"Classic Bottling Works" Fort Smith, AR
Numbered, limited edition, offset lithographs printed on acid free paper, by John Bell, Jr. (1937-2013)
Image size 21 x 27”
The first Coca-Cola produced in Fort Smith was bottled here in 1903 by the Meek Coca-Cola Bottling Company at Rogers Avenue and 2nd Street.
“As a child I was shown how to draw stick figures to keep me entertained while my mother went about her chores. This sparked a fascination with the arts that has lasted throughout my lifetime and taken me through several professional careers: illustrator, product designer and fabric designer to name a few.
Although I have visited our country from coast to coast, I was born and raised in Arkansas. I have a keen appreciation for the beauty of our state and the character of her people; and as a result, most of my paintings consist of AR scenery and turn of the century AR cityscapes. Old postcards, early photographs and on-site photography are part of the research into each composition. All of these elements are combined to capture a moment in time that you can almost remember, even though you may have never been there.”
The Department of Arkansas Heritage, quote by John Bell, Jr.