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Carlyn Ray Celebrates The Opening Of Her New Design District Glass Blowing Studio This Weekend

Fascinated by the art of glass blowing since she was a child, artist Carlyn Ray has studied with masters in Murano, Italy as well as under legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly. Ray is finally opening her own studio at 1820 Irving Blvd. in the Design District, starting with a party on Friday and Saturday evening that includes gifts, raffles and a live hot glass show.

In addition to debuting her studio, Ray will also be launching her Kickstarter campaign to fund her nonprofit project, Art Reaching Out. ARO is a multi-disciplinary approach to art that includes science, math, engineering, technology and creativity, and is aimed at young men and women and at-risk youth.  She is currently working on ARO projects with student groups at the Hockaday School and the Episcopal School of Dallas.

The studio party will be going from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday evening and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Stop by to see her in action and to help out a great cause!

1820 Irving Blvd. Dallas, TX 75207

You can RSVP on Ray’s Facebook page.

A Complete Guide To This Weekend’s Art Openings In The Design District

Each month, galleries on Dragon Street and the surrounding area open up their doors to give art lovers a glimpse at their latest exhibits while sipping on complimentary wine and beer, and November is no different! Here’s where to find the newest works in the Design District this Saturday:

“SHATTER” by Clark Goolsby, at Circuit12 Contemporary – 7 to 10 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Suite 150, Dallas, Tx 75207

“Pleasure Tempest” by Bonny Leibowitz and Winter Rusiloski, at Cohn Drennan Contemporary – 6 to 8 p.m.
1107 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

“memento mori” by Carrie Marill, “Still Crazy” by Susie Phillips, and “Works from the 70’s & 80’s” by Arthur Koch, at Conduit Gallery – 6 to 8 p.m.
1626 C Hi Line Dr, Dallas, Tx 75207

Carole Pierce, Shawn Smith, and Marcus Bickler at Craighead Green Gallery – 5 to 8 p.m.
1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

“Ineffable Codex” by Michael Berman, and “Element Altered” by Jessica Drenk, at Gallerie Urbane – 6 to 9 p.m.
2277 Monitor St., Dallas, Tx 75207

“New Drawings” by John Adelman, at Holly Johnson Gallery – 6 to 8 p.m.
1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

“Enlighten” by Steven Daluz, Michelle Gagliano, and Pauline Ziegen, at Laura Rathe Fine Art – 6 to 9 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

“Revisiting Latin America” by Marta Maria Perez Bravo, Carlos Jurado, Lorry Salcedo, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Cassio Vasconcellos, Maria Algaze, Vik Muniz, and Esteban Pastorino Diaz, and “LEAVING LOVE FIELD” by William Greiner, at PDNB Gallery – 5 to 8 p.m.
1202 Dragon Street, Ste. 103, Dallas, Tx 75207

“fresh dozen” by Susan Plum, Steve Brudniak, Tommy Gregory, Ken Little, Ed Wilson, Steve Murphy, Erin Cunningham, Katie Pell, Kurk Dryhaug, Brook Gassiot, Glenn Downing, and T.J. Hilton, at Red Arrow Contemporary – 6 to 9 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

“CUT and Paste” by Chong Chu, David Connelly and Jonathan Millet, at Mary Tomas Gallery – 6 to 9 p.m.
1110 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

“The Destruction of Glamour” by Tyler Shields, at  Samuel Lynne Galleries – 5 to 8 p.m.
1105 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

“Studio Dreams” by Harry Geffert, at Cris Worley Fine Arts – 5 to 8 p.m.
1415 Slocum Street, #104, Dallas, Tx 75207

Photo from Red Arrow Contemporary’s Facebook Page

3 Things To Do For Halloween in the Design District

Halloween is only a day away, and a few Design District haunts have stepped up to the party-hosting plate this season. The Design District is best known for art, furniture and food, and, this weekend, there’s a party for all three:

On Thursday, Green Bandana Group is hosting its Golden Age Halloween party, celebrating the golden age of hip hop in DFW, at a vacant Jim Lake Companies warehouse at 141 Glass Street. There will be performances by Tunk, -topic, Buffalo Black, AZ featuring Dustin Cavazos, Tony Vice, Jenny Robinson, Bobby Sessions and Lord Byron. Artwork from Fred Villanueva, Steph Hargrove, Jordan Castilleja and Erica Guajardo will adorn the walls, and you’re free to bring your own alcohol. The party is from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and tickets are $10. Costumed ladies get in for free before 10 p.m.

