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Much of the old news here first appears on the Calendar or cover pages (back when we put stories there). News is usually pretty old by the time it makes it to this page — if it gets here at all. But the nice thing about news is that it just keeps getting older.


Old obituaries can now be found on our newish Obituaries Index.

News Shorts no longer new

Dave Hickey before his face fell - copyright J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Former Fort Worth Art Critic Dave Hickey is retiring. See our story
about his 2003 UTD lecture, teaching teachers how to teach art

Former Fort Worth resident and noted Art Critic Dave Hickey is retiring — sort of, according to The New York Observer.

Dallas Contemporary announced Pedro Alonzo and Lilia Kudelia as Adjunct Curators. Pedro Alonzo is a Mexican-American freelance curator living in Boston. Lilia Kudelia is an independent curator and writer with interests in new media, technology and Ukranian contemporary art.

Cornelious Brackens is the $2,500 winner of the 2012 Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition, and his work, When the Troops Come Marching Home, will be shown for one year on the back of the downtown cathedral.

Noted national artist/educators Mary Walling Blackburn and Brittany Ransom have been appointed to faculty positions in the Division of Art at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Blackburn, a New York-based artist and writer known for conceptually dense, multi-disciplinary projects, is assistant professor of art and urbanism. Ransom, whose practice centers on art/technology and interactive installations, is assistant professor of digital/hybrid media and video art.

Video of Ceramic Artist Marty Ray.

Former McKinney Avenue Contemporary Director Liliana Bloch is now Kirk Hopper Fine Art's Gallery Director. Hopper says she "will attract an array of outstanding artists new to the gallery." [See story below.]

Weapon on Fort Worth's Vaquero Sculpture Draws Fire

Am I Allowed to Paint This? — a short history of graffiti in Dallas without all the silly dates.

New Art Space: Brand10, 3418 W 7th Street, Fort Worth,Texas, 76107, open Friday and Saturday 1-6 or by appointment, 817 584-7638, show@brand10artspace.com

John Viramontes sends out contentious emails either about the litigious Dallas artist Chapman Kelly or — he was up in arms about Alexander Calder's mobiles at The Nasher that were supposedly immobilized, but when I visited, they were moving in barely perceptible interior breezes — some other slightly Dallas, strongly artistic, event, real or pseudo-controversial issue.

To get the real flavor of what Viramontes' Chicago-based "Council for Artists' Rights," is up to you'd have to subscribe. But his ConstantContact emails offer no such opportunity. Probably just email johnviramontes@gmail.com with Subscribe would do it. Mine are addressed, "Dear ally of artists' rights."

In this latest screed, Viramontes claims, "The perception is that in Kelley's hometown of Dallas, Texas, news media, arts organizations, arts patrons and even artists themselves are reluctant to write about or speak out about this important artists' rights cause. Perhaps folks are nervous about being labeled as rabble-rousers; other people may fear being ostracized after getting drafted into an often crippling art museum, gallery or art dealer blacklist."

I suspect the real reason nobody here gets very excited about this rabble-rousing is that it's just nuts. — J R Compton

Is that What Dallas Thinks is Public Art? in D Magazine's online Front Row.

member Two scraffito incised pots by Marty Ray are included in the book 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. Both pieces, August Winds (on Marty's member page) and Summer Day, were influenced by the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2006.

Report on Creative Time Meadows Prize Report, “Building a Thriving Artistic Community," as discussed on KERA-FM's Think show Tuesday February 1. The report by four New York-based writers assesses Dallas' arts scene, includes the visual arts. SMU hosts a PDF of the actual report with photographs.

Dallas-area artist Ann Huey has opened a storefront at Imagekind.com online gallery and marketplace that provides prints and framing. Ann says,"If and when you check it out, you'll click on an image and a bunch of options appear (suggestions I've made for framing and paper, prices, sizes, condiments). You can purchase prints either unframed or super-nicely matted and framed, and there are tons of options beyond what I've suggested. Even if you don't buy anything, it's fun to run barefoot through the vast field of artwork. Thank you for your time and patience!"
Member Sonia King was recently interviewed by George Fishman for his internet radio show The Mosaic of Art. The full interview can be heard online Sunday, January 16 at 3pm EST or in the archive later. And there's also a five minute excerpt. Doing a radio interview is new for me so I'm looking forward to hearing what I said!

Rest In Peace, Guerrilla Arts, which has begot a bit of dialog that's interesting enough to perhaps base a story about temporary galleries, although, of course, they almost all are, eventually.

DARts Member Cecelia Feld is among the area artists who show KERA's Art & Seek where they make art who are now featured in Studio Tour: Show Us Where You Make Space for Art. A story about Feld also appears in The North Texan.

Follow bold links to see art by DallasArtsRevue.com Supporting Members.

The updated DART Green Line's new map. Click on a stop to see the mostly local art there.

The Board of Trustees of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Andrew J. Walker, Ph.D., as Director Designate. Walker begins January 31, 2011, and will officially become director on April 1, the retirement date of current museum Director Ron Tyler, Ph.D.

J. Lynn Kelly - Downtown Playground

J. Lynn Kelly   Downtown Playground

J. Lynn Kelly of Hurst, Texas, is the winner of the 5th Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition. His mural, Downtown Playground, is now on display in the plaza behind the Cathedral.

And I have to wonder what these judges were thinking? Strangely commercial art for a long series of very large printed fine art pieces the size of the back of a downtown church in a competition that has featured work by some of our best artists. Then this. Good judges; what they got must have been dreadful. - JRC.

The obituary for John Brough Miller has moved to our new Obituary Index.

Plush Gallery is back. Now at 918 Dragon Street (where else?) open noon-5 Wednesdays-Saturdays but closed for the summer after their May show.

Long-time Dallas artist Doug MacWithey died August 27 of an apparent heart attack. See stories at Art & Seek and Testsite.


Ann Huey's Gumbo

Dallas painter and video artist Ann Huey says about her short film that won Texas Monthly's film contest, "This is the link to the short film I made for this competition. Before you wet your pants at my “grand prize” winning status, take a look at the other finalists*. I don’t mean to be critical of any of us in any way, just to note that this is not exactly Sundance. I plan on making this little video into a longer, more polished version someday — maybe I’ll call it Beaumont Still STINKS — with all the things I wanted to put in this one, but didn’t have time."

The Texas Biennial has extended its Call for Entry deadline for the 2011 statewide show to August 31. More info on our Ops page.

When guests of the Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, stroll into the hotel’s redesigned Atrium II space later this fall, they will discover Nebula, a structure, made by world-reknowned artist Reuben Margolin, with 10 miles of aircraft cable, 1,780 pulleys and over 4,500 amber crystals, floating above in a wavelike dance. For information about Margolin’s work, visit www.reubenmargolin.com or see videos on YouTube, Vimeo and YouTube.

Peter Doroshenko

New Dallas Contemporary Executive Director Peter Doroshenko

Dallas Contemporary has named Peter Doroshenko as their new Executive Director. Recently the President and Artistic Director of the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Mr. Doroshenko was selected from a field of national and international candidates.

“Peter impressed us with his knowledge of and his energy and passion for contemporary art. He is an internationally respected curator, director, and writer whose appointment is exciting for both Dallas Contemporary and the City of Dallas.” said Board President-elect, Patrick Collins. Mr. Doroshenko will assume directorship in October.

