Compiled by Meda Kessler and Babs Rodriguez
Fort Worth Show of Antiques, Art & Jewelry | March 6-8
When Cowtown native Jan Orr-Harter announced the long-running Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art was for sale, we flinched a little. She took the former Dolly Madison antiques show to new levels over her nine years of ownership. This spring, she relinquishes ownership and title as showrunner to Luxe Events and Andrea Canady, who aims to elevate the mix of offerings with more than 100 high-end art, antique and jewelry dealers. The tweaked name is more sparkly, too: The Fort Worth Show of Antiques, Art & Jewelry. Expect dozens of new exhibitors and mashups of midcentury modern furnishings, Persian carpets and decor with contemporary art and traditional antiques offerings. And jewels, lots of jewels. The show runs March 6-8, with an opening-night preview March 5. Tickets Preview, $75; general admission (good all three days), $10. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth. For tickets and more details, visit fortworthshow.com.
Design Inspirations Fort Worth | March 25-26
From the innovative use of florals to clever place settings, designers and other participants bring more than 60 tables to life at this annual event benefiting Gill
Children’s Service and Rivertree Academy. Walking the show is as inspiriting as promised and the luncheon is a hot ticket that sells out quickly. While keynote speakers are typically interior designers, event hosts this year are mixing things up and bringing in Bronson Van Wyck, a notable event planner, as the special guest. He offers tips and talks about party successes (and failures) in his book, deliciously titled Born to Party, Forced to Work. Get the first look at the tables and meet Van Wyck at the March 25 preview party, which also includes dinner, cocktails and entertainment. The book is for sale at both events. Tickets $100, preview party, available online at designinspirations-fw.com. Tickets for the luncheon, March 26, are limited; contact Laura Barclay, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for price and availability. Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave., Fort Worth.
Austin Modern Home Tour | Feb. 22
See more than a dozen homes at this yearly self-guided tour and fill up on ideas sparked by renovations, additions and new builds. As a bonus, the ticket price includes open houses in Starlight Village, a midcentury modern-inspired community of newly constructed houses 20 miles north of Austin. Tickets $40; $50 day of the tour; modernhometouraustin.com.
Save the date The winners of the 2019 AIA Fort Worth Design Awards are honored Feb. 15 at a ceremony at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 10 a.m. Tickets $25 for non AIA members, free for members. See all the winners and more information at aiafw.org. And mark your calendar for May 16-17 and the AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour. Tickets go on sale in March.