Grapevine Welcomes Down Along the Cotton Belt, St. Louis to Tyler, Texas to the CVB's Grand Gallery February 25 - May 20

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Leigh Lyons
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grapevine Welcomes Down Along the Cotton Belt, St. Louis to Tyler, Texas to the CVB's Grand Gallery February 25 - May 20
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS February 21, 2013 - The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau CVB welcomes Down Along the Cotton Belt, St. Louis to Tyler, Texas by artist J.P. Bell, to the Grapevine CVB's Grand Gallery February 25 - May 20. This is the first art exhibition to be featured in the CVB Headquarters Grand Gallery, located along the Hudgins Street side of the CVB Headquarters Building in Historic Downtown Grapevine. The exhibit is free to the public.
Down Along the Cotton Belt, St. Louis to Tyler, Texas is a show of black and white photographs made along the former St. Louis, Southwestern Railway, the Cotton Belt line, during the 1990s. The focus of this portfolio of prints is the passenger train, powered by Cotton Belt steam locomotive No. 819, that ran for a number of years on excursions between these two cities. Bell has merged these photographs of steam trains with images of the people who live and work along the former Cotton Belt line to tell the story of the railroad's influence on the country through which it ran.

A collection of 44 black and white silver gelatin prints, each print in the exhibit was hand-crafted by the photographer in his darkroom and archivally matted and framed in a traditional manner. Sidebar mattes give explanatory notes to the photographs in a geographical narrative of the Cotton Belt line.
J. P. Bell lives and works in his birthplace of Fort Smith, Arkansas and began photographing professionally in 1987. His photographic inventory includes images from the Ozark Mountains, western United States, Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe. As a child, Bell and his family traveled by train from Arkansas to northern California on Santa Fe Railroad's San Francisco Chief. Since that trip, railroads and the American landscape have captured his imagination. Bell's other special interests include transportation, landscapes and whitewater sports.
Down Along the Cotton Belt, St. Louis to Tyler, Texas, will be open to the public, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. The show is free to the public. The Grand Gallery is located in the Grapevine CVB Headquarters at 636 S. Main St. in Grapevine.
For additional information about Grapevine, please call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com .
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Leigh Lyons
Communications Manager l Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
636 S. Main St. l Grapevine, TX l 76051
817-410-3195 office l 800-457-6338 toll free
LLyons@GrapevineTexasUSA.com
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