2023 Preservation is the Art of the City

September 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2023

Gallery Night

Historic Fort Worth’s Gallery Night fundraiser is an event that showcases the city’s vibrant art scene while raising funds to support the organization’s preservation efforts. Gallery Night is typically a multi-night event where various galleries, art studios, and cultural institutions open their doors to the public, allowing visitors to explore and appreciate a wide range of artworks.

During the Gallery Night fundraiser, Historic Fort Worth collaborates with local artists, galleries, and businesses to create an immersive and engaging experience for attendees. The event often features art exhibitions, live performances, artist talks, interactive installations, and even opportunities to purchase artworks.

This year’s event will be held at The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, 1316 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

The fundraiser serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it provides a platform for artists to showcase their work and gain exposure to a diverse audience. By featuring a variety of art styles and mediums, Gallery Night highlights the talent and creativity of the local artistic community.


Secondly, the event raises funds to support Historic Fort Worth’s preservation initiatives. The proceeds from ticket sales, art sales, sponsorships, and donations contribute directly to the organization’s efforts in preserving and promoting Fort Worth’s historic sites, buildings, and landmarks.

Gallery Night also fosters community engagement and appreciation for the arts. It allows individuals from all walks of life to come together and experience the cultural richness of Fort Worth. The event often attracts art enthusiasts, collectors, residents, and visitors who share a passion for supporting the arts and preserving the city’s heritage.

Overall, Historic Fort Worth’s Gallery Night fundraiser is a celebration of art, culture, and preservation. It brings together the community, showcases local artistic talent, and generates financial support for the organization’s ongoing efforts to protect and promote Fort Worth’s historical and cultural assets.

Dates and Times
  • Thursday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. – Awards & Party with Artists: (First chance to buy art at 6:30 p.m.) Reservations required. See link below to purchase.
  • Saturday, September 9, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m – Gallery Night (Free admittance)
  • Monday, September 11 – Friday, September 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – (Free admittance) Shopping at the Show your opportunity to purchase original art pieces from local artists.

Location: The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, 1316 Pennsylvania Avenue. Free parking in back. 

Aaron Roe Heavy Historical Sail


On A Crutch

Education Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts  University of Texas at Dallas  

Recent Exhibitions  
2022  Preservation is the Art of the City, The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX 
2021 Preservation is the Art of the City, First on 7th, Fort Worth, TX 
Richardson Photography Contest Judges’ Exhibit, Richardson Public Library, Richardson, TX  
2020 Where Everything Gathers, Senior Honors Thesis in Visual Arts, Virtual Exhibit presented through the University of Texas at Dallas  

Publications  Included in The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists (Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series).  Bunch, Robert Craig.  College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2016  

Coming Soon:December to Remember, written by Kimberly Caise, illustrated by Aaron Roe 

Wazee Journal, Featured artist in online Wazee Journal Issue 9: autumn/winter 2006  




Honoring Randi & Mark Thistlethwaite

Thursday, September 7 – 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Randi and Mark Thistlewaite met at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where Randi majored in history and minored in art history, and Mark earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in art history.  Next, the Thistlethwaite’s headed for Philadelphia where Mark earned a PhD in art history.  They arrived in Fort Worth in 1977 where Mark began his career as an assistant professor at TCU and Randi earned a master’s degree in counseling from TCU and became a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Randi worked at various social service agencies and public middle schools.  Upon retirement, her life came full circle when she joined the Historic Fort Worth, Inc. board and became a docent at the Modern Art Museum. While on the HFW board, she eased onto the Preservation is the Art of the City committee, where she served for eighteen years.

Today, Dr. Thistlethwaite is Emeritus Professor of Art History at TCU, where he started as assistant professor in 1977 and continued as the Kay and Velma Kimbell Endowed Chair in Art History for 25 years.  He has received TCU’s Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teacher and the Honors program’s “Professor of the Year” award.

Like Randi, Mark gives back to the community.  He chaired the City of Fort Worth’s Art Commission, served on the Board of Trustees of Dallas’ African American Museum, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Mark grew up in a house that was basically his mother’s art studio which instilled his fascination with art. Likewise, Randi possesses a deep-seated passion for art rooted in her creative family. Randi and Mark have traveled widely to enjoy and collect art.

Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Party with the Artists.

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