Archive for November, 2012

Kick off December with some holiday pARTies in the Design District

Posted by    |    November 30th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Even though decorations have been popping up since early November, it’s the post-Thanksgiving, early December time of year that really starts to feel like the holidays. In the spirit of the season, two Design District shops are saying sayonara to November with their own festive parties.

On Thursday, Nov. 29th, Highgate House is hosting a Christmas Open House with special holiday items for sale on top of their showroom’s artwork and design pieces. One Pink Cookie, Hazen Jewerly, Write Design Cups, Nellie’s Shortbread, French Vintage Home, La Creme Coffee & Tea, Sutton’s Seasoning Salt, EMYO Notecards, and many others will gather in the Dragon Street shop for your browsing and tasting pleasure. The Highland Park String Quartet will play while you shop, and, if you can’t make the open house, the shopping will continue on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dallas Handmade Arts Market is also getting into holiday mode with it’s weekend Christmas Market. Starting on Thursday evening, Santa Claus will be making an appearance at the market, along with 40+ vendors selling holiday gifts and treats. Roving carolers will sing holiday favorites while you browse, and there will be complimentary hot chocolate, cookies and hot mulled Lebanese wine in the evenings. The market will run Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make sure you head over to their Facebook page beforehand to claim an offer for a free photo with Santa!


Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy at Dallas Art + Fashion For Relief

Posted by    |    November 28th, 2012 at 5:50 am

On Nov. 27th, Red Arrow Contemporary, Amrel Styling Company, OnePinkLemon, Patron Magazine, The Campbell Agency, Lumiere Lighting and Drapery and Jerrad Trahan Beauty are coming together to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims by means of art, fashion and fun.

Edgar Gomez

The art on the walls will be curated by Red Arrow Contemporary, and the fashion shows will be begin at 6:30 p.m., starting with a contemporary apparel show featuring Etiquette Vintage Design, Danh Ta and Barron & J. At 8 p.m., the couture show will hit the runway, with pieces by Edgar Gomez and Elizabeth Anyaa and  jewelry provided by Couture Rocks Fine Jewelry and Bohem Unique Gems.

There will also be drinks, music, mingling and, most importantly, all the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Relief Fund.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

See “White Noise” at Circuit 12 Contemporary

Posted by    |    November 27th, 2012 at 5:50 am

You can debate the state of contemporary art endlessly, and it seems as though there are as many prophets of doom as there are cheerleaders. Whatever you think of the art being produced in the United States today, we can at least agree it’s interesting.

Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dustin Orlando’s gallery right here in the Design District, represents, for me, a shining example of art as a conversation piece. Whether you’re a fan of the artists Circuit 12 shows and represents or not, you will at least derive visual stimulation and interesting conversation from its exhibitions

This is certainly the case with the gallery’s newest show.

“White Noise” showcases the work of four Chicago based artists: Andrew Falkowski, Ron Ewert, Josh Reames and Adam Scott.

Andrew Falkowski

Each of the four artists whose work will be showcased use painting to explore the notion of cultural and historical appropriation and how artists and society can use and misuse these appropriations, events, etc., in the creation of their work or even their reality.

Similarities will be easy to draw when you see the artists work on display in the same gallery, but each puts their own unique spin on their abstractions, appropriations and drawings.

Adam Scott

According to the gallery’s description of the exhibit, upon viewing the work, viewers should contemplate how our “cultural and art-cultural bi-product is filtered, deciphered, broken, abstracted, and re-organized to create a form of visual aftermath; figuring a collective sense of noise.”

Ron Ewert

After viewing the organized, or un-organized chaos of the work on display (depending on how you see it), I think most will grasp the idea that in a world without any true silence, these works are just one method of attempting to understand what silence and noise truly means.

“White Noise” will be on display at Circuit 12 Contemporary through January 3, 2013. Visit the gallery’s Facebook page for more information.

Two Ways to Escape Black Friday in the Design District

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 am

Dressing room lines, dark under-eye circles, stressed-out parents, restless kids, fights over leather boots: Sometimes, despite the deals and extended hours, Black Friday can be more exhausting than convenient. Thankfully, the Design District has two options ready and waiting if you need to escape the mayhem.

