The Cross House
The right side of the faux oak is in pretty good condition. The left side is utterly ruined by water damage from a bathroom above (now removed).
The whole house is filled with faux finishes, so it seemed timely to finally hunt down a faux artist to begin the process of restoring all the damaged faux-work in the house, beginning with the plaster arch.
I went to the Emporia arts center, figuring they would know just the perfect person. I explained what I needed…and then never heard from them.
Then I went online to the Kansas Historical Society as they offer a Resource List and, yes, they had a short list of people who did faux finishes!
I called one and had a very odd conversation with the person who answered the phone. She was not the artist, but could take a message. Well, a huge amount of effort was required just so she could understand my name, Ross.
“What’s that, Roth?”
“No, ROSS. R. O. S like in Sam. S like in Sam.”
“Sam? I thought your said your name was Roth?”
Argh! “My name is (speaking very slowly) R O S S.
“Oh! You mean Rod!”
Argh! “Can I ask you a question?”
“Have you ever heard of Betsy Ross?”
“Can you repeat her last name to me?”
“Well, her last name is my first name. Ross.”
“Oh! Ross! Why didn’t you just say so?”
I am confident that none of the information I gave her, including my phone number, was written down correctly. Or written down at all.
So, onto person number two.
I clicked on the website listed. And the link did not work. So I played around on the internet thingy and discovered the website. Odd. I then called the cell number listed. It was disconnected. I then called the business number listed. It rang and rang and rang and rang and, just before I hung up, an incredibly loud message said LEAVE A MESSAGE.
I hung up.
About a half-hour later my phone rang and I recognized the number I had previously called. I picked up. And discovered that I was actually talking with a faux artist! I explained what I needed, and that I assumed the total work would be intermittent, but would span several years. Would this be a problem, I asked? “No.” I then sent an email with some images, the link to the blog, and more information.
And I have not received a response.
So, I might have to, obviously, teleport faux artist aliens from Planet Zot. I am looking at the Zot website now. It’s pretty cool.