Weatherford Democrat

October 25, 2013

Doss western art show, sale set for Nov. 8


Weatherford Democrat

— By BRIAN SMITH



After a successful fundraiser a year ago, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center is scheduling its 2nd Annual Western Art Show and Sale on Nov. 8.

The event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., will not have an auction this year with the prices on the nearly 40 pieces of art all preset, according to DHCC Executive Director Heather Castagna.

Twelve artists will be providing the pieces, including Teal Blake, Tony Eubanks, Martin Greeley and Bruce Greene, who was instrumental in helping get the event set up in 2012, Castagna said.

“All the artists have different mediums, so there will be a wide selection from which to choose,” Castagna said.

“What is also interesting is the fact that all but two of the artists will be on hand to discuss their individual piece and the motivation behind it.”

The gala-style event, where all proceeds benefit the center and the programs and exhibits it hosts, will be emceed by well-known cowboy poet Red Steagall, who had his annual Trail Ride and Cowboy Gathering in town this week.

Center Curator Amanda Rush said early purchase of the $100 tickets are encouraged which can be done online at www.dosscenter.org, by phone at 817-599-6168 or in person by going to 1400 Texas Drive, in Weatherford.

Castagna said for those from out of town, a special rate has been secured at LaQuinta in Weatherford.

The show and sale is not the only event coming up at the Doss in the next few weeks. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Doss will be hosting its inaugural fall festival from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The family friendly event will feature games inspired by Native Americans and pioneer children played in the 1800s, a number of arts and crafts and local story tellers informing the public about some of the area’s history.

The $5 craft fee also includes admission to the center’s Texas History Museum. For information on the event, contact Education and Programs Coordinator Collette Annillo at 817-599-6168.

In honor of Mary Martin’s upcoming 100th birthday, the center will be hosting a celebration in her honor Sunday, Dec. 8. The event will be highlighted by a centennial exhibit of Martin, who is best known for playing Peter Pan on Broadway for many years. A lecturer will also discuss Martin’s life and legacy.