Morton Painting

Your help is needed to identify the artist and subjects in this and another painting which have been restored and will be on display at Art on Tap Saturday.

The Morton Museum of Cooke County is hosting “Art on Tap,” a beer- and-food pairing event featuring the art of Cooke County and portraits from the past from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday inside the Santa Fe Depot in downtown Gainesville.

The event will showcase the diversity of flavors that Cooke County has to offer.

Participating restaurants are:

• Serna’s Mexican Cuisine is slated to bring quesadillas paired with a type of Mexican beer.

• R.J.’s of Lake Kiowa will serve crab cakes with Belgium Hoegaarden.

• Edel Weiss Tea House is serving Italian meatballs paired with New Castle Brown Ale.

• Dieter Brothers Restaurant will feature barbecue sliders with a St. Pauli Dark Lager.

• My Daisy Catering will pair a proscuitto pizzetti paired with a Sam Adams Pale Ale.

• Sarah’s on the Square will serve a ruben dip paired with a Shiner Blonde.

The Morton Museum was named caregivers to 11 pieces of former Gainesville native Lela Houston’s landscape oil painting collection.

“We are the caregivers of her collection and different pieces from other unique local artist,” Morton Museum director of education and marketing Jayleane Smith said. “We will be featuring Houston’s work as well as other art pieces from our collection.”

The Morton Museum board vice president Robin Rose said the “Art on Tap” will feature two restored paintings from the museum’s Victorian room.

This correlates with their mission which is to have people come look at the art pieces and possibly be able to identify who the painter was or the person or persons in the paintings, Rose added.

Art on Tap will also be the last opportunity for the public to view the 1885 Historic Map of Gainesville, four feet by six feet in size, on loan from Kenneth Kaden, former mayor of Gainesville.

The map was drawn by Theodore Schauseil in 1885. The museum has been asked to return the map just after Valentines day.

Rose said the purpose of a show such as this is not only to have the public view the art but to allow those who appreciate the art, the opportunity to adopt the art and help the museum raise the money to restore the work.

Each year, the museum sets aside a portion of its budget to restore pieces. The most recent restored work was that of the three children hanging in the Victorian room, a piece that will be on display at the “Art on Tap.”

Tickets for the event are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased by calling (940) 668-8900.

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