When the owners of The Olive Branch Mediterranean Grille went on a family cruise this summer, they were just hoping for sunshine and relaxation. They got that and more.
While aboard the ship, Karen Vejseli was captivated by a surreal painting. It was a whimsical canvas by artist Michael Godard that depicted a cocktail olive painting a portrait of Vincent van Gogh with the painting of Starry Night hanging in the background. Although enamoured of the painting, Vejseli did not give in to her temptation to purchase it.
After returning home, Karen and her husband, Jerry, embarked on repainting the exterior of their restaurant, an endeavor they had long planned. It was then they decided to add a light-hearted mural to the front that was inspired by the painting they saw at sea. If the mural's style looks familiar, it because it was done by the same artist that painted Mount Dora’s Starry Night house.
Once it’s complete, the mural will play off the restaurant’s name and feature light-hearted cocktail olive caricatures trying to climb out of a martini glass and another olive painting a van Gogh portrait.
Still captivated by the original painting that inspired the mural, Karen is now trying to purchase it to hang in the restaurant.
The Olive Branch is located at 115 W. Third Avenue in downtown Mount Dora.
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