Archive for August, 2013

Dynamic Duo: Devine and Dewees at Laura Rathe Fine Art

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am

The combination of a sculptor who works with metal and an emotionally driven abstract painter might seem an unlikely pairing for a gallery show but according to Courtney Feavel and Janice Meyers at Laura Rathe Fine Art, the combo actually works.

On September 7 the gallery will open a show featuring the work of San Diego based artist Matt Devine and Houston-based painter Mel DeWees.

While it’s the first time the two artists will have shown together, Feavel says the pairing was collector-driven. The contrast in the two’s medium and color palette presents an enticing combination for collectors and the two are often, surprisingly enough, collected in the same homes. 

A little background.

Devine is a self-taught artist who in 2001 transitioned to sculpture full-time. His primary medium is metal and his pieces, occasionally composed of vibrant hues of color, often black, are intricate without appearing complicated. The clean aesthetic of the pieces, which sometimes sit on the floor and sometimes hang on the wall, defies the medium which he uses, appearing airy and fragile.

In contrast, DeWees, while a trained artist, began his career as a representational painter and only moved later to the abstract expressionist style of painting he practices today.

DeWees’ painting is minimal, emotional and works off a basic almost exclusively neutral palette, a stark contrast to the bold sculptures of Devine. His work is often a study of the line, something DeWees says represents his “visual voice.” The non-representational works although minimal, are reminiscent of Franz Kline in regards to the linear, violent brush strokes with which he disrupts the canvas.

Both artists, apart from simply being paired in collections, predominantly explore form in their art and the final products “express a sense of overall balance and universal harmony.”

See the two’s work together for the first time on September 7th at an opening and artist reception at Laura Rathe Fine Art. If you miss the opening night the work will be on display through October 5th.

Now Hiring for two jobs in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    August 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Showroom Director, The Rug CompanyNow Hiring: Find Job Opportunities in the Dallas Design District on

The Rug Company is seeking an experienced Showroom Director for the Dallas territory. Responsibilities include leading and developing the showroom sales team, sales outreach within the territory, working directly with the trade and proactively seeking new relationships, managing all operational, administrative and logistical aspects of the showroom and supporting and executing all marketing initiatives for the Dallas territory.

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Outside Sales Associate, Donghia

Donghia, located in the Dallas Design Center is seeking an Outside Sales Associate with a persuasive and assertive personality to meet the needs of the design industry. The position will be responsible for managing multiple lines, developing client relationships and achieving business objectives. Qualifications include sales experience, quality customer service, effective presentation skills, organizational skills, clear communication and outstanding results. Some travel is required.
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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!

PDNB Proves It’s More Than Just Photography at FUN SHOW II!

Posted by    |    August 22nd, 2013 at 10:43 am

The first FUN SHOW! PDNB hosted was such a success that they decided to make a biennial tradition. At FUN SHOW II!, the gallery, which typically sticks to photography, will instead focus on the world of collectibles.

Items in the show include toys, art glass, paintings, objet d’art and rare items that question what makes an object desirable. Though the show will be up for the entire month of August, the gallery is hosting a special reception this Friday and Saturday for viewers to peruse the art while sampling refreshing summer cocktails.

If you’ve been meaning to check it out, now is the time to go. The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24.

PDNB Gallery: 1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75207

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Designer News: Join Aria Stone Gallery for an informative CEU

Posted by    |    August 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Attention interior designers, this one’s for you. If you’ve yet to book your lunch hour on September 4th, how about joining Decorative Center Dallas newcomer Aria Stone Gallery for a fun and informative CEU?

If you haven’t been to Aria’s new showroom this is the perfect opportunity to spend some time in the beautiful space while earning a CEU credit. Details on the course are below. Lunch will be served and the only thing you have to do is RSVP to by Tuesday, September 3rd.

One More Dallas Design District Fitness Option: CrossFit

Posted by    |    August 20th, 2013 at 10:00 am

I think it’s safe to say fitness options in the Design District are exploding. Earlier this summer I wrote about three awesome fitness options in the neighborhood which included the brand new Barre Bee Fit. Then, just a couple of weeks ago you heard me talk about the new Design District Fitness Camps. Well now we welcome WestSide CrossFit to the Dallas Design District’s roster of fitness options, which really is just another excuse for me to say “no excuses!”

