Sid Richardson Museum presents "Night & Day: Frederic Remington's Final Decade"

Sid Richardson Museum presents "Stunning Saddle"

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Sid Richardson Museum presents "Night & Day: Frederic Remington's Final Decade," which explores works made in the final decade of Remington’s life, when the artist alternated his canvases between the color dominant palettes of blue-green and yellow-orange. The works included range from 1900 to 1909, the year that Remington’s life was cut short by complications due to appendicitis at the young age of 48.

In these final years Remington was working to distance himself from his long-established reputation as an illustrator, to become accepted by the New York art world as a fine artist, as he embraced the painting style of the American Impressionists. In these late works he strove to revise his color palette, compositional structure, and brushwork as he set his Western subjects under an interchanging backdrop of the shadows of night and the dazzling light of day.

Throughout his career Remington revised and reworked compositions across media, from his illustrations to his oils to his three-dimensional bronzes. As part of this process of revision, Remington took extreme measures from 1907 to 1909 when, as part of his campaign toward changing the perception of his art, he destroyed well over 100 works that he felt did not satisfy his new standards of painting.

A contract made with Collier’s magazine that began in 1903 meant that many of the works he destroyed are preserved through halftone reproductions published by that journal. The inclusion of these images in this exhibition offers the opportunity to compare them with modified and remade compositions Remington produced in his final years.

The museum is extending the run of the exhibition to Sunday, April 30, to showcase a rare Remington watercolor titled Cold Day on Picket. The artwork was recently discovered by Museum Director Scott Winterrowd during a visit with Dallas collectors Duffy and Tina Oyster.

Photo by David H. Gibson

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Morning Light: Photographs of David H. Gibson"

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Morning Light: Photographs of David H. Gibson"

In a world entrenched in societal division and ecological turmoil, it can be refreshing to step back and enjoy the quiet beauty of the natural world. Dallas photographer David H. Gibson has been exploring the beauty of the Southwestern landscape for more than 50 years, building a reputation as an astute interpreter of effervescent moisture and changing light. "Morning Light: The Photographs of David H. Gibson" takes viewers to two of his favorite sites, Cypress Creek in Wimberely, Texas, and Eagle Nest Lake nestled in the mountains east of Taos, New Mexico.

The 20 works in the exhibition draw attention to the artist’s repeated return to each site and his fascination with dawn’s break into day. In those mystical moments, he finds the essence of each spot. Through his photographs, Gibson coaxes us into getting up before dawn, stepping outside, and noticing the quick tempo of early morning’s changing light.

Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Charles Truett Williams: "The Art of the Scene"

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Charles Truett Williams: "The Art of the Scene"

Charles Truett Williams: "The Art of the Scene" examines the Fort Worth mid-century art scene through the presentation of more than 30 works by Fort Worth artist Charles Truett Williams and the artistic community drawn to his studio salon. Accompanying the works on paper and sculptures are ephemera from the recently acquired archives of Williams, enhancing the Carter’s strong holding of artist archives.

The exhibition is the continuation of the Museum’s research into the artistic legacy of underrepresented artists as part of the Gentling Study Center’s mission.

Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth"

Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth"

The special exhibition "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth" celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). While Murillo is primarily known for his religious subject matter, some of his most iconic works depict secular themes.

For the first time in modern history, ordinary people, beggars, street urchins, and flower girls convey the cultural narratives and written tales of Murillo’s time. Comprising approximately 50 works, the exhibition explores themes of youth and age, comedy, romance and seduction, faith and charity, landscape, portraiture, and modern realism.

Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Darryl Lauster: Testament"

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Darryl Lauster: Testament"

North Texas-based artist Darryl Lauster’s Testament (2018–20) will inaugurate a series of outdoor creative projects implemented by the Carter. Through the examination of America’s past and present, Lauster’s bronze obelisk calls for the viewer to be a critical reader of information and to look at the function of text in different contexts. Testament combines pop culture references with quotes from primarily U.S. foundational documents bringing to question what we know about our nation’s history and promises.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Grapevine unwraps tickets to North Pole Express and more holiday events - and they're going fast

Holiday tidings

All aboard the North Pole Express - that is, if you snag your tickets in time. Grapevine - aka "The Christmas Capital of Texas" - put tickets for all their 2023 holiday festivities on sale at 10 am July 25, and within minutes they were flying off shelves faster than Santa's sleigh, representatives say.

