Preservation is the Art of the City

Preservation is the Art of the City

September 8 – September 29, 2011


The ninth annual Preservation is the Art of the City® art show and sale will be open to the public from September 9 through 24 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District. More than 200 works of art by regional artists will be exhibited, and every work is for sale at prices ranging from $100 to $10,000. The show is organized by Historic Fort Worth, Inc., and the presenting sponsors are XTO Energy Inc. and the Star-Telegram.

Preservation is the Art of the City® promotes and supports local studio artists and historic preservation in Fort Worth, Texas. The 53 participating artists, who work in a broad range of media, styles and subject matters, receive 65% of the purchase price of their sold artwork. At least 10 new artists are introduced each year, and a jury assures high quality while maintaining a balance of established and young, emerging artists.

“Stories of the City” is a special preservation-themed category. Popular with both artists and buyers, these works range from wildly abstracted interpretations of the theme to realistic depictions of well-loved Fort Worth landmarks. Another special section is composed entirely of small artworks, which tend to have proportionately smaller prices but are just as beautiful as their larger counterparts.

OPENING:The Reception with the Artists on Thursday, September 8 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center is the only opportunity to preview and purchase the art before the show opens to the public. Reservations are $100 per person/$75 for HFW members and include valet parking.

Promptly at 6:30 p.m., the Honorary Co-Chairs, art collectors Suzy and Ray Rhodes, will be recognized. Sponsored cash awards for outstanding artworks will be presented to the winning artists. The festive evening continues with art sales, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres until 9:30 p.m.

FEATURED ARTIST:Fort Worth native Nancy Lamb is an eight-year veteran and past Artist Award winner at Preservation is the Art of the City. Her featured artwork is a quirky series of 60 watercolors “Things Around the House and in the Garden.” Nancy attended Arlington Heights High School and received her formal art training at TCU, and from 1970 to 2004, she was a much-beloved teacher of ceramics at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Associated with and represented by Artspace 111, her work has been featured in Harper's Magazine, Texas Monthly, and New American Painting. Notable works include designs for two 200-foot terrazzo floors at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, murals for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and her slice-of-life oil paintings "Social Spaces". She and her husband Bob Powell reside in a mid-century home in Fort Worth.

The Samuel Benton Cantey, III Lecture & Preservation Awards

Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

Inspiration: Will Wynn, 2-term mayor of Austin and 7th generation TexanA former board member of the Austin Heritage Society, Will Wynn holds a degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M. With over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Mr. Wynn believes that only thorough better land use practices can Austin, or any city, appropriately deal with challenges like traffic, air quality, historic preservation, housing affordability and environmental/climate protection. Mr. Wynn walks to work from his downtown residence where the electric bill averages less that $45 a month.

Preservation: Meet the people doing preservation and learn about their work

Fifteen awards reflecting leadership and preservation projects will be presented to deserving recipients.

Celebration: Beverages, Wine & Hors d’oeuvres with the winners

Free for members $25 for Guests Join at

Reservations by September 12th Contact or 817.336.2344 x 107.