Want to get away but don’t have the time? Don’t worry, there’s a whole new world coming to Fort Worth this summer and it’s going to be funky. Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Crystal Wagner is currently building a temporary environment at Fort Works Art in the Cultural District.
The “Sublime” exhibition will be a whimsical world of color and delight, built on-site with chicken wire, kite paper, and picnic table covers. Think: Willy Wonka-meets-Ghostbusters in this immersive swirl of texture that grows up walls, overhead, and around corners.
The immersive art experience is fit for all ages. | Photo provided.
About the exhibition
“Sublime” debuts on Sat., July 9 with an opening reception from 5-9 p.m. and will be on display through Sat., Oct. 15at 2100 Montgomery St. Fort Works Art serves as a gallery, cultural center, and museum to give back to the community, inspire youth, and energize the art scene in Fort Worth. The artist’s second solo exhibition in Cowtown is sponsored by Gallery of Dreams, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for open-call exhibitions, artist residencies, grant initiatives, and showcases.
Tickets are available for $15 and the gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pat Hazell described Crystal’s work as “a waterfall of color.” | Photo provided.
About the artist
Inspired by the Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras — particularly Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí — Crystal incorporates reused and recycled materials from all over the world to create immersive temporary landscapes. She has created large-scale installations for Nike and Viacom, including a 117-ft piece in Viacom’s headquarters in Times Square. She has also done commissions for Warner Brothers and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Check out some of her work on Instagram or listen to her interview on Pat Hazell’s podcast Creativity in Captivity.
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Refuge After Hours | Thurs., June 30 | 8:30-10 p.m | Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd. | $5+ | Meet at the front gate to hike + search for wildlife during a nighttime adventure. 🌙
Essential Oils Workshop | Thurs., June 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Bevy 8, 2800 Race St. | $25 | Learn how to create the perfect essential oil blend + the health benefits behind it.
Summer BBQ Series | Fri., July 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Pinstripes, 5001 Trailhead Bnd Wy. | $45 | An all-you-can-eat and drink party featuring BBQ classics + a collection of Cowtown Brewery beers. 🍺
Funky Picnic Beer Yoga | Sat., July 2 | 10-11 a.m. | Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe, 401 Bryan Ave. | $10 | Start your weekend with a yoga class, complimentary beer + a bangin’ breakfast.
Summer Macarons | Sat., July 2 | 9 a.m. | Sur La Table, 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 340, Southlake | $79 | Master the art of preparing these colorful French confections while infusing summer flavors. 🍪
Night Photowalk in the Stockyards | Sat., July 2 | 7-9 p.m. | Avoca Coffee Roasters, 128 E. Exchange Ave. | Cost of purchase | Bring your camera, grab a coffee, and capture the Stockyards at night with the Fort Worth Photo Club and Legacy Photo Lab. 📸
Downtown Fort Worth Drag Brunch | Sun., July 3 | 12-2 p.m. | Sleeping Panther Bar, 1000 Houston St. | $24+ | Enjoy a delicious brunch with drag performances, great music + amazing costumes.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Due to prolonged drought conditions, Tarrant County has issued a 90-day burn ban for all unincorporated areas + within city limits effective immediately. Residents are encouraged to attend public fireworks shows for the Fourth of July rather than light personal fireworks, which could result in a fine up to $500.
The city received a federal preservation grant to survey the Terrell Heights local historic district and Near Southeast National Register district. Funds from the National Park Service will allow the city to conduct architectural and archeological surveys and develop strategies to preserve the area’s cultural heritage.
The proposed African American Museum and Cultural Center is expanding its search for potential location sites. The City Council is asking for two additional sites to be studied, on top of the proposed Community Arts Center. The nonprofit is now looking to restructure fundraising goals to complete the studies. (Fort Worth Report)
On Tuesday, the Fort Worth ISD school boardapproved a 4% raise for all teachers in the 2022-2023 academic year. The district’s minimum wage is now set to $15 per hour for all full-time employees. To increase employee retention, the district also approved a $2,000 team member stipend. 🍎 (WFAA)
Lockheed Martin won a $2.3 billion contract to build 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters. The five-year deal could include an additional 135 aircraft, which would increase the total contract value to $4.4 billion. 🚁
What’s more summer than hot dogs and seltzers? How about them together? Martin House Brewing is launching a new hot dog water seltzer on Sat., July 16 as part of Glizzy Fest. The seltzer will be 5.2% ABV + served alongside other unique flavors like Best Maid Sour Pickle beer.
Local students are finding a career path with help from the City of Fort Worth. Twenty students from all over Cowtown spent a week visiting seven city departments + City Hall as part of FWISD’s summer program, Vital Link. City employees taught the students how they can help the local community.
Looking for a new way to relax during the holiday weekend? Kick back in a Trippy Outdoor chair — now available on Six & Main. We interviewed Kyle Rose, co-founder of the Fort Worth-based outdoor furniture company, a few months ago and we can’t get enough of these mobile, modular creations. 🪑
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Three cheers forPanther City Lacrosse — After just one season the club is banking awards from the National Lacrosse League. First-year head coach Tracey Kelusky received the Les Bartley Coach of the Year award + players voted and named mid-fielder Jeremy Thompson the Teammate of the Year.
The expansion team went 7-11 in the 2021-2022 season, winning five games in a row in the second half of the season. We can’t wait to see how the Panthers do next year. 🥍
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