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Atlee Phillips is director of the Texas Art department at Heritage Auctions, overseeing biannual record-breaking Texas art auctions, such as the estates of Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury and Kelly Fearing, as well as The Belo Collection of Texas Art. Phillips — who grew up in the art business working with her parents, J. O. "Dutch" Phillips Jr. and Mary Frances Phillips, at their galleries in Fort Worth and Dallas — continually strives to raise public awareness of Texas art, promote Texas artists, and assist Texas art enthusiasts in building collections. eyebrows. However, it appeared Tennison had not learned his lesson and allowed them to shoot off a scale replica of a Civil War cannon in his driveway. It worked, but that was enough for him! In the future, the twins had to find other people to purchase their gunpowder — and move their firing range from the residential neighborhood to Lake Worth, where they almost sank a boat. One can only imagine the relief most residents of West Fort Worth felt when Stuart and Scott left for college. Of Birds and Texas was largely inspired by the work of John James Audubon and the twins' many car trips all over Texas. The first version was an elephant folio of prints and deeply personal essays from the artists, their friend Tennison, and acclaimed Texas author John Graves. In the coffee- table-sized book, Stuart writes in detail about the massive, decade-long project in an essay titled "Of Birds and Texas, Audubon and Us." In 1986, the elephant folio was received with amazing critical acclaim by art and book critics. Scholar A.C. Greene called it "the most stunning and prodigious book in Texas history." In an edition of the Texas Libraries, Mack Lee described the combined art, writing, construction, and printing as some of the best, if not the best, produced in Texas. The Gentlings' entire body of work is the result of a lifelong intellectual and artistic collaboration that originated with their childhood interests. They were nurtured by a community that valued the arts, education, and individuality, and they in turn left a legacy that will endure long past our lifetimes. The works of these remarkable artists can be found in many public places in Fort Worth, including the spectacular ceiling murals in Bass Performance Hall, the dining rooms of Bird Café, a popular restaurant hung with all 50 plates from Of Birds and Texas, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. However, it is the Bryce Avenue studio, formerly their childhood home, that most reflects the culmination of their endeavors. Stuart and Scott spent years designing, remodeling, hand-painting, and filling the house they had grown up in with spectacular objects they made or collected. The European- style grand ballroom, Aztec ball-court- inspired courtyard, and the Roman murals of the entrance way, which I watched Scott paint by hand, are proof there has never been anyone quite like Stuart and Scott Gentling. "Seeing in Detail: Scott and Stuart Gentling's Birds of Texas," at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, September 14 – December 1, This page: Stuart Gentling's Symposium, date unknown Previous page: Stuart and Scott Gentling's Roseate Spoonbill, circa 1981–1985, at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art V I S T P A R T N E R S C A R D . O R G F O R M O R E I N F O O C TO B E R 2 5 – N OV E M B E R 3 , 2 0 1 9 SAVE MONEY SAVE LIVES Anthropologie • Arhaus Furniture • Babies on the Boulevard • Baby by Design • Bachendorf's • Bonobos Chico's • Clearly Handbags • Climate • The Container Store • Covey House Children's Clothier CycleBar • dear hannah • Double R Brand • Drybar • El Bolero • The Impeccable Pig • J.Crew • J.McLaughlin • Johnny Was Kendall Davis Clay • Kendra Scott • Lawrence's • LTO • Luke's Locker • Luna Grill • Madewell • Marine Layer • Mint Dentistry • Mizzen+Main • P.S. The Letter Pappagallo Classiques • Pottery Barn • Q Clothier / Rye 51 • Rise; Salon de Soue • Shop Small Fort Worth • Stanley Eisenman Shoes • Sugarboo & Co Sun & Ski Sports • Sur La Table • Texas Ballet Theater • Tommy Bahama • Tory Burch • TUMI • Villa Nail Salon • West Elm • Williams Sonoma The Woodhouse Day Spa • WRARE • Wright at Home • Ylang 23 • Yves Delorme Paris FORT WORTH RETAILERS

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