Archive for September, 2013

Lyft Launches in Dallas with a Party in the Design District

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Lyft, a shared-ride app that started in San Francisco, is launching in Dallas this Friday with a party at Weld.

Unlike Uber, an app that allows users to summon a private black car at the tap of a button, Lyft is more of a community-based app that focuses on regular car drivers who want to meet new people and make an extra buck or two. Drivers use their own personal cars, outfitted with a fuzzy pink mustache, and pick you up on demand after you specify where you are and where you’re headed.

Safety may seem like a concern for a service like Lyft, so the company focuses heavily on background screenings and DMV record checks for all of its drivers. On the user end, you can publicly rate each driver and see a profile pic of both the user and the car. It’s kind of like Airbnb for car rides; drivers can fill up their extra space with people who need to get around. Lyft also advertises itself as significantly cheaper than Uber or a cab ride, with each ride hovering around $10.

You can start getting Lyfts in Dallas on Sept. 27th, when the app will launch around the city. That evening, the app is hosting a kick-off party at Weld coworking space, 2140 Farrington Street. There will be drinks, food,  live local music, art from InstaDFW and $50 Lyft credits for all those who attend. You can RSVP on Eventbrite: Just flash the app to get in.

Two Exhibit Openings You Can’t Miss This Saturday

Posted by    |    September 19th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Though was a couple weekends ago, art spaces in the Design District haven’t slowed their roll. This Saturday,the Dallas Contemporary and Green Bandana Group are hosting opening celebrations you won’t want to miss.

DC’s new exhibit is a group show featuring work by FAILE, George Herold, Keving Todora, Kristen Cochran and Lucia Simek. FAILE’s “Where Wild Won’t Break” exhibit is the artist’s first-ever solo museum show, having started as street artists in Brooklyn, New York. According to a post on FAILE’s Facebook page, he’s already added some Western-themed street art to an unassuming wall in Dallas, and garnered national attention on ARTnews.

The opening celebration at the Contemporary is from 9 p.m. until midnight and will have live music from Ronnie Heart, complimentary beverages, and food from Salsa Limon. DC is located at 161 Glass Street.


Part of Steph Hargrove’s installations at 141 Glass Street

Right next door at 141 Glass Street, the vacant Jim Lake Companies building that houses the Shepard Fairey mural, Green Bandana Group is curating a group show featuring work by Steph Hargrove, Fred Villanueva and Jordan Castilleja. There will also be live music from Complex.Simplicity and Green Bandana Punch while it lasts.

The 141 Glass Street opening is from 8 p.m. to midnight, and the show will stay up for six weeks.

Of course, before all of the parties start, don’t forget to swing by the galleries on the DADA Gallery Walk taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also ride you bike with area groups Bike Friendly Design District, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Bike Friendly Cedars and Bike Friendly Deep Ellum at different meet-up points throughout the day. The Design District groups meets at Meddlesome Moth at 3 p.m. before heading to the galleries.



The Dallas Love Project Debuts at 1130 Dragon Street this Thursday

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This Thursday, The Dallas Love Project will host its first exhibition and cocktail party at 1130 Dragon Street, Suite 170 from 6 to 10 p.m.
The project, a collaboration between 29 Pieces and over 60 community organizations, focuses on President John F. Kennedy’s legacy in Dallas, changing it from one of hate to one of love.
With the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination just around the corner, Dallas has long been considered a “City of Hate.” In an effort to turn that image around, The Dallas Love Project has engaged over 50,000 students and artists to display artwork on the theme of unconditional love. The artwork will be displayed along the JFK’s motorcade route and throughout Dallas beginning on Sept. 21st, the International Day of Peace.
Those who attend tomorrow’s preview party will have a chance to see some of the Love Project artwork before its official debut later this month. If you need more of a reason to go, there will be complimentary gin cocktails courtesy of Bombay Sapphire and some great music.

The space for the event was donated to the project by Jim Lake Companies.

