Friday, November 14, 2008

Boardwalk Originals Paintings/Designs

Boardwalk Originals was established in 1988 by Bonnie (then Ragsdale) Barrett.
The Boardwalk line of cut art pieces (free standing and wall hangings), based on victorian designs, were sold on the wholesale market. Many stores have made use of these pieces for display purposes, and many are purchased to decorate homes and other locations. Originally all pieces were hand-painted and airbrushed, then stained and clearcoated...all done by hand.
In making a difficult decision several years ago, Bonnie closed down her original studio and said good-bye to many long-term employees, and scaled her facilities down to a small studio to continue her work in. The world was a different marketplace than it was in 1988, and it had become difficult to compete and make a profit in the new global market, selling a completely handmade product line.
Taking advantage of new opportunities, today two collections of Bonnie's work are reproduced digitally onto boards, and are still being sold to the wholesale market.
Two companies now sell Bonnie Barrett's paintings/designs. One is K&K Interiors in Sandusky Ohio, and the other is produced under the Boardwalk Originals name by Markley Enterprises of Elkhart Indiana. Both produce and market two completely different collections of her work.
If you are interested in originals by Barrett, check Ebay, as originals of her work are available there from time to time.
Some original, handpainted limited edition pieces by Bonnie Barrett are currently listed on Ebay.
SORRY, No sales are available from this website. My work in particular, is only available through Markley Enterprises in Elkhart Indiana. If you are a store owner you can reach either of these companies individually to make purchases. If you are an interested retail customer you should check Ebay, or a number of online stores that carry these items.
I have started this page to promote my own new work for the Boardwalk line, and also to have a place for anyone interested in Boardwalk Originals to visit. I would also like to publish some candid Boardwalk pics to this blog at some point. Click on the other blog entries to see my new pieces I have painted/designed.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions, and let me know what you think about the Boardwalk line.

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