Art and Food in the Cliff: A restaurant mural

When the owners of the new Luckie’s BBQ on Davis asked local artist Rick Timmons to paint a mural of notable Oak Cliff residents for the restaurant wall, most folks would not have thought of artist Frank Reaugh for the wall.  But Reaugh, who lived in Oak Cliff in the late 1890’s is considered among the great Western artists, along with Charles Russell and Frederic Remington.  In fact, Reaugh’s studio still exists on 5th Street.  He was also an art teacher and many current Texas artists can trace their influences to students of Reaugh’s.  In addition to Reaugh, the mural contains paintings of notable Cliff-dwellers who were writers and musical and movie artists such as Terry Southern, Linda Darnell, T-Bone Walker, Yvonne Craig, Spanky McFarland, Ray Wylie Hubbard, fashionista Cassie MacGregor and Elvis Presley (well, he only ate a bowl of chili in Oak Cliff).  Most of the other paintings are of recognizable OC politicos and movers and shakers and the artists shown help to reflect the long-time thread and fabric of Oak Cliff.

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  • I need someone professional to help me with the picture of Elvis eating Chili,, I have seen the real plate,,and I have heard the story of that day, I would like to know a bit more information on the first original owner of the cafe and just how long it hung in her cafe? I believe I know the rest of story of that day.

  • Thanks for pointing that out. I will pass that on to the writer of the original article and the painter.

  • Hey, its not true that Elvis only had a bowl of chili in Oak Cliff. He went to Aunt Stelle’s for snowcones too. “Aunt Stelle” herself used to tell that story.

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