The Art Council of Fort Worth & the Fort Worth Community Arts Center are proud to present the inaugural annual Art Aid Expo 2017 for artists and arts organizations. Demonstrations and seminars in 9,000 square feet of contemporary galleries will be geared towards artists, art non-profits and other creative professionals highlighting the diverse support services available. Featured organizations and professionals will present their expertise through a variety of workshops and seminars helping artists to learn how to sustain a living in the arts.

This one day event will occur on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. Presale tickets are available for $15 or $25 at the door. Active TAC Member tickets are $10.00. Presale ends July 14th. 

To purchase a ticket please click: here




Title and Topic

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Kathleen Forrest

Public Engagement Coordinator, Fort Worth Public Art 

"An introduction for artists to the City's Public Art Program"

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Roy Richardson

FW Camera Club

“The Art of Photographing Artwork”

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Lauren-Ashton (LA) Moncrief

A Social Media Manager @AgencyPMG

“Social Media in the Creative Realm”

12:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Joy Simpson

MFA, CIC  Associate – Business Insurance

“Insurance for the Fine Arts Community”

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM

Benjamin Hicks

Lab Technician, Fort Worth Camera

“How To and Best Practices for Digital Printing, Film Photography and Scanning”

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

Jennifer Henderson

President and Founder of J.O.

“What Does Your Brand Say About You?”

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

William Campbell

William Campbell Contemporary Art

“Establishing and Maintaining Relations with a Gallery”

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM

Tom Maddrey

Maddrey PLLC

“Art Law”

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM

Megan Henderson

Director of Events & Communications, Near Southside, Inc

“DON’T LEAVE, DIG IN. A plea from Megan: The Responsibility of the Private Sector in Creating an Arts Ecosystem”

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Eddie Brown

Contributing writer, Fort Worth Weekly

“Newsworthy: Tips for getting and maintaining media exposure”

4:40 PM - 5:10 PM

Kelly Hart and Mitch Geller

Nu- Design

“Marketing with Authenticity: Selling Your Work Without Selling Out”

5:20 PM - 5:50 AM

Debby Stein

Riverside Arts District

“The Power of the Pop Up”

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

John Worley

Sonavor Custom Canvas

"John Worley demonstrates how you could build and stretch your own custom canvas frame.”


Booths and Demonstrations

Art Luck

Art Room

Arts Council of Fort Worth Grants Program

Asel Art Supply

Deep Red Press 

Emergency Astists' Support League

Fort Worth Art Collective

Fort Worth Art Dealers Association

Fort Worth Camera

Fort Worth Camera Club

Fort Worth Public Art

Fort Worth Weavers Guild


John Worley

Joy Simpson

Judy Sager

Mike Moffatt


Riverside Arts District

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts 

Texas Sculpture Association


Food Truck

Best Bayou Bites 


Description of Booths and Demonstrations 

Art Luck

We are a group of artists hosting sketch sessions in our studios. We hope to get the Fort Worth artist community together in one room sharing ideas and knowledge in a laid back environment. Our workspaces are currently located on the east side of downtown Fort Worth in the Riverside Arts District. We will host in studios up and down Race Street so the location will change each time.

Art Room

We are a gallery created by artists for artists.

Art Room is a contemporary art space that engages with the local Dallas / Fort Worth community through exhibitions, which showcase a diverse culture of local and national emerging, mid-career artists in a variety of media.

Art Room provides an accessible environment that shows socially relevant artwork through open and casual, social discourses. Acting as a social hub through opening events that contain art, live music, and refreshments, Art Room enables community interaction with artwork and the artists, while adding to the contemporary art culture that is continually growing in DFW.

Arts Council of Fort Worth Grants Program


The Arts Council programs are designed to:

  • foster artistic excellence
  • increase artistic productivity and creativity
  • develop processes that nurture artists and arts organizations
  • educate the public population on the contribution of the arts to community development
  • increase accessibility to the arts throughout the community
  • encourage wider participation in artistic activities
  • reflect the cultural diversity of our community

Asel Art Supply

Asel Arts Supply after 30 plus years, continues to outfit local artists with unique and valued materials for both beginners and professionals.

Asel Art Supply will be giving demos on Pouring Medium and Quick Marbling and will also provide free samples from Golden Artists Colors.

Deep Red Press

Deep Red Press is a photo based publication working with photographers from Texas exploring diverse themes and stories within the deep red state. 

