"Coming Together" Fort Smith, AR
Numbered, limited edition, offset lithographs printed on acid free paper, by John Bell, Jr. (1937-2013)
Image size 17 x 23”
The view is looking northeast at the intersection of North B. and North 15th Streets. In a 1916 joint meeting of the First Methodist and Central Methodist churches, it was decided to merge and build a new church complex. In 1919 the church purchased two lots on the corner of North 15th and B. Streets. The first services in the new sanctuary were held on May 15, 1921.
“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.