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New works in the Texas Bird Series from Frank X. Tolbert 2. Photos courtesy of William Campbell Gallery

William Campbell Gallery

4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth, 817-737-9566, williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com

Live Wire, Frank X. Tolbert 2 It has been five years since WCG hosted a show by Houston artist Frank X. Tolbert 2, who has continued to work on his Texas Bird Project. In this show, the artist focuses on the ubiquitous grackle. Tolbert, who works with oil sticks, oil paints and pencil, loves the black birds because of their intelligence, their iridescence and their strong silhouette, seen in this piece where the grackle pops against the painting’s bright background. Through April 15

Kremer/Kleberg/Reverb WCG has a concurrent show at its second location in Fort Worth’s Linwood neighborhood. Formerly the studio of interior designer Justin Seitz, the space has been reconfigured to display large works including the collaborative pieces of Houston artist Paul Kremer and Matt Kleberg, who’s based in San Antonio. The duo’s paintings are a visual “conversation” with each other and invite viewers to listen with their eyes and enjoy. 217 Foch St. Through May 14

A collaboration between Paul Kremer and Matt Kleberg are on display at William Campbell Gallery’s spaces. Photos courtesy of William Campbell Gallery

Trio, 2021, oil wax and pencil on oil paper Photo courtesy of Artspace111

Fort Works Art

2100 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, 817-759-9475, fortworksart.com
On The Continuum, Jessica Vollrath At first glance, we thought we were looking at resin or acrylic sculptures, only to realize that the artworks are oil paintings. Vollrath, a mother of two, worked at home during the pandemic and found inspiration, visually and emotionally, in Magna-Tiles, magnetic building toys used by kids. She hopes that her work encourages unity and connection. Through April 23

Cufflink Art

120 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth, 817-489-5059, cufflinkart.com
possible magic, Adam Fung A TCU art professor, Fung uses his paintings as a way to take fantastical journeys to the ocean, a forest and even outer space. His pieces beg for close examination to see the way the layers of paint, the light and texture work together. Through May 21

Evidence or a remnant of what came before, 2022, oil, graphite and wax on linen Photo courtesy of Cufflink Art


Nasher Sculpture Center

2001 Flora St., Dallas, 214-242-5100, nashersculpturecenter.org
Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life The Nasher exhibit pulls together more than 100 pieces by the sculptor, metalsmith, jewelry maker and furniture designer in the first U.S. retrospective of his work in almost 50 years. The Italian-born American artist’s large-scale sculptures made him the commissioned darling of name architects; then collectors and museums came calling for the smaller handmade pieces. Central to the exhibit are his groundbreaking “sonambient” works. Using sound waves as a sculpting material, the pieces are designed to sway and collide, resulting in reverberation that Bertoia considered an artful environment. It’s a lot of form and function, imagination and vision; the Nasher connects the dots. Through April 24

Sound waves colliding with Harry Bertoia’s sonambient sculptures add another dimension to his seminal works. Photos by Kevin Todora, courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center


Fort Worth Opera celebrates its 75th anniversary with La Traviata. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Opera

Fort Worth Opera

Bass Performance Hall, 330 E. 4th St., 817-731-0726, fwopera.org
La Traviata Fort Worth Opera is thrilled to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s classic this season, partly as a nod to the show selling out the house at the very first FWO production 75 years ago. Its return to town is also a celebration of decades of success for FWO. Director, choreographer and librettist John de los Santos makes the romantic masterpiece his own, offering a cleverly streamlined performance accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Adding to the contemporary curve of a modern Paris backdrop are intriguing sets and costumes. Cuban American soprano Elaine Alvarez makes her company debut as Violetta Valéry, the scandalous French courtesan; Nathan Granner, as Alfredo Germont, falls for her. April 22 and 24


Circle Theatre

230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3040, circletheatre.com
Denise Lee: Pressure Makes Diamonds Noted cabaret singer Denise Lee and her band — in collaboration with director Monique Midgette — perform everything from gospel to contemporary hits to shine light on the similarities between what makes a quality gemstone and how life crafts beautiful humans, a process that takes a huge amount of pressure. April 21-23; 28-30

Denise Lee sparkles onstage in Pressure Makes Diamonds. Photo by K. Talley Photography

Kymbali Craig plays 16 characters in No Child…at Amphibian Stage. Photos by Evan Michael Woods Photography

Amphibian Stage

120 S. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-923-3012, amphibianstage.com
No Child… This one-woman show returns to the Amphibian stage 12 years after its first run. By turns funny and poignant, the still-relevant work by former public schoolteacher and award-winning playwright Nilaja Sun ponders our broken education system with humor and insider candor, posing both questions and solutions. Directed by New York City-based Craig Anthony Bannister, it stars Kymbali Craig, a multitalented actress, artist and author. April 1-17