Archive for November, 2008

Art Openings of note this Saturday, Nov. 22

It’s that time again, time for another round of art openings. For more info about the galleries and the exhibitions visit their respective websites.

sunday afternoon
PDNB: Bill Owens: New Suburbia
Artist Reception and Book Signing (5-8PM)
1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75207
214.969.1852 // pdnbgallery.com
image: Sunday afternoon we get it together. I cook the steaks and my wife makes the salad. 1971
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Kenneth Holder
Conduit Gallery: Kenneth Holder, Mary Emma Hawthorne and Small Works Group Show
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1626-C Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX
214.939.0064 // conduitgallery.com
image: Kenneth Holder
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David Alysworth
Holly Johnson Gallery: David Aylsworth: Is It the Real Turtle Soup?
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas 75207
214.369.0169 // hollyjohnsongallery.com
image: David Aylsworth, See the Sail as it Swiftly Swells, 2008
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Elisa D'Arrigo
PanAmerican ArtProjects: Elisa D’Arrigo and McKay Otto
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1615 Dragon St, Dallas, TX 75207
214.522.3303 // panamericanart.com
image: Elisa D’Arrigo, Blue Glimpse, 2007
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Pard Morrison
Marty Walker Gallery: Pard Morrison and Douglas Leon Cartmel
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
2135 Farrington St, Dallas, TX 75207
214.749.0066 // martywalkergallery.com
image: Pard Morrison, The Center of My Heart, 2008
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Susan Sales
Craighead-Green Gallery: Susan Sales and Raymond Saa
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1011 Dragon St, Dallas, Texas 75207
214.855.0779 // craigheadgreen.com
image: Susan Sales, Lipstick and High Heels, 2008
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Brent Ozaeta Artist Talk at The Public Trust

Brent Ozaeta will give an artist talk this Saturday at The Public Trust at 4PM.

Brent Ozaeta is a Dallas-based artist who is currently featured in New American Paintings no. 78. He is a very promising young artist, so don’t miss the opportunity to meet him and hear him talk about his first major solo exhibition.

The Public Trust is located at 2919-C Commerce St in Dallas, TX.

James Cope of The Goss-Michael Foundation at The MAC Wed. Nov. 19

My good friend James Cope of The Goss-Michael Foundation will be giving a talk about at The MAC about the YBA (Young British Artist) movement of the late 80’s and early 90’s, and the impact those artists have had on the up and coming artists of today, as well as the art world at large.

The MAC // Wed. Nov. 19th at 6:30
The MAC is located at 3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204 // 214.953.1212

Image: Damien Hirst with his sculpture “For the Love of God.” For more on this artist and the making of this piece visit Supertouch.

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Nov. 22

RheaCycled
Infant Sleepers by RheaCycled

Ok, for those of you who are not familiar with ETSY, it is a massive online community where you can buy handmade goods directly from artists, designers and crafty people all over the world. There are far too many things that are sold on that site for me to list, so you’ll just have to check it.

As for this event, ETSY Dallas crew is posting up for one day at The Sons of Hermann Hall for their Jingle Bash. As the name indicates this will be a fantastic place for you to do some serious holiday shopping. The best part of hitting this up is that you are assured that 5,000 other people won’t be giving that same gift to their BFF as well.

But wait there’s more…
In addition to shopping for handmade goodness, there will also be live music, a full bar (which is well priced, thus leaving you more room for spending) and everyone’s favorite…KARAOKE!

It is all going down Saturday, November 22 from 3-10PM at The Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
214.747.4422

So let’s boycott the mall that day and hit switches on the indie tip.

Hatch! Thursday Nov. 13 (7-10PM)

I will be exhibiting new prints at this event, so please come out and support Dallas talent, its a good chance to get some holiday shopping done early.

TEXAS’ NEXT TOP DESIGNER AND LA REUNION TX COLLABORATE TO PRESENT “HATCH”
Hatch is a pop-up retail experience featuring approximately 20 Texas designers and artists who for one night will present and sell their work at the new La Reunion gallery located in Dallas’ Design District. There will be music, drinks and a silent auction as well.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 (7-10PM) :: $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
2129 Farrington St. :: Dallas, TX

About the Organizers
Texas’ Next Top Designer, Inc, a non-profit organization committed to nurturing diverse entrepreneurs by supporting business development for the fashion and aligned industries. La Reunion TX, is a non-profit established to create an artist residency program in Dallas.

For more information visit…
texasnexttopdesigner.org
lareuniontx.org

Cowboy Chow

Cowboy Chow opened up during my metblogs hiatus, and since I have recommended it to so many people that haven’t heard of it, it’s time to give it a proper review

First thing to mention is the restaurant’s pedigree. Cowboy Chow is the kid brother of the much lauded Twisted Root, which has the best burgers in Dallas, bar none. However, you won’t find any burgers at Cowboy Chow. What you will find is a really diverse menu for your open range dining experience.

