Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Apply for a starring role in Arlington’s public art project

An artist’s conception of The Star of Texas project.
An artist’s conception of The Star of Texas project. Courtesy photo

Local artists who want to be a part of Arlington’s new public art project have until June 30 to apply to participate in the exciting new artistic concept.

The project — called The Star of Texas — will feature 20 fabricated fiberglass stars positioned throughout the entertainment district and the downtown area.

“The sculptures will be individual pieces of art, celebrating the city’s new brand, Arlington: The American Dream City,” said Chris Hightower, executive director of Arlington Museum of Art, in the heart of downtown.

The stars will be painted by Texas artists chosen by a selection committee after judging the artist’s interpretation of the city’s most recently announced slogan.

Funded in part by the museum, the nonprofit group Women Inspiring Philanthropy and Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, the project aims to beautify the city and attract tourists seeking a cultural experience. Exposure for the artists’ work and giving residents a boost in art appreciation are other goals.

Artists chosen will be encouraged to decorate the stars by painting, sculpting or applying mirrors or mosaic tiles and even creating appendages or costumes for the structure, which will be mounted on a base. Sponsors for the project are welcomed, and the base will identify the donors.

According to the museum website, “The importance of presenting the creative depth of Texas artists is emphasized. Artists should consider and promote the new brand.”

Similar projects in cities across the country have created dialogue about art and are a source of local pride.

To learn more about The Star of Texas project, visit www.TheStarofTexas.org or call the museum at 817-275-4600.

Fort Worth

Repurposed items find new life in sculptures exhibited at Christian Arts Museum

Marble from an infamous area of Fort Worth and glass from an old casino — by themselves, they are just pieces of local history destined for the landfill. But with the abilities and creativity of talented artists, they are now incorporated into beautiful sculptures on display at Christian Arts Museum.

The new exhibit features a sculpture of King Hezekiah created by the late Fort Worth artist Rachel Joy Colvin. The piece was created using marble reclaimed from the infamous Hell’s Half Acre, a raucous area of town from the 1800s noted for its saloons, dance halls, gambling parlors and bordellos.

Also featured is a cross created by Darryl Grace containing stained glass reclaimed from outdoor lamps surrounding the Casino Beach Ballroom area near Lake Worth.

“It takes some imagination and creativity to salvage material from the past … and create Christian art,” said museum spokeswoman Ann Geer.

The exhibit also contains several other crosses sculpted by Grace, who has been designing and making crosses for 20 years using a technique he originated.

Museum Director Ed Malone said the permanent displays at the museum, along with the two pieces created from historical items from Fort Worth, will make a visit to the facility most enjoyable for residents and tourists.

Christian Arts Museum is at 3221 Hamilton Ave., Fort Worth, and is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Group tours are welcome by appointment. Call 817-332-7878 for more details.

Northeast Tarrant

Reunion for history buffs in Haltom City

Birdville Cemetery in Haltom City is one of the oldest cemeteries in Tarrant County and recently held its 19th reunion, hosted by the Birdville Historical Society. Local history buffs in attendance enjoyed a lunch, guest speakers and a tour of the historic cemetery.

Special guest was retired educator and Texas history author Jack Edmondson. His living-history presentation described the early days of Tarrant County as seen through the eyes of Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas.

The tour guide was Bill Reeves from the Birdville Cemetery Association.

Notable figures buried in the cemetery include Benjamin Franklin Barkley, the first judge in Tarrant County, and Archibald Franklin Leonard, a key figure in forming Tarrant County.

To learn more, contact Julie Jenkins, community projects coordinator, at 817-222-7767 or jjenkins@haltomcitytx.com.

Events at a glance

▪ Happy Heart Hour is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Times Ten Cellars, 1100 Foch St. Mix and mingle and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres with the North Texas Grassroots Action Teams of the American Heart Association. It’s a chance to get the scoop on important advocacy issues for this area. RSVP is required. Victoria.Nelson@heart.org or 817-698-5467.

▪ SNAP Boots & Bling Casino Night Gifting Party is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Village Ballroom, 55 Main St., Colleyville. Admission is an item valued at $50 or more for the washbowl packages and silent auction for the upcoming main event in September. Guests will enjoy delicious hors d’ oeuvres, one drink ticket per person and a $1,000 gaming voucher to be used at the gaming tables available that evening courtesy of Metroplex Casino Parties. RSVP today to executive.director@ntxsnap.org or call 817-545-9456.

▪ Fort Worth History Bike Tour is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, departing from the Central Library, 500 W. Third St. Pedal your way to historic downtown buildings with Cowtown Cycle Party. Join guide Rick Selcer as you step back in time and exercise at the same time. Ages 18 and older. Group size limited. Reservations required; call 817-392-7740.

▪ Pop-up Art Show will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4 at The Upstairs Gallery in Arlington, 1038 W. Abram St. A wide variety of mediums at affordable prices will be for sale. Live painting of murals will also be part of the action. To inquire about a booth or performance opportunity, send an email to arlingtonproud@gmail.com.

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