Ray-Mel Cornellus - Outside

Ray-Mel Cornelius   Outside   2010    acrylic on canvas   36 x 60 inches

This painting by Ray-Mel Cornelius debuted at the opening of Medical City Hospital's new Childrens' Hospital Wing, Dallas, Texas June 17.

Ray-Mel wrote, "It was commissioned (... pro bono) by the hospital for their new Childrens' Hospital wing. They wanted something fairly large to hang at the end of the hallway of their reception/admittance area leading to the elevators going up to the treatment facilities and rooms. I was chosen as the artist because a lot of my work uses a high keyed palette and imagery that suggests nature themes, which fit with the designers' concept of the facility's decor.

"Of course the design and imagery had to be very kid-friendly. My reasoning for the title and concept other than the obvious reference to the imagery, is that being outside is equivalent with being healthy. "Outside" in the fresh air, running, playing, all those things we associate with kids being outside, and what being treated in the hospital and getting better will help us get back to.

"That's what I was thinking, anyway. I like to think the painting will give the kids something to think about other than whatever treatments they may be about to undergo. Better to talk to the parents about floating fish and elephants shooting rainbows from their trunks than of needles and such."

See Ray-Mel's blog for photos of the event at rmcornelius.blogspot.com/2010/06/outside-secret-project-revealed.html or his DallasArtsRevue Member page for more of his work.

An interview with DallasArtsRevue Supporting Member Fannie Brito is featured on Ro2ART.

Click name links to see more work by this DARts Supporting Members.

Decorazon Gallery is relocating. Owners Hugo Garcia Urrutia and MK Semos thanks everyone for their support and friendship and invite all to stop by the Bishop Arts location before it closes July 26. The new location will be announced via their website at www.DecorazonGallery.com.



Not much on DPAP's website. No projects. No goals. No real plans. I assume they're a legit org, but from the scant info there, they don't seem to be active or doing anything in particular or know what they hope to do specifically — except trying to raise money.

According to a recent update on their website, "Programs in development for 2010 include: Exhibitions, Juried Exhibitions, Gallery University, Figure Drawing Classes, Performance Art Exhibitions, Music." Could they be any less specific?

Performance Art Exhibitions? Yeah, right. That's pretty naive.

In a private email protesting what I'd written here then, Frances Grinsfelder (no title or affiliation noted) states, "We plan to implement privately funded compelling Public Art in Dallas. We have our first project underway expected to be completed next year at this time." yet without a single, solitary specific.

Who is the artist? Are they from around here? What's it going to look like? Where's it going? If it's a public org, even in name only, shouldn't they be telling the public something?

I wonder why anyone would want to give them money. They don't even claim to be an official nonprofit organization so donations would be tax-deductible. What gives?

Ro2 has credibility here, but Dallas Public Arts Project has zero, and they're talking about replacing the official City Arts Program, now in one of its periodic financial down-turns. Who elected these people? Who are they? What are they really up to?

—J R Compton



ArtWalk Dallas Pegasus photox

Public ArtWalk Dallas is a 3.3-mile free, self-guided tour of public art in downtown Dallas.

Dee Mitchell writes about John Pomara in Art In America.

"Dallas art collector's suit says Rothko resale violated secrecy" on DallasNews.com.

Tracy Hicks

Tracy Hicks

"In an effort to make these books more accessible", Dallas artist Tracy Hicks has posted the beautifully illustrated Notes on: Visual Culture and Evolution Symposium and The Book of Vicki.

This obituary is from Don Mangus, whose Art Man Comix graced the on-paper pages of DallasArtsRevue many years ago:

David McManaway (1927-2010) Beloved Artist and Friend by da Mang

McManaway in Living Room - photo copyright Paul Harris. All Rights Reserved,

David McManaway in his Living Room on Tremont — Photograph by Paul Rogers Harris.

Dig Him: The unassuming prankster with his solid, colored T-shirt and its lone pocket. A salt and pepper beard — or —cream and coffee. A bit of a longhair, judging by the scruffy chest hairs poking through the T-shirt's neck hole. Below that — blue jeans, and well-worn moccasins. In the bulging shirt pocket, a batch of 3 x 5-inch index cards, and a fancy fountain pen with jet black ink. On the table, a New Yorker magazine or perhaps a cryptically annotated news article (some wags might say it has been re-faced). You can bet David's pals make this scene.

Happy Daze: Kick it off in a java joint with cross words for the NYT puzzle that takes it in the Shortz again from a gang of sardonic doctors, including our Snider Plaza shaman. Later that afternoon, chilled cocktails and Scrabble for a spell. In the evening — turn on, 'toon in, and top off the day with a long pull from the boob tube. That's the stuff.

Sin Co-habitated Dance: Drop a dime, Juke Girl — hit it, Satchmo, Jelly Roll, Bix, and Django — beat me daddy, eight to the bar. Jitterbug Krazy Kat, Offisa Pup, Igntaz, Little Nemo, Flip, Felix, Mickey, Sheena, Ka'a' nga, Maggie, Jiggs, and Judge Rummy. Notary sojac and banana oil –Ain't Misbehavin.'

Sound Off "Frenzy New:" gem love, roof edge, build common door, rajah winner, and Siam gunbelt. Yo, y'all.

McManaway Halloween Party - copyright Paul Rogers Harris

"Halloween" Party on Welborn. "This is not a Halloween party. They would just have parties in his studio," says Paul. Photographs by Paul Rogers Harris.

"Juan High at a Dime": Take a super slo-mo motor scooter skid down the gullies, blind alleys and crossroads of a musing metaphor. Blaze a torrid Texas-sized trail towards uncharted garage sales, secluded second-hand shops, and forgotten dime stores — these are the stops on an endless scavenger hunt for jazzy juxtapositions. Or as Doug McAgy would call it, "going for a ride with a line."

Meanwhile for the rest of us — kix just keep gettin' harder to find. At day's end, those chance encounters with the karmic cast-offs and pop culture pick-ups would be cajoled into just-so jo-mo boards, pinned forever with artfully placed nails, brads, screws, glue, paint, varnish, glitter, and liquid glass. "Jomo Sectional?" you might ask. To which I gleefully reply, "Don't rasp, don't tile."

And So Dear Friends — Once More Into the Zone We Jomo: Ouija believe — for the jazzy hot tune needed for the cul-de-sac of my "McMan Away" second line, I called in a super-star soloist — TV legend Rod Serling? Let's all trade fours with his beatific riff. Hocus-Focus and Q-Rod.

"You're traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination…"

J - O - M - O

David McManaway at the DMCA

David McManaway at the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art
with Oldenburg's store from the "1961" Exhibition in the background.

Photographs by Paul Rogers Harris, who says,
"He was a good friend and taught me to see the world anew."

Long-time DallasArtsRevue Supporting Member Nancy Ferro is featured in New American Paintings' 15th Anniversary juried exhibition in print available at some bookstores for $20.

Tomas Bustos y David Newton - El Vaquero

Tomas Bustos y David Newton   El Vaquero  

Say goodbye to The Vaquero, the 20-foot-tall sculpture Tomas Bustos (best known for Zoe the Zeplin at Our Children’s House at Baylor Hospital) and David Newton (best known for the Freedman Memorial Cemetery) have been working on for the past year and a half at Tomas’ studio. When complete, the piece will be the City of Fort Worth's first public art to honor Hispanic culture, and the work will be cast at a foundry in Azle, Texas, a process that is expected to take about eight months. The final sculpture will be placed near The Stockyards, owned by the City of Fort Worth.


