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Some recommendations on what to do, see and buy this month.

PEYTON PLACE COMES TO DALLAS

Bill Peyton’s antiques, ranging from the most elaborate Louis XIV or
Napoleonic pieces to funky wine presses, Coca-Cola mirrors, church
pulpits, and pump organs, come from all over Europe in 40-foot
containers, or from estates in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. For 15
years he has been selling them in Houston, first from his retail store,
Peyton Place Antiques (819 Lovett Blvd.), and then at auction from the
gallery he built behind the store. He has become one of the major
suppliers of antiques to Houston area dealers, and has just expanded his
operation to Dallas, where he now holds four auctions a month.

The antiques are always on display at his Dallas gallery the day
before the auction, and are sold “as is” from the stand, with Peyton and
his young assistant. Carroll Lagle, being careful to point out any flaws.

Prices seldom skyrocket, and many “great deals” are made as the 200
or so dealers and laymen compete for their favorite items. Peyton is a
soft-spoken auctioneer whose gentle Louisiana accent is part of the
quiet skill with which he sometimes runs through 100 items an hour.
“Once, twice—fair warning—Sold!” and even if he has missed hearing a
higher bid, that’s final.

Peyton-Lagle Auction Galleries/ Peyton Place Antiques of Dallas/
4821 Top Line Dr/ 637-3 722/ Antiques on display Apr 6 & 27 from 10 to
5; auction Apr 7 & 28 promptly at 1 / Display Apr 8 & 29 from 5 to 7;
auction at 7. Call for dates each month after April.

A FORT WORTHY EFFORT

Romanticism and reality have no quarrel in the new 214-page
illustrated history of Fort Worth. How Fort Worth Became The Texasmost
City
calls all to whom “the westering experience” has any lure. In 1973,
Ronnie C. Tyler, curator of history at the Amon Carter Museum, put
together a photographic exhibition for the museum, which was a pictorial
history of Fort Worth. He saw an irresistible story and suggested to
Leonard Sanders, editor and author, that they collaborate on a book.
Sanders says: “He was going to write captions and I was going to write
the introduction—but as we got into it we knew we couldn’t stop there.
What started out as an introduction turned into 35,000 words.”

Perhaps because of Sanders’ stated purpose (“The text of this book
is not intended as a definitive history … it focuses on the more
significant and colorful events in the hope of analyzing the processes
that have evolved Fort Worth’s individuality as ‘the most Texan of Texas
cities.’”), the city history reads like a novel. Events and characters
come alive through both the text and the exceptional photographs at the
end of each of the five sections.

“I can’t prove it,” said Sanders, “but cities have personalities as
well as people. The personality is born of experience and of a group
psychology at work over a period of time.”

Relaxed and unassuming with great underlying strength is the
personality Sanders attributes to Fort Worth.

How Fort Worth Became The Texasmost City, Leonard Sanders
and Ronnie C. Tyler/ Amon Carter Museum of Western Art/ $17.50/
available at most Texas bookstores.

PARTS FOR ART’S SAKE

During the first ten days in April, the Art Museum of South Texas
will be hosting a new exhibit. Arranged by James E. Seidelman, director
of the Living Arts and Sciences Center in Lexington, Kentucky, the work
incorporates bits of yarn, pop bottles, old newspapers, scrap cloth,
scrap rubber, metal rings, and 6800 live children.

During weekdays, the children are third-graders from Corpus schools,
and groups like Scouts and Youth City, but on the weekend all may take
part. The children are to be brought to the museum and given a “creative
art experience,” i.e., instructions in making works of art out of scrap
materials. More than 500 volunteers have assisted in putting together
the program.

Sponsored by such disparate community elements as the City of Corpus
Christi, the Junior League of Corpus Christi, the Art Museum of South
Texas, Hadassah and Burger Chef, the program may prove a bigger lesson
for adults than for the children. After taking Sally to the Museum to
see her working with trash, how can Mama say: “Put that nasty stuff
down—you’re just getting dirty”?

Art In Action/ Museum of South Texas/ Corpus Christi/ (512)
884-3844/ General Public (for children of all ages who want to
participate) April 6, 10 to 5 and April 7, 1 to 5/ Free.

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