1/ Fort Worth, TCU, artist talks, rain, museums and horned frogs.
Finding a bargain flight to Texas in mid February caused us to do a spontaneous rejig and jump on a plane to catch up with our dear friends Sara-Jayne Parsons and Big G in Fort Worth. It was also a great excuse to squeeze in a road trip before visiting FotoFest in Houston. Sara, who championed our work when she was Exhibitions Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, now curates the Art Galleries at TCU. Sara, Big G and Sam Houston gave us a big Texan welcome but then it rained – and rained – and rained for a whole week … which was good for Texas as the rain was needed, but rubbish for us. We took shelter in various pubs and somehow still managed to take plenty of photos. Sara also arranged for us to visit a number of universities and colleges to give talks about The Caravan Gallery.
Luckily there is plenty to do and see in Fort Worth so we did lots of exploring, mostly inside. One of the first places our hosts treated us to was Central Market which has the most amazing food hall imaginable. Jan was delighted with the vegetarian options and free samples. Then we checked out a Hispanic shopping mall and several museums.
We gave talks and met with art and photography students at Texas Christian University, Tarrant County College and the University of Texas, Arlington.