Mill Village Folk Art Prints

I feel truly blessed to have grown up on a cotton mill village in the 1950's & 60's when the textile industry was at its peak. Thanks to our hardworking elders who worked in the textile mills, my generation was able to have a better life. Sadly most of those elders and textile mills have passed on. In the 1990's, I was inspired to use my art as a tribute and to illustrate the stories of the cotton mill people and their neighborhoods. The neighborhoods may have been in different cities and states, but the stories are similar.

The landscapes of the cotton mill villages were dotted with Smokestacks, Water Tanks and Steeples. Therefore, I chose this as the title of this portfolio of paintings and the title of my newest book. The inspiration I had way back when still burns deeply within me this day!

Mill Village Christmas
Knight's Store
Snow Shine
Slippery Memories
Mill Hill Wheels
On The Porch At Park Place
Third Street
Drying Time
Mill Hill Idol
Waiting On The Ice Cream
Under The China Berry Tree
Hide & Seek
Summer Theater
"Going Cruisin"
Fall In The Village
Fall In Progress
"Shift Change"
"Martha"
Back Alley Kite Flying
Mill Hill Churches
"Around The Radio"
"Clothesline Chats"
"Opry Saturday Night"
"Summer Fun"
"Front Porch Politics"
"Snapping Beans & Singing Praises"
"First Set of Wheels"
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Mill Village Christmas

Mill Village Christmas

Night time snow scene in the village

8"H x 10"W

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Knight's Store

Knight's Store

Children sharing their change to buy one soda at the mill village store!

8"H x 10"W

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Snow Shine

Snow Shine

Village snow/Christmas scene

8"H x 10"W

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Slippery Memories

Slippery Memories

Children playing in the snow on the mill village.
Wide white border (overall size 11X14

11"H x 14"W

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Mill Hill Wheels

Mill Hill Wheels

The wheels on a cog wheel wagon were made from the gears on the looms in the cotton mill.

8"H x 10"W

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On The Porch At Park Place

On The Porch At Park Place

This is a mill village family making memories on a Sunday afternoon. The actual photo used for inspiration is the Padgett family from the Park Place Community, Greenville, SC. The nearby cotton mills were Poe Mill and American Spinning.

8"H x 10"W

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Third Street

Third Street

Family walking to church

11"H x 17"W

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Drying Time

Drying Time

The clothes drying on the line are items often worn by the textile workers.

11"H x 17"W

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Mill Hill Idol

Mill Hill Idol

Children singing on the porch of a mill house.

11"H x 14"W

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Waiting On The Ice Cream

Waiting On The Ice Cream

Churning ice cream on the back porch on a hot summer day and waiting on the neighbors to arrive.

11"H x 14"W

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Under The China Berry Tree

Under The China Berry Tree

Children playing under the china berry tree. A tree indigenous in the southeastern US. They were plentiful on the mill villages.

11"H x 14"W

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Hide & Seek

Hide & Seek

Nighttime summertime fun on the mill village.

11"H x 14"W

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Summer Theater

Summer Theater

Plays performed for the neighbors under the big oak tree on the mill village

11"H x 14"W

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"Going Cruisin"

"Going Cruisin"

Nothing was more fun than getting together with
friends and cruising the local burger joints!

8"H x 10"W

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Fall In The Village

Fall In The Village

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12"H x 24"W

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Fall In Progress

Fall In Progress

Raking leaves and selling apples on the mill village

8"H x 10"W

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"Shift Change"

"Shift Change"

Shift change at the textile mill in the late 1950’s or early sixties

12"H x 24"W

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"Martha"

"Martha"

Read more about this amazing Christian woman and her family in Wilt Browning's book "Come Quitting Time".
Contact: wbrowning@triad.rr.com

11"H x 14"W

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Back Alley Kite Flying

Back Alley Kite Flying

Back alleys were service roads between the streets on the village. The perfect place for kite flying, bike riding etc.

12"H x 24"W

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Mill Hill Churches

Mill Hill Churches

Artwork used on poster of the 9th Annual Greenville Textile Heritage Festival titled "Fabric Of Our Faith, Woven At The Mill Hill Church"

8"H x 10"W

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"Around The Radio"

"Around The Radio"

A 1940's family is gathered "Around the Radio". The mill and village at night is featured in the windows.

11"H x 14"W

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"Clothesline Chats"

"Clothesline Chats"

Neighbors are chatting as they hang out their laundry in this retro scene of the mill village.

11"H x 14"W

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"Opry Saturday Night"

"Opry Saturday Night"

A family is gathered around the radio on a Saturday night listening to the Grand Ole Opry.
A nighttime scene of the mill is featured in the window.

11"H x 14"W

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"Summer Fun"

"Summer Fun"

A cold sweet treat on a hot summer day when the ice cream truck visits the mill village!

11"H x 14"W

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"Front Porch Politics"

"Front Porch Politics"

Depicts three men sitting on the front porch of
a mill house in the 1950's discussing the recent election.

11"H x 14"W

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"Snapping Beans & Singing Praises"

"Snapping Beans & Singing Praises"

We loved to visit Grandma who lived on the mill village. We would help her snap beans while we sat in the swing and sang along with the radio!

11"H x 14"W

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"First Set of Wheels"

"First Set of Wheels"

Children riding "cogwheel" wagons made with the gears from the textile machinery in the cotton mills.

14"H x 11"W

15.00 Signed & Numbered Print

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