Beginning April 26 the Mason Square Museum in Mason, TX will have on display many of the drawings and sketches by Laverne Lee. Laverne was the fourth generation of her family to be born in Mason County and her life story includes much of the history of Mason County. Mrs. Lee passed away February 13, 2012.
One of Laverne’s loves was the community of Mason which was the focus of and her commitment to her art. Laverne and Doris Grote came up with the idea of a walking tour around the Mason Square. Doris and Laverne researched the history of the buildings. Laverne created a brochure along with sketches to illustrate the tour, which they gave to the Chamber of Commerce.
Laverne felt that many visitors missed the beauty of Mason County. Most visitors never left the main roads or never knew where to go. She devoted much of her time to the Bluebonnet and Wildflower Drives in Mason County. She and other women, including Riata members, distributed bluebonnet seeds along county roads. She worked for several years to create an illustrated map of wildflower drives along country lanes. In 1998, she provided some of the illustrations for Laura Trim’s book, Short Trips In the Hill Country.
For the most part, Lee worked in pencil or pen and ink, exacting and demanding media capable of great expression. She also painted in watercolor and pastel, over the years, completing well over 200 individual works. Her drawings seem sparse and simple, yet they usually went straight to the essence of the subject. Many of these art works are prized by friends while other images are still in use by local churches, banks and the Chamber of Commerce. Most of the drawings and painting on display are easily recognized. The museum and the Lee family hope that folks will be able to identify those that remain a mystery.
Mason Square Museum invites all Mason school age children to submit a drawing or painting of their favorite Mason County landmark for display at the museum. Pictures will be displayed at the museum after the Laverne Lee exhibit is removed. Mrs. Lee’s art will be on display until October. Works can be any medium and must not be any larger than 9"x12". Room for the children’s exhibit is limited so, pieces will be displayed in the order received.
The Art by Laverne Lee exhibit opens to the public April 26. The museum is open from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00PM Thurs thru Saturday and admission is free. Museum volunteers and Mason Square Museum members received a special preview of the exhibit April 25 followed by a volunteer appreciation dinner at the home of Dana and Denwood Butler.