by William S. Phillips ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Canvas size: 17"w x 36"h. - Frame Size: 23.5" x 42.5"
Limited Edition of: 218
A Soldier's Family and faithful Dog wait for his return from World War II.
"Let Your Heart Come Home" to Phillips Bay
Over the years with Greenwich Workshop, William S. Phillips had painted numerous historical themes, and in 1991, he approached Greenwich Workshop founder Dave Usher with an idea for a series of paintings that would capture a nostalgic look at the American home front during World War II. The change in mood and direction of the war at home would be reflected in the paintings as the series progressed. Dubbed The American Homefront Collection, "If Only in My Dreams" was the first of these paintings and is infused with the somber concern and patient longing for the return of the soldiers during the early years of the war.
"If Only in My Dreams" was also the first painting depicting Phillips Bay, a charming and archetypical American village created by the artist. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present this favorite in canvas, which most closely resembles my original painting,” says Phillips. The American Homefront Series also includes "The Dream Fulfilled, Where the Love Light Shines" (1945) and "A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True."
"Let Your Heart Come Home" to Phillips Bay. A town with a deep sense of history, Phillips Bay was established in 1645 by Captain John Bittle and other English immigrants who sought refuge and a life free of religious persecution that was sweeping England at the time. When Captain Bittle's ships arrived, the framework for a thriving local society was already in place laid down by indigenous people. Today, residents and the town's many visitors value Phillips Bay's emphasis on faith, hope, strong family values and a sense of community.
Eva June, known as "Eva J," was one of Phillips Bay's most loved and influential citizens. Through their enterprising, creative and philanthropic contributions, she and her husband Robert gave Phillips Bay much of the character and many of the landmarks that attract folks to the town today.
Enjoy your visit to Dogwood County - yesterday, today and tomorrow
Let your heart come home to these and other seasonal views of Phillips Bay
and surrounding Dogwood County.
Built by Eva J, the dock was constructed with Cotswold stone salvaged from a British ship sunk during the American Revolution. The dock is used for the amphibians and pleasure craft that visit and service Phillips Bay.
In any season of the year, Seven Mile Walk is a favorite place for outdoor activities such as a brisk jog and a walk with the dog, and is a place where you are sure to meet many of the town's friendly residents.
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the music festival takes place all along Seven Mile Walk. Stroll along to different points on the walk to hear classical, jazz, country, folk, gospel, swing and other favorite genres.
The hills west of Phillips Bay reminded a group of early English settlers of the Cotswold Hills of England. "Cotswold stone" was imported from England to build the church at Church Hill,
the highest point in Dogwood County.
The air is filled with frozen jewels reflecting the last golden rays of sunlight. Padded footfalls and bells jingle crisply as the sleigh brings the Apple creek Inn ever closer. You can already feel the warmth of the fire in the ancient stone fireplace, as you and the other guests sip hot cider and talk of the joys of the day and plans are discussed for tomorrows winter adventures.