FWSSR 2022 Spring Newsletter

We’ve all seen one. A musician, typically with an acoustic guitar, playing on a city sidewalk. “Busking” is the term given to the act that has been practiced by aspiring artists for centuries and often provides a fun form of entertainment for those passing by. Although a word more commonly used in the United Kingdom, “buskers” entertained during the 2022 Stock Show to the delight of crowds on Burnett-Tandy Drive, Tower Drive and in the Amon Carter Exhibits Hall. The sounds of the local artists, organized by Visit Fort Worth (the city’s travel and tourism organization), enhanced the Stock Show’s festive atmosphere with sights and sounds not previously enjoyed in the impromptu settings. The “art on the street,” however, wasn’t limited to just song; it also stretched directly on the pavement. Local painter, Ariel Davis, was commissioned by Visit Fort Worth to paint a large mural on what’s known as Tower Drive, the street that connects pedestrians between Pioneer Tower and Tower Promenade. News 8 reporter, William Joy, did this outstanding story about the 600 foot long mural Davis named “Stock Show Daydreaming.” Other local artists took the task of enhancing the view of the Richardson-Bass Building’s west entrance along Rip Johnson Drive. Brenda Ciardiello and Fernando Rojas painted murals celebrating the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN marketing program. Products promoted by the program were sold in the Brown-Lupton North room, just behind the artworks. Seen in the accompanying images, the window murals highlight GO TEXAN products grown or processed in our beloved Lone Star State. STREET ART COMES TO 2022 STOCK SHOW 3 STOCK SHOW DAYDREAMING - NEWS 8