Artists-in-the-making at Glen Rose ISD will present their artwork in an upcoming show sponsored by the Somervell History Foundation.

The public is invited to attend the student art show at Barnard's Mill Art Museum, located at 307 SW Barnard St., on Sunday, April 27, Saturday, May 3 and again on Sunday, May 4. The winners of this year's art show will be announced May 3 at 11 a.m. and the museum hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

JoAnn Smyth, chairman of the art committee of the Somervell History Foundation, said four divisions will make up this year's show, including students from all four of GRISD's campuses. "We are encouraging students to participate in art by hosting this show. We have had some talented artists in the past and expect the same this year."

Smyth said this year will mark three years since the local History Foundation has sponsored the student art show in cooperation with GRISD, providing an opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of students in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.

"The show was started by Richard Moore several years ago and it was his hope to encourage art students within Glen Rose ISD," said Smyth.

Moore, the former owner of Barnard's Mill, donated the property to the History Foundation with the understanding its members would open the museum to the public and preserve the historic structure.

Continuing Moore's passion for art and involving local youth, the student art show will feature numerous works that will be juried and selected by art teachers at each campus.

Local art teacher at Glen Rose Junior High, Barry Payne, says the show will include "the best of the best," and approximately 100 pieces including paintings, drawings, sculpture and more.

"The big benefit of this show is that it boosts the students' self-esteem to have their artwork displayed in the museum," said Payne. "They also get to see all the other artwork that's normally at the museum and see the other students' artwork."

The artwork will be judged by a panel and cash prizes announced for the top three in each division, plus honorable mention awards.

There's no admission to the museum and art show, said Smyth, who added that Moore's extensive personal collection will be on display along with the local students' work.

Currently, the staff of the museum is setting up for a new exhibition of bronze sculpture by Glen Rose artist-in-residence Robert Summers.

The local sculptor is widely known for his bronze statues, including the "Barnard's of the Brazos - First Family of Glen Rose" located on the square. Summers has also created a bronze sculpture of Tom Landry which is on display at Texas Stadium, and a statue of John Wayne at the Orange County Airport in Santa Ana, Calif.

For more information about the upcoming student art show contact Smyth at 897-4343.