With Dallasites jet setting off for vacations and cooler climates, it’s no surprise to say that summer is notably slower for art galleries in the area. Brian Gibb, an art-lover and gallery owner is out to change that.
Founder of what’s being called simply “Gallery Day,” Brian recognized that summer was a slow time and sought to create an event that would drive traffic to galleries. ”Summer is a slow time for art galleries, and it seemed like local gallery owners had just resigned to this,” says Brian. “I got sick of it this summer. I decided it didn’t have to be that way.”
Owner of The Public Trust, a contemporary art gallery located in Deep Ellum, Brian organized art galleries in East Dallas to host the first Gallery Day event in June. Seven galleries participated, food trucks got involved and the event ended up drawing over 1,200 people.
“The environment was electric and exciting. Some of our usual clients attended, but there were many people I’d never seen at an opening before,” says Brian.
After seeing the success of Brian’s East Dallas Gallery Day, Design District galleries decided they wanted in on the action. Nancy Whitenack, owner of Conduit Gallery, and Missy Finger, owner of PDNB Gallery, reached out to Brian and they set the plan in motion, carving out a date, selecting participants and designing promotional materials.
“I am excited about the opportunity to draw traffic this time of the year and, hopefully, attract a new audience to the Dallas art scene,” says Missy. “We have several strong gallery neighborhoods in Dallas and I hope we can reach people in other parts of the city that don’t necessarily know about this area.”
Design District Gallery Day will be hosted from 12 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Participating galleries include Circuit 12 Contemporary, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Conduit Gallery, Craighead Green Gallery, Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas Contemporary, Galleri Urbane, Goss-Michael Foundation, Holly Johnson Gallery, Marty Walker Gallery, PDNB Gallery and Red Arrow Contemporary.
Food trucks will be open for businesses and host galleries will serve complimentary ice cold beverages, including Brooklyn Lager courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. Guests who attend early will be able snag a swag bag, which will include the official Design District Gallery Day T-shirt produced by the Lunch Buddies, a group of Dallas artists and printmakers.
“I think Gallery Day will be a fun event that will draw a lot of people who haven’t visited our galleries before. Brian made the planning process a breeze and I’m delighted to see how it will turn out!” says Nancy.
The event hasn’t happened yet, and there are already plans to grow the event next year. “I think it’s great to have a summer event and we definitely plan to make it an annual thing,” says Brian.