Wendell Jones was a well known figure in the Woodstock art colony in the 1930s, ’40s, and ‘50s; although he died young at age 56, Jones had a prominent career and today ranks as one of America’s premier muralists of the 20th century. For his “First Pulpit” mural in the Granville post office, still a treasured landmark for the Granville community, he interviewed residents about the village and their memories of its history. The resulting work depicts the fabled first worship service held by the new arrivals from Massachusetts in 1805.
In addition to his Granville commission, Jones painted murals for federal buildings in both New York and Tennessee (both have since been relocated, leaving the Granville mural a rare work that is still “in situ”). The exhibition in Woodstock brought together many of his works, including his later abstract expressionist paintings that reveal the range of this extraordinary painter.