Hundreds of lovers of art, music and food trucks filled the Near South Side on Saturday to celebrate Fort Worth’s artistic spirit.
Arts Goggle, like Fort Worth Art Dealers Association’s Gallery Nights, is a biannual event, falling every spring and fall, and the most recent Goggle was probably the most packed to date. (Thanks, weather gods.)
The vibe was chill and comfortable, with families, couples, and groups of young folk milling around, enjoying the visual art on display –– nearly every establishment had transformed itself into a temporary gallery –– chowing down on the food-truck fare, and checking out the live, mostly local music.
The Hanna Barbarians, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, and Skeleton Coast are just three of the killer Fort Worth bands that played throughout the day, and, with Denton’s Seryn, Fort Worth/Dallas indie-rockers Calhoun christened the long-awaited Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, the first music-centric venue built in Fort Worth since the dearly departed Caravan of Dreams (circa the 1990s).
Art was everywhere on Magnolia: inside bars, restaurants, and shops and on the street. SiNaCa Studios featured glass-blowing demonstrations and Avoca Coffee splatter-painting out front. One photographer, Brian S. Carroll, stood apart with his intense portraiture and talent for making incredibly grotesque scenes (possum roadkill bleeding in the street, for example) surprisingly enthralling. The Pussyhouse Propaganda duo livened up the entrance to The Boiled Owl Tavern with bold spray-painted portraits of celebrities such as Gary Coleman and LL Cool J.
The next Arts Goggle is Saturday, Oct. 13.