Many folks attending the Art on the Greene festival Friday through Sunday may be there to see some outstanding artwork, but you can bet they will stay to enjoy the food, the music and the setting.
The free event is held in one of the area’s loveliest natural areas, Richard Greene Linear Park, and will exhibit the exceptionally high-quality work of almost 90 artists from across the country in 13 art categories including 2-D and 3-D mixed media, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metalwork, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.
“I think the location is one of the main things that sets Art on the Greene apart from other art festivals in the area. You can’t beat it — the setting is just unique,” said Steve Moya, whose company produces the event. Most would agree with Moya once they walk the tree-lined paths and see the magnificent Caelum Moor sculptures set in the midst of a lake on the north side, the Rangers’ ballpark on the east and AT&T Stadium on the west.
What better to make the festival perfect than music to entertain the crowds? This year, festivalgoers can relish the sounds of several tribute bands playing the music of Journey, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Foreigner, Santana and Tijuana Brass, along with several other groups covering a slew of musical genres.
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“We have always gotten a good response to our tribute bands. And I think the style of music is more mainstream and goes back to a generation that is one of our main demographics,” said Moya.
Jeff K from Lone Star 92.5 FM will broadcast live from the festival, giving away lots of nifty Lone Star swag.
When asked how a new festival was able to secure such a superior quality of art from the very beginning, Moya explained that it started out with a philosophy of quality over quantity and only selected the exceptional artists from among many applicants. Moya said he believes in controlling the number of artists in each category.
“We don’t like to flood the festival in any one category because we think our patrons will appreciate the careful selection and variety, and because of that will return year after year knowing they can see and purchase all forms of art.”
Great food vendors from last year are returning along with a couple of new ones: Ketzlers Schnitzel Shack and Bellatrino serving up delicious Italian offerings with a cafe feel their beautiful truck provides. Seating for diners will move to a grassy area of the park this year, and of course blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged in the stage area where people can nosh on festival food while they enjoy the music.
Art on the Greene has done a great job of bringing artists and the community together during its first three years, and you can safely bet it will only grow and improve over time. Whether it’s listening to great music, tasting delicious food, sipping beer or wine, or buying some fabulous art, attendees will walk away with lasting memories.
Festival hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and free parking is in Lot J of the Rangers’ lots. Pets on a leash are welcome.
Find everything you need to know to plan your trip on the festival website at www.ArtontheGreene.com.
Audition March 29 for Teen Talent Follies and chance to win scholarship
It’s audition time for the yearly competition for seventh- through 12th-grade students who want to perform in the Teen Talent Follies produced by Dance Theatre of Arlington.
At the Follies, set for May 15, performers in various categories are judged by professionals, and winners are awarded cash scholarships when they graduate from high school collectively totaling more than $2,500. Notable past winners are some members of the popular group Pentatonix.
Auditions are set for March 29 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Dance Theatre Arlington, W. Main St. downtown.
“Dance Theatre of Arlington is devoted to awarding as many scholarships as possible to the talented youth of our city,” said Executive Director Persis Ann Forster.
“Our former winners are performing all over the world right now and winning Grammy awards. The auditions are the beginning of the journey for our future stars,” she added.
Learn more about Dance Theatre of Arlington and Teen Talent Follies at www.dancetheatrearlington.org. Contact Forster at 817-860-1327 for detailed audition guidelines and to make an audition appointment.
Night of HOPE raises money for student tutoring
Few things are more satisfying than seeing the light come on for a student struggling with math or reading and then seeing the student show notable improvement in school. Just ask any of the trained volunteers who tutor kids in grades 3-8 via the wonderful programs operated by HOPE Tutoring Center, and they’ll have plenty of success stories about HOPE’s free one-on-one tutoring for low-income students.
You can help with these services and have fun at the same time by attending the annual Night of HOPE dinner and silent auction on March 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd.
Before dinner, guests will be entertained by the outstanding Volunteer Voices, a fun choral group from Bowie High School. The featured dinner speaker is award-winning author and Cajun humorist Jay Jones. A popular and experienced speaker, Jones will regale the audience with amusing stories about south Louisiana. Jones says he “hopes to make everyone attending an honorary Cajun.”
“The silent auction will be an exciting part of the evening,” said event coordinator Brenda Crayne. “Not only are a Texas Ranger suite and four Opening Day tickets up for auction, but you’ll find donated items from the Fort Worth and Dallas symphonies, the Fort Worth Zoo, restaurants and many other generous donors.”
HOPE has provided tutoring for over 2,000 students since its inception in 1996, and this year 105 students are enrolled for help in math, reading and homework. The agency targets areas to serve that are highly concentrated with a mixture of minority groups and low-income families.
“Our goals are to improve student grades and attitudes and also help give our students an opportunity to succeed. We are proud that over 90 percent of our students have seen improvement in their report cards so far this year, and we expect continued improvement,” said Executive Director Betsy Holschuh.
Tickets are $40 per person. To make reservations, call the office at 817-860-7757. Tickets will be available at the door if space permits.
Apologies for getting the date wrong in last week’s column about the Junior League of Arlington mixer. The membership recruitment event is Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Mansfield.