Selective Memory: A friend tipped me Sunday morning that Haley-Henmann Gallery (or somebody) has used an extensive quote from me about my initial impressions of HH on the first page of a Call for Submissions for a competitive show that Haley-Henmann Director/Owner John Marcucci will jur at Eclectic Expressions in Arlington .

No one asked my permission to use copyrighted material from "part 1" of a series — Visiting Art Spaces I'd Never Been to Before — I have not added to, although we visit new spaces all the time, since galleries come and go with such alacrity. The quote, which they did not link, is about 2/3rds down the page.

I refuse to go back to Hanley-Hellman, because a server there was overtly rude to me. I heard that HH (not the real surname initials of anybody at the gallery; they just liked the way it sounds) has apologized to others, but not to me, even though I've written about it previously on these pages. I stayed in the car last time Anna went in.

My quote is on a PDF peculiarly named "microsoft-word---entry-form-p1.pdf," I know HH reads DallasArtsRevue, because they often feature work by DallasArtsRevue Supporting Members, almost as quickly as we add new ones — perhaps an undocumented feature of Supporting Membership here.

Soon as that offensive woman (I'm told she was fired.) was rude to me, while the rest of the group was still laughing at me, I left the building and will not go back until I have been properly apologized to. No big deal. There's lots of galleries in Dallas. Just it seems so very odd to have a quote from me promoting a gallery I won't even visit.

The more I think about it, the less likely it seems that Haley-Henmann is behind this. More likely it's the goofy Eclectic Expressions gallery in Arlington. Despite some faults, HH is still a class act, though I wonder why Marcucci would jur a show at EE.

Although nobody recognizes their faces or body forms in it, the Editor's mother and father supposedly were featured in Jeff Knurek's Jumble published in newspapers across the country on Thursday April 29. The third figure in that puzzle will be Knurek himself, and he will give the original ink of that Jumble to them. All this because I titled the photo of my father doing the Jumble at our Clare Family Reunion in Estes Park, Colorado in August 2008, Knurek saw it, liked it and started thinking about it, all while keeping us up with his thoughts and graciously asking for permission to use the photograph on his office desk.

Intersting that of the three artists recently touted by Haley-Henman Gallery, all three are DallasArtsRevue Supporting Members. As previous reported here, Susan Lecky is on June Mattingly's blog that went up February 5, Jerry Lee Dodd's Tether was selected by the Lampasas Association for the ARts to show in their year-long exhibition, Art in the Park 2010; and Studio Visit Magazine selected Esther Ritz' Lost Dreams (third down on her member page) to be in their 2010 Summer Edition of that juried publication that introduces work to a serious national audience. We should probably mention that several other DARts Supporting Member Artists are also often featured in H-H exhibitions.

Click members' links in bold to see more of their work on their DallasArtsRevue Membership pages.

Georf Hager video

Big-time New York graphic artist Milton Glaser on What is Art, and What is Not? including his Advice to Young Artists and other topics. Thanks Fannie.

Juanluis Gonzalez installs work at Henderson Art Project (Facebook).

Story on NPR pits Fort Worth and Dallas' so-called arts districts, happily ignoring Dallas and Fort Worth artists, of course. I couldn't listen to the whole thing for the smarm and stereotyping them big city boys gush on us and our sister city to the west... –JRC

She got it moved to Glass Street near the Trinity River, now Dallas Contemporary Director Joan Davidow is retiring. Read the following press release with a boulder of salt. I always have to wonder what planet these people are from. They don't know who they are or where they are going. Except where they lie again about their founding, the following is verbatum, and the punctuation and grammar is all their own:


"Dallas, TX - February 17, 2010 - Dallas Contemporary today announced Joan Davidow will retire from the position of executive director effective May 31, 2010. The institution will shortly begin a national search for a new director. Davidow will continue in a consulting role until the end of 2010."

It is interesting to this curious student of local art organizations' histories that after claiming that Patricia Meadows alone founded that group in 1980, then that she and Judy Smith Hearst founded the group, the board of directors of the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, more recently known as The Contemp — though many of us just call it The Contempt, because it has ignored its founding purpose, to create an art center for Dallas artists and craftspersons, while refusing to show local artists who have not achieved stardom — now cites that it was "cofounded in 1978 by Patricia Meadows and two [unnamed] arts leaders."

In 1978 there was no D-Art. There was only the Artists Coalition of Texas (ACT), the organization that Mary Wachoviak Ward approached to help her sent up a center for Dallas artists. ACT became D-Art. Although Patricia Meadows was clearly instrumental in popularizing the organization and worked tirelessly in its behalf later, she did not found D-ART. Mary Washoviak Ward did.

Ward was fired in 1982. See DallasArtsRevue writer Julia Frazier's interview in 1982 with Mary Ward after she was fired.
See also the Index of The History of D-Art stories on DallasArtsRevue.

Veronica De Anda Tosten died Wednesday, February 3. Her husband, Erik, said that it was "after a six-year battle with pancreatic cancer. It was a long and painful struggle, and its a comfort to know that she is now free of her suffering. She was an artist, wife and good friend." Veronical wrote the following eulogy that was presented at the memorial service February 13 at 500X:

"This of course wasn’t easy to write, but, heck, at least I didn’t have to read it aloud in front of all of you. By the way, thanks for coming. I appreciated everything you did and continue to do for me and Erik. I feel so fortunate to have had such a wonderful family and friends. You all made my life rich and exciting and worth living.

I always said that attending UNT was the best decision I made and I meant it. Besides meeting the love of my life there, I made wonderful life-long friends (even though my life was not as long as I thought it would be, go figure).

But, enough about you all, this is about me, and how great I was, right? Erik said I was a great artist and I couldn’t argue with that. Almost each artwork I made was praised and lots of it sold, too. Even though I was shy. I wasn’t afraid to express myself through my art.

What else … what else … oh!, even though I was short, I still looked great in my leather boots and form-fitting dresses.

Well, the good thing about my life being so short is that I didn’t have time to make any major mistakes or have many regrets. Of course I regret that I was not able to grow old with Erik, but he’s a great catch and will make a great husband again some day. Especially now that I’ve smoothed out all the rough edges. I hope his next wife likes beards.

The best I can hope for now is that my body, which I’m donating to medical science, helps others live longer, healthier lives. I also hope that at least some of my viable organs like my eyes can be reused, too. That would be kinda creepy and cool, for someone to be walking around with my eyes. Anyway, I hope you all consider checking that organ donor box on your driver’s license and donating your body to medical science as well. Thanks."

Vimeo Slideshow

Dallas artist Pat Forrest died on January 30, 2010. Details of a scholarship in her name to come.. She requested there be no memorial service.

Randall Garrett on Art in Dancing Ganesha

member Kathy Robinson-Hays is in issue 84 of New American Paintings, where each artist gets three images, bio and small photo. Recurring Dreams 1, 3 and 5 on her member page are included.

David Hickman on YouTube.