WestSide CrossFit is another outpost in the city’s growing addiction to the punishing CrossFit workout. If you’re unfamiliar with the exercise, a quick google search will yield plenty of information on what composes a CrossFit workout, lots of pushups, squats and something CrossFit enthusiasts pleasantly refer to as “burpees.” Sound fun? Good. Because WestSide CrossFit, located at 138 Cole Street, is not only now open in the Design District but is currently offering a limited time only deal you can purchase through Groupon.

This is the perfect time to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a CrossFit junkie. The discount includes a month of classes for $79 or unlimited month of classes for $149. It’s a pretty solid discount and a good chance to experiment with the workout with no strings attached.

You can purchase the deal at Westside CrossFit’s Groupon page and get crunching in the Design District. For more information on the WestSide gym or CrossFit in general, head to the gym’s official website.

Dahlgren Duck, Holly Hunt and Horizon Italian Tile Now Hiring in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    August 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Sales Assistant, Horizon Italian Tile
Now Hiring: Find Job Opportunities in the Dallas Design District on

Horizon Italian Tile is seeking to fill a sales assistant position. The job is strictly administrative and duties include generating project quotes, obtaining freight quotes, generating sales orders, ordering samples, communicating with contractors and communicating with sales representatives.

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Sample Room Coordinator, Horizon Italian Tile

Duties include maintaining and organizing sample room, assisting sales reps with sample requests, communicating with warehouse regarding samples, tracking sample orders, coordinating courier service, preparing UPS/Fedex shipments, assisting showroom manager with displays as needed.

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Purchasing Coordinator, Dahlgren Duck

This position will serve as the primary contact for the Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FFE team) as regards pricing, lead times and landing of items from all FF&E vendors. Candidate must consistently provide excellent internal customer service to assigned managers and administrators as well as represent their needs and goals to the Purchasing Manager. In addition he/she must provide consistent professional communications with vendor representatives.

Interested candidates should email

Inside and Outside Sales Positions, Holly Hunt

Holly Hunt is now hiring experienced inside and outside sales people for their new showroom opening in the Dallas Design Center in 2014.

Plese email resumés 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!

Get Fit in the Design District at the Design District Fitness Camp

Posted by    |    August 14th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Former college football player Edward March is offering a workout that has all the ingredients for success!

March has lived in the Design District for three and a half years and currently coaches at a Richardson Cross Fit gym. Right now, he is offering classes in the outdoor courtyard of the Decorative Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The outdoor location allows March to work with the outdoor landscape, making each work out will be innovative, different and effective.

The workouts are based on the wildly popular crossfit techniques, but are designed to be fun and adaptive to everyone’s workout level. Participants in his “boot camp” range from those who have never worked out before to fitness nuts. And getting in shape isn’t the only perk to participating in the camp; March strives for it to be a community event where people get to interact, socialize, network, and have fun while sweating it out.

It’s $75/month ($65 if you bring a friend), plus you’ll get to try your first week for free.

To sign up, call (330) 701-2478 or shoot Edward an email at He also offers personal one-on-one training. Check out the Facebook page for more info!

Where: Decorative Center Courtyard, 1617 Hi Line Drive

When: 5 – 6 AM, 6 – 7 AM, and 7 – 8 AM every Monday, Wednesday and Friday



The Design District’s Tapping Room: Community Beer Company

Posted by    |    August 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am

The Texas legislature recently made some changes to the laws that govern how beer is distributed by its manufacturers which while not going quite far enough to help local brewers manage their businesses, made some good strides forward. Here’s how the changes in law can benefit you right here in the Design District.

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Design District is now home to several of Dallas’ best craft breweries. Peticolas Brewing Company, one of the city’s brewery pioneers, churns out a variety of hoppy masterpieces over on Farrington while Community Beery Company brews in a large place just off of I-35. Both also host great brewery tours most Saturdays, just in case you haven’t been. Soon to open Reunion Brewing Company on Riverfront will soon join their ranks.

But back to this particular piece of news. The recent changes in Texas laws allow breweries to sell beer for on-premise consumption, something the breweries used to sneakily get around by charging guests for a “tour” and glassware and offering free samples instead. What does that mean for the Design District? How about the ability to enjoy an ice cold brew straight from the tap just steps away from where it was brewed to begin with? It doesn’t get any fresher than that hopheads.

If that doesn’t sound tempting you’re not a beer drinker. For the rest of you, here’s the deal.

On Thursdays and Fridays, at least for now, Community Brewing Company is turning a portion of their brewery into a tapping room from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy some of Community’s popular brews such as the Mosaic IPA, Public Ale or Vienna Lager.

