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Lexie Palmore 06-22-2007 11:38 AM

Trail of Painted Ponies Contest
No, this doesn't have anything to do with steamboats, but Franz said it was ok, as I post frequently on this message board. Many of you know that I have been a struggling artist for years, as in all my life, and I recently got a big break, so I am pulling out all the stops. I recently entered a nationwide contest requiring one to paint a design on a horse's body (a statue of a horse) and I am one of 10 finalists in this competition. My horse is called Merry Go Round America, the design being a carousel horse. The final round of this competition is an online vote for the favorite horse. Go to [url][/url] and scroll down the page to the VOTE NOW box and click on the box. On the next page, scroll down to the pictures of the entries until you see the Merry Go Round America horse and click the little circle by the horse, then go down to the information boxes and fill in you name and email info and click submit. Above the pictures of the horses is a "click here" sentence that will give you a closer look at the entries. You have until JUNE 30 to vote. I will greatly appreciate your vote. Whether you know me or not, you can still vote. Winners will be announced at a special event in Lexington, KY July 7 and I will post the results. So Pleeeease vote!

Judy Patsch 06-22-2007 12:33 PM

Done! Good luck, and I can say "I knew her when..." !!!

Ted Guillaum 06-22-2007 12:38 PM

Good Luck Lexie
Good luck Lexie. I have already voted for you today thanks to a notice from a mutual friend in the organ grinding business, Dr. Ron Bopp from Oklohoma. Small world. I understand you did some painting on his Bruder organ and you did a fantastic job. Good luck in the competition!

Franz Neumeier 06-22-2007 12:43 PM

I didn't vote for yours only because you asked for but also because I really think your pony design ist the most authentic and beautiful :-)


Keith Norrington 06-22-2007 12:53 PM

My vote is cast. Good luck!

Judy Patsch 06-22-2007 12:56 PM

Lexie's PRESIDENT murals
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For those of you who may not be familiar with Lexie's work, here's a sample. She painted these murals for the PRESIDENT when it became a casino. They were over the elevators. They disappeared shortly after the PREZ was laid up, and none are in Keith or my collection... Lexie took a DQ trip in the early '70s and was so taken by the experience that she became a maid on the DQ, graduated from the Helena River Academy and was a First Class Pilot on the DQ before she built the GRACEFUL GHOST. She also piloted the NATCHEZ on her '82 Race trip to Louisville. She has been a crew member of the tall ship ELISSA out of Galveston too - a woman of many talents and interests!

Keith Norrington 06-22-2007 01:22 PM

Lexie's fine artwork adorns the walls in the homes and offices of many steamboat buffs and buffettes. Like the late Dorothea Frye, Lexie's artwork of riverboats reflects her great love and knowledge of the subject. My collection consists of original Palmore works featuring the Str. MISSISSIPPI, the pilothouse interior of the Str. GOLDEN EAGLE and a scene of yours truly at the calliope of the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE in the rain. Lex also did a wonderful sign for my River Room door which is enclosed in an old frame that once graced the Orleans Room on the DELTA QUEEN. Another steamboaty sign she did for me is in the form of a flat three dimensional wooden cotton bale (with real cotton glued on the sides) which reads COTTON ABOARD - NO SMOKING ON DECK!

If you wish to own some Palmore steamboat art, check EBAY and other sources (including the artist herself!) for some of Lexie's prints that were made available some years ago. All of them are dandies and I especially treasure one of the Str. KATE ADAMS rounding to at Helena, Arkansas. A packet of handsome steamboat sketches of such boats as the DQ, SPRAGUE, LOUISE, etc., is another collector's item!

Several years ago it was concealed by heavy draperies and I don't know if it still exists, but in 1978 Lex painted a terrific mural, featuring a levee scene and many steamboats, on the wall behind the bandstand in the Orleans Room of the DQ. As watchman, I saw it progress during the wee hours when the passengers were asleep. To see how observant viewers were, one of the pilothouses in the mural contained none other than Mickey Mouse - aka "Steamboat Willie"!

Lexie Palmore 06-22-2007 05:06 PM

Thank you for your vote. Last time I was on the DQ, ten (gasp) years ago, it was still there. I was trying to convince the people at my dining room table that I had indeed been a pilot on the DQ. They didn't believe me, probably because I had been kidding around a lot with them. I told them I had painted a mural on that wall behind the curtain. Then I went and pulled back the curtain. They were still doubtful. They weren't sure until I was introduced at the Captain's Dinner. Somebody peek and see if it still is.

Lexie Palmore 06-22-2007 05:13 PM

Some painting? That facade was a box of parts when I got it. No paint. Pieces missing. The organ was named "Aphrodite" so I also did the painting of Aphrodite in the altogether that festoons one of the panels. Thanks for your vote.

Bruno Krause 06-22-2007 07:29 PM

Keith, The mural on the back wall of the DQ's Orleans room bandstand still exists...

I was told by one of the crewmembers that if I truly loved the ol' DQ, my experience couldn't be really, really complete until I checked out Lexie's mural. So David Dewey and I checked it out in May. It is wonderful, lots of "Oh My" and "Oh-Ahs" on our part...We couldn't see but small pieces at a time, as it was difficult to pull up the stage curtains far enough to see big portions of it without upsetting Jeff's bass, but the artwork is absolutely lovely. It was definitely worth the time, and I'm a little embarassed that it took me so long for me to finally check it out.

Steamboat Willie, huh? Never saw that so I guess I gotta force myself to go back (its a tough job but I guess I gotta do it).

Anybody have a picture of Lexie's [I]"Steamboat One"[/I]?

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