In 2000, a group of like-minded Glen Rose citizens formed the Somervell History Foundation. Today, the organization's primary focus is maintaining and preserving Barnardís Mill and Art Museum.
To further that mission, an annual event aimed at attracting visitors to the mill and museum and shining a light on artists from across the state, Art on the Paluxy, will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday.
Artist-in-residence Robert Summers will be joined by six other Texas artists - Chase Almond, Michael Body, Robert Cook, Judy Gelfert, Kit Hall and Terry Starnes.
The event will allow the public to view their works while mingling with the artists. Admission is free for history foundation members and $10 per person for non-members.
Robert Temple Summers, II, was born in Cleburne. He began creating figures and animals with bread dough at the age of two and graduated to oil at the age of nine. ?Summers has had no formal art training, but began to professionally explore his talent in 1964. Since that time, he has worked in various mediums, including egg and acrylic tempera, oil, dry-brush watercolor, pastel and pencil. He is equally talented with wax and clay, currently dividing his time between painting and sculpting. Summers resides in his boyhood home of Glen Rose with his wife, Boo, and serves as associate director of the Creation Evidence Museum.
His major works include Trail Drive: An American Monument to the West, located in Pioneer Plaza in Dallas, Texas Ranger and George B. Erath in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, The U.S Navy memorial in Washington, D.C. and many others.
Texas watercolor artist, Robert W. (Bob) Cook is known for painting older house and barn scenes, fascinating old cars, store-fronts and historical places with character and peaceful landscapes.
"My philosophy in life and art now is to convey a pleasing, relaxed, realistic impression to the viewer," Cook said of his work. "My finished product has always been to 'wow the viewer' and make them really look at things deeper than they would normally. For me, my actual process experience, creating the piece of art, is to please myself. Finally, after many years of learning, Iím starting to fine myself pleased."
Cook continues to win awards across the U.S. with his realistic scenes which have been collected by Texas Instruments, Texas Baptist Convention Center, the National Corvette Museum and art enthusiasts as far away as Australia.
Granbury resident Michael Body was born in Berkley, Calif. After receiving a gift of a Brownie box camera from his grandmother when he was six years old, he began an adventure with photography that would become an obsession.
He attended classes at Los Angeles, California Art Institute where he was trained in traditional camera and darkroom techniques.
Body relocated to Texas in 1976 and worked in the ranching industry for more than 30 years.
He continued his artistic endeavors by capturing images of real working cowboys and ranch life throughout Texas and New Mexico.
Following retirement, he returned to photography full-time in 2009.
Body has won several photographic honors for his prints. His images have been displayed at number of galleries in Texas and New Mexico and are in private collections in Texas, New Mexico and California.
Kit Hall is currently a professor of art at Texas Wesleyan University where she has taught art since 1994. She received her Master of Fine Arts in painting and art history from Texas Womanís University.
Hall's focus changed is strictly equines. Her studio, Five Horse Studio, is located in Joshua where she can look out the window and see her models in the pasture.
"I approach my art like I approach my horses, with a gentle hand and an open mind," Hall said. "The art I create is expressive, quiet, subtle yet strong. Working on a piece of art is like working with my horses. First I must be patient, then I must be open to change, and most important I must know when to stop. While I am capturing a moment in the horseís life on paper or on canvas, I cannot deny that I am also capturing a part of myself."
Her art has been viewed in state and national exhibitions, and she has been invited to do on-site drawings at the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover held in Fort Worth.
She is currently collaborating with a colleague on an exhibition of equine art inspired by poetry. Sketches: an exhibition of equine art and poetry will be exhibited at Fort Worth Community Arts Center Jan. 4-29.
Judy Gelfertís paintings reflect her ever-enthusiastic attention to design and light in everyday surroundings.
Painting loosely with a limited palette of primary colors and white, Judy aims to capture the essence and feel of a scene, leaving detail to the viewerís imagination.
An Arlington resident, Judy grew up on her familyís ranch in Bowie, where she discovered her joy of drawing and painting at a young age. Her interest in art led her to earn two years of studio art credits at the University of Texas at Austin while majoring in history and German.
During her career as a flight attendant traveling the world, Gelfert began to focus on oils, painting on her days off, taking advantage of subject-matter inspired by her travels.
In 2002, she became a full-time artist. Since then she has shown her work on the local and national level, winning numerous awards.
Growing up in Ft. Worth, Almond started painting with watercolors when he was 14 years old and was introduced to oils in 1998.
"For me, the process of painting involves more than just recording what I see. My goal is for the viewer to experience the emotional response that inspired me to paint it.," Hall said. "To transfer that response to the viewer 'through' the painting, so to speak. My technique focuses on conveying this more with color and light and less about intricate detail."
Primarily a plein air painter, he has studied with Kim English, Eric Michaels,
George Strickland and Quang Ho.
"I am attracted to pristine landscapes, but at the same time I'm intrigued by those with human presence or influence," he added. "I like to do small plein air pieces combined with photos and take them back to the studio and do larger works. The emotion and immediacy that is sometimes captured in a plein air work is often difficult to translate into a studio piece. It's one of the great mysteries of painting from life."
Almond co-owns a restaurant design business and divides his time between his
home in Parker County and a ranch in Trinidad, Colo. A world traveler, Chase has painted 'en plein air' on five continents, recording new landscapes and cultures.
Terry Starnes built his first belt buckle in 1986 and he now owns and operates Squaw Creek Silver in Rainbow with his oldest son, Marty.
The duo constructs buckles and jewelry for artists, actors and entertainers across the nation, including Buck Taylor, Wade Bowen and Stoney LaRue.
Barnardís Mill, the first permanent structure in the area, was completed in 1860. It has been on the State Register of Historical Places for more than 25 years. In 1982, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In May, 2010, Barnardís Mill and Art Museum were designated by the Texas Historical Commission as a State Archeological Landmark. In September 12, 2010 the Mill received the prestigious Colonial Lady Historical Mark from the Texas State Colonial Dames 17th Century.
Contact Marcia Miller at (254) 823-6669 for more information.