Country Church 2... prints and products by © Bob Hall

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  1. Featured in Southern Style: A Downhome Perspective
  2. Featured in Painting the Country Life 11.12.10

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To most, this building is just another old building. But, to many of the locals, Smyrna Baptist Church, located in Stevenson, Alabama, holds special memories. This old building once was a local schoolhouse long before it was a church building. A resident of Stevenson, Willie B. Rutherford, went to school here as a child and was an active member of the church during her elderly years, until her passing. The history of this building and folks like Willie B. (as she was known) went through my mind while painting this pastel landscape in 1985. With nearly every stroke of the pastel stick, my thoughts would visit the little church: the smells of the old building, laughter of children, conversations with deep country accents, watching Mr. Golf, due to age, carefully make his way up the church steps. Much reflection occupied my mind during this painting process, like retro T.V. reruns of Andy Griffith episodes. I dedicate this particular edition, the modified edging edition, to those who were affiliated with this old building, many of which I personally knew back then and still remember today.

As an artist I enjoy painting and photographing segments of rural life. Country living became a new world for me back in the sixties when we moved from Chicago, Illinois to East Tennessee. I want to capture what I now see before country living vanishes… at least in my area!

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  • walela
    walelaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful! So nostalgic.

  • Thanks walela, appreciate the comment.

    – © Bob Hall

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 5 years ago

    great atmosphere youve captured

  • Appreciate it mariart.

    – © Bob Hall

  • Ellen  Price - Greenwald
    Ellen Price -...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful work ..Bob :-)

  • Thanks, Ellen, for featuring this piece in SOUTHERN STYLE: A DOWNHOME PERSPECTIVE. Country Church is one of my personal favorites.

    – © Bob Hall

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. This is a wonderful painting that brings back memories for me also…though it’s another church in another place, but all country churches have that same feel, a comforting space. :)

  • Well said Sharon. I can tell you have an identical connection. Small churches have a way of leaving a lasting impression, don’t they? Thanks.

    – © Bob Hall

  • loramae
    loramaeover 5 years ago

    Wonderful talent you have in those hands :O) Love the places these old dwellings take the mind!

  • Thanks loramae, you’re too kind. I do agree with the rest of your statement, especially old small churches. For me, this church had a special connection.

    – © Bob Hall

  • loramae
    loramaeover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in DB! :O)

  • Thanks again, loramae.

    – © Bob Hall

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    Simply beautiful!!!!!

  • Thanks Lorilee, much appreciated!

    – © Bob Hall

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! :D

  • Greatly appreciate it Cee!

    – © Bob Hall

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 5 years ago

    very nice

  • Thanks Bobby, appreciate you support buddy!!!

    – © Bob Hall

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago


  • Wonderful Barbara!!! Thanks for adding Country Church 2 to this selection of features, much appreciated! Also, congrats to all featured artists!

    – © Bob Hall

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