From noon to 10 p.m. on Nov. 23, Dallas Handmade Arts Market is hosting their Post-Thanksgiving Party, complete with artist booths, live music and complimentary cocktails, beer and wine. It’s a great place to show visiting relatives what Dallas has to offer, as all the artisans and artists at the market will be selling locally handmade items — perfect for holiday gifts, minus the stress of NorthPark.

Starting at 6 p.m., Circuit12 Contemporary will be debuting their new exhibit, White Noise. The works, by Chicago based artists Andrew Falkowski, Ron Ewert, Josh Reames and Adam Scott, “use Painting as a framework by which public information (ie – history, media, formal tropes) can be used and misused as content and points of reference.” As usual, there will be complimentary drinks and an eclectic crowd. There’s no better way to get away from the loud and crazy shopping atmosphere than to contemplate and discuss art among fellow aficionados.


Mysterious Brews await at the Meddlesome Moth

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2012 at 5:50 am

Those crafty beer nerds over at the Meddlesome Moth are always on their A-game. There are few places in Dallas I would rather drink a beer than perched on a leather barstool at the massive, dark, beautiful bar at The Moth. There are also few times I enjoy drinking beer more than at the beginning of winter, when breweries across America (and the world) roll out their winter brews.  I know beer is often thought of as a summery, refreshing drink, but I prefer the spicy, fragrant beers of winter.

Suffice to say, if it has been some time since you’ve been to The Moth, their selection of pumpkin and winter beers merits a stop. For the true beer lover; however, next week there is another reason you’re going to want to stop in to the Design District’s favorite watering hole.

Beer dinners occur regularly at The Moth, but on Monday, November 26, they’ve got something really special planned for beer lovers.

Next Monday evening, the Meddlesome Moth is hosting a beer dinner featuring the Mysterium Verum beers of Blanco, Texas brewery Real Ale Brewing Company.

The Mysterium Verum brews are Real Ale’s experimental beers. These are the beers you can’t find on the grocery store shelves and, as a matter of fact, the beers you can rarely find anywhere. Real Ale brewers have been working on these beers for a few years by aging a selection of their standard brews in oak barrels, stainless steel barrels or a combination of the two. The results sound intriguing to say the least.

According to a press release, this “may be” the first time this many Mysterium Verum brews have been showcased in one event — seven in total.

If the exotic beers aren’t enough reason to head to the beer dinner, Meddlesome Moth executive chef David McMillan will be preparing a five-course dinner to pair with the selected beers. The menu hasn’t been released, but anyone who has tasted McMillan’s creations knows that the courses will equal if not exceed the beverage pairings.

They’re pretty sure the event will sell out so get your tickets early by calling the Moth at 214.628.7900.

For more details check out the Meddlesome Moth’s website.

The Lazy Art Lovers Guide to Navigating this Weekend’s Exhibit Openings

Posted by    |    November 17th, 2012 at 5:50 am

The weather is going to be great this pre-Thanksgiving weekend and if you want to spend some of it enjoying art, the Design District has plenty of opportunities to do so. Don’t know where to start? Here are my recommendations for how to spend your weekend in the neighborhood.

Galleri Urbane presents “Frontline Report”

Artist Marcus Jansen

One of my favorite galleries in the neighborhood, Galleri Urbane, is hosting an opening reception for their newest exhibition on Saturday evening. The show is entitled “Frontline Report” and is a solo exhibit featuring the work of contemporary artist Marcus Jansen. Jansen is often referred to as an “urban expressionist.” Many of his paintings focus on the depiction of urban landscapes and what one critic calls the “mean streets.” The show at Galleri Urbane will feature works created between 2008 and 2012. The show is Jansen’s first solo show in Texas and he will be on hand for the opening reception signing “Absolute Blank” posters, the results of an artistic collaboration between Jansen and Absolut Vodka. For more details on the evening and Jansen, visit Galleri Urbane’s website.

