On August 6, 2021, the Pioneer Museum and Gillespie County Historical Society in Fredericksburg will hold a panel discussion on artist Lee Ethel and his contributions to Fredericksburg as part of the town's year-long commemoration of its 175th anniversary. This event corresponds with the exhibition Lee Ethel's Fredericksburg: The Artist's Paintings and Archival Sources, which opened on May 7 at Appretiare Fine Art Framing and Appraising, and is also presented by the Pioneer Museum and Gillespie County Historical Society.

A trained graphic artist and painter, Lee Ethel (1926–1992) spent the last twenty years of his life in Fredericksburg, documenting the architecture of the town through his paintings. The exhibition includes more than forty of his original works, as well as archival material on loan from the Gillespie County Historical Society. The panel discussion will feature Lee Ann Whatley, exhibition curator; Glen Treibs, local historian of Fredericksburg; Francine Carraro, assistant exhibition curator; and Donald Frazier, director of The Texas Center at Schreiner University in Kerrville.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place at Appretiare in Fredericksburg from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on August 6. The exhibition is on display through September 15, 2021. Appretiare is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This program is made possible in part by a Humanities Texas grant.

Lee Ethel, The Skyline of Main Street from the Pioneer Museum, 1980, acrylic on canvas. Collection of Harlan and Dian Stai.