All you have to do is show up, pay up and don’t forget to enter the back of the building to access the tap room. For more information head to Community Beer Company’s website. 

Artsy Activities for the Weekend

Posted by    |    August 8th, 2013 at 1:55 pm



After you dumpster-dive into our pool at the Design District Market, there are endless artsy possibilities! Here are some events happening around the Design District this weekend that you can check out after you’ve cleaned out the market.


Design District Market After-Party hosted by LuminArte Gallery @ Dallas Contemporary


Design District Market participant LuminArte Gallery will be hosting an after party at the Dallas Contemporary to celebrate their recent accolade of being named the Best Art Gallery by Dallas A-List voters. The after party will take place from 7-10 PM and will showcase some of their favorite pieces as well as some new art acquisitions. Of course, the after party is free and open to the public!

Dallas Contemporary

161 Glass St.

7 – 10 PM

Saturday, August 10th

A Momentary Glitch in Transitory Spaces @ Red Arrow Contemporary


Artists H. Jennings Sheffield and Gissette Padilla come together to explore the idea of time, physical and psychological space through their work using light and projections. After the Design District Market, come and be a part of the art as you experience “different facets of perceived spaces and layered images.”

Red Arrow Contemporary

1130 Dragon St., Suite 110

6 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, August 10th

Summer Camp Group Show @ Cohn Drennan Contemporary


Summer Camp, an exhibition featuring a medley of gallery artists, will close this year’s season for Cohn Drennan Contemporary.  The artists come from all over the nation, from New York to Baltimore to DC to Dallas. Be sure to stop by the opening reception on Saturday, August 10th!

Cohn Drennan Contemporary

1107 Dragon St.

Noon – 5 PM

Thursdays – Saturdays in August

Reception. Ritual. Memory @ Circuit12 Contemporary


On Saturday from 6 PM – 10 PM, come and experience the two-person show by Dallas artists Kendra Briscoe and Marilyn Jolly.  Briscoe recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Southern Methodist University while Jolly earned her MFA in Painting at the University of Oklahoma in 1983 – a unique and exciting merger of artistry! The two artists are teaming up to reinterpret the ideas of home, comfort and familiarity through sculpture, painting and ritual.  The show will be on display until September 3rd.

Circuit12 Contemporary

1130 Dragon St., Suite 150

6 PM – 10 PM

Saturday, August 10th – September 3rd


New Texas Talent XX @ Craighead Green Gallery

texastalentNew Texas Talent has been the segue into the commercial market for emerging artists since 1994. Artists submit hundreds of images each year, and jurors choose which ones to feature in the New Texas Talent exhibit. This event gives great media exposure for the fresh visual artists and usually this leads to gallery representation and/or invitations to future exhibits! Come check out Texas’s new talent so that you can say you knew about them first!

Craighead Green Gallery

1011 Dragon St.

11 AM – 8 PM (Artists/Jurors arrive at 5 PM)

Opens Saturday, August 10th


I’m sure this will provide you with plenty of options once you’re through perusing the Design District Market. Only two more days until we get to cool off in the dumpster pool, listen to live music, try on local/vintage fashion and experience the most popular food trucks Dallas has to offer!

Meet your new workout: Design District Fitness Camps

Posted by    |    August 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am

The Design District seems to be exploding with great fitness studios these days but if you’re not a fan of any of the neighborhood’s current options good news, here is one more way for you to fit in your workout in the Design District: Design District Fitness Camps. 

Design District Fitness Camps are the brainchild of Design District resident and fitness expert Edward March. He launched the camps just a couple months ago and they’ve been growing steadily since. Currently the camps are morning only, 6AM – 7AM, but for you really early risers, a 5AM camp is on the way. 

March hopes to eventually grow enough interest in the camps to add even more classes, including evening camps.

March, despite his CrossFit background, insists the workouts are fun and provide a good workout for people of any and all fitness levels. Bring your dumbbells and a mat to a camp located at 1900 Hi Line Drive sometime soon and you’ll even get a week free while you see if the camp is right for you. After that one flat fee a month will get you three workouts per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

While March is heavily marketing his camp to Design District residents and workers, the camps are open to people throughout the city.

March also offers personalized personal training so whether you’d prefer not to workout in a group or you just want some extra attention outside of camp, March will customize a workout for you based on your fitness goals.

Remember when I said there are no excuses not to get that workout in? Here’s just one more reason that is becoming ever more true for the Design District community.

To register for an upcoming camp or just to learn more give March a call at (330) 701-2478 or shoot him an email at