Red Arrow Contemporary presents “Size Doesn’t Matter”

Artist Jessica Battes

For those of us who think small art just doesn’t get enough love in the art world, Red Arrow Contemporary is hosting an opening reception for their new show “Size Doesn’t Matter.” The reception is this Saturday from 6 until 9 pm and the exhibition is composed of “small works by celebrated Texas Talents.” Many of the 30 artists whose work is on display will be on hand to chat with admirers. While you’re out, Red Arrow’s next-door neighbor Circuit 12 will be hosting a closing reception at the same time for their group exhibition “Even Flow.” More details on both shows and their receptions at Circuit 12 and Red Arrow’s websites.

Photographs Do Not Bend presents an artist talk with Jesus Moroles

Artist Jesus Moroles

If you’re in the mood to learn, PDNB is hosting an artist talk and book signing by Jesus Moroles on Saturday at 2 PM. I’m a big fan of the exhibit PDNB currently has on display, “Jesus Moroles: Rings of Granite,” which will be there through the 24th and if you haven’t made it out this is the perfect opportunity. Moroles is a talented Texas artist with work on display throughout Dallas, the above piece is in front of the Latino Cultural Center, as well as the world. For more information head to PDNB’s site.

Was ArtCon 8 a Success?

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2012 at 5:50 am

As I mentioned last week, Art Con 8 invaded the Design District last weekend. The reviews are in and the wonderful turnout combine with post-event buzz prove that it was an enormous success. Doors opened at 7 on Saturday at the former Goodyear Tire plant at 960 Dragon Street — the perfect industrial environment for an “underground” art auction.

Guests mixed, mingled and enjoyed happy hour upon arrival, but the real activity kicked off at 7:30 with the first of three live auctions that would take place throughout the night. Since it was my first Art Con, I honestly had no idea what to expect.

Two auctions ran simultaneously and, each were run by recognizable Dallas figures such as Rob McCollum from “Good Morning Texas.” Walking into the warehouse felt a little chaotic with all of the bidding and auctioneering but the chaos made it exciting and patrons (including myself) had a difficult time determining which auction to head to.

The artists were made up of people chosen from a random lottery, so the quality ranged from professional artistry to the aspiring artist down the block. Pretty cool. Veteran tip: get there early and scope out your pieces. You really need to determine which auction you need to be at and when before the bidding begins or risk missing out on your must-haves.

Paintings went for anything from $60 to over $1,000 (all of which went to Art Con’s two beneficiaries) during the casual and fast-paced evening. Trust me, some of those paintings were definitely worth it.

The auctions were strategically broken up with live, local bands playing on the Art Con stage. Guests seemed to love them all. The music was kicked off by the Blackstone Rangers, followed by violinst Daniel Hart and concluded by Fort Worth band the Burning Hotels.


Beer and wine were flowing from the bars. The parking lot was packed with some of Dallas’ best food trucks and a seemingly endless array of people — everyone from big-name Dallas art donors to high-school kids.

Although the event officially ended shortly after 11 p.m., people were still coming in as I was leaving at 10:15 p.m.

I’m not sure the Art Con team has planned their event next year or know where it will be, but after seeing the crowds that flooded Dragon Street last Saturday night, I sure hope we’ll all be back in the Design District next year!

Peticolas Brewing Co. Wintervenes in Your Saturday Plans

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Peticolas Brewing Co. in the Design District is throwing a pre-release brewery tour featuring their new winter beer, Wintervention. It is getting pretty chilly in Dallas these days, so sampling the new brew with a date would be a great way to warm up and get in the holiday spirit.

Space is limited, so email if you’re interested in attending! The tour will be from 12 to 2 p.m. and costs $15 per person, cash only.

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Now Hiring: Two Design Assistant Jobs Available in the Design District

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Now Hiring in the Dallas Design DistrictToday we’re featuring two much coveted job listings here on the blog: Design Assistants. We feature design sales positions frequently, but actual interior design positions seem to be a bit more spread out. If you’re looking for a design position, here’s your chance! Apply by submitting your resume to the emails below.