Centraltrak's founding director Charissa N. Terranova, PhD, has announced her resignation from that institution. Her replacement — if that is even possible — is Kate Sheerin, whom San Antonio's Witte Museum calls "an expert on early Texas Art," will be the new director of the University of Texas at Dallas art residency program housed in a building beneath elevated Central Expressway in Deepest Elm, near where the depot of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad tracks used to be.

As Terranova states in her public resignation letter PR, she brought artists from "France, Germany, The Netherlands, Argentina, Russia, Mexico, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to work in our avant-garde compound on Exposition Avenue." Her stated reason for stepping down is to "focus all of [her] energy on teaching at the university and [her] scholarly writing, in particular the completion of [her] manuscript Automotive Prosthetic: The Car, Technological Mediation, and the Conceptual Turn in Contemporary Art."

Terranova "will continue working at UTD in the capacity of full-time tenure-track assistant professor," and in the best news of all to Dallas artists, she "will also continue work as freelance art critic." Hooray for that! We need her unfettered art opinions, despite the complicated Marxist theories. — J R Compton

Winter 2009

David Hickman y LSAO

David Hickman and Eliseo Garcia at Childrens Medical Center

Here are pictures from the Garden at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. David Hickman has three dragonflies, and Eliseo Garcia has carved the children's story wall in limestone at left.

David Hickman - Dragonfly

David Hickman Dragonfly - images provided by the artist

Their works compliments each other and it is a lovely Garden by two Texas State Artists.


Pan American Projects on Dragon Street

Pan American Art Projects on Dragon Street bites the dust

Joining Gerald Peters in me-too-ing into Dragon Street Art District just as the Recession recessed, Pan American Art Projects closes at the end of this year. Like Gerald Peters, they had much nicer, more luxurious digs before they moved to Dragon, and the parking was better, although PanAm's director may fare better than GP's who banished itself back to Santa Fe.

Now I'm wondering how The Contemp will fare. The Meadows Foundtion offerred that name-changing organization space to get established many years ago with the proviso they stay less than that, so they pretty much gotta move to new digs. Dragon Street is not the nicest art neighborhood in Dallas.

Thornwood Gallery

Thornwood Gallery

The Thornwood may also be in that same financial boat. Unlike Gerald Peters and Pan American, however, they suck as a gallery and apparently deserve their fate, although there's plenty other galleries in the vicinity that suck worse.

Last year, the Contemp was braying about how close they'll be to Dragon Street. I wonder if maybe they could have found a better, less expensive place farther from the devouring Dragon. I can only assume the inside has changed. But there's a lot of it for an organization that's dependant upon the kindness of strangers who might be as poor as they get.

It's A Parade! - Photograph Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Part of the crowd of 135 at the PAC-WE Flash Mob Performance Rally for Health Care.
Our Community Performance Art page has more than 30 pics of that Sunday Event.

Dallas artist Ann Huey's latest, all-original Halloween animation is Skellikin Feet on YouTube.

Dallas artist Martin Delabano singing The Bear Song on YouTube.

DARts Supporting Member Kapil Dixit was named Nepali Personality of the Month for October 2009.

The Bath House Cultural Center has lost 50% of its budget and may lose one of its staffers. There is a community effort afoot to mail out 3,000 fundraising letters and set up fund-raising events. More info when it becomes available.

It hardly seems likely that who might leave will be Enrique Enrique Fernández Cervantes, since he is now running art at The Bath House Cultural Center and the Latino Culture Center art shows, too. I figure if he can pull that off, keep both centers running, he ought to, when this economical mess is over, get a lot more money and a better job, running one of the two.

I'm fonder of the Bath House than the LCC, but Enrique is a talented guy who is much loved in his community, and he will be mightily appreciated whatever he does next.

Summer 2009

Initial Panic

When some cut in finances is initially announced, people tend to panic. Oh, gosh. What will we do, if that happens. Then it happens, and it almost always works out better than before, almost no matter what. When it was announced that the City Arts Program was going to be taken over by the Dallas Public Library, first I wondered what idiot savant bureaucrat thought that one up. Then I decided it was probably a good time to change who's running the CAP. I mean, how could anyone do a worse job?

Some of those people are wonderful. But whoever's in charge is not and never will be. It's always got more to do with politics than with art. Mighten it be a good enough time to have it run differently? To give money to the smaller, more independent, upstart organizations that need it just to get started instead of the big already well-endowed mega-orgs who probably should be supporting themselves by now?

In Europe they treasure art and artists. In the U.S., we the people clearly do not, and the gummint blames art for our ills. But then they gotta blame somebody else. A couple weeks after the initial panic, we learned that the Library wasn't going to run it, after all. That the City Arts Program gets to keep their bailiwick. What a surprise. Mixed emotions here.

I'm not a fan of the government paying arts organizations any more than I am of governments paying banks or oil companies or anybody else who should be supporting themselves. Although I love the idea of the government or anybody paying artists to make art. It is a job, after all. And the government needs art more than most peoples.

But I'd love to see somebody else distribute public money for the arts. If only for the sake of doing it differently and changing it around for again a little while.

— J R Compton

CADD's Downtown Experiment Fails, but CADD Lives

CADD Art Lab 9 1 09 - Photograph Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

CADD ArtLab Drive-by 9 1 09

Just earlier the day (August 31 2009) the news came out that CADD's downtown Art Lab was closing, I'd been wondering how they could possibly keep open a gallery down there where the parking is anything but easy (even when it's free), where few go unless they work there, and then they work and go home. Downtown Dallas has been a dying place as long as I've been acquainted with it.

Many more people live there now, but any quick trip to downtown Fort Worth is a harsh reminder of what a real downtown can be like, and Dallas' just isn't.

Once thriving with used and new bookstores, newsstands, haberdashers and hubcap shops — as it was in the early 60s, the day and night life down downtown has steadily dwindled. The Contemporary Art Dealers Association, in direct competition with DADA (Dallas Art Dealers Association) bought into a large, gotta-be-expensive place downtown to show work from member galleries.

Always seemed a contradiction of a contradiction, a gallery that galleried gallery artists once removed. Now, after one year of the noble experiment, they are "regretfully" announcing "the end of the collective gallery Art Lab, effective with the closing of the current exhibition on September 3." In that year, they "received almost 7,000 visitors, opened six exhibitions, and hosted numerous education programs."

We proclaimed their beginning, attended the grand opening, partied along with the Vernissage (and part two) that summer, documented placement of one of Mark Collop's 2D deer near there and have mixed feelings about them leaving that space, essentially a gallery of galleries.

The press release continues that "CADD will continue to be a leader in the art community creating new programs focusing on other education endeavors including art tours, lectures, studio tours and collector home tours," and we look forward to those. They're not quitting, just quitting the space that had to be tying them down.

I remember when DARE (the nonprofit organization that didn't really become The MAC, although it's closer now than it ever was before) decided that we absolutely did not want to bog us down with a space, then we found a space that was way too expensive to own and operate and got thoroughly bogged down in it. It's easy to do. DARE mostly died that way. I wish CADD more luck.

CADD's was an experiment. It failed. CADD lives. —J R Compton

There is an online Memorial dedicated to former Dallas artist Wayne Amerine who died Monday August 3 2009. He was cremated, and his ashes go to Kansas, where he was born. Another former Dallas artist, TJ Mabrey, remembers Wayne's "beautiful folded, painted paper images — chosen for inclusion in the first-ever exhibit in the then brand new Dallas City Hall. "Exquisite!" and she asks, "Who — who saw them — can forget his black and white painted cows and the ladies who rode them?"

