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Misc. Shop Stuff #37: Artwork: Carlyle (IL) Swinging Bridge

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 130 days ago 611 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have this painting of the General Dean Suspension Bridge in Carlyle, IL. It is painted on a 4’x8’ sheet of masonite, with a pencil sketch on the reverse (smooth) side and the finished work on the textured side.

The painting is signed R. Czerwonka, and I know nothing of this gentlemen but it may be:

RAYMOND CZERWONKA of Hoffman IL

Date of birth: December 13, 1927
Date of death: June 15, 2007

Just posting it here because Google finds nothing on any of this. Maybe someone will find it here now and tell me more about this great painting.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 130 days ago

That is wonderful Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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Brit

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#2 posted 130 days ago

I found a reference to Mr Ray Czerwonka in:

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL TOWN AND COUNTRY ART EXHIBITION
University of Illinois College of Agriculture
and College of Fine and Applied Arts
Cooperating
Architecture Building Gallery
September 22-28, 1963

We are proud to present the work of the amateur artists of Illinois.

The eighth annual Illinois Town and Country Art Exhibition reflects the growing
interest of Illinois residents in art and craft work.

Fifteen University of Illinois art judges sele’cted pieces at 29 local shows for
this exhibition. There are 237 exhibitors from 38 widely scattered Illinois
counties represented in the exhibition.

Judges for this exhibit were Professors Peter Bodnar, Harry F. Breen and Donald
E. Frith. They awarded blue ribbons to those considered to merit special recognition.

The exhibition is open to the public:
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., September 22-27
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., September 28

Many of the paintings are for sale at the prices indicated. Arrangements for
purchase should be made with the artist.

Ray Czerwonka exhibited a watercolor painting called ‘Spring Plowing’

So this tells us that at the time of this exhibition (1963) Ray was an amateur artist in Illinois.

The above show still takes place. See here: http://www.news-gazette.com/arts-entertainment/local/2013-09-18/amateur-art-show-display-springer.html

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brit

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#3 posted 130 days ago

Could this be him?

http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/usa/Illinois/Ray-Czerwonka_54s5py

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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stefang

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#4 posted 130 days ago

That is a very nice painting Smitty. It would have been fun to see if he has some family somewhere who knew about it or at least would like to know about it.

It would be an awful big coincidence if there were 2 R. Czerwonkas who were both artists in that same time frame.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 130 days ago

Centralia and Hoffman tie in very well, Andy. Wow, that’s great stuff you found on the art exhibit!

Chicago may have been his home in 1940, but that is about five hours north.

Mike, there was a Czerwonka in the local HS (son of Ray?) in 1970…

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#6 posted 129 days ago

Wow, amazing detective work Andy!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 129 days ago

That might be your retirement Smitty.
I see antiques roadshow in your future.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 129 days ago

You may say I’m a dreamer… Well I’m not the only one.

:-)

Can you imagine hefting a full-sheet painting around all day? That’d be something, alright.

If the local paper had anything on-line, a search may have turned up the painter’s name. There was an image just like this one behind the side-bar of the local American Legion Hall; that’s gone, but I remember seeing the painting when I was much, much younger. There would have been something in the paper, I’d think. But, who knows?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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