Houston’s Mystic Lyon Exhibits El Franco Lee II’s ‘Lee’s Congo Barre’

by Christopher Blay October 18, 2019
El Franco Lee II- Lee's Congo Barre at Mystic Lyon in Houston October 19 2019

Work by El Franco Lee II

Mystic Lyon, the Fifth Ward art space in Houston, will exhibit new work from El Franco Lee II in a show titled Lee’s Congo Barre (“Barre,” like the cough syrup, because… Houston), a changed spelling of Lee’s late father’s business, Lee’s Congo Bar. Lee’s father, the original El Franco Lee, was also Harris County Commissioner, and the works’ focus is on the Fifth Ward. The outdoor exhibition will be on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street on Saturday, October 19, with a reception from 6-9 pm, and remain on view through February 29.

Work by El Franco Lee II

Says Lee: “By keeping a mental and physical log of my opinions on what drives urban ambition from a Southern American aspect, I’ve gained interest in depicting real-life events with startling content, unorthodox depth, and acute attention to detail.”

Mystic Lyon founder and curator, Emily Sloan, adds: “For this exhibition, El Franco will be sharing some new work mixed in with some classics. We will be changing the paintings in the window every few weeks, so there will always be something new and intriguing to see.”


“The People of 5th Ward” by Bob Lee.

Among the events while the show is up are several Happy Hours with the El Franco Lee II. Lee’s Congo Barre will also feature political collages from the late Bob Lee, uncle to El Franco. 

For more info, visit Mystic Lyon’s Facebook page here.

Mystic Lyon is located on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward neighborhood. In addition to public art installations, Mystic Lyon offers weekly organic food deliveries, house concerts, meditation and sound sessions, films, Gong Therapy, community coffees, reading groups, Reiki sessions and Mobile Nap Deliveries. It also plays host to the Gong Grant Micro Grant, Fifth Ward Badminton Club, Root Lock Sessions, and the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce.


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