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Return to your childhood with artist Ben Willis’ Candy Man exhibition

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Date: Saturday (8/5)

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Place: Fort Works Art

2100 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Cost: Free 


Re-experience the joy and adventure of the classic board game Candy Land at the opening reception of Candy Man, Candy Castle and Signs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fort Works Art (FWA).

Candy Man is a family-friendly installation/exhibition that was created by arizona-based artist, Ben Willis. The news release says that the exhibition is “a vivid venture into palette and texture play” and features geometric pattern exploration, iridescent pigment and glitter. The works will emphasize pattern and colors universality in order to stimulate a primal emotional response from the viewers.

Candy Man will be organized by color and will lead to a second exhibition titled Candy Castle. The news release said that this is a specially curated exhibition by Willis that is populated by a lineup of notable artists. It will be on the second floor gallery space. This exhibit is filled with “objects” that Willis has found compelling throughout his career. There will be an emphasis on sculptural works.

“All of the [Candy Castle] artists I have admired for some time now and I believe their work relates and can carry conversation with my pieces,” Willis said in the release.

The news release said that the exhibit will feature artists including:

– Derick Smith

– Dan Lam

– Christina West

– Adam Hillman

– Sean Augustine March

– Sean Newport

– Rachel Goodwin

– Will Heron

– Kristina Drake

The news release said that the third part of the experimental exhibition will be hand-painted tile walls for the Candy Man and Candy Castle shows by Drigo and Brennen Bechtol. The artists will do the painting in their representative styles which deal with signs.

Candy Man and Candy Castle can be viewed until Sept. 9.

“I want this show to feel like oh my god, how did they get all of these wonderful things together in one space,” Willis said in a news release.  

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