Design Assistant, M. Barnes & Co.

Small high end residential interior design firm, M. Barnes & Co., is looking to hire a part time design assistant. Employee will assist owner on interior design projects, make selections and returns, meet with vendors, provide Auto-CAD drawings, general marketing as it applies to a small interior design firm, run errands, create and maintain files, etc.

Candidates should be highly organized and energetic — a people person with willingness to learn all aspects of the business. Candidate must take critique extremely well and also be able to follow directions. Candidate must be self motivated, creative and a problem solver. One to two years of experience in the field is prefered, but interior design students nearing the end of their studies will be considered as well. Applications should include a resume, digital portfolio and headshot picture.

  • Salary is $10-$15/hour depending on experience.
  • Location: Dallas, Design District
  • Compensation: $10-$15/hour

Submit all inquiries via email only to Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Interior Design Assistant, Ten Plus Three

Prominent interior design firm Ten Plus Three seeks an intermediate interior designer for elite clientele: residential and commercial projects. Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design required. Ideal candidate should have knowledge of Dallas market and resources, be extremely resourceful, energetic, and highly motivated.

Bilingual English/Spanish is a major plus! Necessary skills include Studio IT program, AutoCAD 2010 or higher, AutoCAD 3D, Google Sketch up, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, preparation of presentations and a clear understanding of design details and construction/furniture specifications. Candidate must have experience with residential and commercial design construction. Five years of office/design studio experience required. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please email resumes to

Get more updates on job opportunities in the Dallas Design District and network with other local professionals by joining the Dallas Design District LinkedIn Group. Over 500 professionals strong, it’s the neighborhood’s #1 destinations for networking! 

3 Reasons to Visit the Design District this Weekend

Posted by    |    November 10th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Yes, you could leave the Design District this weekend, but why even consider it when there’s so much going on? Here are my picks for three events that definitely make a weekend in the neighborhood sound pretty darn appealing.

Scout Design Studio’s Grand Opening

There’s been a lot of buzz about some of the studios on Howell Street in the Design District and one of the street’s newest residents is a big part of the reason. Scout Design Studio opened a couple of months ago and quickly prompted a Dallas Morning News piece entitled “Hipster studios aid Dallas Design District revival.”

Scout Design Studio is helmed by sister duo Tiffany Taylor Lapidus and Brittany Taylor who scour the country (and world) to bring Dallas’ decorators some really unique finds. They cater to a new, younger generation of designers and people who simply want their homes to stand out while at the same time striving for a customer service that tries to bring their customers whatever it is that they’re looking for.

While Scout has been open for a couple of months, they’re finally celebrating this weekend with a grand opening party at their Howell Street studio. The beautiful studio is worth a visit any time, but Saturday the festive atmosphere will feature food, drinks a DJ, and best of all, a 20% off sale. Visit their website for more details.

Dallas Handmade Arts Market

The Dallas Handmade Arts Market opened in September and has been wildly popular ever since leaving some, including myself, wondering what we did before the market was available for independent artists and crafters to hawk their wares to a discerning and eager clientele.

Obviously, it’s been successful and if you have yet to head to the market on Cole Street, well, what are you waiting for? Apart from the arts and crafts on sale, the market features live music every weekend and we hear that every Sunday in November they’re serving mimosas. Who doesn’t love mimosas? If you need more information, directions, hours, etc., check out their website.
Art Con 8

As the Art Con 8 website states, “invasion is eminent.” This Saturday at 7:00 pm, Art Conspiracy, which has become a Dallas institution, makes its Design District debut. The annual event has been held in a great space in West Dallas since it’s inception, but the Design District seems like a natural fit for this art-centric event.

The event revolves around a raucous, live auction of pieces from 150 artists. Each piece starts at $20, meaning even the non-art collectors among us can leave with a pretty legitimate piece of art. All proceeds benefit two very worthy beneficiaries. It’s more than that just the auction though, three great local bands are also on the bill. It all goes down at 960 Dragon Street on Saturday night. More details here.