Frank Artsmarter (uh, not his real name) has spent a lot of free time over the past nine years scouring thrift stores and old people’s attics for the best (worst?) naïve art in North Texas and beyond. Every year, he exhibits and auctions off the work as part of the hipster party that is the Thrift Art Gallery Show and Auction. The point of the event is to interrogate (ha! arty-smarty types love that 50-cent word) the Art World. Who, Artsmarter argues, is to say why one painting is worth 20 large while another only, well, 50 cents (the starting Thrift Art bid)? Larry Gagosian? Sotheby’s? YOU?! (Yes, Virginia. The answer is indeed you.)
For Thrift Art’s 10th anniversary show at Gallery 414 on Sat., June 19, Artsmarter has “commissioned” some local notables –– “very famous fwartists (Fake Fort Worth Artists)” –– to contribute pieces. Look for naïve-ish work by Jesse Sierra Hernandez, Nancy Lamb, Greg Bahr, Devon Nowlin, and many others. Doors open at 6 p.m., and bidding begins around 8 p.m.