Category Archives: Design

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.

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.


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

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.

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.


Edo Popken Embraces the Tailor Shop Dallas

As if being the first retail space in the Design District wasn’t exciting enough, now you’ll have something else to add to Edo Popken’s accolades. The Swiss men’s retail operation will be adding the Tailor Shop Dallas inside its store. Conveniently, the Tailor Shop will operate as a part of Edo Popken while accepting outside alterations as well. Today, Thursday, July 25th, Edo Popken will be hosting an open house to welcome the new addition.

Be sure to stop by and peruse the upscale apparel designs, and be sure to learn more about the Tailor Shop Dallas while you’re there. The open house will run from 5-8 PM. We hope to see you there!



A Busy Weekend In The Design District

Get ready to hang out in the Design District this Friday and Saturday — with a new pint night  at Community, Belgian Independence Day at the Meddlesome Moth and Design District Gallery Day, there won’t be a shortage of things to do.

Ever since Texas changed its beer laws last months, breweries have been changing the way they package and sell their beer. Community Beer Co. is one of those breweries, and is hosting their new “Taproom Fridays” starting at 5 p.m. Unlike their Saturday tours, there is no fee to get in; you simply buy your beer by the glass as if you were at a bar. If you want the tour, plus live music and an art show, stop by on Saturday for their Open House from 2 to 5 p.m.

Meddlesome Moth has been busy all week tapping kegs of Belgian beer in anticipation of Belgian Independence Day this weekend. On Saturday, they’re hosting a pig roast, complete with $3 cans of St Feuillien Saison.

After you fill up on pig, walk over to Dragon Street, where Design District Gallery Day will be going on. (Free) Drinks will be flowing, art will adorn the walls, and food trucks will be serving up food from 12 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Each gallery will also be handing out swag bags for the first 20 people who walk in the door, so show up early! Here’s a list of the participants:

Circuit 12 Contemporary
Cohn Drennan Contemporary
Conduit Gallery
Craighead Green Gallery
Cris Worley Fine Arts
Dallas Contemporary
Galleri Urbane
Goss-Michael Foundation
Holly Johnson Gallery
PDNB Gallery
RE Gallery
Red Arrow Contemporary
RO2 Art
Samuel Lynne Gallery
Laura Rathe Fine Art
Mary Tomas Gallery
Alan Simmons Art & Design

P.S. – Though it seems absent online, there have been postcards floating around for “Deep Nights,” an unofficial Gallery Day after party at Circuit12 Contemporary. Swing by after the event and find out for yourself…


Mid2Mod Pops Up On Dragon Street

With a new storefront just weeks away, mid-century design firm Mid2Mod has set up a temporary shop at 1130 Dragon Street,  Suite 170.

The pop up store, open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, features classic pieces  like Eames loungers and Knoll love seats, as well as more unique 20th century finds like funky red patio furniture by Salterini and sleek chrome sculptures by C. Jere.

Mid2Mod’s permanent store will also be at 1130 Dragon, but a few storefronts down at Suite 140. Green Living will be moving out of the space in August, at which time Mid2Mod will move on in.

Until then, stop by their pop up and bring a little retro vibe to your space!

Photo from Mid2Mod’s Facebook page.

Designology Hosts a Summer Block Party This Thursday

The International on Turtle Creek Design Center will be a-buzz this Thursday, June 27th, for the Designology Summer Block Party, taking over the Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The three participating showrooms, OFS Brands, Wilson Office Interiors and Commercial Flooring Systems, will fill the streets with live music, food tucks (Easy Slider & Tutta’s Pizza), signature cocktails, and local beer.

The International is located at 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207.

See you there!