"The Ice House Cultural Center will be closing in September 2009, as we prepare for our transition to the Oak Cliff Cultural Center in 2010. For over a decade, the Ice House has provided Oak Cliff and the surrounding communities with diverse art and cultural experiences. We are grateful to the patrons and artists that have supported the center over the years and we hope that you share our excitement as we look towards a new era of artistic and cultural opportunities at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

The Oak Cliff Cultural will be located at 223 E. Jefferson Blvd., next door to the Texas Theater. The center will include an art gallery, a multi-purpose studio and some classroom space. Stay tuned for updates on the opening of the new center."

R Boland - Running Spiral - Photograph Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

R Boland   Running Spiral   in the Old Casket Factory
June 21 2003   J R Compton photo

Former Dallas artist Robert Boland (whose superb Running Spiral performance was one of the most impressive pieces of Performance Art in Dallas Art History) who now makes video and sculpture in Austin, Texas has accepted the prestigious Fullbright grant to research pilgrimage rituals and engage with the contemporary art community in Kyoto, Japan for a year.

"To renew the rich landscape of authentic, independent art that has been the life blood of Deep Ellum for years, this year’s mural projects will follow in the footsteps of previous mural art projects in this beloved historic neighborhood. Phase I of the 2009 Mural Project will be the Good Latimer Corridor Murals. This phase will introduce murals along the Good Latimer/DART rail line in the very area that the Good Latimer Tunnel Murals have been buried. Dart line passengers will exit the Deep Ellum rails and be welcomed with murals from the following Phase I artists: Luke Harnden, Cathey Miller, Sergio Garcia, Mark Nelson, Brian Crawford, Amber Campagna, Issac Brown, Issac Davies, Tyson Summers, Judith Lea Perkins and Frank Campagna." from Kettle Art — Murals will begin along the corridor in July and August 2009.

Friend and longtime DARts Member James Michael Starr told me that "Two art & culture blogs started up just in the past couple months. KERA's Art&Seek was first, then more recently Renegade Bus. KERA has been less confrontational than the Bus (confrontational is good), but to different degrees they've each honestly addressed issues about the art scene here. Recent conversations have centered around Road Agent owner Christina Rees's article about Dallas art and collectors in State of the Union, Part 1, on Glasstire and D Magazine's Art Slam."

Lucia Simek's Crash Bam Slam in Renegade Bus discusses the f.i.g. and D Magazine's D Art Slam, but so does this site's Editor J R Compton's illustrated take on that lowly, turd-encrusted event in Art Here Lately, and all of this is again mentioned in the latest ThEdblog.

Heather Gorham

member DARts Supporting Member Heather Gorham is featured in an online feature story on Art & Seek, where there's also a five-minute video of her and her work from KRLU in Austin.

new Real FX Creative STudios and Brad Oldham's design for DART's new Deep Elm Rail Station. but with a URL like that I was expecting the gateway art that replaces the now buried Good Latimer Underpass. Everything's a commercial.

The Kimbell Art Museum has acquired Michaelangelo's earliest known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony (1487-99). The full story is in the Dallas Morning News website.

North Lake College art teachers Marty Ray and fellow teacher Chris Fulmer are designing two stations along Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) stations on the Orange Line from downtown Dallas to Irving and North Lake College in late 2012.

Click Member's links to see their work.

L S A O sculpting

Eliseo at work

Haley-Henman artist Eliseo has been named Texas State 3D Visual Artist for 2009

member Sonia King's Nebula Chroma, her newest wall at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, won an international Spectrum Award for Design and Detail. The brightly colored mosaic wall in the main lobby continues her long relationship with Children's. (Her first four mosaic walls at Children's Medical Center also won a Spectrum Award in 2006.) The Spectrum Awards recognize creativity and excellence in the use of tile and are sponsored by the Tile Council of America, the Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain, Assopiastrelle (the Italian tile association), the National Tile Contractors Association and the Ceramic Tile Dealers Association.

Former Dallas painter Dave Lambert's tribute to the late Dallas artist George deMerle is online at www.indigodave.com/demerle.html

The Creative Arts Center's Spring Schedule is online

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture's Spring 2009 Catalog of Course and Events is available via www.dallasinstitute.org

Centraltrak introduces 14+1: 14 Minutes of Fame and 1 to Keep, their criticism site accessible through this link. Cursor over the hot pink panel in the center of the menu and click. Link dedicated to critical thinking on the arts and politics. Centraltrak has decided to go green and publish their exhibition essays online at 14+1 in lieu of printing paper brochures to accompany their exhibitions.

KERA has limited video of some programs, including Art:21, available online

See Richard's Member page for examples of his work.

member A video of Rita Barnard's Tribute to the Fallen that was exhibited at the Bath House Cultural Center and at UTD, and will be at North Lake College through October 15, that was produced by Enrique Fernandez Cervantes is on YouTube.

DallasArtsRevue Supporting Members Nancy Ferro and Bob Nunn have paintings in the first edition of Studio Visits magazine, now available.

Click links to DallasArtsRevue Supporting Members like Rita Barnard, Nancy Ferro and Bob Nunn to see their work on their Member Pages.

Helping celebrate EASL's 15th Anniversary, the 2007 EASL Coloring Book has work by 64 area artists ready for coloring, available at Craighead Green, Conduit, David Dike's Dallas gallery and maybe 500X for $10 each.

Sometimes, if EASL's official website is down, they may refer people to the EASL page on DallasArtsRevue at www.DallasArtsRevue.com/EASL.shtml. They never tell me when that happens. Oh, and if you call EASL, don't get excited about them contacting you back quickly. It can take months, but it can be worth it. I know. I wrote about them saving my bacon on their site.

2009 Moss/Chumley Award

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University has announced that David W. McCullough is the recipient of the 2008 Moss/Chumley Artist Award.  The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts.

David McCullough was selected for his body of work in painting and mixed media, some of which creatively incorporated ceramics and photography. McCullough received his MFA from the University of Dallas in 2007 and is presently working towards his doctorate. He has exhibited extensively in Texas and in other areas of the Southwest and is represented in numerous museums, including the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. He has been actively working and participating in the Dallas arts community for over 30 years, and his role as an advocate for artists in the area includes public lectures at all local universities, the personal mentorship of local artists of varied media and participation in exhibition of other artists' works at the Dallas Visual Art Center, the Dallas Contemporary and Contemporary Art Center.

The jury included Elizabeth Hunt-Blanc, Deputy Director of the Meadows Museum; Amanda Dotseth, Assistant Curator of the Meadows Museum; and Cheryl Vogel of Valley House Gallery in Dallas.

Frank Moss and Jim Chumley were Dallas art dealers who made outstanding contributions to the visual arts in North Texas during the 1980s. The pair operated the Nimbus Gallery on Routh Street from 1980 to 1987 and the Moss/Chumley Gallery at the Crescent from 1986 to 1989, where they showcased numerous new artists. The Moss/Chumley Memorial Fund was begun in 1989 by Frank Moss and the Meadows Museum as a tribute to Jim Chumley; Moss's name was added to the memorial fund upon his death in 1991. Established in 1995, the Moss/Chumley Award is given in their memory. The award is open to artists working in any medium who reside in one of the 11 North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise. Past recipients have included Catherine Chauvin, Kaleta Doolin, David Dreyer, Susan Kae Grant, David Hickman, Tracy Hicks, Bob Nunn, Sherry Owens, Ludwig Schwarz, Noah Simblist, Janet Tyson, Marie Van Arsdale, Mary Vernon and Marilyn Waligore.

