Michael Garman’s Leroy and Bertha’s Bar and Grill is a realistic sculpture of days gone by. This was one of the earliest and largest Cityscapes produced by the artist and is dated 1975. It was one of several that featured the iconic Leroy and Bertha’s Bar and Grill. Complete with the sign over the door, it also includes one of Michael Garman’s favorite characters named Spence.
Known as America’s Storyteller Sculptor, Garman captured and recreated this wonderful back alley scene from his life experiences as a nomadic hitchhiker. Take note of all the gritty details displayed in this piece. From the broken window in the door to the old beat-up trash can and debris in the alley. I love the Campbell’s Tomato soup can by the box and a lonely Coca-cola bottle on the window ledge.
The street scene is mounted in a wood box frame with a white plexiglass insert inside the top for lighting. The top has a hinged lid that allows access to the 5 electrical incandescent bulbs that light the sculpture. Also the lamp over the door is lighted by a very small bulb. The wiring is original and in working condition.
Leroy and Bertha’s Bar and Grill is an original Michael Garman’s sculpture, signed and dated 1975. This is a mixed media sculpture that was hand-painted and housed in its original natural wood frame box.
ARTIST: Michael Garman (1938-2021)
TITLE: Leroy & Bertha’s Bar and Grill
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
MEDIUM: Mixed media sculpture with hand-painted finish.
HEIGHT: 28 in. (71 cm)
WIDTH: 31.25 in. (79 cm)
DEPTH: 10 in. (25 cm)
CONDITION: Very nice condition overall. Some restoration to the fence on the right side. Lighting is is working condition and is original.