Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Art show and sale, special events benefit Fort Worth historic preservation

James Malong, featured artist for this year’s Preservation Is the Art of the City.
James Malong, featured artist for this year’s Preservation Is the Art of the City. Courtesy photo

During the past 12 years, the multiple events of Preservation is the Art of the City have become such a popular tradition that it’s arguably one of the defining occasions marking the start of fall in Fort Worth. Regularly attracting thousands of visitors during September, this event hosted by Historic Fort Worth is a celebration of art for the cause of preservation.

The Art Show & Sale — the foundation for all the events — is open through Sept. 26 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and features works by 48 local artists who paint in various media. A special section of the show called “Stories of the City” is for preservation-themed artworks.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, there’s a chance to meet the artists and enjoy advance tax-free art purchases at the Party with the Artists. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while they visit with artists and view the pieces in the show at their leisure.

This year’s featured artist is James Malone. “Malone’s work graces homes and corporate spaces in Fort Worth and nationally. Combining exquisite draftsmanship with a variety of techniques and materials, he creates intuitive and lyrical drawings that invite viewers to share in his emotional response to the varied landscape of Texas,” Historic Fort Worth spokeswoman Suzy Coleman said.

A presentation at the party will honor Brad Alford and John Forestner. “Brad is an internationally respected interior designer with a long history of supporting both local artists and historic preservation. John is a physician and member of the board of trustees at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Both are avid collectors of art,” Coleman said.

Proceeds from the event benefit Historic Fort Worth. Artists receive 65 percent of the purchase price of art they sell, and the rest supports preservation programs including Thistle Hill and McFarland House.

Tickets for the Party with the Artists are $125 for nonmembers and $85 for Historic Fort Worth members. Admission to the art show is free. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 1300 Gendy St.

Contact Coleman at 817-336-2344 or visit for a list of all events.

Shining Stars sparkle Sept. 25 to raise money for the arts

The Shining Stars luncheon and art show is set for Sept. 25 at the Hurst Conference Center, where guests will sip mimosas at a reception before the luncheon and awards presentations, bid on wonderful works of art and shop at a small silent auction of luxury items. The event celebrates community volunteers who contribute thousands of volunteer hours in support of local organizations providing valuable community services in Northeast Tarrant County.

Now in the 19th year of honoring outstanding women who volunteer in the community, the event will broaden its scope this year and include male honorees for the first time. Another change is the inclusion of local businesses that were invited to nominate someone as a Shining Star. In the past, only civic and charitable groups nominated women for the award. Producing the event for the first time is the Arts Council Northeast as the Arts League passes the baton after 18 years of managing the highly successful event.

“We look forward to showcasing this year’s incredible community volunteers,” said Lee Koch, executive director of the Arts Council Northeast. “Since we are reaching out to more organizations this year, we know Shining Stars will be a sparkling success.”

Koch said 38 individuals will be honored as Shining Stars, and 11 new organizations will have honorees along with the men being honored for the first time. Also new this year is a video featuring the honorees speaking about their volunteer experiences. A spotlight moment will be the presentation of a special award to the Arts League for its remarkable contributions to the council and the community.

The event committee includes Fonda Martin, Kim Raine, Mary Sackleh, Joan Matzke, Marty Reiswig, Vicki Cahill, Carmen Evans, Karen Deakin, Joy Donovan Brandon and Sue Wykes to randomly name only a few.

Be sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $750 knife set, $750 and $500 Visa gift cards, and a mystery gift card package valued at $500. Purchase online or at the event. There will also be a live auction of fine jewelry, trips and other exceptional items.

NBC5 newswoman Deborah Ferguson will be the day’s hostess, and Andrew Wayne is back to stir up excitement as the auctioneer.

A word to the wise: Enhance your experience at this multifaceted event by checking out the art, the auction and the raffle items in advance at While you’re there, preview this year’s honorees. You can also preview the work of the 25 Shining Stars artists at the Bedford Public Library until Sept. 18.

Tickets to Shining Stars are $65 each. Funds raised will support the many cultural and educational programs offered by Arts Council Northeast. Buy online or contact Koch at 817-283-3406.

Boot-scootin’ good time at Steak & Stetsons will help Special Olympics

Special Olympics friends and supporters will saddle up for the biggest party the nonprofit hosts each year on Sept. 26 at the Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound. Steak & Stetsons is always a night of boot-scootin’ fun and entertainment, and this year will be no exception.

After a reception and a silent auction, guests will enjoy a delicious steak dinner and a great message from a Special Olympics athlete. Entertainment by up-and-coming Austin singer-songwriter Aaron Einhouse performing his catalog of country music perfect for dancing or just listening will make this party a memorable night.

Chairing the event is Doug Reim, and Chad Mooney is honorary chairman. Emcee for the festivities is Bryan Weatherford.

How about bidding on two VIP weekend packages for next year’s Colonial tournament, NASCAR tickets and autographed sports memorabilia in the silent auction? Later at the live auction, anything can happen when people vie for custom hat and boot packages from Stetson, Lucchese and Justin, a resort vacation and a chance to sponsor an athlete for a year.

“We are really looking forward to everyone joining us this year as we bring back our Steaks and Stetsons gala,” Alex Thieroff of Special Olympics said. “We had to take a year off, but we promise that we are back and better than ever. Please shine up those boots and come on out for a great evening for an even greater cause.”

Tickets are $150 each. Funds raised will support trainings and competitions for more than 4,000 local Special Olympics Texas athletes from 10 counties in the greater Fort Worth area.

Buy tickets at, or contact Thieroff at 817-332-3433.

At a glance

▪ Wurstfest in downtown Mansfield is 2-11 p.m. Saturday. Family activities including weenie dog races, kids activities, live music and lots of bratwurst. In celebration of Mansfield’s 125th birthday, fireworks are set for 9:30 p.m.

▪ Luncheon and silent auction starring Suzie Humpreys is at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, 5011 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, benefiting the Open Arms free health clinic in Arlington. Tickets are $15. Contact or

▪ Signature Chefs Auction is Sept. 24 at River Ranch Stockyards benefiting the March of the Dimes. An evening of culinary excellence with lead chef Molly McCook of Ellerbe Fine Foods and other top chefs will prepare signature dishes in celebration of stronger, healthier babies. To learn more, contact Melissa McClary at 682-201-3036.

▪ Harvesting Hope Dinner is at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Marquis on Magnolia and benefits Hope Center for Autism. Four Fort Worth chefs will collaborate on a four-course meal with wine pairings. Tickets are $60 per person. Contact or call 817-560-1139 or visit