Victor Hayes Outhouse Art

Comment from a visitor about the shirt his pictures are on…

I met Victor Hayes probably about the time he drew the outhouses that were on the t-shirt. I was a high school kid from Grand Rapids, MI. My parents were teachers and we lived in Elk Rapids during the summer.

I don’t remember where he lived in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, but he rented a tiny white cabin, across from the Elk Rapids Golf Club, for the Summer. He would sit outside his tiny cabin and paint. He had his art displayed, for sale. I think he rented that same little cabin for multiple years.

He was known to be kind of a jerk. If a golfer hit a ball across the street, and near into the little cabin resort, Victor would grab it and wouldn’t give it back.

I somehow got ahold of him and made an appointment to meet him. I was hoping to get some advice and encouragement. I wanted to be an artist (I ended up not a painter, but a graphic designer). I don’t remember what he told me (or didn’t tell me), but I remember going back to our cottage and telling my mom that he wasn’t encouraging and that he was kind of a grump. He wasn’t very nice.

A few years later I heard that he died in a car accident. He used to drive an old Chevy Impala. I think it was a ’64. It was copper color or medium brown metallic.

That’s my memory of Victor Hayes. I liked his art, he did a lot of fall-color landscapes in watercolor. He was a good artist, but not such a nice guy.

Regards, Brek R.

The Finns Know: Indoor Toilet vs. Outdoor Outhouse (Water Closet)

Someone I worked with in Germany sent me an article written in German about Outhouses in Finland.  The basic thought of the article was “We are free from worries in this small outhouse.”

The Finns Know: One of the last Outhouses from the past
HC statt WC – Outhouse instead of Indoor Water Closet
The Finns Know: One of the last Outhouses from the past
The Finns Know: One of the last Outhouses from the past

GermanOuthouseArticle

I am working on getting this article translated. If you want to provide a summary in English, please comment on it. Thanks!