This one-of-a-kind facility houses a solo painted mural that is over 28,000 sq. feet, plus indoor diorama scenes. All of the artwork was painted by resident artist Jack Rees. This magnificent scenery brings our visitors back to Spencer's Grand Avenue where they can browse vintage storefronts. Or, they can take a relaxing stroll thru old Arnolds Park, enjoying the evening scenes of West Lake Okoboji. The Classic Roof Garden, Fun House, and even the Peacock are brought back to life. For a relaxing evening, sit by the 200-foot sunset over West Okoboji Lake's Smith's Bay.
Rees’s studio is located in our lobby where visitors may view his paintings and purchase original works. For more information regarding Rees and his original artwork, please stop into Okoboji Classic Cars.
Born in the Midwest, Jack Rees has been painting since early childhood. A self-taught artist, he has created his own individual but varied style.
Jack works in both oils and acrylics to create contemporary and traditional paintings. While his traditional realism can relate to many locations, his contemporaries have a Midwestern influence. His extensive travels throughout the United States have contributed greatly to the varied subjects of his work. He is especially adapt at capturing landscapes and the nostalgia of old buildings. His interpretation can be very real, persuasive and authentic in detail, or sometimes impressionistic and imaginative.
While living in South Florida, Jack successfully captured the light and colors unique to that area. His experience gained in painting this varying and exceptionally complicated Gulf Coast atmosphere contributed to his ability to add further dimensions to landscape paintings of locations throughout the country.
Many of his paintings and prints have been purchased as valued investments by lovers of his unique style, for private collections in the United States and various European countries. His originals can be found in galleries in the Midwest and various other states.
After living and traveling in much of the United States, Jack and his wife now reside in the Midwest.