The first thing that I tried was the Dr. Pepper braised short ribs. They were completely amazing, but are no longer on the menu; I only mention them to give you a feel for the creativity of the menu. The focus of their menu is the tacos. They have 4 different types of brisket tacos, my favorite being their standard brisket taco with sharp cheddar, pico and an avocado-lime cream, all of which is served over a bed of rice. The rest of the taco menu is given over to several chicken tacos and their veggie “cowgirl” taco.

The rest of the menu is filled out with brisket sloppy joes, a cast iron chicken pot pie and other range inspired eats. The appetizers are limited to 3 items. I recommend the Cowboy Nachos, homemade potato chips with queso fresco, pico and a southwestern ranch drizzle over the top. The fried green tomato lollipops are fun and the sloppy joe sliders can be a meal in themselves.

For as rich as the food sounds, you don’t leave the place feeling overstuffed or light in the wallet. The portions are perfect and the price is right, with the entrĂ©es priced between 7-9 bucks. The service is ridiculously fast, I have never waited more than 5 minutes for anything there, so you can really get in and out if you have to do a short lunch. The staff is really friendly and attentive, keeping your carafes of sweet watermelon tea filled to the brim or the pure cane sugar mexican cokes comin’.

So next time your out in Deep Ellum saddle up at Cowboy Chow.

Cowboy Chow
2801 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 7522
214.742.2469
Hours Mon-Sat 11-2:30 PM

Dallas Metblogs is Back!

So I have been off the blogging wagon for awhile, but I am back on with a mission to keep this blog updated and to add a consistent group of diverse bloggers to finally represent Dallas properly here at Metblogs.

First Things First…
Obama by Shepard Fairey
Hell Yes!
Image by: Shepard Fairey

On the art front..
Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson opens this Sunday at 3PM at the Dallas Museum of Art. I cannot express how amazing this man’s work is. If you can’t make the opening, there will be a talk with the artist on November 12 at 7PM in the Horchow Auditorium. If you can’t make either of these, just don’t miss this exhibition.

CADD Art Lab Opens
The Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas also known as CADD, have opened an amazing exhibition space in Downtown Dallas, called Art Lab. Anne Lawrence, former associate director of Road Agent (gallery), is now the director of CADD and curator of Art Lab.

Their inaugural exhibition Indexing the Moment, is a group exhibition featuring 11 of the 14 CADD galleries, as the organization has added 3 new members since its inception, which include: Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Mighty Fine Arts and Light and Sie. The next exhibition will open next week on Thursday, November 13, from 5-8 PM.

CADD Art Lab is located at 1608-C Main St in Downtown Dallas, in between Neiman Marcus and The Joule Hotel. For more information visit caddallas.net

Dallas Represents in the latest edition of New American Paintings no. 78
The latest edition of New American Paintings is out, and DFW is solidly represented by Steven Hopwood-Lewis, Brent Ozaeta, Margaret Meehan, Elliot Johnson, Vincent Falsetta and Paul Booker, just to name a few. You can pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble and other major bookstores, or you can order a copy at newamericanpaintings.com

The Public Trust and Barry Whistler given the nod in the Observer’s Best of Dallas 2008
This is an older news item, but worth mentioning. The Observer’s Best of Dallas recently came out and awarded The Public Trust with Best Reason to Visit Deep EllumM, and Barry Whistler Gallery was awarded Best Art Gallery. On another awards note, The Public Trust was also awarded Best Place to Meet an Artist in D Magazine’s, Best of Big D

THE Magazine launches in Dallas
I personally have been waiting a long time for this, a free distribution publication focused solely on the arts, and now it is here. THE has been holding it down in Santa Fe for a minute and then expanded to cover Los Angeles and now it is here in DFW, covering all aspects of the arts. It is a quality publication, with reviews, interviews and editorials on everything art in DFW. So if you are out and about pick up a copy, they can be found throughout the city in stands as well as galleries, museums and other cultural spots. For more info visit themagdfw.com

Dallas Represents in Miami during Art Basel
Art Basel is an international art fair that takes place twice a year, once in Switzerland and once in Miami Beach. Basically it is an event that draws the world superpower galleries and top tier collectors, for a 4 day art buying/viewing frenzy. You can read more about it here.

As the notoriety of this fair grew, so did the need to represent the other 99% of art galleries in the world, thus came the “satellite” fair. These were fairs that took place concurrently with Basel, and now play just as important a role as Basel in the art fair world. Three Dallas galleries (that I know of) are going to be exhibiting at Aqua Art Miami. The Public Trust will be at The Aqua Hotel, while Light and Sie and Conduit Gallery will both be at Aqua Wynwood. So if my post has got you amped on a trip to Miami, don’t be a stranger while you’re there.

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