Author Archives: Lin

Fort Worth Show Dolly Johnson

50 Years and Into the Fort Worth Show

About three years ago, I attended my first antiques show after moving to Texas — the Dolly Johnson Show. Although the show had gone more mid-century and industrial than in previous years, the show stopper then was the Susanna Fuller White trunk, from the Mayflower. Americana was still the heart and soul of the show.

The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX

The Artist Behind the Collection — Bill Bomar and the Old Jail Art Center

Albany is one of those small towns of Texas- by the time you read its name from a road sign, it’s almost behind you. Its museum has an unassuming name – the Old Jail Art Center. You would expect to be surrounded by bluebonnets or longhorns paintings, and be ready to associate with it the

Sarah Williams Pavement

Remote America

Stunningly beautiful, it is distillation of our collective memory of sharpened sense of places, when we were dislocated and lost in the anonymous, vast rural land. Growing up in the heartland, Williams drives around Missouri to take pictures for inspiration. The night scenes are ubiquitous. They help wipe out elements unnecessary for compelling compositions. Although it is tempting to ravish viewers with that brute force gravity of a dark background, Williams seeks beyond: Exquisite and extreme colors under artificial light.

Faces On the Walls — Visiting San Antonio Museum of Art

Situated north of downtown San Antonio along the famous River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery building complex. From the outside, the complex lacks the grandeur of Beaux-Arts facades. Multi-floored, with a subdued sun-fade yellow, the brick buildings give the feeling of a genteel southern living

The Journey of Antiquing: Historic Handley

The Texas town of Handley was established in 1876 and named after the confederate Major James Madison Handley. The city, a mere seven miles drive from downtown Fort Worth, was eventually annexed by cow town in 1946. Today, the small area called Historic Handley Village is famous for antique and furniture stores and other neighborhood

Gaultier at DMA: From Sidewalk to Catwalk

Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion world is rebellious, revolutional, and to some extent, revolting. These flashy, funky, decadent garments, by eliciting comments from viewers, annotate and challenge our societal views of self-expression through fashion – whether it is about injecting feminism into masculinity for boy toys with kilts, skirts or bra cups, or fetish leather suit with suggestive bondage and sex staging, or print patches of religious iconography/the Eiffel Tower or tattoo-like; loom large his personal statements. And his idiosyncrasy overwhelms both visual elements and sartorial achievements such as textural layers of plain or graphic or seamless assembly of different material as if they were organically grown together.

Dallas Gallery Crawl – From Uptown to Deep Ellum

Even though North Texas had its 70th triple-digit-temperature day in 2011, no one would doubt it will get cooler in no time – not only weatherwise, but also culturally. On the first weekend of September when Dallasites can finally walk leisurely on the street, gallery openings were found everywhere from trendy uptown to Deep Ellum.