Dina Gregory, a pastel artist who lives in Eulogy, hobbled into Barnard’s Mill & Art Museum Saturday night on a black cane. Despite still recovering from hip replacement surgery, she wasn’t about to miss the “Art on the Paluxy” show.
“This one is from my backyard in Bosque County,” Gregory said, pointing to a pastel painted in values of blues and greens. It depicted a weathered boat by a pond surrounded by cedar. Her other pastels at the show captured scenes in Fredericksburg and Taos, N.M., in her painterly style.
Gregory is a plein air artist, meaning she prefers to work on site rather than in a studio. Besides her Bosque County acreage, her other favorite painting locations are Big Bend, Palo Duro Canyon and Enchanted Rock.
“Nature is in constant change,” Gregory said in her artists’ statement in the show catalog. “I enjoy capturing this fleeting moment and the connection it poses between God, man and nature.”
The Somervell History Foundation sponsored the exhibition and sale, which featured artist-in-residence Robert Summers and seven other select Texas artists.
In addition to Gregory, those showing their work were Teal Blake, a watercolor artist from Weatherford; Western artists Lyndy Benson of Cleburne, Hugh Gaither of Clifton and Jeff Gottfried of Cleburne; Grace Holley-Stewart, a handcrafted jewelry designer from Glen Rose; and Sally Taylor, who has a gallery in Dallas and finds inspiration from her family’s cattle ranch in Glen Rose.
Art aficionados filled the museum to meet the artists, enjoy music, wine and hors d’oeuvres and view the work of those “who contribute so much to the beauty of the world,” as the exhibition catalog put it. “The art show is only a preview of things to come.”
The foundation has been raising donations to restore and expand the art gallery at the 150-year-old Barnard’s Mill. It is set to receive a grant this year that will be used to restore the wing on the old hospital at the Barnard’s Mill complex. The next phase of the foundation’s 10-year preservation plan for the mill is to restore the interiors of the structures.
Summers has had a busy year. This June his sculpture of Pat Garrett, the sheriff believed to have shot outlaw Billy the Kid, will be placed in Roswell, N.M.
He also has been working on a monumental sculpture to be unveiled in August. Commissioned by the City of Tulsa, Okla., it depicts “Where East Meets West” and honors Cyrus Avery, who initiated the famous Route 66 through Tulsa. It will be placed in downtown Tulsa’s historic district.