Lee Jamison

Pine Grove Church of Christ, 2018
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in

Location: West of Hwy 62, 1000 feet south of U.S. Hwy, 287, immediately adjacent to the location of "Where Once Were Giant Pines"

In this show I have an example of the simple box-like church common across East Texas. But some rural congregations, especially after the turn of the 20th Century, began to express higher architectural aspirations for their communities, albeit with limited means. This is a good example of one of these wooden structures. Note that beyond the old church stands the cemetery for this community. Behind the church are roofed galleries that are a dead giveaway for a local tradition of a homecoming, complete with a communal meal and board games (like 42 and checkers) on the grounds.

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