Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Arlington Museum of Art hosts exhibition of Vivian Maier 1950-70 street photography

The Vivian Maier exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art.
The Vivian Maier exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art. Courtesy photo

For those who enjoyed the critically acclaimed documentary Finding Vivian Maier, about a nanny who shot more than 100,000 photographs later discovered in storage that catapulted their creator to fame, the new exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art is a not-to-miss experience.

That nanny was Vivian Maier, now considered by many to be among the top photographers of the 20th century. Her work depicts life on the streets of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Bangkok and dozens of other cities around the globe. Her amazing collection is on loan from the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City.

“We are so proud to bring this artist’s work to Arlington,” said museum Executive Director Chris Hightower. “I am not aware of any other museum in the United States that has hosted an exhibition of her work. It has been to galleries in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. And, her work is traveling all over Europe right now. In fact, when it leaves the Arlington Museum of Art, it will be traveling back to Switzerland.”

Maier’s work reveals that she identified with the underdog as seen in photos showing lives of indigent, elderly and forgotten people. She is also known for her talent in capturing poignant moments between parents and children.

“Her story is a fascinating one, but it is trumped by her unique talent that captured the essence of American life in the 1950s and ’60s. Maier has the ability to capture a moment using light, motion and composition to express her thoughts on everyday life in the city,” Hightower added.

The exhibit, featuring 50 silver gelatin prints of Maier’s images, will be open through Aug. 21 at the museum, 201 W. Main St. Buy tickets online at www.ArlingtonMuseum.org or at the door.

$164,000 awarded to charities and students by Colleyville Woman’s Club

One of Northeast Tarrant County’s most respected charities, the Colleyville Woman’s Club, lived up to its reputation recently when it handed out $150,000 in grants to local charities and $14,000 in scholarship awards to area students. Volunteer service awards were also presented for exceptional student contributions.

It was a packed house at the Colleyville Center this month at the Caring With Commitment luncheon hosted by the woman’s club as members joyfully spent money earned via their fashion show and home tour fundraisers.

“The Caring With Commitment Celebration is the club’s highlight of the year where we are able to award our youth scholarships, charitable grants and honor our sponsors and businesses that help make this all possible,” said club member Jean Leitenberger.

TV personality Scott Murray handled the honors expertly as he announced the awards, taking time for each recipient to have a moment in the spotlight.

Five students from area high schools — Bridges Accelerated Learning Center, Southlake Carroll, Colleyville Grapevine, Colleyville Heritage and L.D. Bell — were presented the Circle of Hope scholarships. The club has awarded 98 such scholarships in its history.

Continuing the tradition begun in 2015, 11 students received Youth Volunteerism Grants. “I am always impressed with our volunteerism grants to high school seniors. Their four-year commitment to volunteering and academic excellence is so rewarding,” Leitenberger said.

The awards — open to seniors in 16 area cities — go to students who have an exceptional four-year record of volunteer service. Visit the club’s website to learn more and make a note that applications to participate in the program are due Feb. 17.

Among the students honored for volunteerism are Joseph Campbell (Colleyville Heritage) and Jennifer Foster (Grapevine), who received the President’s Award for their sustained commitment to donating their time and talent. Marta Rivera (Bridges Accelerated Learning Center) is the Dick Dennison Memorial Scholarship winner.

In this 18th edition of the luncheon, the club awarded no less than 23 local nonprofit groups with cash awards. Murray described the impressive programs of each organization as a representative accepted the award. Additionally, an impressive 13 businesses were highlighted as they received the club’s Community Partner Awards for their support.

How is all of this help for charities and for students made possible? It is because of the hard work and dedication of the members. Several of those dedicated members were recognized with the club’s top honors during the luncheon.

Darla Dennison and Tanya Morris were named recipients of the Spirit of CWC Awards. Other members spotlighted include Kim Harrison, Carla Helstrom, Lora Shumate and Suzanne Harrington.

Club President Karen Deakin said, “Since its inception, Colleyville Woman’s Club has donated nearly $3.6 million to local nonprofits and students.” See a list of winners and learn how to apply for grants at www.c-w-c.org.

Two local charities host golf tournaments June 13

Par for the Kids golf tournament is June 13 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington and now in its 26th year, the event is a scramble format played on two courses at one of the area’s loveliest golfing facilities.

“The tournament will be a full day of exciting events — long-drive contest, closest to the pin, mulligan ball, silent auction and many great prizes. Through this event, critical funds are raised to support programs that nurture and enrich the lives of 8,000 children in our community,” said Dennis Brown, tournament chair.

After players check in beginning at 10 a.m., lunch is provided from 11 a.m. to noon with a 12:30 p.m. tee off. A dinner and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. precede the helicopter ball drop.

Register at www.parforthekids.com or call Holly Clinton at 817-275-6551, ext. 229, to sign up.

In other golfing news

Metroport Meals On Wheels will host the 25th annual Golf Classic on June 13 at Trophy Club Country Club. With two flights in the morning and two in the afternoon, over 420 golfers can enjoy this outing.

“This event is our major fundraiser of the year, so please plan to join us for a great day of golf on one of the two fabulous courses — Hogan or Whitworth — and stay for the fabulous 19th Hole After-Party with great food, libations, live entertainment, live and silent auctions,” said Mary King, executive director.

Registration is at 9 a.m., and happy hour is at 4 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 5 p.m.

Sign up at www.metroportmow.org or call King at 817-491-1141.

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth honors service

The Fort Worth YMCA recognizes volunteers and business supporters at a special event each spring.

Its highest volunteer award — the Chi Rho Award — honors individuals “who reflect the YMCA’s mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

Steve Boma took home the Chi Rho Award at last month’s luncheon in recognition of his volunteer service to the Y for the past 15 years. Boma has served in multiple roles including chairman of the board.

“Under Steve’s leadership, the Y grew to a $24 million charity, opened two new Y branches, served more than 100,000 people in our community, entered into our most aggressive capital campaign in decades, developed a new five-year strategic plan and raised more money in the annual campaign than ever before,” said Y spokeswoman Julie Fairley.

Receiving the Community Partnership Awards was the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation for its commitment to support the Youth and Government program at the Y.

“With over $1,000,000 in documented gifts to the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth over the years, the foundation has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of youth,” Fairley said.

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