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City & County History books by Acclaim Press

Reflections of Missouri
ISBN: 978-1-935001-74-4

Book Details

Artist: John Stoeckley
Hardcover: 208 pages
Product Dimensions: 9" x 12"
Retail Price: $39.95

Book Description

Reflections of Missouriis a comprehensive collection of the pen, ink & watercolor works of art bynoted Missouri artist, John Bolton Stoeckley. Spurred on by requests from manywho collect John’s work, this book brings his artistic interpretation ofMissouri into one collection for the enjoyment of many.

The heritage ofMissouri is captured in precise detail and vibrant watercolor, with images of historicalbuildings, old barns, covered bridges, mills, college and university buildings,riverboats, and natural landmarks throughout the state. In the spirit of the“Show Me State,” John has brought together not only the tranquility and historyof the rural countryside, but the grandiose architecture of the states’ citiesand towns. The body of work selected for this book reflects the evolution ofhis work over the last twenty years. This collection truly shows the reader thehistory of Missouri, as well as providing accurate and interesting anecdotalcommentary for the images. John’s artistic mastery is apparent in each drawingand is a credit to each site he captures in his drawings.

The book alsoprovides a wonderful travel log for those who want to discover the richhistorical tapestry of Missouri. Further, it provides a means to relive daysgone by for those nostalgic for faded memories of their childhood, whenfamilies took that long awaited summer vacation by car. The book also offers a soundhistory lesson of the evolution of the state through the commentary as well asthe visual.

The book isdivided into six regions of the state, capturing the notable historic sites ofeach area, across all seasons of the year. These regions are the St. Louis Region,the Northeast Region, the Southeast Region, the Central Region, the LakesRegion and the Kansas City Region.

It is John’ssincere wish that all who find themselves in possession of this book willdiscover the beauty and intrigue of Missouri through his works, and will seekout these locations for themselves. John has done the research and created theimage on paper. Now all the reader needs to do is make history come alive witha little imagination and some good background on which to build the thought.

John Stoeckley’sappreciation for Missouri has helped both residents and visitors see moreclearly the transcendent beauty of nature and the works of mankind throughoutthe state. Little known landmarks have been captured forever by John, even asthey might fall into decay where they stood. John’s work is from his heart, andhis heart is close to Missouri and its beauties. This book is much more than acollection of art. It is an important record of the wonders of a sometimes-overlookedstate, full of beauty and stories available to those who take the time to look.John Stoeckley has taken that time. – Harry Weber, Sculptor, Wright City,Missouri

John hasprepared pen and ink drawings, traveling the length and breadth of Missouricapturing important public buildings, schools, churches, residences, andstatues. He is forming a massive body of work that documents our culture throughits structures.

In this volumeyou will enjoy nearly two hundred of John’s drawings, covering the State ofMissouri divided into six geographical regions. If you know Missouri, you willfind familiar edifices and monuments to greet you. If you are unfamiliar withour state, you will leave with a greater appreciation of Missouri’s heritage ascaptured by one of our leading artists, John Stoeckley of Louisiana, Missouri.– Henry H. Sweets III, Curator, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal,Missouri.


For twenty plusyears John Stoeckley has been capturing the history of Missouri in extremelydetailed pen, ink and watercolor. Over 400 drawings make up the two main bodiesof his work; “The Heartland Collection” and “Reflections of Missouri.”

The recipient ofnumerous awards for Best of Show and Best of Medium, John continues to push theboundaries of his work, demonstrating a full mastery of his medium. Hisacceptance and participation in many-juried art shows across the Midwestfrequently brings his talent into homes, offices and public buildings throughprivate commissions as well as through purchase awards.

John’s work hangsin hundreds of private collections as well as national and international publicplaces, such as the Kremlin, the Vatican, F.B.I. Headquarters, FederalCourthouses, and The Pentagon. Public figures who own John’s work includePrince Andrew Duke of York, Oprah Winfrey, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, OlympianJackie Joiner Kersey, State Governors, Representatives and U.S. Senators.

John is a Juriedmember of “Best of Missouri Hands,” the official state organization forprofessional artists.

Collectors ofJohn’s work select their acquisitions in the Reflections of Missouri Galleryand studio in the restored stagecoach depot in historic Louisiana, Missouri,along the Mississippi River. John welcomes visitors to this gallery at 107South Ninth Street or through his web site at Visitors mayphone ahead for an appointment at (573) 754-6634.

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