"Friends and Faith"
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

"Friends and Faith"

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Offset lithograph printed on acid free paper, by John Bell Jr. (1937-2013) 

18 x 20.5"

“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.

The First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of North 12th and North B. Streets. The cornerstone was laid at 4:30PM on October 28, 1898, with appropriate ceremonies.  The church, of Gothic architecture, was dedicated on July 8, 1900. The glowing colors of the beautiful rose window enrich the front wall of the church. The rose window is a memorial and an invitation to all travelers to rest in the sanctuary as in their own home church. The view in the painting looks north on North 12th Street, toward North B. Street.

– John Bell, Jr.