About

ArtsNET

Our Story

Founded in 1975 as the Trinity Arts Foundation, Arts Council Northeast evolved from the Trinity Arts Guild. Arts Council Northeast formally received its nonprofit status in 1978, and was recognized by the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) in 1997 as the official Arts Council of Northeast Tarrant County (ArtsNET). With the addition of the City of Saginaw in 2004, we were recognized by the TCA as the arts council representing north Tarrant County and southern Denton County.

Staff & Board of Directors

Meet the Core Team Behind Us

Marty Geer

Volunteer President & Board Member

Marty Geer

We are all given many gifts in  life. Each gift  has the power  to change us、enrich  us, and  challenge  us to  stretch  our skills  and abilities. For me,music, playing piano,performing organ recitals, and singing  in choir  groups has been my artistic  contribution  through  the years. My professional experience  in management and leadership  roles has lead  to participation in  numerous volunteer programs  in  the community. I see  this role as an opportunity  to reach out  and mentor young  local artists  who have “Caught the art bug!“

Bobbie McFarland

V.P. of Operations

Bobbie McFarland

With 25 years of experience, Bobbie has been integral in the creation and management of current ArtsNET programs, responsible for grant writing, events and implementation of the Council’s development plan.

“The Arts are not just a pastime or hobby – not just a way of evading the turmoil and pressures of the world – but a way of engaging with them and fashioning a clearer understanding of ourselves and the world around us.” – Laura Bush

Stephen Thornton

Board Chairman

Stephen Thornton

Mr. Thornton has served as president of Tree City USA Advisory Committee and Westlake Historical Preservation Society. He has been honored as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Heart, and the town’s fourth Cross Timbers Legacy Award in 2019.

Mr. Thorton manages his family estate where his father was born, in the 1870s frontier cottage which stands today. The remaining 30 acres, Stagecoach Preserve, is under wildlife management, offering public events much like a private park.

Felicia M. L. Davis

Board Vice-Chairman

Felicia M. L. Davis

Coming from a financial and technical background with an economics degree, Mrs. Davis works in the financial sector and is also a business owner.  Passionate about community, art brings people together and is what makes humans unique. Emotions visualized, art allows expression when plain words fail. Advocating for the “A” in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math), Mrs. Davis works to further promote art with our diverse community.

Debbie Bryan

Board Treasurer

Debbie Bryan

From a small Texas town, her grandparents, accomplished musicians, exposed her to the performing arts. She has taught line dancing at the Keller Senior Activity Center and currently coordinates pickleball at the Roanoke Rec Center. Dedicated to the community, in 2013 she was elected a Keller City Council member, has served on the Metroport Teen Court Advisory Board, and the Keller Development Corporation. Currently she serves on 4 nonprofit boards.

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Board Secretary

Meg Fairchild

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Eddy

Public Relations Director, Board Member

Sandra Eddy

Creating opportunities in visual/performing arts and humanities for all cultures, ages & stages; has long been Sandra’s personal goal! She served as the Executive Director of ArtsNET for 13 yrs and was the Executive Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society from 1996-2010. Currently, she is the President of HEART (Humanities Education Arts Research Team), is an Expressive Arts Therapist, and a  STARS Theater Company (Youth) board member.

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Board Member

Patricia Nolan

 

 

 

 




Sergio Santos

Board Member

Sergio Santos

Sergio Santos is a local artist based in Bedford, TX. He is also the Director of Development for Central Arts, a non-profit serving Bedford and Hurst. As with any non-profit organization, he wears many hats within their organization. He primarily oversees, artist development, exhibition, and education. His favorite brainchild, as of late, is The Little Monster Project, which provides art kits free to the public on a weekly basis.

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Honorary Board Member

Trish Biddle

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Honorary Board Member

Dr. Larry Darlage

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