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"Lunchtime at Price's Chicken Coop"
Lunchtime at Price's Chicken CoopAbout the print
The culinary anchor of Southend, Price's Chicken Coop has been serving southern fried chicken, biscuits, fries, and slaw since 1962. Price's Chicken Coop has fed generations of construction workers, residents of Southend, Wilmore, Dilworth, Eastover, and Myers Park , uptown professionals, busy moms, event planners and everybody in between. Lines are always long at lunch as cars, trucks, and light trail passengers empty out into the street and make a beeline through the door seeking Price's mouth watering, crispy chicken, fish, and shrimp platters that are served exclusively to go. And nobody forgets to order a tall glass of Price's southern style, syrupy sweet ice tea!

This watercolor painting was composed from a collection of photos taken by the artist over a period of several years. It is a snapshot of a time before the CATS LYNX line was operational, when the Charlotte Trolley ( locals call it a streetcar ) left its barn for the Uptown run, and before the 2009 Duke Energy Center dominated the skyline. The design roughly features a "W" with Price's Chicken Coop forming the left angle, Uptown serving as the inverted "v", and the trolley line forming the right angle. Chase Saunders began the work five years ago; however, it was so detailed, he put it aside before returning to it in 2009. It has at least 300 hours of brush time with a point the size of a sharp No. 2 pencil. The image of every window pane, brick, person, car and every shoe was painstakingly sketched and captured.
 
The painting is reproduced using the high quality gicl'ee process. What is gicl'ee?
Each print is signed, numbered, certified, and printed on acid free art paper by Tom Hall, a pre-eminent fine art printer who handles the work of a number of North Carolina's most prominent artists.

First reproduction in the UPTOWN FROM series
This print is first of The UPTOWN FROM series. It draws inspiration from the topography and the hill upon which Charlotte is sited and from which the Queen City leads the region. Charlotte's skyline is recognized from as far away as Grandfather Mountain and much like the great European cities are identified from afar by the prominence of their cathedrals, Charlotte's skyline has become a symbol of progress and economic development in North Carolina. As the Charlotte skyline continues to change, so will the series. Each piece shows everyday people going about their lives. If you look closely, you will find that they are observed by the red dog* that watches and wanders through each painting in the series.

*Where is the red hound dog?
If you have trouble finding the red dog on this picture, look for the Trolley. The dog is slightly to the left of the Trolley crossing the trolley track. He has been drawn irresistibly by the scent of fresh cooking oil. He is, after all, a dog. And he has high expectations that he can beg a chicken leg, a back, or some tasty morsel from at least one charitable soul or dog lover!
  Prices Chicken Coop in Uptown Charlotte NC









  Price's Chicken Coop Restaurant
  Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC.  Website

 
 









  Steve Price, Price's Chicken Coop Owner,
  posing with his framed print.

 
About the First Edition

  • Limited Edition
    "Lunchtime at Price's Chicken Coop" is a gicl'ee reproduction, limited, first-edition print. Only 550 prints of three sizes will be featured in this limited edition. The Executive Edition print is 18" x 23.5" and only 100 reproductions will be run. The Office-Study Edition is 14.5" x 19" and only 400 reproductions will be run.. The Office Wall Panel is a specially-ordered, gold-framed item measuring 48" x 58" and only 50 reproductions are authorized. When the prints in this series have been purchased, the First Edition will be retired.
     
  • Signed
    Each limited edition print will be signed in pencil by the artist in the lower right hand margin of the reproduction.
     
  • Numbered
    Each signed, limited edition print will be numbered by the artist in the lower left hand margin of the reproduction. A new sequential numerical series will be used for each differently-sized print.
     
  • Registered
    Each signed and numbered limited edition reproduction will be recorded in the Artists Log with the name, address, and contact information of the purchaser. This information will be treated confidentially.
     
  • Right of Reservation
    Should you wish to reserve the right to purchase the same series number of the print which you purchased when another print is offered, you may do so by email. For instance, if you bought number "25" in this series, you could reserve the right to buy number "25" when the next new piece was offered. , e.g. 5/ when new

  
The UPTOWN FROM Series
Charlotte is ever-growing and changing. Known as the Queen City, she was named by her founders for the Eighteenth Century, English Queen Charlotte. Her towers of commercial power are visible over the verdant forest canopy that grows from our region's hard red clay. Charlotte is built on this red clay, a material that only found its value through the toilsome labor of each generation which settled here. Charlotte values hard work and continues to welcome and acknowledge the successes of those who come here to work hard, live, and play. The UPTOWN FROM watercolor series is a record of the skyline from locations of human energy. Each print captures a moment in the times and lives of her people.

The UPTOWN FROM series draws its inspiration from the topography and the rock hill, once honeycombed with gold mines, upon which Charlotte is sited. Charlotte's skyline can be recognized from a distance as far away as Grandfather Mountain over hundred miles away. UPTOWN is defined by the beltline of interstates and bypasses crossing over Irwin and Sugar Creeks. Within and adjacent to the beltline are her lending houses, administrative buildings, forum, coliseum, churches, stadium, jail, courts, gymnasia, museums, and theaters. These institutional structures serve as the stages upon which the rich pageant of life plays itself out.

Each limited edition reproduction features a description of the history in the foreground framed by UPTOWN in the background. The original watercolor from which each reproduction is printed took over three hundred hours to paint. Most of the work is done with a sable hair brush with a point the size of a needle. Each scene features people going about their daily lives. In effect each picture becomes a time capsule of what we are, and in the future, who we will be. These watercolor reproductions offer a snapshot of life in the tradition of the Dutch Master, Brueghel who portrayed everyday people engaged in the comings and goings of life.

The intent of each signed and numbered print is to offer an alternative to the stodgy, English countryside, hunting prints which hang burdensomely on home and office walls throughout the region. The Scots Irish and English farmers who settled here and founded Charlotte fled the very oppression and privilege illustrated by the gentry in English hunting prints. In contrast, the works created by Chase Saunders recognize the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people and are more in keeping with the traditions of Charlotte's founding families. One of those traditions was a fierce love of freedom. Local tradition holds that the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County declared themselves independent on May 20, 1775 and sent their Declaration to Philadelphia, a full year before Independence was nationally declared on July 4, 1776. And that tradition is still celebrated! So let's give the founding families their due and celebrate Charlotte with Charlotte Art!