The Somervell Historical Foundation unveiled a new art collection Saturday, Jan. 17. The museum also held a membership drive in conjunction with the unveiling.

Joan Taylor said the event was a great success, drawing visitors from Glen Rose, Houston, Hico and Fort Worth.

“It went really well,” Taylor said. “We had an excellent turn out.”

The focus of the collection was paintings of Ernest “Bull” Adams by Robert Summers. The artwork is from the Joe Marchman collection.

Bull Adams’ daughter, Mary Adams, and Richard H. Moore, the Somervell Historical Museum benefactor, even made an appearance.

Joe Marchman commissioned the paintings while he was working on Bull’s autobiography. He selected Robert Summers to capture and paint the life of the massive Somervell County figure.

Bull, a Glen Rose resident, was selected as a Rhodes scholar and served as the Somervell County Attorney. His daughter Mary still lives in the city.

A total of 10 paintings are featured in the new Summers Gallery at the Barnard’s Mill Art Museum.

The collection and other exhibits can be seen at the museum each weekend from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The history foundation is raising funds for restoration efforts at the mill. The most important project has been the re-pointing stone on the exterior of the Mill and the East end annex of the Art Museum. Potential damage caused by weather and pests that enter through cracks in the mortar has created a sense of urgency for the project. Once the buildings are secure, restoration on the interior can begin.

More information about restoration efforts, membership forms and art exhibits can be found at