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Eyes on Arlington: Star of Texas project unveiled at Arlington Museum ‘Modern Master’ exhibit

The Star of Texas project began last June when Texas artists were invited to submit how they would paint the star sculptures to reflect the city’s brand, “Arlington: The American Dream City.”
The Star of Texas project began last June when Texas artists were invited to submit how they would paint the star sculptures to reflect the city’s brand, “Arlington: The American Dream City.”

Double your pleasure on Nov. 20 at a members-only opening reception at the Arlington Museum of Art. Not only will guests get a preview of the “Modern Masters” upcoming exhibit, but also the amazing collection of 20 stars in the Star of Texas public art project will be unveiled for guests to view.

The Star of Texas project began last June when Texas artists were invited to submit how they would paint the star sculptures to reflect the city’s brand, “Arlington: The American Dream City.” A selection committee chose 20 artists to adorn 20 fabricated fiberglass stars that will soon be positioned throughout Arlington’s cultural arts district, downtown and entertainment district.

“We decided to open both shows at the same time,” said museum director Chris Hightower. “All of the stars will be in one location for just this one night. Then they will be placed throughout the city at major locations of interest.” Hightower said the media used for each star varies from paint, mosaic and glass.

The “Modern Masters from the Guild Hall Collection” will open to the public Nov. 21 and will feature work by 60 artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell. Both traditional and modern art styles are part of the exhibit that will run until Feb. 21

If you want to attend the special opening reception where guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks and hear enchanting music performed by a vocalist during this one and only opportunity to see all the stars in one location, call the museum and make arrangements to become a member.

Hightower explained that there’s another interesting feature about exhibit. “We have a smartphone application that will allow visitors to find out more information about the art, the artist and a map of all of the sites.”

He added, “Some stars are interactive. For example, one of them has native birds all over it. There are bird sounds that correspond to the images that you can hear on your smartphone. We can also promote our star sponsors on the app.”

The reception is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The museum is at 201 W. Main St. Visit and to learn more. To become a member, call 817-275-4600.

Craft Fest on Saturday raises money for Mansfield Summit High School band

Shopping at 140 exhibits would be reason enough to head to Mansfield Summit High School on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. But there’s more. The event will also feature food, games, prize drawings and some great entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Band booster club members chairing the craft fest committee are Carrie Vick and Toni Breese with help from Dawn Samstag, Laura Jackson, Maria York and Ta'Vida Harris.

We are expecting over 140 vendors selling unique handmade crafts, jewelry, home and seasonal decor. We will also have food and drinks for sale, raffles, door prizes, as well as live entertainment throughout the day,” said spokeswoman Amy Hoffman.

Scheduled performers include Palace Dance Center, Stage Door Dance, Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, A Step in Time, Busho Kai Karate Martial Arts and Ms. Jane’s Academy of Dance Excellence.

“All money raised will go to help support the Summit marching band program. Our band students will be on hand to help,” said Hoffman. “The students value the support they receive from the community, and this is their way of showing their appreciation by volunteering their time to help make this event a big success.”

Admission is $2. Children age 12 and under are free. The school is at 1071 Turner Warnell Road. Contact Hoffman at ash7038@gmail with inquiries.

Gift Boutique Friday and Saturday benefits Theatre Arlington

Get an early start on holiday shopping at a lovely boutique set up in the Theatre Arlington offices, at 316 W. Main St. Sponsored by the Theatre Arlington Guild, the store will have jewelry, apparel and accessories — all at bargain prices 20 to 75 percent below retail.

The store will be open Friday from 10 am to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 am to 3 p.m.

“This is a great time to come support this wonderful theater as well as getting some of your holiday gifts bought — or to just treat yourself to something nice,” said Beth Marshall, guild president.

“We will have a great amount of quality jewelry including necklace sets, earrings, bracelets, rings, apparel, scarves, socks, gloves, watches, children’s goodies, purses and a lot more,” Marshall added.

Marshall said everybody that attends these sales finds nice, inexpensive gifts and returns again year after year. Marie Trotsky, the event coordinator from InDesign Fundraising, said there will be plenty of merchandise to find the perfect gift for family, friends and co-workers.

Direct inquiries to the theatre office at 817-261-9628.

Historical Society honors standout citizens, organizations

Congratulations to the honorees at the recent Thanks for the Memories fundraiser hosted by the Arlington Historical Society.

Guests at the event enjoyed a festive evening at South Street Patio with dinner, drinks, auctions and a special program to recognize the outstanding work of local citizens and organizations.

Lauded were Alan Petsche and Martha Walker as Man and Woman of the Year. Arlington Museum of Art and the 4th of July Parade Association were named Large and Small Non-Profit Organizations of the Year.

The Arlington Historical Society also recognized those within their ranks who have contributed much by naming Tom Cogdell and Martha May Martin as the AHS Man and Woman of the Year.

Honored in memoriam for their community achievements were Gene Patrick and Christine Barnett.

To learn more about the Arlington Historical Society or to request receiving their newsletter, contact Geraldine Mills at 817-460-4001 or send an email to Visit their website at

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