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Disappearing Landscapes With Stories Still To Be Told

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Today, the word ‘farmhouse’ has become popular all over the world. It’s often used as a single buzzword to describe a home decor look, as well as an architectural style. In 1913, The New York Sun reported that the world’s largest farm was located just outside of Birmingham, and, was comprised of 25,000 acres. While most farms weren’t anywhere near this size, the rural farming lifestyle conjures up imagery just as varied as the farms themselves. Whether it’s a romantic memory or one of hard labor, artists from Southern Tennessee and Northern Alabama have created some moving images of these homes, their landscapes, and communities.

These structures are wonderful glimpses into the history of a community. A front porch or a barn makes us wonder who tended the land, and a storefront that once served as a meeting place for the community was never just a business. While most of our lives have moved on from an agrarian lifestyle, the simplicity and purity of these shapes still resonate. There are stories still to be told.

Rebecca Burns

Nostalgia: For a Childhood Home in Alabama

The Community Art Wall Series: Pictures of Hope

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Sam Barnett

Weathered | Acrylic | 48x96 | $4000

Robert Belcher

Traversing the Path Between Yesterday and Tomorrow | Mixed Media | 30x40 | $1200

Dariana Dervis

Blue Skies | Mixed Media Collage | 9x5.25x6 | $749
Building a Dream | Mixed Media Collage | 7.25x4x6.75 | $749
Homeland | Mixed Media Collage | 19x16 | $749
The Structure of Hope | Mixed Media Collage | 26.25x20.25 | $1100
A Sense of Place | Mixed Media Collage | 28x22.5 | $1100
A Sense of Place | detail
Roots and Bones | Mixed Media Collage | 22x28 | $1100
Roots and Bones | detail

Shannon Haas

Farmhouse Pastoral | Acrylic | 36x36 | $1800
Homestead | Acrylic | 30x30 | $1400

Kelly Harwood

A Simple Life II | Acrylic | 26x32 | $850

Timothy Joe

Abandoned Yellow | Oil | 11x14 | $525
Dowdle Gas | Oil | 11x14 | $525
No Service Available | Oil | 11x14 | $525
Shotgun House | Oil | 16x20 | $725
Tin Shed | Oil | 11x14 | $525

Andrea Jones

A Place of Her Own | Oil | 24x18 | $2200 (SOLD)

Kisa Kavass

Primm Springs– was once one of Middle Tennessee’s leading mineral springs resorts. People came from around the United States and Europe to partake of the waters. The magic of the place still exists today as the old hotel still stands vigil in this hollow tucked away. We wandered past the bridge over Dog Creek and took the road up the hollow. There in the curve of the road is a place cooler in the summer, with no flies or mosquitos. Visitors came by mule-drawn carts from the depot a few miles away. They came to stay the summer in the cabins on the hillside, dancing, swimming, fishing, and taking the waters from one of the five springs. The stillness is broken only by the echoing sound of water dripping in the old spring house and the peculiar feeling of being in a place where time has stood still.
Primm Springs | Mixed Media Encaustic | 30x30 | $1200
Reflections– As the sun sets beyond the horizon, a cold chill reaches the bones. At the end of evening’s twilight, the dusk slowly creeps along without a sound. It is the moment when a wolf is mistaken for a dog, or perhaps vice versa. This is the time when one can question the physical sense of being. The eyes attempt to adjust to the quickening onset of nightfall and the other senses take over. It is not just what we see, but we hear the birds as they fly overhead towards their roost. We smell the mossy earth, the damp leaves and feel the cool night air as it swells around us. It is the moment when we creatures doubt our truths and a friend seen in half-lit scenes can become a foe in the gray light. We are all creatures responding to our everyday existence by connecting with the magical landscape around us.
Reflections | Mixed Media Encaustic | 30x30 | $1200
The Veil– An old barn stands tall in a field. At one time the famous Tennessee Walking horse, Midnight Sun, grazed In the pasture. It wasn’t the only barn on the property, But it provided shelter for the bales of hay and feed that supported the many horses Living at Harlinsdale Farm. She stood diminished by the height of the barn as the dark rain clouds approached. Her face obscured by the lace. A veil of hope connecting the memories that reveal the spirit of forgotten places.
The Veil | Mixed Media Encaustic | 30x30 | $1200

Jennifer Stottle Taylor

Eagle Rock Farm | Oil | 9x12 | $900
Patterns of Work | Oil | 12x24 | $1800
Peaceful Life | Oil | 24x24 | $4000
Seasonal Changes | Oil | 11x14 | $1250

Dawn Whitelaw

General Store Easton | Oil | 12x16 | $1300
Just Beginning | Oil | 11x14 | $1000
Of Red and Gold | Oil | 12x16 | $1300
Red Velvet Cupcake | Oil | 11x14 | $900
Rise and Shine | Oil | 16x18 | $1700
The Space Between | Oil | 11x14 | $950

Glenn Wills

Stars Fell on Alabama | Photography | 33x25 | $500
Urquhart House circa 1813 | Photography | 31x28 | $450

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