Many original and print works of art will be for sale at the Gentling Estate Sale from November 9 – 11

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Stuart and Scott Gentling were two of Texas’ most distinguished contemporary artists in ornithological renderings.

Ask any native Fort Worthian about famous local artists and it won’t take long before they mention The Brothers Gentling. Twins Stuart and Scott Gentling moved to Fort Worth, TX at the age of five, and showed a masterful understanding of art almost immediately. 

Their most famous contribution is a collection of bird paintings called, Of Birds and Texas.  This 46-pound folio was inspired by John James Audubon’s, Birds of America, which consisted of over 400 hand-colored illustrations of the birds in the United States in the early 1800s.

Both brothers have passed away — Stuart in 2006 and Scott in 2011.  Their Fort Worth home has sat vacant for a number of years and now will be listed for sale as well as an estate sale will take place at the property from Nov. 9 – 11.

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The equestrian estate at 6150 Bennett Lawson Road is nice, but wait until you see the horse barn and arena! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is just finished.  Now is the perfect time to highlight a property that might be of interest to those who were involved in the three week fête.

Consider the property at 6150 Bennett Lawson Road in Mansfield. At first glance, this 35-acre equestrian estate in Mansfield with a 2,900-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home looks like a typical place to raise horses.

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And talk about poetic names: this 918 acre ranch is located in the town of Venus, which was originally named “Gossip”, until its development in the late 1880s. According to Wikipedia,  a J.C. Smythe purchased 80 acres of cornfields in the northeastern corner of Johnson County, planned a town, and named it  “Venus” after the daughter of a local doctor. Wiki doesn’t say if he had a crush on Venus, but come on: dude names a town after girl? Bet he scored… some points!
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By 1888 the new town had a post office and 10,000 residents, located at the junction of two major railroads. By the 1920’s Venus even had a small college. Then came the Great Depression and the growth of Dallas-Fort Worth and no matter how pretty that girl was, Venus just didn’t cut it as a metropolis. Soon it was just a one-drugstore town. Remember those?

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