Candlelight Christmas Gift Market December 8th, 2012 from 9am-8pm

Tour beautiful homes decorated for the holidays and finish your Christmas shopping all in one fantastic day.  It’s easy to do when you attend the Candlelight Tour of Homes and the Gift Market on Saturday, December 8.  The Tour of Homes is from 1 to 7 p.m., but you can get your shopping done early and late.  Gift Market hours are from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.  Tickets for the Tour of Homes can be purchased at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center on tour day.

The Market is held in conjunction with the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes which brings visitors from throughout the Metroplex to Weatherford.  Last year’s market hosted vendors selling luxury bath and body items; purses; jewelry; handmade pens and bottle stoppers; glass mosaics; embroidered items; notecards and photo prints; gourmet kitchen items; candles and scents for the home; home décor; clothing, accessories and shoes.

“The Gift Market was a great opportunity to shop locally and avoid the mall during the holiday season,” said Miranda Murphy, Events Coordinator at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.  “We’ve got a wide variety of items, vendors and price points.  “I know one mother who brought her son to the Gift Market so he could purchase all of the presents for his family in one place.  It was a fun and low stress way to buy something for everyone on his list,” she continued.

A few booths are still available, so if you have a business or would like to have a booth during the Candlelight Market, sign up now by filling out an application and providing four photographs or flyers of your work and a $50 deposit.  There are two different booth sizes and the prices range from $140 for a 6’ x 6’ space up to $200 for an 8’ x 8’ premiere lobby booth space.  Electricity can be provided as well as table linens if needed.  Extra publicity is available on advertising materials for a small additional fee.


Registration for Online and Absentee Bidding Now Open for First Annual Western Art Auction

Unable to attend the Doss Heritage and Culture Center’s First Annual Western Art Auction in person on September 22nd, 2012? Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on Chuck DeHaan originals by registering online for the online and absentee auction. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of western art from renown cowboy artist Chuck DeHaan and support the mission and vision of the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.


Spirit of Wyoming Statue on Display at the Doss

The Spirit of Wyoming model was selected in a 1978 competition against some 23 works. The finished monument was completed and placed on the Wyoming State Capitol grounds in 1986.

Unlike any other bucking bronco, the composition was designed to stand like an inverted pyramid, 19 feet high including its pedestal. It is full of high action, and whether or not the rider will stay on the horse is uncertain. Horse and rider move as one.

Sculptor Ed Fraughton

Fraughton works to create sculpture that is both monumental in scale and that inspires its view to move around it, experiencing it from many different angles. “My quest as a sculptor has been to sculpt a three-dimensional design. Sculpture should never be designed from a narrow point of view. The best sculpture makes you move around it. A painter directs your eye from one part of the picture it another, the sculptor surrounds it.” In addition to his many commissions throughout the United States, including the Mormon Battalion Monument in San Diego, California’s Presidio Park, and the Spirit of Wyoming in Cheyenne, Fraughton is a founding member of the National Academy of Western Art and a longtime member of the National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists. He has exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as the Whitehouse in Washington, D.C., and at the Prix de West.

The Spirit of Wyoming is on display at the Doss and on sale. The proceeds of the sale help fund special events, education endeavors, and further aspirations to fulfill our mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history of Parker County and Texas.

Chuck DeHaan Gallery Talk and Book Signing August 18th, 2012

Join us for an afternoon of cowboy stories and western art.

Chuck DeHaan, our featured artist for the Doss Heritage and Culture Center’s First Annual Western Art Auction, will be at the Doss on August 18th, 2012 at 2p.m. to talk about his art. This event is open to the public. Following the talk Chuck DeHaan will be signing copies of the book “The Art of Chuck DeHaan” by: Eric O’Keefe.


Candlelight Christmas Gift Market is Coming!

“The Doss Heritage and Culture Center is proud to be hosting the Candlelight Christmas Gift Market again this year on December 8th.  The gift market will coordinate with the Candlelight Tour of Homes on Saturday,
December 8th from 9am to 8pm. We will be accepting applications for booth reservations until October 16th, 2012. For more information contact Miranda at or at 817-599-6168.”

Local UIL Artwork beginning May 1

“The purpose of Art is to create enthusiasm.”-Pablo Picasso

Using a quote from Pablo Picasso as a theme, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center is proud to be the location of local young artists throughout Parker and surrounding counties to showcase their hard work during the University Interscholastic League competition for students in the seventh and eight grades.  Included in the competition are middle schools from Weatherford, Granbury, Aledo, Acton, Stephenville, Joshua and White Settlement.  The exhibit begins on May 1 with the students’ artwork on display through May 25.  An awards ceremony is planned for May 11 at 10 a.m. Student artist compete in 18 different categories with two pieces per grade per school in each category.  

The Digital Artistry by Don Lambert April 25th – July 21st

Digital Artistry is an apt name for the artwork created by Don Lambert. Using a number of different computer software programs, a computer painting stylus and a pressure sensitive tablet, Lambert takes his original photographs and creates something truly unique.

Lambert’s career in graphic design began as an apprentice at a freelance art company where he quickly became a jack-of-all trades.  According to Lambert, “I learned the graphics business the hard way, by necessity.”  Although he spent evenings painting with an easel and a brush, and would show his work, he knew that being a full time artist was not an option with a young family.  He stayed with the gaphic design firm until his children graduated from college and then struck out on his own doing digital photo restoration.  This was 1990 when the computer graphic design industry was in its infancy.  I thought I could learn the photo editing software over the Thanksgiving weekend.  It took me until May of the next year before I sold anything I did with it,” said Lambert.  Lambert is completely self-taught on all of the different computer systems and software he uses and he thinks he is on his tenth computer system since that first one more than 20 years ago.

Lambert has moved away from strictly doing photo restorations into high quality digital prints on canvas for other artists.  While he has been in the business long enough to see most everything, including a 37′ long print of a gas well created to hang in an elevator shaft, his own photographs are what inspires him to create.  “The original images for this show were all photographed last November at a recreated western town just south of Glen Rose,” said Lambert.  “It was the most fun I’ve ever had on a photo shoot”, he continued.  Lambert takes the original photo images, enhances and adds to them in one computer program and then digitally paints them in another.  “It’s certainly going to be different from what people have seen before.” This is Lambert’s first show in 33 years.