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Candy Man: Ben Willis, Candy Castle and Signs at Fort Works Art

August 2 – September 9, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION  Saturday August 5, 2017 6pm – 9pm
Childhood fantasy and fun burst to life as Fort Works Art welcomes the return of artist Ben Willis and his deliciously vibrant new exhibition Candy Man to Fort Worth from August 2 – September 9, 2017. This family-friendly exhibition/installation invites audiences of all ages to savor in Willis’s one-of-a-kind artistic confections with the same excitement and sense of adventure inspired by Hasbro’s classic board game. Candy Man is an immersive experience in pattern and color and designed to satisfy the artistic appetite of each viewer with its mouthwatering collection of bold abstractions.Along with being a recognized artist in his own right, Willis has established his reputation as a preparator with an eye for assembling captivating artistic collections. Together with his own Candy Man exhibition, the talented Arizona-based artist, has curated the secondary Candy Castle show and populated it with works by a lineup of notable artists. A direct reference to the original board game, Candy Castle serves to house a treasure trove of “objects” that have proven especially compelling to Willis over the course of his career. With a special emphasis on sculptural works that help to balance the paint-driven pieces found in Candy Man, Willis states “All of the [Candy Castle] artists I have admired for some time now and I believe their work relates and can carry conversation with my pieces.” Featured Candy Castle artists include, Derick Smith, Dan Lam, Christina West, Adam Hillman, Sean Augustine March, Sean Newport, Rachel Goodwin, Wheron, and Kristina Drake.

A third component of this experiential exhibition includes painting by two highly regarded Metroplex artists, Drigo and Brennen Bechtol. The two artists will hand-paint title walls for the Candy Man and Candy Castle shows in their representative styles. Both dealing with signs in their own respective works, Bechtol and Drigo’s colorful title walls will provide an additional installation element to the already vibrant exhibition. Like the nostalgia evoked by childhood memories of visiting a candy store for the first time, Willis commented “…I want this show to feel like oh my god, how did they get all of these wonderful things together in one space?”


Fort Works Art is committed to bringing life, vitality and energy to the art scene in Fort Worth, TX. They are a resource for both seasoned collectors and the everyday individual. Existing somewhere between a gallery, a cultural center and a museum, Fort Works Art strives to continually evolve into its own entity, free from the traditional labels of the art world. They exist to support the arts, to give back to the community and to inspire youth.

Fort Works Art 
2100 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm


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PETER MAX – THE COLLECTED WORKS 1960-2017 – Meet the Artist March 25 & 26


A newly-curated collection by artist legend, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation by Road Show Company at Dallas’ Beaudry Gallery.

Peter Max will make two very special appearances at the gallery and all appearances are complimentary and open to the public with RSVP’s required. Previews begin Saturday, March 18 with a fabulous Preview party.

There are two scheduled Meet the Artist receptions:  Saturday, March 25 from 6-8 pm and Sunday, March 26 from 1pm – 4 pm. All artworks are on exhibition and available for acquisition. RSVP’s are required: 866-900-6699 or dallas@roadshowcompany.com. For more info, visit www.roadshowcompany.com

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“For the Love of Color” by It’s Pink not Purple – Reception Jan. 22


“For the Love of Color”

A painting collaboration of three, by It’s Pink not Purple

Beatrix Krell * Yvonne Gambino * Sylvia Stehsel

Jan. 8 – 27, 2017
Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX

RECEPTION Sunday Jan. 22, 2-4pm

“It’s Pink Not Purple” is a collaboration of three artists, painting mostly in triptychs. Each canvas represents their individual and unique style but comes together to form one painting. Whether painted in oil or acrylic, the subjects are eclectic and sometimes abstract with a deep expression in use of vibrant and bold colors.

The three artists, who make up “it’s Pink Not Purple”, are self taught artists, who share an interest to express themselves through their paintings. They met at an art class 10 years ago and a few years later “It’s Pink not Purple” was created.

Their art has been displayed and sold to the DFW Hilton, Orix USA Corp, and various art events/exhibits at Grapevine and Bryan, Texas. They are also members of the Grapevine Art Project.

Sponsored by the Irving Art Association.



Biography of the individual artists:

Beatrix Krell
Beatrix Krell was born in Germany, where she graduated as a registered nurse and immigrated to the U.S. in 1991. After spending several years in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Beatrix moved to Flower Mound, TX in 2001, where she still resides.

Beatrix was interested in art most of her life, but it was not until 2003 that she started to paint on a regular basis. Beatrix is mostly a self-taught artist, but has also studied art at a local college and has participated in a number of workshops with accomplished artists such as: Jane E. Jones, Niki Gulley, Tim Gagnon, Bruce Peil, Dreama and Chris Brandley. Most of her paintings are created in oil but Beatrix also works in acrylics and watercolors. She enjoys painting the human figure, landscapes and abstracts.
Yvonne Gambino
Born in Berlin, Germany, Yvonne presently resides in Flower Mound, Texas.  Though she enjoys painting in all mediums, her main focus has been in oils and acrylics for the last ten years.  Yvonne graduated with a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from the University of Northridge in California, where she also completed several art classes.  Later in life she attended additional art workshops, however, she essentially is a self-taught artist.  Her source of inspirations comes from her enjoyment of nature, as well as her travels throughout Europe and the United States. Although her painting style is more traditional, she has ventured out to paint more abstract pieces; painting collaboratively with Beatrix and Sylvia under the name “it’s Pink not Purple”.

Sylvia Stehsel
Sylvia is a native Texan and has lived in the DFW area for over 25 years. Being that she has a Bachelor of Science degree and ended her career in Audit proves that it’s never too late to re-kindle her passion and pursuit of a lifelong dream of becoming an artist. She is a self-taught artist and has been painting since 2003, exploring in various techniques and themes in mostly oil and acrylic. Also, as part of her artistic development, she has taken art courses from local colleges and has participated in several painting workshops from reputable artists. Fascinated by texture and color, she considers herself an eclectic artist with a painting style that ranges from traditional subjects to abstracts.


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