It's almost kickoff time for Gallery Night. The semiannual event where area galleries throw open their doors, host a casual party and offer a carefully chosen exhibit begins midafternoon today and will continue through the evening at scores of locations.
It is physically impossible to visit each venue, so to help facilitate your tour, here are places to begin your gallery expedition grouped by the type of art that will be for sale. Maps are available at most of the recommended sites.
If you like your art pretty and more representational than minimal, start here:
Ninth Annual Invitational at Galerie Kornye West presents a group show of gallery artists and artists who have never been exhibited in Fort Worth before, 1601 Clover Lane, 817-763-5227, www.kornyewest.com. Hours are 2-9 p.m.
Edmund Craig Gallery will show the work of Cary Henrie and gallery artists, 3550 W. Seventh St., www.edmundcraiggallery.com. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Milan Gallery will show recent landscapes of Henrietta and Rome Milan from their trip to Italy and Croatia, plus the work of gallery artists, 505 Houston St. 817-338-4278, www.milangallery.com. Noon-10 p.m.
Two solo shows, a popular pairing and a group of out-of-towners are headlining these galleries that draw the serious art crowd:
Jim Malone at Artspace111 with drawings of Texas' desolate landscapes, 111 Hampton St., www.artspace111.com. 2-9 p.m.
Richard Thompson's vibrant, graphic landscapes of America at William Campbell Contemporary Art, 4935 Byers Ave., www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com. 2-9 p.m.
Artists Nancy Lamb and Daniel Blagg are pioneering the walls at Clifton Capital, 2658 Merrick St. 2-9 p.m..
Gallery 414 has reeled in five Chicago artists, who will exhibit paintings, works on paper, digital prints and video, 414 Templeton St., 817-336-6595, www.gallery414.org. 2-9 p.m.
Some people prefer their art in the round. For these people, there are shows that specialize in ceramics, sculpture and glass:
Stormie Parker and Debra Brown pair up for "Reflections in Clay" at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., www.fwcac.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery & Studio will showcase the sculptures of David Henderson, 7608 Camp Bowie West, 817-244-1151, www.rebeccalow.com. 1- 9 p.m.
SiNaCa celebrates the opening of its new glass studio with demonstrations and glass sales, 1013 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-923-9983, www.sinacastudios.org. 2-9 p.m.
Most galleries hang group exhibitions during Gallery Night, thinking surely they will have something for everyone. It doesn't always work out but not for lack of variety:
Arlington Museum of Art, eight artists from Eclectic Expression Gallery, 201 W. Main St., Arlington, www.arlingtonmuseum.org. 1-5 p.m.
Society of Watercolor Artists at Atrium Gallery, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. 2-9 p.m.
Multiple exhibitions at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. Fort Worth, www.fwcac.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Galeria de la Rosa -- Artes de la Rosa, "Common Ground," an eclectic exhibit of artists and media. 1442 N. Main St., www.rosemarinetheater.com. 3-9 p.m.
The Art Galleries at TCU present the 28th Annual Art in the Metroplex Exhibition. Juror Polly Apfelbaum will talk at 2:30 p.m.; awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. 2805 S. University Drive, 817-257-7638, www.TheArtGalleries.tcu.edu. 1-4 p.m.
Art for charity
Preservation is the Art of the City is one of Fort Worth's best charity art sales because 65 percent of the sale price goes directly to the artist, with the rest going to Historic Fort Worth. Works are priced from $100 to more than $10,000. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. www.fwcac.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Gaile Robinson is the Star-Telegram art and design critic, 817-390-7113