September 23, 2009

Fort Worth Gallery Night 2009

Art This Fort Worth: Fall 2009 Gallery Night Picks

by Josie on September 9, 2009

Fall Gallery Night 2009
Saturday September 12, 2PM – 9PM
Alright Fort Worth it’s time again for Fall Gallery Night sponsored by the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA). This is a great way to take in the city and all that the art community contributes to it. During Gallery Night you will not only find galleries and museums welcoming you with art, wine, and nibbles but seems like just about any business or restaurant gets in on the action too. This is an event for everyone and I love seeing the mix of people that this event draws. It’s kind of like a pub crawl only with galleries and art.

Check the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA) website for their brochure of participating galleries and businesses. To attempt to hit every gallery and museum may be a bit ambitious. The event starts at 2PM on Saturday and ends at 9PM. If you start early you can makes sure and hit every spot on your list. I usually highlight my favorites and am usually able to cram them all in somehow. Here’s my selection of galleries that I always try and visit, some of them aren’t listed on the FWADA brochure. The event is free, any food and drinks served by the galleries will most likely be free, just remember to fill the tip jar.

Rebecca Low Sculpture Gallery
Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery and Studio
7608 Camp Bowie West
Fort Worth TX 76116
The outdoor sculpture mini garden that complements the wide open light filled gallery make this a worthy visit during the daylight hours. Kids enjoy the whimsical and oversize sculpture pieces. This gallery is way down west Camp Bowie but worth the trek. Last time I went they had some jazz musicians playing, which made it a nice place to linger. If you find yourself over here around eating time head on down to the Japanese Palace at 8445 Camp Bowie West.

Artspace 111
Artspace 111
111 Hampton Street
Fort Worth TX 76102
This old brick warehouse on the outer fringe of downtown serves as the edgy backdrop to an always interesting collection of art. Gallery Night will open the new exhibition by Daniel Blagg, Thrashing About featuring Letters from The Boneyard. Daniel Blagg’s large scale paintings immediately draw you in and this gallery is well worth the visit. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer in the outdoor patio area or stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden. If the light nibbles aren’t enough for you, Downtown is close by and there are plenty of eats around there but I would head towards The Stockyards and eat a quick bite at La Playa Maya on Main St.

Artes de la Rosa
1442 North Main Street
Fort Worth 76164
Diez y Seis Celebration, 7:30PM. From the Artes de la Rosa website:
Honor Mexico’s Independence Day with live Norteño music, folklórico dancing, face painting and local artisans selling their work along with food from local Northside restaurants. Perfect for the entire family!
Free. Rain or Shine.

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth TX 76107
The current show “Preservation is the Art of the City” promotes historic preservation in Fort Worth through the works of both established and emerging artists. This one shouldn’t be missed! Nearby eats include J&J’s Oyster Bar on University or Tokyo Cafe (review) further down Camp Bowie.

Studio 5
1018 Shaw Street
Fort Worth 76110
Studio 5 is the workspace/living space of local artist Jesse Sierra Hernandez. The old storefront building makes a great gallery space. Gallery night features works by Greg Bahr, Ray Liberio, Calvin Abucejo, Phil Hemsley, Dave Mayer, and Beck McMath. Nearby Hemphill Street plays host to many hole in the wall Mexican taquerias, my favorite is Ernesto’s at 4050 Hemphill, it is BYOB and open late (run by the same folks who own Benito’s).

Jo Dufo Studio
1701 College Ave
Per Jo’s Facebook invite: “A Great Cosmic Neighborhood Art Studio Filled with LOVE, PEACE, and lots of groovy ART!!!! Jo Dufo Studio is OPEN this Weekend!!!! Sat/Sun 12 to 6… We will have extended hours on Saturday for Gallery Night!!! Saturday we will be open until 8… I have just returned from a great trip to Chicago and I brought back alot of new ART from the studio of Sierra Dufault!!!! You Must come by and See What is UP!!!!”. Support this local studio by stopping by.

Berry Street Gallery
2918 W. Berry
Fort Worth 76109
Formerly the Panther City Gallery, local artist Kerri Conover will be featured. I look forward to checking out this new gallery. If art is not enough to sustain you the killer tacos from Fuzzy’s next door should do the trick.

Gallery 414
Gallery 414
414 Templeton
Fort Worth TX 76107
What looks like a house in a neighborhood off of 7th street showcases an always dynamic and edgy collection of art. This indie little gallery is another favorite. The domestic setting gives the place a house party sort of vibe and I love winding my way through the rooms to see what will surprise me next. The current exhibition will open on Gallery Night, New World Ordered with works by Ian O’Brien and Angel Cabrales. Fred’s (will also be participating in Gallery Night), Love Shack So7 (817 Matisse Ste. 445 Fort Worth 76107), and La Familia are nearby if you get the hankering for hamburgers or Tex Mex.

William Campbell Contemporary Gallery
William Campbell Contemporary
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth TX 76107
This gallery’s 30 years in existence shows in a consistently impressive selection of works. I always save this gallery as my last stop because I’m always blown away by what they show. Though they represent artists in various periods in their career, the artists they show seem to have a clear, mature vision and produce high quality collectible pieces. I wish I had a few thousand to spare so I could support this exceptional gallery. The current exhibit looks like a thought provoking one, The Sin Eater and the Anchorite by Fort Worth artist J.T. Grant. Wind down at nearby Tokyo Cafe.

If you want to kill two birds with one stone check out Fred’s and Winslow’s (review) both will be featuring artwork as well as their standard menus.

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Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

Who knew there were so many galleries in the area? I certainly didn't. Great article!

revel designs said...

I have always wanted to go and somehow never have. I'll put it on my calendar for next year!

ArtAfterDark said...

Thanks for the article. I chickened out on Gallery Night because of the rain! I have slushed thru rainy gallery nights and it isn't much fun! Let's hope next Spring Gallery Night is perfect!