Arts
John Hartley’s “Battlefield Scrimmage”

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Artspace 111
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You’ll feel like a kid in a toy store at Artspace 111’s new show opening this week. That’s because John Hartley’s paintings take toy soldiers, action figures, and weaponry as their chief subject, though there are a few ...


Seattle artist Norie Sato incorporated local photographs into her mosaics.

Flying Down the Road

Beautifying a highway calls for some natural art.
EDWARD BROWN
In 2005, the Fort Worth City Council adopted the Southwest Parkway Master Plan, which outlined how the city would use art to blend features of the proposed Chisholm Trail toll road into the existing urban environment. Running f...



Benito Huerta’s “In Case of Emergency — Pull”

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William Campbell Contemporary Art
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“And these few precious days I’d spend with you.” Benito Huerta’s show at William Campbell takes its title from Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s bittersweet song about finding love late in life, but the exhibit is mo...


HOMECOMING! built crates from discarded IKEA furniture. Now to get the darn things to Sweden.

HOMECOMING! Takes Flight

The most significant art collective in town isn’t hamstrung by costs — but needs help.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Earlier this year, three entities interested in public art began a first-ever collaboration. The 13-member art collective HOMECOMING! Committee, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., and the taxpayer-funded nonprofit Fort Worth Public Art ...



Ashley Nason’s “Weather Station”

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UNT on the Square
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UNT Art Gallery opened a new show two weeks ago, and now the nearby UNT on the Square unveils a new exhibit, this one devoted to the Print Research Institute of North Texas. The exhibit runs concurrently with a printmaking work...


Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn. Simon & Schuster, 497 pps., $27.50

Charlie Brown

With his new book, Fort Worth’s Jeff Guinn brings Charles Manson back down to size.
JIMMY FOWLER
Most people who are even a little familiar with 1960s murder guru Charles Manson know that his apocalyptic worldview was inspired by the New Testament’s book of Revelation and The Beatles’ lyrically cryptic White Album. Few...



Culture design winner and Art Institute student, Mark Mayr

Best Of Culture 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Top Five Artworks “Attention Retention” by Bradly Brown Exhibited as part of his TCU MFA thesis at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Brown’s simple yet beguiling found-object piece –– three multicolored beach balls held a...


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Glory Won’t Be Denied

Fort Worth Opera wins
EDWARD BROWN
For an opera company known for cultivating young talent and taking on newer, contemporary works (as well as re-envisioning classics), Fort Worth Opera has lagged woefully behind in one area — recording and releasing albums. H...



Ann Ekstrom’s “Night Bloomer” is on display at Artspace 111.

Plastic Nature, Naturally

Painter Ann Ekstrom shines at Artspace 111
ANTHONY MARIANI
Inspired by her mother, the late painter and printmaker Beth Lea Clardy, Fort Worth’s Ann Ekstrom has spent most of her professional life reconstituting trinkets, jewelry, and toys into quietly extravagant paintings. Her new ...


Karen Rich Bell’s “Hybrid (From My Trials)”

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UNT Art Bldg
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In UNT’s new exhibit Beyond Natural, nine artists create sculptures and 3D art inspired by forms of the natural world. These include fantastical landscapes and sculptures that range from delicate to riotous. The opening recep...