Emergency Astists' Support League (EASL)

Visual artists often live within narrow financial constraints, even in the best of times. A medical crisis, fire or other emergencies can result in a catastrophe.

In response, artists and arts professionals joined together in 1992 to found EASL (Emergency Artists’ Support League). EASL is operated by a 100% volunteer Board of Directors, allowing for maximum funds to be distributed to artists in need. In addition to awarding monetary grants, EASL works with a resource of professionals, from social workers to attorneys, who volunteer their time and expertise to help negotiate bills.

Though visible when it is raising money, EASL abides by a strict policy of confidentiality regarding disbursal of funds to protect artists’ anonymity and dignity.

Fort Worth Art Collective

FW Art Collective is a Pop-Up Art Gallery concept to encourage, promote and provide opportunities for artists.

Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA)

FWADA is a unique arts organization in a unique American place. Few cities of Fort Worth’s size are privileged to command such a wealth of major art museums, and fewer still have such a vital community spirit. What truly sets Fort Worth apart, however, is the vigorous, longstanding, clearly defined cooperation between the museums, the university art galleries, the non-profit exhibition spaces, and the art dealers, all of which are full working members of FWADA.

 Fort Worth Camera

We continuously invest to provide our customers with the best tools, more information and best service so you can enjoy to the maximum everything related to photography. 

You can now get product information, compare products, create a short list and see related accessories all from the comfort of your home.

Fort Worth Camera Club

Fort Worth Public Art

Public art assists in the expression of a community's sense of identity and enhances the visual landscape and character of the city. It encourages community participation through collaboration with artists, design professionals, and developers. Most importantly, public art is accessible to everyone and it can increase the livability, safety and desirability of a neighborhood or a city. With the establishment of Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) in 2001, the City of Fort Worth said “YES!” to enhancing civic architecture, creating harmonious public spaces, and fostering artfully designed infrastructure.

Fort Worth Weavers Guild

Organized in 1955, the Fort Worth Weavers Guild promotes interest in handweaving and encourages members to the highest standards of craftsmanship. Anyone interested in weaving is welcome to join!


Founded in 1998 by Jennifer Henderson, J.O. is an advertising agency in Fort Worth Texas comprised of a band of creative thinkers whose mission is simple: Deliver great work and build lasting relationships. We’re here to help you be known – your products, your service, your wild entrepreneurial idea, your latest expansion or your Next Big Message (which we’re experts at crafting, by the way). Our creative minds and marketing acumen light up in any medium and in any locale (think bathtub to boardroom).

We transform our innovative thinking into a product that meets the objectives, deadlines and budgets of your project. What do you need? Strategic planning? Advertising? Marketing? Public relations? Branding? Web design? Find it all at the most active imagination hub in Fort Worth, TX – inside a restored 1926 building that’s just as individual as we are. At J.O., we put our hearts in every project for local and global clients of all sizes.

John Worley

John Worley has been building custom canvases for the artistic community of Fort Worth and Dallas since 2011.  He is available to build bespoke canvas frames and wooden floating frames for artworks.

In addition to demonstrating his craft as a canvas builder, John will also be demonstrating the experimental techniques of digital image editing that he implements in his own glitch inspired artworks.

Joy Simpson

Joy has 12 years of insurance experience. She started her career in insurance as an administrative assistant with AIG’s auto fraud investigation unit. She has been with Higginbotham for ten years working in the Small Business Division marketing and now producing business. Among other things, Joy specializes in insurance for art-related industries, having experience within the fine arts field, both from her education in fine arts as well as her specialization within the insurance industry. Joy graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree and earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Texas Woman's University in 2017. She earned her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2011.

Judy Sager

Portfolio Review (State VASE Judge)

Judy Tkac Sager holds a BFA degree from Texas Christian University, is a Texas certified all-level art educator, and is a Master Artist for the Imagination Celebration.  She is the Retired Art Coordinator/Curator for the Atrium Gallery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District and retired resident sculptor and instructor for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Judy is known as the “teacher of teachers.”

At the age of fifteen Judy’s work was included in the exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  The artists of the famous Fort Worth School were her instructors from eighth grade until graduation through a special scholarship program.  Among her mentors were Emily Guthrie Smith, Bror Utter, Dickson Reader, and Eveline Sellors.  Others who wish to emulate Judy’s 48 years as a professional artist envy that unique early training.

Sager is listed in the Artists of Texas Volume 1 and the American Artists, An Illustrated Survey of Contemporary Americans.

