The focus of the Chandor Gardens Foundation is to preserve the heritage of the Gardens and work with the City of Weatherford to further develop the Chandor property, in keeping with Douglas Chandor's artistic vision.
Douglas Chandor was one of the great portrait artists of the 20th Century. Five of his paintings are on display in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. His portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt is displayed in the White House, and his coronation portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, graces the British Embassy in Washington, DC.
His passion for gardening and his artistry intertwined to be beautifully expressed in the gardens he created and named White Shadows. After the untimely death of Douglas in 1953, his wife, Ina, paid tribute to him by changing the name to Chandor Gardens.
Today, Chandor Gardens is a destination unto itself. It is the location of joyous events, memory-making occasions, and pleasant wanderings.
Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale Style Walnut Piano for Chandor Gardens
We are excited to announce that we are now the proud owners of an exquisite 1979 Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale style walnut piano, just like Ina Chandor's piano. However, we also now have a bank loan that needs to be paid off.
This means that fundraising is now even more imperative than ever, as we need to pay off the bank loan as soon as possible.
The piano arrived at Chandor Gardens on Feb 1, 2024, and now has a permenant home in the Great Room.
The fundraising goal for this project is $45,000 and includes; the 1979 Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale piano, matching Chippendale piano bench, spider dolly, as well as delivery and set up at Chandor Gardens.
Current Fundraising Progress:
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Bronze Portrait Bust of Douglas Chandor
We are thrilled that, as of April 1, 2023, the required funds have been raised for this project, and we have commissioned Fort Worth sculptor Michael Pavlovsky to undertake this life-sized bronze portrait bust of the famed portrait artist and gardener Douglas Chandor (1897– 1953).
We anticipate the this bronze portrait bust will be completed and installed at Chandor Gardens in early 2024.
Thank you so very much to all those who donated to this fundraising project.
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Classical & Jazz Piano Concert "A Tribute to Ina Chandor and The Music That She Played" - Saturday, March 9, 2024 @ 7:00 P.M.
Come enjoy this very special Classical & Jazz Piano Concert - "A Tribute to Ina Chandor and The Music That She Played" on the evening of March 9, 2024 at 7:00 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.), performed by the accomplished concert pianists; Dr. Hyeyoung Song and Fredrick Sanders, in the spectacular Great Room at the historic Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, TX.
Chandor Gardens Foundation recently purchased a 1979 Steinway & Son Model M Chippendale piano, which now permanently resides in the Great Room of Chandor Gardens. This piano is the same model and style of Steinway piano as Ina Chandor used to own and play for guests in the Great Room.
For this inaugural concert, with the newly acquired Steinway piano, it is only fitting to pay tribute to Ina Chandor and the music that she played. As such, the evening’s program will be made up of music selections which Ina Chandor may have played, during the 1930's through the early1950's, when she and Douglas Chandor lived in the home.
Tickets are $50
Enjoy complimentary drinks (selection of wine and beer) while you explore Chandor Gardens before the concert.
Tickets are limited for this intimate concert experience so act fast!
Note: This is a fundraising concert, as such all proceeds from ticket sales will go toward paying down the bank loan on the newly purchased Steinway piano.
Cliburn Kids Live! at Chandor Gardens "Laugh Out Loud" - Friday, March 15, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M.
Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc. is honored to be collaborating with The Cliburn to offer its music education program Cliburn Kids Live on the Road! for elementary school age children (6 to 12 years old) on Friday , March 15, 2024 in the Great Room of the Chandor Mansion at Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Ave, Weatherford, TX from 11:00 A.M. to Noon.
If you are looking for a fun interactive activity for your child during spring break this is it. Class participants and their family members are welcome to explore Chandor Gardens after the class.
The theme for this program is “Laugh Out Loud”. They say laughter is the best medicine! It releases endorphins and strengthens our resiliency to stress. It increases oxygen intake, making us feel more focused and energized. In a time when kids are under more academic and social pressure than ever before, it’s important to remember to just have FUN! This program introduces kids to witty pieces of classical music and shows how even serious composers let loose once in a while.
This is a FREE class, but space is limited so pre-registration is required.
Friends of Chandor Gardens Meeting - March 20, 2024 @ 11:00 A.M. at Chandor Gardens
Mark your calendar, and plan to attend the next Friends of Chandor Gardens Meeting in the Great Room at Chandor Gardens on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.
"Mix and Mingle" visiting time will be from 11:00-11:30, an opportunity to visit with current Friends and to meet new Friends with refreshments provided. The room will be set up with round tables so you can bring your lunch if you like.
Guest speaker, Bill Warren is going to talk on "The Adventures of Coho Smith" (Coho Smith was a farmer, artist, author, merchant, freighter, carpenter, gunsmith, teacher, and Texas Ranger, who made Parker County is home). The guest speaker presentation will start at 11:30 A.M.
This is a FREE event and everyone is WELCOME!
"Stellar Sounds" Opus Nova Chamber Music Series at Chandor Gardens - Saturday, April 6, 2024 @ 7:00 P.M.
Chandor Gardens Foundation is thrilled to have Opus Nova Chamber Music Series return to Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, TX with “Stellar Sounds”. A program celebrating the beauty of nature just two days before the Solar Eclipse. This concert explores the wonders of nature with Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Piazzolla’s Seasons, and many more.
Experience carefully curated chamber music in the intimate setting of the Great Room, featuring a newly purchased, rare 1979 Steinway & Sons Chippendale piano.
The concert will take place in the Chandor Gardens’ Great Room on April 6th at 7 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM), featuring Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra principal bassoonist Joshua Elmore, Opus Nova directors Stas Chernyshev and Ann Hung on clarinets, and a special guest artist, Alexander Timofeev. Mr. Timofeev is an award-winning, Philadelphia-based composer and pianist, who is joining us specifically for this One Night Only concert.
(Light appetizers and wine/beer are included in the ticket price)
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