Trip back in time to Island View School

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts, Sevier

From 1917-1948 this schoolhouse off Boyds Creek Highway was full of students. Today she sits silent. If walls could talk, would they tell of a stern teacher, rowdy children, lost homework and warm friendships? Would whispers and giggles resound in a school yard contest of Red Rover or Tag?

Can you hear the toll calling for the day to begin?

Can you hear recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, Charge of the Light Brigade and elocution practiced?

Commissioned to paint the school, and intrigued by its past, I waited until the tree turned russet. The autumn colors brighten and define the structure, just as the students gave her purpose. I enjoyed this project so much that I painted a second.

School’s out soon so hold tight those memories.

Enjoy your summer!

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph. They have a small studio and gallery in the Historic Phoenix Building, 418 South Gay Street. Check ahead to see when they will be there, as they may be off looking for more inspiration. Their website is All works are copyright protected.

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