For additional information or to obtain an entry form, please visit the Museum's Web site at www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org.


The Texas Biennial Again

The Texas Biennial has announced their "Solo Artists," a term that baffled me throughout their abstruse online, digital application process (a term never explained that I could find). Apparently, they've selected "more focused, solo shows awarded to individuals representing North, South, East and West Texas. Their curator "took a concentrated examination of the art making in Texas and culled (?) a list of 35 artists to seriously consider for the solo exhibitions." picking "artists who, in one way or another, embody the creative ingenuity that makes our state so exceptional."

Included are North - Lee Baxter Davis, Greenville; South - Jayne Lawrence, San Antonio; East - Kelli Vance, Houston and West - William Cannings, Lubbock.

This is to weird to synopsize: "The Texas Biennial is delighted to introduce these new artists and their specific modes of working with the Texas community. In response to the number of studio visits conducted with artists in all stages of their career, the Texas Biennial sought fit to pay homage to one great, pioneering artist who has made significant contributions to Texas art. Michael Duncan has chosen Kelly Fearing for this 2009 honor. During our grand opening in March, the Biennial will introduce and re-familiarize some with this artist’s life, work and process in juxtaposition with the 72 other selected Biennial artists." Wonder who he is.

J R thinks this is more interesting a show than most. The Texas Biennial opens 2-4 March 6 at the Mexican American Cultural Center at 600 River Street in Austin, Texas. The only way I know that is because I entered their competition, hoping they would finally communicate with me about openings and other associated TX BI events. I didn't get in, but I'm sure somebody from around here did, and I know that I cannot depend on the TX BI people to tell me. I've written extensively about the TX BI exhibitions, interviewed the event's founders, publicized every morsel I've found, pleaded with them to send me regular PR, all to naught. So this is a giant step forward, despite me not getting accepted, which was an awe-fully long shot anyway, through April 11

After the first exciting, Austin-area centric, community-based TX BI, they dumped all their community-involved curators (and most of their worker bees) and skyrocketed to have only veddy professionals judging. Big disappointment for this writer. I loved the dynamics of true community involvement. Thought they should have stayed funky, free and unique. Keep Austin Weird, indeed.

They never have, unfortunately, got anywhere near professional quality publicity, which task continues to escape them. What I see of their PR is indifferent. They called recently asking if I thought they should do a press conference here and maybe Houston to announce the local winners. I doubted any local press would attend such an event. I doubted even I would. Seemed like a big waste of time and money, which has to be in short supply. I suggested next time they instead do a press party to announce the event, maybe scare up more local entrees.

9 artists were accepted from Dallas, and 1 each from Arlington, Denton and Fort Worth (!), 6 from San Antonio, 8 from Houston and 27 from Austin proves they're still getting the word out in their own bailiwick, and failing miserably everywhere else.

There are not three times as many good artists in Austin as in Dallas or Houston. Houston, for those who may not know, is Texas' largest and most art-intense city (and also happens to be the fourth largest city in the United States). Dallas is second in Texas. Austin may be fifth.

Who got accepted into this elite exhibition is less surprising than who did not. Hard to know who did not enter, of course, or who got in last time but didn't think the process professional enough to subject oneself to the ordeal again. That I recognize names for all but two artists from this area is disquieting. If this exhibition were successful at attracting artists beyond Austin, there should be many more unknown DFW-area artists revealed thereby.

A Google Instant [this] Site Search for any but one of the bold black names below, reveals many mentions — some quite laudatory and with extensive images — on these pages. Only two of the DFW-area artists have not been exhibited on DallasArtsRevue.

Linked names below are not DARts Members but they link to DallasArtsRevue pages. Some of these names are linked to pages of links.

Christie Blizard (Lubbock), Justin Boyd (San Antonio), Leigh Brodie austin Susan Budge (San Antonio), Marc Burckhardt (Austin), Jeanne Cassanova (Houston), Susan Cheal (Denton), Catherine Colangelo (Houston), Beau Comeaux (Houston), Andy Coolquitt (Austin), Paula Cox (San Antonio), Adrienne Cullins (Austin), Celia Eberle (Dallas), Heyd Fontenot (Austin), Angela Fox (San Antonio), Kana Harada (Dallas), Jeannette Hernandez (San Antonio), Juan J. Hernandez (Dallas), Simeen Ishaque (Dallas), Jules Buck Jones (Austin), Kathyrn Kelley (Houston), Natalie Kleinecke (San Marcos), Helen Kwiatkowski (Belton), Ryan Lauderdale (Austin), Jane Lawrence (San Antonio), Paula Leighton (Austin), Anne Longo (Lubbock), Ivan Lozano (Austin), Christa Mares (Austin), Mona Marshall (Austin), Tom Matthews (Edinburg), Carolyn McAdams (Valley View), Mary Morse (Austin), John Mulvany (Austin), Olga Nicalaevna Porter (Houston), Katy O’Connor (Austin), Dawn Okoro (Houston), Kim Cadmus Owens (Dallas), Harmony Padgett (Arlington), Jamie Panzer (Austin), Justin Parr (San Antonio), Katie Pell (San Antonio), Gladys Poorte (Austin), Anila Quayyum Agha (Houston), William Rosshirt (Austin), Winter Rusiloski (Ft. Worth), Cody Scrogum (Austin), Charlotte Smith (Dallas), Morgan Sorne (Austin), Keith Allyn Spencer (El Paso), John Spriggins (Dallas), Mary Stengel (Austin), Raychael Stine (Dallas), Barry Stone (Austin), John Swanger (Austin), James Talbot (Austin), Terri Thomas (Austin), Raymond Uhlir (Austin), Paul Valadez (Edinburg), Kelli Vance (Houston), Marilyn Waligore (Dallas), Jade Walker (Austin) and Vivian Wolfe (Austin)

Just entering was a tech-heavy booger taking hours of my time and energy as I tried to figure out what the hell they were trying to say with the words they used. How'm I supposed to know if I'm entering a group show or a solo show? Do I even get to decide?. I hope it'll be easier as they ease into online entering technology, and that they figure out terminology that means something to those who enter as well as those who booger up the entering process. My congratulations to anyone who entered and actualy got in.

If their notification that I did not get in is any indication, they ran a full 6 weeks behind schedule notifying artists of their status.

I also hope that some day they will finally put me on the P R list, but I won't hold my breath.

Check out our other major stories about this event:
The 2005 Texas Biennial — Index of 7 pages of coverage of the first TX BI
Putting the Bi in the Texas Biennial — The Second Texas Biennial


Andy Hanson photo by J R Compton

Andy Hanson photographing me photographing him. We shared a
darkroom at the Dallas Times Herald in the early 70s when we were
staff photogs there. Photo & caption from Salon du FIT in 2004.

