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 each month — upcoming and well-known alike. 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 new look and feel. Price lists for each art exhibit can be found at the bar, and Crook’s does not charge a commission.
January 2020: Richard Kinnaird
Richard W. Kinnaird was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina 19 November 1931. He attended University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1949-1951and Carleton College from 1951-1953 where he graduated with a B.A. While serving in the Air Force at San Antonio Texas, he studied ceramics with Harding Black, master potter. After being discharged from the United States Air Force, he entered the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1956 and received an M.F.A. in painting and graphics in 1958. He worked as a draftsman for consulting engineers Clarke, Daily and Dietz from 1958 through 1960, whereupon he took a teaching position at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, until 1964. In 1964 he began his career as Professor of Art for over 30 years in the Art Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Kinnaird’s works are represented in the permanent collections of Seattle Museum of Fine Art, Seattle Washington; Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Dillard Drawing Collection, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America); North Carolina Museum of Art; Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield Connecticut and many private collections.
January ~ Richard Kinnaird
February ~ Louis St. Lewis
March ~ Kathy Miles Morgan
April ~ Hannah Jewell
May ~ Jake Brower
June ~ Crook’s Corner Staff
July ~ Cindy Michelotti
August ~ Julia Christy
September ~ Anna Christina de la Iglesia
October ~ John Bare
November ~ Mark Elliot
December ~ Elaine O’Neil
About the pig and other sculptures
Bob Gaston’s life size Pink Pig hovers over the entrance and marks your entry or exit to Chapel Hill on Franklin Street depending on which direction you’re driving. Fortunately, no one has stolen the Pig in some time.
On the patio, the water fountain sculpted by Bob Gaston 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 among the 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.