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Allison Beadles

John Holt Smith. Matt Clark. Dan Blagg. J.C. Pace. Some may consider these four to be among Fort Worth’s most renowned artists, but Allison Beadles regards them as dear friends. The independent art dealer can’t help but get to know the artists she works with, and it’s the aspect of her job she loves most.

But Allison’s love for art doesn’t stop at the end of the workday, it filters into all facets of her life — at home, in her social sphere and, naturally, into the lives of her children, Ellen (“Elle”), 8, John Hilton (“H”), 7, and Winston, 5.

Well before her days as an art dealer, Allison had already been bitten by the art bug. “I grew up with art,” she shares. “My mom was an artist by hobby, and we had an art room in our home growing up … she worked on artwork every day, and I did it with her — it came very naturally.”

Her preference for 20th century works also started some time ago. The mother of three attributes her fondness for them to a David Hockney calendar she received during middle school. It opened her eyes to the world of contemporary art, and she has been an art aficionado ever since. She actually purchased her very own original Hockney, framed by Hockney himself, this past year — something she was very excited about. 

Though Allison has been an art dealer for the last five years and currently works out of her Fort Worth home, she also had a brick-and-mortar gallery in Colorado — A. Beadles Fine Art — just outside of Aspen in Carbondale. “It started with me wanting to give my children an appreciation for artwork. I thought I was just going to hang artwork on the wall of my dad’s [real estate developer’s] office space, and I was just going to sell the artwork to his clients … but it ended up being a full-blown art gallery,” she recalls.

It lasted for three years, but it was difficult going back and forth between states, especially as her children got older. And with Allison’s client base at home flourishing, she wanted to dedicate more time to her local market. “It’s kind of broadened the scope of what I do,” says Allison. “When I had the gallery, I just represented a handful of artists, and this allows me to look at other artwork, what is good for that [particular] space.”

Gallery or not, Allison makes sure that her children are continually exposed to the creative realm. At last year’s inauguration of the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum, Allison took Elle along for the opening. While she was commended by other guests for bringing her daughter to the “grown-up” event, Allison couldn’t imagine letting the opportunity to witness the unveiling slip by. And according to her, it was one of Elle’s most memorable moments. 
 
When they moved into their present home three years ago, she and husband John created an art room similar to the one Allison grew up with. And just like Mom, daughter Ellie spends much of her downtime there when she’s not in school. “H” and Winston are art fans, as well, creating their own masterpieces. Oftentimes, they’ll mimic the style of the artists that their mother represents. “They’ll say something like, ‘Oh, look Mom, this is a John Holt Smith or a Matt Clark,’” Allison muses.     
 
Aside from the occasional artist reproduction, Allison is equally astonished with what her little ones have picked up at such an early age. “We were in the emergency room last year,” Allison recalls, “and my 7-year-old knew every medium of artwork that was on the walls. He knew what was an oil, what was an acrylic, what was clay.”  
 
“It was impressive,” she adds with pride. “He had just picked it up from my selling the artwork. It wasn’t something that I had [intentionally] taught him.”  
 
Outside of work and home life, Allison also has a long list of organizations that she dedicates her time to, including Jewel Charity, Van Cliburn Foundation and Cook Children’s. She’s also on the Texas Ballet Theater Council of Patrons, the Director's Council of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as well as the Women's Health Council for Baylor All Saints. She even chaired The Arts Council of Fort Worth’s fundraiser, “Toast of The Town,” last year. 
 
More recently, Allison and her sister purchased art for Cook Children's Medical Center — an interactive piece that allowed patients to work with artist Derek Gores. The abstract collage representing the Trinity River now hangs in the hospital’s Hematology/Oncology clinic.  
 
Despite the flurry of activity on her social calendar, being a mom takes center stage. Mornings start at 6:30, so she can make the kids breakfast and get them ready for school. After the 8am drop-off, Allison works on her artwork sales and attends meetings for the organizations she belongs to, in addition to running the usual errands, such as grocery shopping and getting household necessities. And since she spends the majority of her time between 2–6pm in her car, she considers it her “office away from home.”  
 
So is Allison one of those moms who seems to have everything under control? It appears so. How exactly does she do it all? “With a lot of help,” she divulges. “I have a wonderful husband. I also have a chef that makes meals once a week and puts them in my refrigerator that I can heat up … that’s been a lifesaver. OK, so I cheat a little,” she jokes.