Arts & Culture

Fort Worth Community Arts Center sales support artists

Chihuahua, by Patrica Grimaldos, acrylic on wood “Small Works Show”
Chihuahua, by Patrica Grimaldos, acrylic on wood “Small Works Show” Courtesy of Fort Worth Community Arts Center

There are art-buying opportunities in town geared specifically for gifting.

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is hosting the annual “9 x 12 Works on Paper Show,” and its offshoot gallery, ART7 on Currie Street, is the home of the Texas Artists Coalition “Small Works Show.” These two exhibitions, plus items from the FWCAC gift shop, offer quite a variety of affordable, one-of-a-kind gifts. The proceeds go to local artists.

This is the 10th anniversary of the “9 x 12” show. Elaine Taylor, the Community Arts Center’s gallery manager, instituted it to benefit artists. She had noticed a number of events that used artworks for fundraisers, without any proceeds going to those making them.

“I never thought that was particularly fair,” she says. “One of my goals here is to make opportunities for artists, so I thought a works-on-paper show would do that. Nothing is framed or matted, it doesn’t cost much to ship, a 9-by-12 envelope could hold an 8-by-10 photograph or a drawing on 9-by-11-inch paper, and it would fit in my file drawer.”

The works come from all over the United States and a few from the United Kingdom. Most are from artists who live in the Fort Worth-Dallas area, and everything is priced $100. The artists get $75 and the FWCAC pockets $25.

Some of the pieces are from professionals, others from students, and the media ranges from drawings, paintings, collages, photography and printmaking, to three-dimensional works — anything that can fit in a 9-by-12-inch envelope is accepted.

This year, more than 400 pieces were sent in. The showopened Friday continues through Dec. 28, and pieces can be taken home the day they are purchased.

The “Small Works Show” benefits the members of the Texas Artists Coalition, a group of local artists. ART7 operates under the auspices of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center but is a moving target, taking up residency wherever there is open retail space off West Seventh Street. Currently it is at 820 Currie St.

The “Small Works Show,” in which no work is over 15 inches, has 140 artworks. Taylor says most prices are $50-$100, with some going into the hundreds. Artworks may be taken upon purchase.

These two exhibitions, coupled with items by North Texas artists for sale in the Community Arts Center’s gift shop, offer a pleasant shopping experience for one-of-a-kind gifts in an area of town with art museums and lovely restaurants nearby.

Exhibits

TAC Small Works Show

  • Through Jan. 2
  • ART7, 820 Currie St., Fort Worth
  • 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1-8 p.m. Saturday

9 X 12 Works on Paper Show

  • Through Dec. 28
  • Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St.
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
  • 817-738-1938; www.fwcac.com
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