First Come First Serve opened this weekend at Fort Works Art in Fort Worth.  The opening reception was a big hit, pulling in a packed house to see the huge group show of emerging and established artists. And we mean packed house – doors opened at 6:00 and by 7:30 everyone in the gallery was rubbing shoulders – wonderful turnout.  Patrons were able to grab a scoop of ice cream provided by MELT Ice Creams and listen to music from deejay Ronnie Heart as they walked the gallery.

Part of the gallery’s mission statement reads that the space exists, “…to support the arts, to give back to the community and to inspire youth,” which is exactly what this open call show does.  For many in the exhibition, it was their first time ever to be shown on a gallery wall

Owner Lauren Childs sought to fill the walls of her gallery with the works of emerging, mid-career, and established artists; giving each an equal opportunity on a First Come First Serve basis.  Over 300 artists submissions came in response to the open call, and just over 100 were accepted before the acclaimed gallery space was full. 

Sculpture by  Dan Lam

Sculpture by Dan Lam

Don’t miss this wonderful show!  It is a great chance to see original contemporary art in a variety of mediums; both 2D and 3D.  The exhibition is up until March 17th and if you've never been to the gallery, it’s located at 2100 Montgomery Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107.