More than 300 art students were drawn to the grounds of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Wednesday to view the 56th annual Cowboy Artists of America art exhibit and sale.
“We’re just looking for a spark,” said Cowboy Artists of America President Bruce Greene. “We can’t explain how to paint or sculpt today in particular, but we can just put an idea, a notion in their head that gives them a direction.”
Diamond Hill Jarvis high school student Kiasi Gonzalez sat down at artist Dustin Payne’s sculpting table and peppered him with questions.
“Is it frustrating at first? Gonzalez asked. “What do you mainly focus on? »
Gonzalez, an admittedly shy student, didn’t seem at all shy about talking about art.
“For me, art is like a way of expressing myself,” Gonzalez said. “It’s my voice. A way for my voice to come out.”
“I know there’s a valuable exchange going on,” said Lauri Bevan, executive director of Imagination Fort Worth, which organized the student event. “I know these kids wouldn’t have that opportunity under ordinary circumstances.”
“You know, they may think, ‘I love doing this,'” Greene said. “But whoever told them, you can do this for a living?”
The goal was to inspire students to tap into their potential and see the possibilities.
“Like if you see it, you can build it,” Gonzalez said.