Where to Hop On and Off Spring Gallery Night
By EDWARD BROWN | MARCH 21, 2019
Spring and Fall Gallery Night offer galleries, museums and local artists who are members of the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA) two unique days a year to spotlight their work. Dozens of galleries and art spaces will have unique shows up and extended hours as part of Spring Gallery Night on Saturday, March 30.
Here’s a brief overview of both artistic worlds so you can plan ahead for Saturday’s big event.
GALLERY NIGHT DESTINATIONS
Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC)
No venue captures as wide a breadth of local artistic talent as FWCAC. Program and exhibition manager Jonathan Levy is in his second year at FWCAC. During his tenure, the community space has grown from pay-to-play programming to thoughtfully relevant shows. Case in point: Spring Gallery Night Juried Exhibit. You can view works jurored by William Campbell as well as pieces curated by Art Tooth.
Fort Worth’s favorite glassblowing studio hosts Jack “Jackdaw” Russell. The print-based artist is known locally for his humorous takes on pop culture iconography. The glass studio collaboration will end in glass realizations of Russell’s works.
Art On The Boulevard
Arlington Heights residents need only take a short stroll to see a show by resident artists of this gallery. The show features works by Gale Johnston, Dolores Hibbard, Clara Williams and others.
You can view all the official Spring Gallery Night destinations via FWADA’s online brochure.
"OFF GALLERY" NIGHT
If you’re looking for an “off Gallery Night” experience or simply new spaces to explore, these alternative art spaces offer unique ways to view local art.
The Basement Lounge
One floor below Oscar’s Pub off Camp Bowie Boulevard lies a swanky, artsy bar — The Basement Lounge. Beyond serving amazing handcrafted cocktails, the lounge moonlights as a rotating art gallery. Vince Veazey, Ariel Davis and countless local and regional artists have shown work here. Artist Bob Fox is the current featured artist. The bar would make for a great end to Spring Gallery Night.
ART ROOM’s mission is to inspire, educate and support. You can view works by French multi-media artist Jessica Pliez through March 23.
The Collective Brewing Project’s Art + Collective Series
Regulars to The Collective Brewing Project have probably noticed paintings, photos and other works of art adorning the exposed brick wall near the bar. Photographer Diana Urbina is the current featured artist. Her show, in partnership with Latino Hustle, will be up through the end of March.
As Fort Worth’s galleries call it a night, Blackhouse will begin doing what it does best — putting on a ridiculously fun afterparty. Known simply as “the afterparty,” this ticketed event starts at 9 p.m. and features live music, food trucks and a chance to chat up local artists and creatives.
Crittenden The Studio
As if we needed more proof that the Near Southside is a hub for creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, Crittenden The Studio offers curated art and handmade jewelry within a hair salon. The rotating shows blend new and seasoned artists.
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