Scores came out for the return of Texas Art Collector, Show and Sale of Early Texas Art at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center August 9 and 10. Although the event is free and a formal count isn’t taken, several long-time dealers commented the attendance was the strongest to date.
The show returned this year after a hiatus. Produced for a decade by the Collectors of Fort Worth Art, it is now produced by Vintage Promotions, LLC, which also produces the Grand Rapids Antiques Market, the Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show and Vintage Garage Chicago.
The show includes a dozen or more dealers displaying oil and watercolor paintings, prints, drawings, and other works by early Fort Worth and Texas artists. Dealers included David Dike Fine Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Russell Tether Fine Art, Cynthia Brants Trust, Don Layne, Beuhler Fine Art, Gallery 440, Hal Normand, Ken Jackson, Charles Morin’s Vintage Texas Gallery, Riddell Rare Maps & Fine Prints and Morris Matson. A special exhibit of archival materials were displayed by the Old Jail Arts Center.
An opening reception was sponsored by Heritage Auctions.
The show was followed by Texas Art Now, an exhibit of the work by contemporary Texas artists curated by Susan Roth Romans of Dallas-based Ro2 Art Galleries.