Sunday, March 6, 2011

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 34

It seems this is the 34th challenge put forth by Lovely Linda at Studio L3. By my calculation, that means we only have 1 more and although i have THOROUGHLY enjoyed this journey, i will admit that I'll be a little relieved once i have posted my final submission. Maybe I'll focus more on work and school (but i doubt it, lol). At the same time, I will be sad to see it go. This has definitely made me stretch my wings and fly into some unchartered territory (at least uncharted by me!). For that I am so thankful.

The piece I did for the Dimensional Collage Fragments challenge (which is found on page 63 of this book) came together rather quickly for me. This is rarely the case. And, although i say quickly, here I am posting on Sunday AGAIN. But since I only came up with it yesterday, that's quick work for me.
I was flipping thru my mini reproduction of the Sears & Roebuck catalog for inspiration and came across this advertisement for a cure to make one stop drinking. Pretty laughable stuff. The old prospector image I grabbed online, but my family has a history with this particular gentleman. I grew up in Newport, Kentucky, which is where a/the Wiedemann beer brewery was located. Many of the men in my young life (Dad, uncles, neighbors) drank Wiedemann; some even worked at the brewery. I can actually still remember the smell of it in the air. Later in life, my Dad collected Wiedemann memorabilia and my sister purchased a reproduction of this image on canvas for him several years ago, which is now resides in my creative center and looks upon me with those watchful eyes.
So, that's my story and I'm stickin to it...much like my elements are stuck to this fragment, lol! The bottle cap image is mounted on top, but is only a place holder until i can lay my hands on one of my actual Wiedemann bottle caps.

This famous paper litho sign employed between 1890-1918 portrays a haggard gold prospector holding a glass etched with the words
"Wiedemann FINE BEER"
A white bill of sale in the prospector's pocket displays the name of
George Wiedemann Brewing Company, Newport, KY.


  1. Oh, that aroma of the brewery as I walked past on my way to and from OLP!!!

    Love this old prospector and what you've done with it. Definitely a part of our family history.

  2. That's a great image! Love the project!