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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work on display at Circuit 12’s upcoming show will merge “tropical vacation imagery, psychedelic drug culture and art historical references.”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.

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!

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.

 Send resumés to

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!

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. 

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

Mark your calendars: the Design District Market is back

Posted by    |    August 6th, 2013 at 10:38 am

The Design District Market has become quite the neighborhood tradition and this Saturday, it’s getting a contemporary twist.

The Design District is back for yet another installment but don’t look down Cole or Dragon for vendors and festivities, this time you’ll have to head over to the other side of Industrial for the all-day event hosted at the Dallas Contemporary.

Besides the fact that the Dallas Contemporary is just a really cool spot in the neighborhood, the market will also benefit from an “indoor/outdoor feel” with many vendors located inside the Contemporary’s air conditioned space.

Expect all of the usuals, vendors such as elements, f. is for frank, The Wooden House, Peacock Alley and more, food trucks like Nammi and Easy Slider and this time beer from Ben E. Keith and cocktails from Bombay Sapphire.

Music will be provided by several local bands including the Effinays and The Birds of Night and making a special appearance at this summer’s event will be Dallas’ first dumpster pool. You read that right. The dumpster pool is sponsored by, naturally, Progressive Waste Solutions and will feature a “swim-up bar.” I’m thinking this is one of those things that has to be seen to be believed. 

Since that is the case here are the important details. The event is this Saturday, August 10 and events occur between the hours of noon and 8:00 pm.

It’s completely free (besides the shopping of course) and it all happens at the Dallas Contemporary’s location at 161 Glass Street.

Whether you’re a Design District resident or just a Design District fan, I hope to see you this weekend!

3 ways to stay (or get) in shape in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    July 31st, 2013 at 10:14 am

This whole fitness trend isn’t going anywhere, not that you needed me to tell you that, and the Dallas Design District is starting to fill up with some unique ways to fit in that pesky workout. So whether you live, work or simply play in the neighborhood, here are three unique ways to fit in your cardio or tone your muscles nearby.

Balancing Energy Health & Yoga Center

You may already be familiar with Balancing Energy’s little Dragon Street location, they were, after all, the first “fitness” spot to open in the neighborhood, but if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, what are you waiting for? Less a typical yoga studio and more of a complete lifestyle shop, Balancing Energy is home to not only yoga courses but also nutritional counseling and even a sauna. Sign up for the studio’s newsletter to stay up to date on unique course offerings and special offers, there’s always an interesting lecture or two on the schedule.

Barre Bee Fit

The newest way to stay fit in the Design District is Chicago-based Barre Bee Fit. If you’re unfamiliar with the fitness fad known as the Bar Method, it’s probably because you’re a guy (although that doesn’t mean it won’t kick your butt). The bar method is exactly what it sounds like, cardio, toning and balance all centered around a “ballet bar.” It might not sound like much but the folks at Barre Bee Fit promise a supplementary gym membership isn’t necessary for their members. Plus there are the dozens of bar studios popping up around the city to support the claim that the workout works. Thousands of people can’t be wrong right? Barre Bee Fit will be located in the Trinity Lofts building on Slocum and full details on memberships and classes can be found on their website.

Krav Maga DFW 

Arguably the most intimidating workout of the Design District fitness options, Krav Maga DFW opened their newest Dallas facility on Turtle Creek Boulevard just a few months ago. If you have no idea what Krav Maga is, you’re not alone. When I first heard the facility was coming to the neighborhood I had to do some research of my own. Turns out Krav Maga is martial arts system that borrows techniques from a number of different systems including boxing and judo to name only two. It started out as more of a street fighting system and has evolved into what you will learn today if you happen to enroll in a Krav Maga class at a certified studio. It’s a quick and efficient form of martial arts and delivers you not only a great workout, but also some killer self-defense skills. For more information on courses at the Turtle Creek location visit their website.