SAM_1607 (506x640)Next up in my “Summer Finds” series of things I have found while touring around church fairs, flea markets, arts festival, and country auctions over the past few months are the paintings of Rick Barrett (or the artist better known as “Key West Rick”).

I spotted Mr. Barrett’s work at the Artisans on the Green Festival in Sandwich, NH earlier this month. The Artisans on the Green Festival is part of Sandwich’s Old Home Week, which this year marked the 250th anniversary of this charming town’s founding.

Mr. Barrett, who as his nickname suggests, lives most of the year in Florida. However, he told me he was spending the summer painting in New Hampshire. The result of his efforts were many fine works of local landmarks.

RM1The local “landmark” that caught my eye was the wooden outhouse that appeared in one of Mr. Barrett’s paintings. The outhouse lives behind a true landmark, The Old Country Store and Museum in Moultonborough, NH – which is believed to be one the oldest stores in America and oldest continuing business of any kind dating back to 1781. The outhouse in back is somewhat of newer vintage, but is a well-known curiosity on its own and I fell in love with Mr. Barrett’s paintings.

Key West Rick also had a great painting of the Old Country Store itself, but I purchased his painting of the outhouse and drove the five miles down the road to take a picture of the real thing.

The actual “Top Rated” outhouse in Moultonborough, NH:

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Rick Barrett’s (“Key West Rick”) work as displayed at the Artisans on the Green Festival in Sandwich, NH:

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