Judy Sager is a published artist and her sculptures can be seen at the Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and the Carnegie Library in Belton, Texas. Her paintings are in noted collections including The University of North Texas Health Science Center, The Stockyards Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas,

Texas Christian University’s permanent collection and a multitude of private collections.

Judy has used her gift to teach young gifted and talented students in her two studios. These young artists are sent to Judy by art teachers, who are limited in supplies and time in their classrooms, due in part to educational cuts in the fine arts for public schools.

Judy Sager is considered to be a master of the human figure and her commissioned portraits as well as pet portraits keep her very popular.

She teaches all ages in her studios at 320 N. Bailey. Call 817-626-3105 for more information or email

Mike Moffatt

Mike Moffatt has been working with designing vinyl toys for 5 years now and continues to create customs works that look back at nostalgia mixed with present day's pop culture.

Mike Moffatt will be giving multiple demos on basic info for creating your own customs including design, sculpture, and the painting of vinyl blanks.



Kelly Hart is a multimedia artist specializing in sophisticated conceptual and aesthetic design for user interfaces and public display as well as film, video, 2-D animation, and multimedia design. She has recently co-authored a series of books (New Perspectives on Dreamweaver) for Thompson Publishing, which was selected as official courseware by Macromedia. Kelly's background includes project management for a diverse range of large-scale media and multimedia projects. In addition to writing, teaching and running a full service multimedia design firm, she continues to produce and distribute her independent video art and has been shown in many prestigious national venues including KERA/PBS "Frame of Mind", Syracuse University, Dallas Video Festival, Mackinney Arts Center, Axlegrease "Squeaky Wheel", Philadelphia DUTV 54, Manhattan (35) "Bijou Matinee", MacWorld and Siggraph.

Combining backgrounds in Art, Psychology and Media Technologies with 12 years as a University Professor, Mitch Geller divides his time between running NU-Design, making experimental and interactive media, and teaching the occasional multimedia seminar. His expertise includes advanced programming and design for database, Web, CD-ROM and intranet based applications. His work has been shown internationally including: Video Witnesses: Festival of New Journalism, The Humboldt Film Festival, INFERMENTAL7 (200 City International Tour), International Festival of Progressive Film and Video, USA Film Festival, the Marin County Film and Video Exhibition, the United States Film and Video Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, and the 26th Festival Der Nationen. In addition, he has been on the faculty at MacWorld, featured in Siggraph, co-authored the New Perspectives on Dreamweaver series of books and has written a chapter for Virtual Publics (Yale University Press).

Riverside Arts District (RAD)

Grown from grass-roots volunteers building a garden, the Riverside Arts District was formed following a Better Block Event on Race Street in 2012. Since then The Riverside Arts District has been dedicated to cultivating sustainable redevelopment on Race Street through arts and community focused initiatives.

Five years and dozens of events later we continue to believe that community growth and the arts are an entangled tapestry. Our focus is on creating a sense of place, promoting the arts, and all things Riverside.

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA)

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofits. Services include lawyer and accountant pro bono assistance for artists, patent pro bono assistance for inventors, dispute resolution services, and educational programs for the artistic and business communities. Programs are designed to help participants apply sound business practices to protect intellectual property, advance careers, and develop income. 

Texas Sculpture Association

Several members of the Texas Sculpture Association (TSA) will be on hand to demonstrate and talk about their work during Art Aid Expo 2017. These will include kinetic and mobile sculptor Daren Fagan, wire and cement casting sculptor Nan Martin, clay sculptor Jan Ayers-Friedman, stone sculptor Art Wells, bronze casting sculptors Greg Beck and Breanne Schwarz, pottery/ceramics artist Ginny Marsh, mixed media/balloon sculptor artist Austin Cardenas, and bicycle sculptor Robertus van der Wege.

The Texas Sculpture Association was founded in 1983 and is the principle association for sculptors in the DFW area. TSA sponsors multiple member exhibitions every year, and hosts workshops, studio tours, gallery visits, and an annual Pecha Kucha (20x20) presentation at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Additionally, TSA members receive discounts at a variety of art supply and equipment suppliers and a weekly newsletter which contains sculpture related information, events, and opportunities.

Beginning in 2018, TSA will also begin hosting an Annual Sculpture Symposium in cooperation with DFW art departments at various colleges and universities. The 1st Annual Sculpture Symposium will take place on February 16, 17 and 18, 2018 at the Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas. For information on how you can become a part of the Texas Sculpture Association, speck with any TSA member at the Art Aid Expo 2017


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