How to stay artsy this weekend in the Design District

Posted by    |    February 12th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

It may not be a huge opening weekend for the galleries of the Design District. But that doesn’t mean this weekend can’t be one filled with art. Here are some notable art openings and happenings going on in the neighborhood.

Meet Vincent at Banks Fine Art

Banks Fine Art has been a part of the neighborhood for a whopping 32 years and the gallery shows no signs of slowing down. Bob and Maloree Banks are hosting gallery favorite Vincent this weekend, February 16th, for a show featuring their newest acquisitions from the beloved French landscape painter.


Vincent is a third generation artist known for beautiful landscape studies of both his native France and his many travels. Maloree applauds Vincent for “painting in words.” Fortunately, you won’t have to rely on Vincent’s paintings for words this weekend, as the artist himself will be on hand to meet fans and admirers.

For more information on Banks, Vincent or the opening, head to Banks Fine Art’s Website. 


Dallas Contemporary and Dzine Start a Phenomenon

Posted by    |    February 7th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Low-riders, house music and street art don’t really sound like the makings of an art gallery party, but then again, the Dallas Contemporary isn’t your typical art gallery.

This Saturday, February 9, the Contemporary is hosting a party they’re calling Phenomenon and it promises to be the best mash up of high and low culture to grace the social circuit this season.

The Dallas Contemporary launched Phenomenon last year to serve as the dance-party culmination of their landmark Shepard Fairey commission, which resulted in all of that beautiful street art you can now see throughout West Dallas.

This year Phenomenon is landing just in time to coincide with the celebration of low-culture that is the Dzine show currently on display in the Contemporary’s galleries. I wrote about Dzine a few weeks ago and you can read my full analysis of the exhibit here.

Dzine takes a highly personal approach to his art, which explores the relationship of lifestyle to fine art and the museum. His work is heavily influenced by Kustom Kulture, in other words the style associated with the custom car crowd, and the exhibit at the Contemporary features an aesthetic marked by these, and other relational influences. The paintings are flashy and striking and the mixed media installations are fascinating. In short, it’s a fabulous exhibit and a perfect backdrop for an epic party.


Lucrecia Waggoner to Debut Expressions of Nature

Posted by    |    January 17th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

[Dallas, Texas – January 17, 2013]—Dallas-based artist Lucrecia Waggoner is gearing up to unveil her latest exhibition at Samuel Lynne Galleries. Entitled Expressions of Nature, the show will kick off with a premier artist reception on Saturday, February 23rd from 5 to 9 p.m. This will be Lucrecia’s third exhibit at Samuel Lynne Galleries, following two nearly sold-out shows in 2011 and 2012.

lucrecia waggoner expressions of natureIn her most recent collection of work, viewers will be able to see her perceptions of the world captured and translated through the unique medium of porcelain. Lucrecia integrates elements of nature in both large-scale and small installation pieces inspired by global cultures, the scenic landscapes of Texas and Mexico, and the celestial atmosphere of the night sky.  From her conceptual installations that conjure up images of roadside wildflowers, to the contemporary exploration of shapes and color in her organic forms, Lucrecia’s art continues to evolve.


Art goes live

Posted by    |    November 12th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Last night, Samuel Lynne Galleries hosted “Design on Dragon Street” featuring the work of spectacular artists JD Miller, JuanLuis Gonzalez, and Philip J. Romano. Sponsored by FD Luxe, these brilliant creatives showcased their work to a mesmerized audience.

This event was so popular that JD Miller’s “California Dreamin’” exhibition will be extended through the month of November, with a live performance occurring next Saturday, November 20 from 6-9PM. Head to Dragon Street to see this talented artist create his signature 3-D oil paintings in person.

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For Dessert, Try The Coyle Triptych

Posted by    |    July 28th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Now, through September, contemporary Dallas artist Douglas W. Coyle is on display at the Bleu Artichoke Cafe. His beautiful triptychs, pinwheels, and blocks grace every corner of the restaurant, adding to the calm ambience. His color palettes range from cool blues, to intriguing greens, to fiery reds that evoke hearty emotion in the observer.

Jacques and the Mattress Pad Canvas

Posted by    |    July 28th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

French artist Jacques Lamy landed on the industrial territory of Dragon Street in 1985, well before the neighborhood was reinvented as the eclectic design district. Better known in Europe, Mr. Lamy has managed to build a fan base in his chosen home of Dallas both as a curator (with stellar taste) and an artist.

The front of the gallery is composed of traditional art from the 19th and 20th centuries. French, British, and American art lives here, ranging from post-impressionism pieces to local works. The second room is the contemporary gallery that is filled with Jacques’ favorite works, which (not surprisingly) include his own. Beautiful paintings, such as Summertime, feature ocean waves dark with impasto technique reminiscent of French artists before his time. (more…)

Have your Artwork Featured in a Design District Gallery

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2010 at 11:58 am

Call for ArtistsThe Dallas Design District is home to some of the cities best art galleries. Now it’s your turn to have your artwork featured in one of them!

Galleri Urbane is currently accepting artist submissions, sending out a call to artists from around the world — and around Dallas — to submit their portfolios for consideration. Selected artists will be included their 2011 Juried Group Exhibit.

The best of show will win gallery representation, a $500 cash prize and their very own solo exhibit. All artwork must be original and produced within the last 2 years, as well as available for sale. Artwork can be submitted between July 15 and September 1, 2010. More information on submission guidelines can be found on You can download the entry application at

Galleri Urbane is currently showing two exhibits: “Charming Dreams” and “Introducing 3,” featuring artwork by Peter Voshefski, Nuala Clark, Steven Corsano and Suzanne Unrein. These exhibits will be on display through September 1, 2010. (more…)