A second decade of one of Fort Worth’s most popular art events, Preservation Is the Art of the City, kicks off Thursday with a private reception honoring the 45 jury-selected artists and an opportunity for preview shopping before the show opens to the public Sept. 6.The reception and early-bird shopping begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. Guests will enjoy a cocktail buffet as they meet the artists and peruse hundreds of their works. A news release said, “A series of sponsored cash Artist Awards selected by guest juror Kathy Webster will also be announced before the sale is declared open.” Historic Fort Worth produces the event and reports that artists receive 65 percent of the purchase price of their artwork with the rest going to support preservation programs including Thistle Hill and McFarland House.Honorary chairs of the event are Fort Worth attorneys and active arts supporters Lucy and Harry Brants. Featured artists this year are Maureen Brouillette and Joel Sampson, who met at the show in 2004 and married soon after. This is the first year since they married that they will combine their talents in a collaborative effort.“Maureen and Joel have collaborated, bringing Maureen’s focus on duality and Joel’s bent for urban landscape together to create the unprecedented original installation ‘Sights and Sounds of Jacksboro Highway,’” event spokeswoman Suzy Coleman said. With a nod to the mission of Historic Fort Worth, a section of the art show, “Stories from the City,” features creations with a preservation theme. Written remarks from the artist accompany each piece to explain how it interprets the theme.Tickets for the artist reception and sneak peek shopping are $80 for members and $110 for nonmembers. Admission is free for the public show, which runs Sept. 6-Sept. 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.Make reservations through Coleman at 817-336-2344, ext. 100, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Labor Day raceHead out to Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth on Labor Day for 15K, 5K and 1K races hosted by the Fort Worth Runners Club. Gather at Luke’s Locker for the 7 a.m. start of the kid’s fun run and the 7:30 a.m. start for the longer races.It’s a family affair with a post-race party that includes hot dogs, refreshments and great dance music. Lots of fun activities for the kids are also on tap.Don’t miss the awards ceremony, where male and female overall and age group winners will be recognized. All the kids in the 1K will get finisher medals.Register at www.fwrunners.org/FWRC_LaborDayRun.html.Roundup for ridersA dinner at the Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway in Fort Worth, on Sept. 10 will raise money for the Wings of Hope equine therapy programs.Guests will mingle and peruse a silent auction before a dinner catered by Vance Godbey’s. After an enjoyable program, a live auction will liven things up as bidders compete for attractive gifts and services. Proceeds will provide scholarships for children and adults with disabilities to participate in the equine-assisted therapeutic activities provided by Wings of Hope.“We are in our 17th year of operation and have grown to serve 90-plus riders every week.” spokeswoman Allison Gross said. “Through our programs, riders are better able to deal with the daily challenges that come with a disability and share a unique bond with their horse.”Individual tickets are $50. Contact Gross at 817-790-8810 or email@example.com. Learn more at www.wingsofhopehorses.org. Northeast TarrantGrants available for arts-related programsWant to help out your favorite arts program at school or in your pet charity or nonprofit? Make sure they know it’s time to apply for a grant through the Arts Council Northeast.In partnership with Texas Commission on the Arts, the council annually awards grants for arts-related programs to schools, school districts, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, cities and individuals in Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watauga and Westlake.Even if your organization is outside this area of service but provides an arts-based program that benefits this 16-city area, you can submit an inquiry letter describing your program to determine whether you are eligible to submit an application.A little over two months remain before applications are due n Dec. 2. Council President Lee Koch said this application cycle is for grants to be awarded in the first quarter of 2014.Fill out the application at www.artscouncilnortheast.org/grants.aspx or contact Koch at 817-283-3406 to inquire. Correction: Apologies to the Carroll Education Foundation. Tickets for the Culinary Celebration on Sept. 7 are $150 per couple. The price was incorrect in last week’s column.ArlingtonHowdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFKAn exhibit opening Sept. 9 at the University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections will feature rarely seen photographs of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth 50 years ago.On the 50th anniversary of his assassination, the exhibition of photos from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection archived at UT Arlington also features photographs taken in Dallas after the assassination and photos of the funerals of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald.“We are truly honored and excited to offer this important retrospective of the Kennedys’ visit to Fort Worth,” library Dean Rebecca Bichel said in a news release. “We expect the exhibit will be of great public interest to those who witnessed that day, Nov. 22, 1963, and to younger generations who want to know more about history.”Of course, the famous photo of Kennedy with hand outstretched to the thousands of people gathered to see him in Fort Worth on that fateful day is part of the exhibit.The 80 photos include rarely seen intimate images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy holding hands in public. “The exhibit focuses on a different angle of the Kennedys’ visit to North Texas and that is their buoyant Fort Worth visit,” Evelyn Barker, the library’s director of marketing, said in a news release. “The photos are so poignant. They look happy and it is just a really jubilant time.”The public is invited to the free exhibit at the UT Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. It runs until Feb. 8. ‘An Evening in Spain’The Timeless Concerts series moves to a different venue for the Sept. 21 Evening in Spain fundraiser program. The Dalworthington Gardens home of Delores and Richard Pell, 3703 Dustin Trail, will be the perfect setting, and the event will be outdoors, weather permitting.Violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, cellist Karen Maddox Smith, pianist David Dubiel and violist Yvonne Ciminiello will play the music of Spanish composer Joaquin Turina. They will perform Turina’s piano quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello, and his seldom-heard but beautiful compositions for violin and piano.The concert begins at 8 p.m. followed by a delicious dessert buffet and complimentary wine. BYOB is permitted. General admission is $40, $15 for those under age 18.Make reservations at www.timelessconcerts.com.
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