Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2019 75 The WF Metro A visitors' guide to items and places of interest See the USA in your Chevrolet She's not your typical new-car- showroom find. It's a 1954 Chevy truck, a 3100 model with a floor stick shift, Firestone white-wall tires, 47,143 miles on the odometer, and the power of 105 horses at 3,600 rpms. And those shiny chrome bumpers, rims, and side-mirrors are head-turners too. "It's a creampuff," Justin Hamlin, sales manager at Capital Chevrolet's new, expansive digs on Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest, said of general manager Casey Best's vintage wheels. "Back home, this would have holes in the tailgates." The restored classic was held in such esteem that it led the moving-car caravan of GM trucks from the dealership's old locale farther south in Raleigh. "This was heading the pack." Of course, it does not have some of the modern features of the new Chevys. "No seatbelts," Hamlin said. "And you roll your own windows up." But no matter. "It gets a lot of attention." Back in 1954, Chevy too got a lot of attention when it introduced the jingle "See the USA in Your Chevrolet." This year, it's a new era, with Chevy rolling out "It's a little bit country, it's a little bit rock 'n' roll." An artistic breakaway Dick Larsen, one of the region's most prominent pet portraitists, turned some heads last year when he stepped out of his dog (and occasional cat) routine and took paint to canvas to create an image of John Lennon of The Beatles' fame. His artwork, prominent inside his studio at The Cotton Company in downtown Wake Forest as well as such places as The Border restaurant, is more recognizable in the cute-as-can-be faces of canines. Yet, again, the artist is stepping out of his routine, with one such work-in-progress showing a tall woman in red dress, hand touching her long mane. "It's from a photo I had taken years ago," he said. "I just added the background." The artist started painting pets 14 years ago when a special request came in. "I said, 'I never painted a dog. I'll give it a shot.' And the rest, as they say, is history." The latest breakaway is all part of the creative process, he said. "Something different to clear my head," he said. "I'm just going back to the beginning, having some fun." PHILIP M. READ ARTWORK COURTESY OF DICK LARSEN

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