The Complete Guide to This Weekend’s Art Openings

Posted by    |    September 6th, 2013 at 10:06 am

It’s still pretty hot outside, but that doesn’t mean the art scene has grown stagnant. Plenty of galleries in the Design District are kicking off the season with new shows and fun events. Here’s a list of where to be this Saturday evening:

Circuit12 Contemporary – “Tripper: A Solo Show by Josh Reames,” 6 – 10 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Suite 150, Dallas, Tx 75207
Cohn Drennan Contemporary – Michael Blair and Angel Fernandez,  6 – 8 p.m.
1107 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
Conduit Gallery – “Sphere” by Stephen Lapthisophon, “Recent Works” by Al Souza, “Swan’s Way” by Sharka Hyland, 6 – 8 p.m.
1626 C Hi Line Drive, Dallas, Tx 75207
Craighead Green Gallery – “Commuter” by Kendall Stallings, “Dimming” by Marci Crawford Harnden, and “Candy Gram” by Marcia Ziegler, 5 – 8 p.m.
1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
Cris Worley Fine Arts – “He Sells Seashells” by Rusty Scruby, 6 – 8 p.m.
1415 Slocum Street, # 104, Dallas, Tx 75207
Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas – “In Living Color” by Don Martiny and Jessica Snow, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
2277 Monitor Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
Holly Johnson Gallery – Matthew Rich, 6 – 8 p.m.
1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
Laura Rathe Fine Art – “Outlined” by Matt Devine and Mel DeWees, 6 – 9 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Suite 130, Dallas, Tx 75207
PDNB Gallery – “His Circle and Beyond” by William Eggleston, 5 – 8 p.m.
1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas, Tx 75207
Red Arrow Contemporary“The Sweetest Taboo” by Angela Fraleigh, Gabriel Martienz, Colette Copeland, and Libby Rowe, 6 – 9 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Suite 110, Dallas, Tx 75207
Sun to Moon Gallery – “Light And Form” by Anne Larsen and John Sexton,  5 – 8 p.m.
1515 Levee Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
*Kisabeth Furniture will also be debuting their new location at 1313 Slocum Street during the art walk. They will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring fine art, sculpture and consignment.
Photo from Sharka Hyland, “Proust – Swan’s Way”

Dallas Design District Gallery Hopping: September 7 edition

Posted by    |    September 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Last week I told you all about the fabulous show opening at Laura Rathe Fine Art’s space this Saturday but don’t worry, there are plenty of other great shows opening to fill your weekend with art. Here are a few other Design District galleries I would make a plan to check out as you plan your gallery hopping.

Circuit 12 Contemporary

If one thing is certain it’s that we can always count on something delightfully contemporary to shake Dragon Street up at Circuit 12. This month it’s a solo show from Chicago-based artist Josh Reames entitled “Tripper.” The show will be a mix of Reames’ paintings, installation work and customized sunglasses (um, awesome.) Subjectivity and the fleeting nature of experience are some of Reames’ artistic inspirations and the work on display at Circuit 12’s upcoming show will merge “tropical vacation imagery, psychedelic drug culture and art historical references.” Count me in. The opening reception will be Saturday from 6pm – 10pm.

Cohn Drennan Contemporary

For a Texan-centric show you’ll want to see the new work of two Texas-based artists which will be on display at Cohn Drennan Contemporary this month. Michael Blair is a painter whose work is based in abstraction and a study of the creative process itself. The other artist who will be exhibiting is Angel Fernandez, a sculptor whose work is strongly influenced by male and female anatomy (see above). The two both create “suggestive hybrid forms that elude classification” while remaining inviting to the viewer. See the two’s work at the opening reception from 6pm to 8pm this Saturday.

PDNB Gallery

If you know anything about photography you’re probably pretty familiar with William Eggleston and his elevation of rather commonplace subjects into fine art. He was one of the first artists to truly understand the use of color in what was formerly a black and white medium. On the 7th PDNB will open a show featuring the work of some of Eggleston’s contemporaries, lesser known but perhaps no less instrumental in the growth of the art form. Whether you’re a photography geek or not, you’re bound to find something to love in a show that is all about art and our collective history, especially our collective history as Southerners. The opening reception is Saturday from 5pm to 8pm and the show will run through November 9.

Mac & Marc Indian Street Bazaar Hits the Design District This Weekend

Posted by    |    September 4th, 2013 at 9:10 am

Mark Moussa, founder of Arteriors Too, and his daughter, Mackenzie, recently spent 2 weeks in India and are gearing up to show off what they found. This weekend, they’re hosting an Indian Street Bazaar at 2001 Irving Blvd. in the Design District to showcase and sell the “collected treasures, architectural relics, vintage jewels and textiles” that they picked up along the way.

Their trip included stops in Jaipur, Delhi, Agra and Jodhpur and the pieces they brought back are a culmination of both Mac & Marc’s unique tastes. According to an article in CultureMap, Mackenzie “wanted to bring back not a piece of furniture, but a piece of art.” Her father is hoping to incorporate the pieces into future collections at Arteriors. “I love turning something people threw away into something beautiful,” he said.

The bazaar will run Sept. 6th and Sept. 7th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 8th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 2001 Irving Blvd., Suite 147.


Photos from Arteriors Too Facebook page.