If chocolate and wine is your thing, check out Wine Poste’s collaborative tasting with Dude, Sweet Chocolate on October 31st at 7 p.m., the star of which is the pairing of Dude’s cajeta skulls with a 2010 Incognito Rouge. You can read more about the event in our post from last week. Wine Poste is located at 2001 Irving Blvd.

For all the decor lovers, the ever-eclectic Howell Street design studio, SCOUT, is throwing its first Halloween party this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join them for sliders from Easy Slider, complimentary beer, wine and cocktails, tarot and palm reading from Mystic Kathryn, and up to 75% off all store merchandise. Costumes are encouraged. SCOUT is located at 155 Howell Street in the Design District.


Two Exhibit Openings You Can’t Miss This Saturday

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

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

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”

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

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

Photo from



Artsy Activities for the Weekend



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


Design District Market participant LuminArte Gallery will be hosting an after party 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!


1727 E Levee Street

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. 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


Dumpster Pools, Local Stuff, Live Music, Food & Drink At the Design District Market @ Dallas Contemporary This Weekend

The fourth installment of the Design District Market is a collaboration with the Dallas Contemporary, and it happens this Saturday, Aug. 10th from 12 to 8 p.m. Like the previous markets, there will be local vendors, live bands, food trucks and beer, but this time around there will also be two dumpster pools on-site to help get you out of the Texas heat.

One of the Progressive dumpster pools, in progressive

The dumpster pools will be created by Progressive Waste, and will include a swim-up bar, full deck, pool lounge and clothing check area keep your belonging safe while you swim. The outside is painted by local street art team Sour Grapes, who have done dozens of murals around Dallas and have even previously exhibited in the Contemporary’s galleries.

The band lineup is an eclectic one, including folk rock artist Robbie Saunders, electro-pop guru Ronnie Heart,  summery garage rock band The Birds of Night and funk/reggae group The Effinays. The set times are as follows:

6:00 p.m.      The Effinays
3:30 p.m.      The Birds of Night
2:00 p.m.      Ronnie Heart
12:00 p.m.    Robbie Saunders

Food trucks include Nammi Truck, Easy Slider, Gorgonzilla Grilled Cheese, Doughboys Pizza, The Crazy Pig, Little Greek Food Truck, Tin Star Taco Taxi and Parrot Icce. There will also be light bites inside from Bridge Bistro, Beck’s Prime and Cravetopia Bakery.

Bombay Sapphire will be shaking up free cocktails, and Ben E. Keith will bring the beer and wine, which will also be free. Don’t forget to stop by the palm reading booth or miss the flash mob which will take place at some point during the day. And, don’t worry, all of the vendor booths will be inside the Contemporary’s air-conditioned space.

Also, get $5 off you Design District Market t-shirt if you bike, walk or take any other sort of alternative transportation to the event. Just let us know at the front table!

There will be plenty to do, so stick around!

The Dallas Contemporary is located at 161 Glass Street, Dallas, TX 75207. Free parking is available in the lot at Riverfront & Glass Street, and along the street on Glass & Levee.

 RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.


Summer in the Sky Showcases 1400 Hi Line Penthouse This Thursday

If you’ve ever wondered what the view is like from the top the new Design District high rise at 1400 Hi Line, your curiosity will be satisfied this Thursday evening. Summer in the Sky, organized by Circuit12 Contemporary, Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas, Roche Bobois, Mid 2 Mod, Patron Magazine and the 1400 Hi Line staff, will show off some of the area’s art, furniture and design in two of the building’s penthouses from 7 to 10 p.m.

There will be complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, networking opportunities with the city’s most well-known art and furniture dealers, as well as views of the Downtown skyline and a perfectly staged penthouse suite.

RSVP to to reserve a spot. You can also make an appointment with the 1400 Hi Line leasing office to view the penthouses through early September.