Local artist, Doug Hall, is expanding his reach to the public with a line of ceramic tiles and coffee mugs which display his art, and some local men are the centerpieces of the painting.

Local artist, Doug Hall, is expanding his reach to the public with a line of ceramic tiles and coffee mugs which display his art, and some local men are the centerpieces of the painting.
Hall, a painter of American Indians and other frontier scenes, was born in Granby, grew up in Neosho and now lives at Pineville. His art is sold in major galleries around the country and at large art auctions, mostly in the West.
His mural, depicting the First Battle of Newtonia, is very popular locally, and is now available on ceramic tiles and coffee mugs. The tiles and mugs are currently available in the gift shop at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. This painting on a tile approximately 9 X 7 inches is attracting attention, partly because of the local models who posed for Hall.
The painting features a Confederate Native American horseman breaching the stone wall which stood around Matthew Ritchey's barn in Newtonia during the Civil War. Trying to fend off the charging horseman are four Union soldiers.
The men who are shown defending the wall are Eddie McAlister and Jason Thorne of Neosho, and Jim Ridenour, caretaker of the Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia. One soldier on the ground is a composite model. Thorne is the soldier on the right side of the painting. firing over the wall, Ridenour is the soldier falling beneath the horse, and McAlister is the soldier reloading his rifle.
The man on the horse has gained the most attention. The body of the horseman is David Tanner of Neosho, but the face is that of the late Tom Thorne of Neosho.
Oh yes, the horse, now deceased, was owned by David Tanner and her name was Rosie.
These ceramic tiles of the First Battle of Newtonia sell for $40 and the coffee mugs sell for $15. The hatchery gift shop has a very limited supply.
At this time, the local hatchery gift shop is the only place in town selling the tiles and mugs, but other places are planning to sell them in the near future. Several other tiles and coffee mugs, featuring more of Hall's art are also available.