Longtime Dallas photographer, chronicler of arts and social events and collector Andy Hanson died last week. Andy and I shared a darkroom at the Dallas Times Herald what seems like several lifetimes ago, and he has photographed me, and I him, many times over the years. Several of the online links about him include: http://www.kera.org/blogs/culture/2008/10/22/andy-hanson-rip/. There's a great photo of him and one of his photographs on the Dallas Morning News Shopping Blog; the same picture appears on a personal account in UnFair Park. I'll miss seeing him at openings and social events.

Thanks to photographer Sheila Cunningham for the links.


CADD (Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas) Artlab, a 4,000 square foot gallery next to Neiman Marcus downtown and the new Joule Hotel opens 11-8 Saturday September 20, noon - Curator's Walk-through with CADD Director Anne Lawerence; 2 pm - Artist's Talk by RustyScruby of PanAmerican ArtProjects; and another curator's walk-through at 4 and an art show by Ted Kincaid, Kristin aLucas, Kenda North, Ludwig Schwarz, Allison V Smith "and many more."

J R thinks this is more interesting a show than most.Texas Sculpture Association's 25th Anniversary Celebration Symposium opens with gallery receptions at Gerald Peters and Craighead-Green Friday September 19, continues with a Symposium at the Nasher Sculpture Center Saturday September 20 and concludes with tours and a picnic at the Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco Sunday September 21, 2008

The symposium at the Nasher Saturday, September 20 will feature Texas sculptor James Surls and speaker Dr. Edmund P. (Ted) Pillsbury. A panel discussion, "Collecting, Public Art and Sculpture Trends" moderated by Gail Sachson. Panelists will be Thom Andriola, Ashley Tatum Casson, Margaret Robinette, and Kevin Vogel. A reception hosted following the symposium at Bryan Tower Lobby Gallery, with Winning Works curated by curator Gail Sachson. TSA events continue Sunday, September 21, at Hall Office Park in Frisco with a sculpture tour and barbecue luncheon.  A juried TSA exhibit, “Art: Off the Wall,” will be at Haley-Henman. Registration is $150 per person and includes the all events. Visit www.txsculpture.com for registration information, or contact Nan@nan-art.com.

See our stories about the Texas Sculpture Garden in 2007 and 2001.

members all the names J R thinks this is more interesting a show than most. Art in the Metroplex, juried by Art in America conributing editor Eleanor Heartney with artists Paul Abbott, Samuel Beck, Lou Chapman, J R Compton, Matthew Cusick, Mark Doerfler, Ann Ekstrom, Steve Fisch, Jon Flaming, Jacque Forsher, Paul Harris, Sharon Jacobus, Lola Kantor, Norman Kary, Richard Lane, Susan Lecky, Patrick Lewis, Frank Lopez, Sara Lovas, Roma Misra, John C.Moore, Jan Partin, Nathan Porterfield, Don Radke, Teresa Rafidi, Eddy Rawlinson, Jason Reynaga, Matt Sacks, Joel Sampson, Diane Sikes, Libby Slone, Jerry Smith, James Michael Starr and Sarah Tune at TCU's J.M. Moudy Building opening Friday, September 19, Lecture by juror 7:00 p.m., Awards 8:00 p.m." One source says there are 11 artists in the show. Another says 11 Fort Worth artists, 13 from Dallas and some from other places to a total of 37 artists. through October 1

9 from Dallas. 9 from Fort Worth. 3 from Richardson. 2 from Plano. One each from Weatherford, Lewisville, Southlake and Denton

Thanks to Karen Weinman for sending me a list of names and cities.

Heretofore, the AIM folk never publicized artists' names, though I've been after them to send a list of artists for more than a decade, they just won't. So if you ever get in this nice, little DFW-area competitive exhibition — the only one of its kind, really, don't expect those bozos to promote your name, although the grand prize winner gets their art's picture and name on the prospectus the next year. I've got in this show seven times now, and the publicity for doing so is dismal.



spring/summer 08

"Art&Seek is a service from KERA for North Texas and beyond that includes radio news reports, television programs and a website at artandseek.org. The Web site launches Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The first featured Art&Seek television program is Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a co-production of KERA-TV, which airs May 28, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. In June, Art&Seek presents A Conversation with Bill Lively, hosted by Lee Cullum. At artandseek.org you’ll find feature stories written by KERA’s Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks and contributors and related stories and headlines from National Public Radio. Join the discussion on the Art&Seek blog, check out insights from our guest bloggers – arts professionals from around North Texas – and tell us what you think."

I caught a longish, thoughtful, gentle art review by Jerome Weeks on KERA-FM Friday. First art review I've heard there in a long time, although Joan Davidow's fiancé said she still did those for that station sometimes.

EASL's Art Heist 2008 at ArtSpace 111 in Fort Worth August 23

See our exclusive coverage of the 2006 Dallas Art Heist

Dallas artist photographer Tom Jenkins, 54, died from a heart attack Sunday night. frontburner.dmagazine.com/2008/07/07/tom-jenkins-rip/ www.tomjenkins.net/. The memorial service was at The MAC on July 14.

This artist deduction bill (S.548) would give artists the right to deduct the fair market value of their work when donating it to a charity.

We artists are always asked to donate work to charitable causes for fundraising purposes but when our work is auctioned, the buyer gets the benefit of being allowed to deduct their contribution above the market value, whereas the contributing artists and artisans can only deduct the amount of the material costs of creating their work (the cost of paint, canvas, clay, paper...)

This bill is non-partisan and fair. Please click on this link and simply by typing in your zipcode, a letter of support will be sent to your senators and congresspersons.

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/issues/alert/?alertid=9521951  — submitted by Julia Echols

http://capwiz.com:80/artsusa/issues/alert/?alertid=9521951Two minutes is all it takes to tell congress you support the arts and art education.

The latest update on this bill.

Norwood Flynn presents Artful Wednesdays, open "late" till 7 pm for Wednesdays in March for wine, cheese and, one supposes, art


member Modern Dallas Luxury Magazine has a story about DARts Member Norman Kary in the current edition available free at local galleries.

Afterimage Gallery owner/director Ben Breard has notified us of a 3-minute, video of the late Fort Worth photographer Peter Feresten's work, and narrated by him, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV6uGSiwL3c&mode=related&search by StarryDynamoFilms

KERA (FM, TV) "is launching a multimedia, community-based arts initiative in late May that will bring unprecedented attention to the arts in North Texas.

Unified under the name Art&Seek, the project includes the upcoming launch of a new Web site developed as a gathering place for the arts. The site will include an automated calendar where organizations can post their own events as well as original Web content provided by KERA staff and community partners. In addition, the site will be home to the Arts+Culture blog where artists, curators, performers and other arts professionals contribute to discussions about what’s happening in the arts in North Texas. In addition, KERA will provide expanded coverage of the arts on its public radio and television stations through interviews, reviews and special programs."

See for yourself at www.kera.org/blogs/culture/?p=452#more-452 about Houston's Rowhouses that DallasArtsRevue published three years ago. See DARts contributor, Dallas artist Tracy Hicks' 13 Stories logging his participation — especially very short stories Spine and Tadpoles at the Rowhouses.

ArtCast is interviews with artists and art-related folk

"The Arts need a strong voice in this years elections. There may be artists on your mailing list that are unaware of what we can do to increase funding for the arts - if we lobby our candidate of choice - now. And then support the Arts Action Fund. More about Americans for the Arts."submitted by TJ Mabrey

Latino Culture Center Media & Development Coordinator Gabriela Bucio leaves February 8 to work in Mareting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Art Conspiracy donated $14,500 to St. Anthony's Community Center in Dallas. See our story of Artists Arting at ArtCon3 for this annual acution to benefit a nonprofit community art organization.

