Pour into partially baked pie shell and bake for 30 minutes or until center is set.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  Here is another recipe with a great picture.

And more on the origins of the pie.

Some recipes use walnuts, but I prefer pecans.


 5) And of course hats…. Happy Kentucky Derby Day this Saturday.

PS: I'll be celebrating twofold because I got my blog, image upload working again — due to my FTP beefing up their security and I had to reset the permissions. One more thing off my list.

Floodwater Walls

I had posted on some similar murals near Roeblings Bridge in Madison County, KY but hadn’t seen these Jeffersonville Floodwater wall murals. They could be the same? Who knew floodwater walls could be so beautiful, as these are in Louisville, KY, and as seen on Broken Sidewalk:

jeff_floodwall_02-500x292 copyright Broken Sidewalk

jeff_floodwall_07-500x305 copyright Broken Sidewalk

jeff_floodwall_03-500x322 copyright Broken Sidewalk

These are all beautifully painted. The detail is exceptional and exquisite.

Here’s another view of the Roeblings Bridge Murals from Midwest Guest.

Roeblings Bridge Murals copyright Dominique King via Midwest Guest blog

My guess is they are different murals (see arches) and different locations but painted by the same mural company. Clarifications are welcome.


Danville, KY is a quintessential, small, American, Southern town with a Main Street and all. We were driving here to attend my Aunt’s memorial service. Fortunately, we were also able to attend the Brass Band Festival — one of its main tourists attractions. I had never heard of it before but it was a huge deal on Centre College’s campus. The music was a mix of traditional Sousa type brass, jazz and classical. Folks from Louisville attended setting up themed tables in which they competed for the best decorations. It made a somewhat emotional time enjoyable. We missed the hot air balloon part, but coincidentally I wrote about balloons last Friday, as it was occurring in Danville.

brass band fest in Danville, KY

danville brass band festival 09. Photo by C. Ashley Spencer

danville-brass-band. Photo by C. Ashley Spencer

My son told me about this band, Yesterday’s Last Quintet — very jazzy, hip-hop and electronic blues influences by the musical artist Madlib. Worth checking out at LastFM for more tunes. A little  jazzy brass to Kick-start your weekend.

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