Leading Off: Former Kimbell Director Dies; Lost Texas Art; and A Foote Festival

1. Former director of the Kimbell Art Museum, Edmund Pillsbury, passed away Friday. Pillsbury led the Fort Worth museum for 18 years and had much to do with its emergence as a world-renowned institution. After he left the Kimbell, Pillsbury was director of the Meadows Museum for two years.

2. A smaller version of The Battle of San Jacinto, a painting by H.A. McArdle, turned up in an attic in West Virginia. The painting was completed three years after the famed mural in the Texas Capitol by McArdle, and has been in his family’s possession ever since because the artist was never paid for the work.

3. Rumors have been circulating that a citywide festival featuring the works of late-playwright Horton Foote was in the works. Word came Friday via the DTC, the festival will indeed happen. Lawson Taitte has the details.

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