Art at Crook's Corner

Since the beginning, art has been an important element of the atmosphere at Crook’s Corner.  The dining room is a gallery that features local artists--upcoming and well-known alike.  “We began having two month shows when we took over from Cam in 1982, but because of the large number of requests for exhibits, we now change the art every month," Gene Hamer said. "We're fortunate to have a very talented community of local artists and artisans to choose from.  With every exhibit the dining room and bar take on a whole new look and feel."  Price lists for each art exhibit can be found at the bar, and Crook’s does not charge a commission.  We ask our artists to be sensitive to the fact that we are a restaurant and not to exhibit works depicting violent, pornographic, political or grotesque material; otherwise the content is totally up to the artist. On the Patio, the water fountain sculpted by Bob Gaston (who also created the Pink Pig) drowns away the sounds of a bustling Franklin Street.  Originally, a herd of wooden critters by local folk artist Clyde Jones convened upon the rooftop, but with the years they decomposed and are gone.  A few of Clyde’s critters still hide amongst the patio's bamboo, as well as a multicolored dog near the front door.  One critter, Pink Elephant, is a permanent resident at the end of the bar and was given to Gene by Clyde's Mother. 


January - Rita Baldwin
February - Louis St. Lewis
March - Mandy Johnson
April - Mac Hill
May - Carol Lassiter
June - Julia Christy 
July - Lisa Tuchek
August - Janet Oldham
September - Clyde Jones
October - Julia Kennedy
November - Jamie McPhail 
December - Elaine O'Neil


January - Ellie Cox 
February - Louis St. Lewis
March - Green Daniel 
April - Roger Haile 
May - Mark Elliott
June - Lewraine Graham


February - Louis St. Lewis
December - Elaine O'Neil