Fort Worth’s art scene has a lot to offer. From the iconic cultural venues such as the lauded Kimbell Art Museum and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth that tout the works of history's greats to the many talented local artists showcasing their work at small pop-ups throughout the city.
This commitment to the arts is important to the working artists who call Fort Worth home. Many of these painters and artisans work and collaborate with each other through formal and informal groups. Here's a few that have caught our attention.
The newly founded art collective made its foray into the local scene with an eponymously named show last October at FWBLACKHOUSE. Jessika Gúilleń, Latino Hustle’s co-founder, along with Gerardo Contreras and Raul Rodriguez, based the group on artists and works that reflect Fort Worth’s rich Hispanic culture.
“I’m an artist, and I’m a Latina,” Gúilleń told me recently.
“Immigrants are so much of Fort Worth’s culture and history, but it’s not always talked about or shown. It’s kinda in the background.”
Latino Hustle had been an idea for several years. The first show featured photos and paintings by six artists at FWBLACKHOUSE. More than 300 people attended the inaugural event. The second show was even bigger and included 10 vendors, several artists, DJs and a dance party.
“I have people who are ready to be a part of the next show,” Gúilleń said. “I hope to carve out a steady event or some kind of space for the immigrants of the Fort Worth community to come and support each other. A lot of aspects [of Hispanic culture] are different, but we’re creating things in Fort Worth that are totally relatable. For me, it’s important to support your local community. I love Fort Worth. I love this whole place.
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Local painter Guillermo Tapia formed Artluck last summer as a way to provide figurative drawing classes at low cost to local artists. The group, mostly managed and run by Tapia, has evolved to include shows at FWBLACKHOUSE, The Collective Brewing Project and The Post at River East as well as mixer events and pop-up art shows. For details on how you can participate in figurative drawing classes and Artluck events, contact Tapia via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The motto says it all: Innovative Art in Temporary Space. The seven-year-old collective started when local artist Elaine Taylor was asked to put together a portfolio of artists for a new gallery. The gallery didn’t happen, but the group of artists Taylor assembled began doing pop-up shows.
“At the moment, we have 28 members,” Taylor said. “One of the rules that is still standing is that our artists do not have Fort Worth gallery representation.”
Sometimes, collective members decide to put on a show and sometimes venues approach the group, Taylor said. The most recent show was at Gallery 76102.
The gallery “approached us,” Taylor said. “They had a hole in their schedule and asked us to fill in. Because we have strong members, we’re always available to put something somewhere.”
Artist collectives, Taylor said, are partly a response to a shortage of opportunities to show work in Fort Worth.
“Part of what we’re looking for is quality of work,” Taylor said. “Like any group, we don’t want too many of any one type of art or subject matter. We are looking for diversity. I think we’ve been successful in helping members move further along in their careers. Some members have gotten gallery representation since starting with us.”
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Newcomer Art Tooth (technically a hybrid art gallery) has hit the art scene running with monthly events that include art shows, panel discussions, artist grant programs, and, most recently, a high-profile gala (Art to Dine For) that featured prominent guest speakers, dinner, entertainment, and a live art auction.
Art Tooth directors Dee Lara, Shasta Haubrich, and Aimee Cardoso, along with the help of co-founders Jay Wilkinson and Brandon Pederson, are creating a ladder for artists to reach to hone their craft and reach the public.