Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

April 24, 2014

Social Eyes: Ansel Adams exhibit opens May 3 at Arlington museum

A lecture and video series, demonstrations, and workshops are planned to enhance visitors’ experience.

Continuing the summer blockbuster exhibits from the past two years, the Arlington Museum of Art will open an exhibit on Saturday, May 3 featuring more than 45 images by famed American photographer Ansel Adams.

In a career that spanned more than five decades, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) became one of America’s most beloved photographers. Adams’ work influenced the course of 20th-century photography and advanced photography as an art form. Many of his techniques became the basis for cutting edge photography of the future.

“We are so excited to bring this exhibit to Arlington,” said AMA Executive Director Chris Hightower. “It has traveled the country to major cities throughout the United States. What makes this exhibit so interesting is that it is Ansel Adams’ masterworks. Before he died, Adams pulled together what he believed to be his finest pieces for this exhibition.”

Hightower said the exhibit shows the artistry of Adams along with his passion for the environment. Adams used his photography “to bring the American landscape, both wild and civilized, to the forefront of the national consciousness.”

A lecture and video series, demonstrations, and workshops are planned to enhance visitors’ experience.

“This exhibit promises to be a crowd-pleaser, and we believe it will be a blockbuster for the museum,” Hightower said. Become a museum member and enjoy a special preview reception on May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Arlington Museum of Art is located at 201 W. Main St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Aug. 3.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/students, and children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at or at the door. Call 817-275-4600 with inquiries

Fort Worth

Girl Scouts celebrate Women of Distinction

Nothing more fitting than the Girl Scouts to highlight the accomplishment of outstanding women in our area. The Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon will do just that on May 15 at the Ridglea Country Club.

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains presents the honors to local women in recognition of their leadership and service in the community.

Guests at the event will applaud Amy Yudiski as the winner of the Discover Award. Yudiski is public relations/community relations manager at Shale Exploration. The award honors a woman that “helps girls and women explore and discover themselves and their world.”

The Connect Award will go to NBC 5 Today anchor newswoman Deborah Ferguson for “exceptional leadership in connecting with others to create solutions in our community and beyond to make the world a better place.”

Gleniece Robinson, Fort Worth Library director, will receive the Take Action Award for “advancing the quality of life and opportunities vital to the development and support of women leadership.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to community volunteer Libby Watson, because of her dedication to serve “in the interest and support of women leadership.”

Tickets are $55 each, and proceeds from the event support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for Tarrant County area girls. Make reservations by May 5 by calling Mary Burnett at 817-735-5302.

Visit to learn more about Girl Scouts.

‘All You Need is Love” is theme of BeatLeukemia Ball

The inaugural BeatLeukemia Ball on May 3 at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel will be a sparkling evening of food, spectacular entertainment and fun.

Taking a page from a decade of successful Dallas versions of the event, local organizers have arranged for the Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, to cross the river and create some party fun for Tarrant County supporters of Leukemia Texas, the beneficiaries of the event.

Paul and Lois Bowman are co-chairs of the event, and Mayor Betsy Price and husband, Tom Price, are the honorary chairs.

“Our entire Planning Committee is so excited to bring this spectacular event to Fort Worth for the very first time,” Bowman wrote in a news statement. “We have a wonderful community of charitable people here. The theme of our event is based on the Beatles’ song All You Need is Love, and we know that the love and generosity embodied in our community will make The Beat Leukemia Ball a resounding success”.

Mandy O’Neill, CEO of Leukemia Texas, writes that the funds raised “are vital in ensuring individuals in our own backyard receive necessary funds needed to support treatment. Leukemia Texas is unique in the fact that we are the only organization of its kind in Texas where 100% of our funds generated remain in Texas.”

Organizers say the party is sure to get everyone on the dance floor for a good time and chance to learn more about Leukemia patients in Texas.

Tickets are $300 each. To register online, visit or call Leukemia Texas at 214-265-7393.

Crawfish Boil today at River Ranch

Join thousands of revelers for the ninth annual North Texas Gas & Oil Crawfish Boil today from 1-7 p.m. at River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards for a day of crawfish, beer, fun, games, networking and philanthropy.

“The oil and gas community is incredibly philanthropic; they have been our partner in this event since day one. The crawfish boil has helped raise nearly $2 million for our Club kids over the years,” said Daphne Barlow Stigliano, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, the event beneficiary. “It’s an incredible event, and we are fortunate to have so many passionate people in the oil and gas community to help us make it a success.”

Arrive in casual comfy attire and make sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to attend the George Strait concert. Guests can also participate in a sports auction, and rock out to the music of Me & My Monkey and Poo Live Crew on stage.

There will be a Texas hold ’em poker tournament and sponsor tents with food and drinks, crawfish and libations.

A huge committee includes Jim Finley, Brent Talbot, Larry Anfin, Ish Arebalos, Barbara Cole, Jim Cox, Stuart Denyer and George Young just to randomly name a few.

Tickets are $100 at the door and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Worth. Contact Jennifer Wilson at 817-834-4711 with questions.

Northeast Tarrant

Tennis tournaments benefit SafeHaven

Mid-Cities SOS (Supporters of Safe Haven) will present women’s doubles and mixed doubles tennis tournaments to benefit programs at SafeHaven as the agency continues to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

The Southlake Tennis Center located at 450 W. Southlake Blvd. will host the women’s doubles tournament on May 13-15 and a mixed doubles tournament on May 4.

“Our partnership with SafeHaven is something our members take seriously as the proceeds from our fundraisers contribute significantly to the everyday operations and needs of both the Fort Worth and Arlington shelters,” said SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh.

“The proceeds from the tennis tournaments will go toward refurbishing the children and teen areas of the Fort Worth shelter after they were destroyed in a recent flood.” Welsh said.

Guests and players will enjoy a light breakfast preceding the women’s doubles play and then browse a silent auction offering such items as a $200 gift card to Del Friscos, two tickets to the 2015 Celebrity Chefs event, spa and golf packages, and a gemstone tennis bracelet. A raffle will feature baskets with gardening, wine, art and spa themes.

Registration for women’s doubles begins at 8:15 a.m. and play begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by lunch and awards at 1 p.m.

The Mixed Doubles on May 4 invites players and guests to enjoy suds and barbecue followed by a silent auction and awards presentation.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and play starts at 1 p.m. followed by awards at 5 p.m.

Fees are $50 per player, and spectators are admitted for free. Deadline to register for the mixed doubles is Monday and May 3 for the women’s doubles. Contact Mia Poorman at 817-421-5605 or to reserve your spot. Learn more about SOS at

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