The Somervell History Foundation will begin 2009 with many new items at Barnards Mill. A new look and exciting events are on the schedule. The SHF has received a gift from the Riley Gibbs estate and the lovely period furniture and antique items will add to the new look at Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum. We also have exciting news from Clifton author and art collector; Joe Marchman, who has brought ten Robert Summers paintings from the Marchman Collection. These paintings are now included in the new Summers gallery housed at the Barnard’s Mill Art Museum. Featured in these Summers paintings are Ernest T “Bull” Adams, Mabel Wayland Adams and early Glen Rose. The Wayland Family paintings depict the events in the life of Dr. Wayland, Mabel’s father.

The artwork in the Art Museum has been rearranged and regrouped and the results are outstanding. The upcoming “Unveiling” of the Summers paintings from the Marchman Collection will be the main event for the public on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm. Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum will be open for all to enjoy and this event will begin the 2009 Membership Drive for the Somervell History Foundation. This “Unveiling” celebration will be our first exciting event for 2009.

Somervell History Foundation focus for 2009 is to continue to raise funds for the preservation of the structure and support this wonderful piece of Texas history for the generations to come. During 2008 Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum received a matching funds grant from the Texas Historical Commission and a grant from a private trust. These are but a small part of the restoration needs for the 1860 structure. The SHF researches all avenues for securing funds necessary to complete the needed restoration and to preserve this unique piece of our early Texas heritage.

The SHF works closely with the school district by supporting their Student Art Show each spring. The elementary schools tour each spring receives a grand tour with live characterizations of those who played a part in the history of Barnard’s Mill and presently the SHF is working with the newly formed Barnard’s Mill Art League. The annual Plein Air brought visitors from distant places to view visiting artists at their work on the grounds of Barnard’s Mill. The early spring art show, “Art on the Paluxy” with participating artist was a great success.

Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum is open each weekend during the year. The hours are from 10-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. Staff is present to give guided tours and will relate the history of the art items and the history of Barnard’s Mill. There is no admission charged but donations are accepted.

Membership in the SHF includes many exciting events, workshops and displays during the year. Take a moment to visit the new Website http://www.barnardsmill.org where you will find a membership form and also you will enjoy a peek into the beauty that is Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum.