Legend, Legacy

Bell exhibit recalls one man and his community

Posted: January 21, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Bell’s daughter Lisa Murphy says her father loved streetcars and often captured them in his paintings, like this one of Spring Street in Eureka Springs. He also had an extensive model railroad collection.
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Bell’s daughter Lisa Murphy says her father loved streetcars and often captured them in his paintings, like this one of Spring Street in Eureka Springs. He also had an extensive model railroad collection.

John Bell Jr. wouldn't be entirely happy about the exhibit of his work currently open at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum as part of the city's bicentennial celebration.

FAQ

‘Fort Smith Legend

John Bell’

WHEN — Through April 22

WHERE — Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

COST — Free

INFO — 784-2787

BONUS — The video “John Bell Jr.: The Man Behind the Legend” can be viewed at fsram.org.

Fort Smith artist John Bell Jr. always preferred his art remain separated from his disability, although he was confined to a wheelchair.

The Bells traveled often to Eureka Springs, says daughter Lisa. This painting is titled “Light Snow on Mud Street.”

John Bell Jr. was photographed with daughter Lisa about 1980.

John Bell Jr. worked in oil, water and gouache to create vibrant images of Fort Smith’s past, like this one of Garrison Avenue.

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