24"x30" Acrylic on canvas c. 2019 by Marcia L. Wilson. The "Coffee Break!" carousel was inspired by research [Thank you, CarouselHistory.com!] I was doing for my manuscript "Match to Kindling". M.C Illions [and later on "...& Sons Carousel Works"] was one of the premier artisan designer/carvers of his time circa 1908 - 1927. The Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona, CA has one of his restored and beautifully-detailed rounds decorated up top with gargoyles, nude angels [!] and a blissful cherub or two besides his incredible horses. The liberties I've taken with subject matter this go-round don't aspire to match the painstaking detail originally created there, at least I hope it's still there. Sadly, it's been a while since I caught a ride.

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Marie josé LAURIER 06 Sep 2019

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES ..VERY NICE ART WORK ..MY PIC .

Jill Smith 05 Sep 2019

Great story and absolutely beautifully done artwork, Marcia! The artwork and skill put into the old carousels is grand and so amazing.

Debra Kott 04 Sep 2019

Very nice.

Joanie Holliday 04 Sep 2019

BEAUTIFUL WORK . MY FAV RIDE.