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Fall Gallery Night in Fort Worth: a preview

Posted 3:53pm on Thursday, Sep. 05, 2013

Saturday is Fall Gallery Night, when local galleries synchronize their calendars for a massive group of openings across the county that will run from mid-afternoon to late in the evening. The participating venues are spread from Rebecca Low’s sculpture studio on the west side of Fort Worth at 7608 Camp Bowie West to a new entry at 509 W. Main St. in Arlington, Sparks Studio. A cooperative of artists is showing in Haltom City for the first time, and the address is enticing: 3201 Friendly Lane, Haltom City. This is close to the Race Street outpost of eclectic galleries that is gaining momentum with each passing season.

So, there are new entries in the mix, which is always a positive sign, but there’s a lamentable closing as well.

This will be the last Gallery Night for brand 10 on West Seventh Street. From the outset it was only a three-year venture, and that three years is almost up. So the four-person force behind brand 10 is packing up at the end of the year and moving all the goodies to and X, the sister gallery at 3511 Locke Ave. Both Fort Worth locations will be showing “Moving Pictures,” with video works by a dozen artists.

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center will be hosting its usual round of shows, including “Preservation Is the Art of the City,” a juried show and sale of works by 48 local artists. Featured artists for fall are Maureen Brouillette and Joel Sampson, who have collaborated on an original installation, Sights and Sounds of Jacksboro Highway. Seven exhibitions will be opening at FWCAC, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth.

Galerie Kornye West, 1601 Clover Lane, Fort Worth, is showing the majestic landscapes of Dennis Farris, who recently completed the Grand Canyon’s North Rim Artist-in-Residence program.

The Firehouse gallery will be raising funds for the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Thirteen local ceramic artists are selling goblets and beer mugs that can then be filled with the purchaser’s choice of wine or beer. Fort Worth’s Rahr brewery will be serving at this 10th-anniversary celebration for the Firehouse, 4147 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth.

Randy Bacon, who decamped to Albany several years ago, has brought a new collection of his West Texas landscapes back to Carter Bowden Antiques. It is where he started his career as a painter, and even though he is now showing in museums, for this Gallery Night he returns to the launch pad. 4704 Bryce Ave., Fort Worth.

The headliner at Artspace111 is Ann Ekstrom, who takes treasured jewelry keepsakes and reimagines them hugely oversized, denoting their powerful connections to the matrilineal line. The jewelry that is usually squirreled away, not forgotten but not worn, gets a new life in her highly charged works. Artspace, at 111 Hampton St., is a good place to end your evening. As the other galleries close down, it is just winding up.

For a map of the many participating locations and their hours, visit the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association site. www.fwada.com.

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