Compelled by personal sentiments I chose to commemorate the place where I first  learned to read, write and do arithmetic. 

Growing up on the farm in Trail Minnesota where life was much simpler and a very special time for me. A unique and challenging life so many will never know.

The day began well before the crack of dawn. After sweeping out the barn and milking some fifteen or so  Guernsies, it was breakfast and then off to school.

I hope those viewing this piece enjoy the arrangement of these simple basic elements contributed by man and nature, complimenting each other from decades gone by. It is now a historical marker and still stands today in the modest little community on the edge of the plains.    

For the serious collector.

Magnification of pieces for purchase can be accessed in Gallery store or in, 'Shop here if you like' 

Digital image by Ray Simonis using a 14.1 mega pixel Nikon L120.

Completed in February of 83, The Old School House at Trail

Limited Edition Prints of only 500, Signed and numbered by the artist John Simonis.

These prints* measure 17"X 11" and would be an excellent addition to any collection; 280.00 $$ covers print and shipping. Also, professional custom framing** is available starting at 390.00 complete with frame. 

The old school house still standing today, here we see the artist posing; in the middle white shirt, red suspenders along with most of his fellow students who had once attended classes here. This photo was taken upon the completion of this humble communities' centennial in the summer of 2012 . 

These prints also make great gifts suited for a number of occasions.

Why not make a purchase today?

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*Printed on Domtar Feltweave Carrara White Felt 80lb Cover Quality paper. 

**Basic framing includes single mat, glass  with black metal frame. Up grades are available upon request.

Magnification of pieces for purchase can be accessed in Gallery store or in, 'Shop here if you like' 

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 The John Simonis Art Gallery donates 12% of all sales exclusively to 'Minnesota Disabled American Veterans Chapter' 

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RTS JS Gallery  

212 East 2nd St. Suite 1

Hastings, Mn. 55033



T: 651-307-4321

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