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Local folk artist creates ‘country church’

Roy Davis of Gloucester must have been dreaming of a white Christmas when he created his newest piece of art. The “country church” Davis fashioned, complete with stained-glass windows and fallen snow, has generated praise for the hobbyist from members of his own church and community.

“I like crafting and I’m good with my hands,” he said of his talents. “I imagine a lot and said to myself, ‘I think I’m gonna make me a church.’”

A self-taught painter, woodworker, and model builder, Davis fabricated his latest work largely out of foam-core board, but you can hardly tell in the finished product.


Davis reports taking inspiration from area churches and combining the most picturesque aspects of several houses of worship into his new piece. Davis worked in 3-6 hour increments and took about month in total to complete the church.

Wreaths adorn double wooden doors, and a bell tower and steeple overlook snow-capped trees. Dav...

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