July 25 is a full five months before Christmas, but Dallas-Fort Worth is already filled with Yuletide spirit (as evidence by the number of Christmas in July) events around town this month.

Grapevine celebrates 40 days of Christmas with more than 1,400 events and activities this year, ranging from holiday light and drone shows to live performances, immersive experiences, and more.

Coming back for a second year will be the Peace Plaza Ice Rink, which debuted as a crowd-pleasing new attraction in 2022.

And of course, there the festive train rides that are perennial favorites. For adults, two Christmas Wine Train excursions are offered this year, one in November and one in December.

And the family-friendly North Pole Express is already the hottest ticket in town, organizers say. The rides typically sell out, and this year is looking to be no exception, they say. (By the afternoon of July 25, there was a queue online for tickets.)

Tickets available for purchase as of July 25 include:

  • North Pole Express - "A festive journey featuring traditional Christmas sing-alongs, Christmas characters, and photos and interaction with Santa" co-presented by Trinity Metro TEXRail and Great Wolf Lodge, runs November 24-December 23. Tickets: $40 for adults and kids, $6 for babies under 1 year old.
  • Christmas Wine Trains – A 21-and-up excursion that includes two glasses of wine from local wineries, savory bites, and more, presented by Trinity Metro TEXRail. Thursday, November 30 and Thursday, December 14. Tickets: $52 or $395 for a table.
  • Peace Plaza Ice Rink – A family-friendly, 4,500-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink on Historic Main Street, next to a 50-foot live Christmas tree. Tickets: $20 per person for all ages, skate rentals included.
  • Live Christmas performances at the Historic Palace Theatre including The Texas Tenors, the Nutcracker, Kraig Parker’s Elvis Christmas Show, Elton & Cher’s Christmas Show and, all-new this year, Reba – The Christmas Tribute. Tickets: Vary by show, available here.
  • Classic Christmas movies at the Historic Palace Theatre including Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, The Santa Clause, Elf, and more. Tickets: Vary by show, available here.
  • Elf Adventure – Little elves work through four fun activities in Historic Grapevine. Tickets: $3-$10.

For more information and tickets to these events and many more, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com or ChristmasCapitalofTexas.com.

Dierks Bentley, Koe Wetzel among headliners for starry music fest's Fort Worth debut

Gordy's Hwy 30 Music Fest

A popular music fest is hitting the highway to Fort Worth this fall, bringing big-name headliners to town for its inaugural run. Gordy’s Hwy 30 Music Fest, which started in Idaho in 2009, will travel outside of the state for the first time, coming to Texas Motor Speedway, October 19-22.

The festival will feature a mix of country, Americana, rock, and red dirt artists, including superstars, established artists, and up-and-coming acts. The full lineup was revealed in a July 25 release.

Headliners include Dierks Bentley, Zach Bryan, Cody Jinks, and Fort Worth favoriteKoe Wetzel, joined by other big names like Staind, Gary Clark Jr., Shane Smith & the Saints, The Brothers Osborne, Ashley McBryde, Kolby Cooper, and more.

The festival has been held in Filer, Idaho - just off that state's Highway 30 - every June for the past decade, including this past June, and this will mark the first time ever that the festival will take place in a second location.

“The Hwy 30 Music Fest is all about recognizing the hardworking people of this country and bringing them out to enjoy unbelievable talent where they can just kick back and have a good time,” said festival founder Gordy Schroeder in a statement. “With Fort Worth known as the ‘Culture Capital of the Southwest,’ it only made sense to bring the excitement here to the great state of Texas and continue providing our family-friendly atmosphere.”

Even the lower-billed acts will be familiar for local music lovers, as they include Mike & the Moonpies, American Aquarium, Colbie Caillat, Cody Canada & the Departed, Treaty Oak Revival, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Grady Spencer & the Work, and more.

Just as it does in Idaho, the festival will feature designated days that honor special groups, including military, veterans, and first responders, as well as highlighting cancer awareness and the children support organization, the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth.

The four-day event is expected to attract 30,000 to 60,000 attendees.

Tickets are now on sale, with one-day passes ranging from $89-$159. Multi-day and full festival passes are also available, including options to camp in RVs in the venue's parking lot. For more information, go to hwy30tx.com.