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Friday, April 15, 2011

A Look at Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival 2011

4.15.11

The smell of turkey legs and pizza was carried up and down Main Street in Fort Worth Friday afternoon by 50 m.p.h. wind gusts that almost collapsed a kaleidoscopic of art booths. 

Despite the wind, it is was a bright, brisk and lively afternoon in downtown Fort Worth. The booths and artists were as colorful as the paint on the pieces that hung everywhere. Artists came from all over the U.S. to showcase their unique view of the world.

The pictures below are some of my favorite bits of art. Click on the artists' names to be directed to their websites.

(Below) Artist Jim C. Brown said he takes pictures of trees every time he travels. Each tree is from a different picture, which he turns into imagined forests. He prints these trees on plaster and then chips away at the plaster to reveal the sky beneath. These imaginary forests are beautiful to see in person. Check him out (booth #150).


(Below) I fell in love with the whimsical art of S.D. Meadows, and couldn't stop smiling the whole time I was in his booth. I can't imagine where he finds all of this stuff, but he knows how to turn junk into charming little characters. They each had a distinctive personality. The artist was exactly what you'd expect as the father of these creations — quirky and friendly. Meet Meadows' people. 

S.D. Meadows

Artist S.D. Meadows

Artist S.D. Meadows

Artist S.D. Meadows

(Below) Gary Stretar's art brought me peace ... literally. I imagined standing wherever the landscapes in his paintings were, deep in quiet thought. I could hear myself think in his paintings. If I had money I would like to see this every time I walked into a room.

Gary Stretar

Gary Stretar

These artists come in a marital pair. Meet Signe and Genna Grushovenko. I want their art all over my house. There was something powerful in the simple scenes of faceless people. They also capture the brilliant color and light in the photographs they paint. Check them out in booth #521.

grushovenko.com

Signe & Genna Grushovenko
(Below) James W. Parker's photograph of a cow standing next to a for sale sign with his eyes fixed on Parker's camera caught my attention. Parker said the cow seemed to be asking what the sign meant. Parker said he spends a lot of time in Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, etc. taking photos. My favorites are his black and white photos of places far from the city.

James W. Parker

James W. Parker

Even Fort Worth's restaurant, Embargo, had an artsy mojito stand that looked delicious.

Embargo's Mojito Stand

Upcoming Events (things I've done before and enjoyed!)

www.fortworth.com

[Click on Event to link to place page]

April 16 (This weekend!): Modern 'Till Midnight
This makes for a great evening of art and live music. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers and free for members. What I remember loving about this night was being outside on the second floor of the Modern Art Museum with a phenomenal view of Fort Worth. The music always seems to be good, too.

April 16 (This weekend!): Fort Worth Zoo Run
Although I've never run in this event, I absolutely love running FW races every chance I get. Races are fun for the whole family and promote health and fitness. The money to register usually goes to a great cause in Fort Worth. Proceeds from this run will go to conservation efforts around the world ... and you usually land a cool shirt.

April 14-17: MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival
I've purchased some great items here. The food is pretty good as well; I'm partial to the turkey leg. If you don't like crowds, this is not the place for you.

April 3-23: Jubilee Theatre and The African Company presents Richard III
The one time I went to see a production at this theatre I absolutely loved it. I get antsy quick, but this show kept my attention until the very end. I laughed, I cried and even better, I got to peek into another world. I was still in Fort Worth, but it was such a unique experience I felt I got to leave the bubble for a bit. After the show we went to the Reata rooftop for a snack and drink. It was a fantastic night.

April 28: The Aluminum Show at the Bass Hall
OK, I've never seen this show, but it looks awesome! Does it count if I've been to the venue before? The choreographer uses aluminum tubes and dance to create odd visual effects on stage.  Click here to watch a video of the eccentric Israeli dance group. It's 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Bass Hall.

May 4: Fort Worth Mayoral Candidate Forum
If you are anything like me and would like to know more about the FW mayoral candidates, then this would be a good event for you. It's from 5-7 p.m. at TCU's Brown Lupton Union Auditorium.

May 5-8: Mayfest
Maybe it's because I've been going to this event since I was in my mom's belly, but I think this is fun to do at any age. I love walking around, eating all of the snacks, watching the performances and playing some of the games. But there's endless activities for the kiddos. Try to avoid tornados.

June/July: Concerts in the Garden
This is one of my favorite summertime activities. Grab an old blanket, bring your favorite beer or wine and some cheese, and watch your favorite show in the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. The Beatles and Star Wars shows are some of my favorites from the past. I've done this with my sister, on dates or with groups of friends. Although I don't have children yet, I've seen lots of families at the shows. According to their website, they will firm up a schedule first week of May.