From family reunions to fine art: Prominent artist couple open doors of historic Fort Worth home to creatives, community

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The vast, undecorated lawn of the oak-colored slats and Kinfolk House is largely indistinguishable from other family homes near Polytechnic in southeastern Fort Worth.

Co-founders Cedric and Letitia Huckabee say that a sense of friendliness is the point of their new collaborative art space. According to Leticia, once inside, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a family reunion.

“It’s our hope that we continue that feeling of going to your grandmother’s house, and she just had some really nice things hanging on the wall,” she said. Told.

Huckabee, one of Fort Worth’s most prominent couples of artists, is busy restoring the 100-year-old historic home of Cedric’s late grandmother, Harry Beatrice Carpenter.

“She sat in front of the painting I was making. I drew a series of paintings about her and did a show called Big Momma’s House,” he said.

Today, Big Mama’s house is full of Cedric’s work. A family portrait as high as the ceiling is painted with his unique thick brush. Kinfolk House will debut on March 5th, when it will be open to the public.

Leticia will also debut her new work with “Welcome”. The well-named opening show borrows its title from Cedric’s grandmother’s maiden name. Leticia’s new large-scale landscape photography traces the life of a big mama from her hometown of Weimer, Texas to Fort Worth.

“The image is printed on the fabric,” she said. “Some of them are quilted and some of them are surrounded by these oversized embroidery hoops.”

While the opening show focuses on visual arts, Huckabys envisions Kinfolk House as more than a gallery space. They want to host everything from concerts and poetry readings to movie screenings and neighborhood art classes.

“”[Polytechnic] Very diverse. There are very eclectic groups around us, but it’s not an area with lots of fine art opportunities, “Leticia said. “I hope the community takes ownership of the space and is really proud of it.”

The “Welcome” opening reception is from noon to 8 pm on Saturday, March 5th. Kinfolk House is located on 1913 Wallace Street in Fort Worth.

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