Art for all ages
Bee Street Gallery
The sunny space off Vickery Boulevard filled with original art of all media, now offers art instruction for children. “We study a different artist every week along with age-suitable history,” says gallery co-owner Ann Catherine Easterling. Instructing is Fort Worth native Alex Doswell, a recent graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in art history and American studies. “I have been oil painting for as long as I can remember,” she says, “so, when I started working as the gallery manager at Bee Street in August, and Ann Catherine brought up the idea of kids art classes, I was in.” She incorporates hands-on art lessons with background on important art movements and artists. “The kids take home a new interest in art history as well as a project,” Doswell says. Classes are divided into three age groups, with ages 2½ to 4 attending Tuesday mornings, and afternoon classes for K to second graders (Monday or Tuesday) and older (Wednesday). Littlest learners make treasure chests or holiday decor; older kids learn to paint like Caravaggio and Van Gogh or make ornaments and decorate cookies. Cost for an hour of instruction is $25 to $35. Follow on Instagram @beestreetgallery and visit the website to learn more about the gallery.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for classes offered through Dec. 16.
3000 Landers St., 214-668-2200, beestreetgallery.com
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
FOCUS: Marina Adams Through Jan. 10
The abstract paintings are big, the colors are bold: Contemporary artist Marina Adams makes a statement with her abstract work. Seven large pieces and smaller gouache works on paper are included in this FOCUS exhibition, almost admonishing the viewer to take notice. Adams helps us think about choice of shapes, how one color bleeds into another and how layers of color change the depth of hue. Given their size, the works are powerful but also calming, perfect for starting the new year.
3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org
The exhibition, “Mark Bradford: End Papers,” closes Jan. 10
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Mitch Epstein: Property Rights Dec. 22-Feb. 8
The Carter hosts the first museum exhibition of the American photographer’s large-format series documenting protest sites across America, from Standing Rock to the Texas border. (Fort Worth is the third stop for the show, which previously was exhibited at galleries in New York and Germany in 2019.) Epstein helped pioneer fine-art color photography in the ’70s. The 21 photographs in this exhibition were made during the two years Epstein traveled the country capturing images of places caught up in conflict over public and private rights. His work can be found in major museums including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Tate Modern in London.
Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
Dec. 22-Feb. 8
One was a landscape painter known best for his seascapes and related marine subjects; the other painted and sculpted his vision of the West. They captured their subjects in natural settings, be it the rolling waves of the ocean or dusty ranch land in the American West. This exhibition features Remingtons from the Carter’s permanent collection and links the two icons, exploring their themes, technical prowess and artistic approach to their subjects. The “mythmaking” refers to not only the artists themselves, but also the traditions they created and perpetuated about masculinity and their vision of the American frontier.
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1933, cartermuseum.org
Kimbell Art Museum
Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Dec. 6-March 14
It’s a major exhibition of girl power centered around Queen Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramesses II, whose reign historians consider the pinnacle of art and culture in ancient Egypt. The lives of Nefertari and other wives of pharaohs during the New Kingdom period (ca. 1539-1075 BCE) are reflected in this exhibit drawn from the extensive collection at the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy. Along with objects emblematic of royalty, there are items used in everyday life: Look for paintbrushes and pottery along with exquisite jewelry, painted wood coffins, papyrus manuscripts and more. Nefertari’s highly decorated tomb reflected her status, and objects found inside her looted tomb, such as a pair of woven palm-leaf sandals, are included in the exhibition. Mummified knees are thought to be her only surviving remains.
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451, kimbellart.org
Luminova Holidays Arlington
Nov. 20-Jan. 3
Globe Life Park is the site of the world premiere of this holiday attraction. The new event promises not only a “light extravaganza,” but a 10,000-square-foot ice-skating pond, indoor and outdoor entertainment, food and seasonal beverages, and yes, Santa is part of the attraction, too. Arlington also was the home of Enchant Christmas, which took place in 2017 and 2018 and featured a massive light maze, among other popular attractions. Luminova looks like it will outshine that popular attraction, which didn’t return due to Globe Life’s ongoing construction in 2019. Tickets are limited due to safety protocols.
1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, luminovaholidays.com
Panther Island Ice
Nov. 20-Jan. 18
You can still get your skate on this winter, as Panther Island Ice returns to Coyote Drive-In with lots of health and safety measures in place. The outdoor rink — protected partly by a large pavilion — is open to the public seven days a week including holidays and is popular with locals and out-of-town visitors. This season, advance online reservations are required to help follow the new protocols. There’s plenty of free parking and restrooms, and a full menu at the concession stands includes wine and beer. Expect socially distanced seating, too. Gas heaters are fired up on chilly days, and Panther Island Ice operates even in light rain or drizzle. A Q&A on the website addresses queries on access for children, skate rental and more.
223 N.E. 4th St., pantherislandice.com
Prohibition: A New Year’s Eve Celebration
Ring in 2021 with a gala concert that promises a journey through 1920s New York, Paris, Berlin and Atlantic City. Speakeasies of the time promise intrigue, danger and romance. The orchestra, with William Waldrop conducting, performs with vocalists Bronson Norris Murphy, a stalwart of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera; Madison Claire Parks, a veteran of musical theater; and Parisian-born Myra Maud, whose influences include jazz and gospel.
Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave.
Parking can be purchased in advance; call the FWSO box office, 817-665-6000. Purchase tickets and get more information at fwsymphony.org.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Home for the Holidays Nov. 27-29
While there will be no Handel’s Messiah this year, FWSO embraces the sounds of the season with a concert of festival music and Christmas carols. Stuart Chafetz conducts; Mela Sarajane Dailey is the featured soprano. Expect special guests, including Santa himself. And enjoy the snowfall inside the auditorium to cap off the event.