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    Thanks to generous loans from private collectors, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is extending an exhibit of Texan painter Lu Ann Barrow's works on canvas through August 18. Titled, "Joy and Delight: Lu Ann Barrow and the Folk Spirit," the exhibit brings together twenty rarely-seen paintings.

    Barrow captures scenes of communities, families, and individuals coming together to share in the joys and sorrows of all of our lives. She uses the style of plain painting (a style related to folk art traditions) to bring to life subject matter related to religion, music, landscape, or community gatherings, inviting viewers to contemplate our shared history as human beings.

    The exhibit is free to view with museum admission. The Neill-Cochran House Museum is open from 1-4pm, Wednesday through Sunday and offers free parking to patrons. This event is appropriate for all ages and family guides will be provided.

    About Lu Ann Barrow:

    Lu Ann Barrow was born in Rosenberg, Texas in 1934 and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in 1952. She studied with the dynamic and nationally-acclaimed Studio Art faculty at UT-Austin, including William Lester and Dan Wingren. After graduating in 1956, Barrow quickly became a force in Austin and Texas, regularly exhibiting in both Dallas and Austin for the past six decades. Her work represented the Texas Book Festival in 1999 and the National Book Festival in 2001. In 2006, the Austin Museum of Art featured a retrospective exhibit of her works at its former downtown location.

    About the Neill-Cochran House Museum:

    The Neill-Cochran House Museum is an independent nonprofit that preserves and reflects the experience of some of Austin's earliest residents. The museum sheds light on the local, individual, and political history of our always-growing city through period room installations, rotating exhibits ranging from Texas history to contemporary art, a regular speaker series, free monthly all-ages events, and more. We are proud to be stewards of the ninth and tenth oldest structures still standing in Austin.

    For more information, please visit www.nchmuseum.org

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