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Cowtown and culture will merge today for the 19th annual
Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival.
The four-day event will take place along Main Street
from the courthouse to the convention center today through
Sunday and will feature about 200 different artists
from across the country who were selected from among
950 applicants. Some of the artists are from the area,
but many are from different parts of the country.
Emily Moss, a junior radio-TV-film major who has been
to the festival, said its a great opportunity
to enjoy art.
I just enjoyed walking the streets of downtown,
listening to the live music, and looking at the artwork,
she said. The festival appeals to both those who
just like to look at art and those who are interested
Mark Merrill, an artist from Arlington who has been
painting for a year, was chosen to participate in the
festival. Because of his inexperience, Merrill said
he was shocked when he learned that his work had been
Before he began painting, Merrill was certain blue and
yellow combine to make green, but that was all he knew
Instead of watching TV, I started painting,
The Arlington man, who works in sales and marketing
by day, will get to show off his abstract and impressionistic
work this weekend.
Artists from across the United States will also showcase
their work and 15 different mediums will be represented,
ranging from jewelry to painting. In addition to the
artists, there will be more than 100 musical acts. One
of the bands performing is local favorite Bowling for
Soup, a repeat performance.
They were such a hit last year, said Cindy
Fitzpatrick, festival co-producer.
The festival has been ranked as the top show in Texas
on The Harris List, the art industrys standard
ranking directory. The list also ranked the Fort Worth
art fair among the Top 10 in the Southwest, and among
the Top 20 in America.
The artists like to come here, because they like
this marketplace, Fitzpatrick said.
The festival showcases downtown Fort Worth and everything
it has to offer, such as great food and culture, Fitzpatrick
said. It brings about $19 million of economic impact
to the city, she said.
We sometimes take living in Fort Worth for granted,
and often forget how much culture is here, Moss
said. Fort Worth is a major hub for the arts and
I think this festival is a good reminder we should all
take advantage of the cultural events of the area,