Former McKinney Avenue Contemporary Director Elizabeth Hunt is the new Deputy Director of The Meadows Museum at SMU.

It's a scam. It's a scam. It's always a scam! If you get emails from South America or Nigeria or Irving, Texas promising to send you a "certified cashier cheque" (or other wording) for your art or your boat or your Sousaphone, pay attention. It is very possibly — if not likely — they are attempting to scam you.

The classic format involves them sending you a check for more than you agreed to charge. You are expected to go to a bank, cash the (probably bogus) check and send the difference back to the thieves who are preying on your desire to sell art.

That said, many people see something on the internet and assume it is for sale, even if no price is mentioned. They flail about attempting to buy it or multiples of it. There are legitimate buyers of art out there, and they may contact you, and you may do business with them. But pay attention. Google the phrasing they use, and you'll find pages warning about scams. I googed "certified cashier cheque" and found More internet scams, Wedding Photographer, Musical Instrument Sales and Fraud Attempts on your Classified Advertisements.

Warning: If it involves you cashing checks, then sending the difference between what you earned and what they sent you, it's a scam. Beware! You will be prosecuted. The Nigerians are out of reach of the short arm of the law.

Norwood Flynn presents Artful Wednesdays, open "late" till 7 pm for Wednesdays in March for wine, cheese and, one supposes, art

I caught a longish, thoughtful, gentle art review by Jerome Weeks on KERA-FM Friday. First art review I've heard there in a long time, although Joan Davidow's fiancé said she still did those for that station sometimes.

new EASL's Art Heist 2008 at ArtSpace 111 in Fort Worth August 23

See our exclusive coverage of the 2006 Dallas Art Heist

winter 07-08

Dallas sculptor John Snygg (stories in Small Sculpture in Texas and J R's Collection on this site) died from cancer February 28. The funeral was Monday March 3, and the obituary should appear in the Saturday March 1 Dallas Morning News. There is talk of a memorial exhibition of John's kinetic sculptures at a future date.

PDNB exhibiting artists Peter Brown and Kent Haruf were featured in an interview on KERA's Think program last week, discussing their book, West of Last Chance. You can view their interview with Kris Boyd on KERA's podcast website. Another PDNB-er, David Graham's exhibition in Pittsburgh was featured in the February 28 Dallas Morning News and is available online.


500X' recent P R person has moved away, leaving behind shambles in several long-term press relationships — for a change, I wasn't the only one she feuded with. Sure hope their next press personage does a better job. When a gallery takes an arts writer off their press list for daring to express opinions, it's obvious professionalism is not a goal.

DARts Member Warren Harris will teach photography classes in January and February at Cedar Hils Visual Expressions' new classrooms. The classes are every Wednesday for six weeks, beginning January 9 and February 20. Schedule here.

Beware of large-print inkjet printing companies in general. Many have lousy reputations. Nobody wants to say anything specific but several sources have mentioned Dragon Street's ArtiZen in this regard — making extra copies without telling the artist, not paying artists for work sold, damaging original artwork, etc. No single artist wishes to complain, but there's a general malaise. -JRC

Margaret Robinette has retired from the City Arts Program, and though The City may not have noticed, the Dallas art community will. Margaret was the kindness and human face there who knew what was going on and gave time to explain to those of us who were curious or confused. A gentle woman who was in it for the community. She will be missed.

The Kettle celebrated its second birthday with a UTube Myuvie.

Heard that George deMerle died. They don't make artists like that anymore — self taught & theory-free: his later sculptures, of fluorescent-painted gossamer, were deliberately ephemeral, impossible to reproduce, and of an unearthly beauty. From graywyvern:

George De Merle invented his own medium, vinyl webbing blown across wire armatures and spraypainted in fluorescent tones; and has brought it to such perfection that the pieces he makes nowadays, one or two a year, seem eerie lifeforms from an alien continuum. Yet their passionate human origin gradually unfolds as you ponder, in the illumined darkness, this indescribable complexity and unfathomable beauty that is, after all, part of the world we live in. (Since the technique is both fragile and impossible to photograph, visiting de Merle's latest in his Irving studio is less like museum-going, than being privileged to witness a rare natural phenomenon, an aurora or double circular rainbow. by Michael Helse

summer 07

Mulcahy Modern, which used to be on 8th Street in Oak Cliff, is closed for the summer while they relocate to a new space to open in the fall.

Texas State Artists of the Year

member James Michael Starr blogs on Hotels By City, a revenue-generating travel web site, where he writes short short stories each week about art-related events in the Dallas area.

The Dallas Morniing News no longer has an art critic or a regular art column. Neither does The Observer.

rumor "The Arlington Museum is closing or restructuring. Apparently they were having funding issues and could not overcome them. Not sure what's going to happen from this point," a friend told us recently, after talking with a very reliable source.

Informative online vid about Tunnel Vision with nice visuals of the wildly diverse art that once graced the walls of the Good-Lattimer Tunnel and what that place looks like now.

No M Street / Lakewood Art Tour this year this year, maybe one in April 2008, says organizer Silia Thornton.

member Long-time (the longest) DallasArtsRevue contributor Michael Helsem (his member page and his reviews) has a new book, Almucantar: Folksongs, lays, and chanteys of World War 4, a selection from his ghazal-blog Diwan: A Wind. It is available from www.lulu.com/content/715006.

before that

Angstrom Gallery on Parry is not dead, their current show, of and pertaining to the Minnesotal Muliphasic Personality Inventory 2TM tests we all took in high school to determine our personality is there (although it sounds like a traveling show and some who've seen it said it wasn't as good as their usual fare -JRC) through October 23. They are promising more shows.

questionable Studio 2600 is seeking art to go on their walls, but at least one Dallas-area artist smells something funny. See our feedback page for more information.

"art zombie is moving to los angeles..next week (insert record screech here) — yes an unanticipated move and the web site has yet to be updated, but hopefully friday night.. I plan to break the news — I was so ready to rock this gap in dallas.. but now beverly hills.. — awaits. — hopefully if logistics are kind in the future, dallas won't be forgotten by me anyway.
art zombie"

Art is Art consignment studio at 6039 Oram Street near Skillman wants your art, retro furniture, accessories and gifts. 214 823-8222 or email artisartcs@aol.com

Studio 2600 may not be as ready as they seemed. Read the letter on the feedback page.

La Reunion, where life and art unite!
"This year's EASL fundraising concept is a non-auction event called Art Heist. Outstanding regional artists are eing asked to contribute a work of art, easily handled by one person, with a suggested maxiumum dimension of 12 inches and a minimum value of $200.
Art Heist will be September 30 in the basement of Southside on Lamar. Pre-sold tickets are $200 each, entitling the buyer to one work of art to be selected during the event under time and accessibility contstraints.
While the art heist is underway, a diversion party will be going on with the usual EASL suspects: cocktails, eats, fun and games. Admission for wittnesses is $25 at the door.
EASL is seeking a minimum of 150 artist accomplices, each of whom will be admitted free and given two drink coupons.
Might be more info at their new website at www.easl.us
"Looking to bridge the gap between ART and those who want it in the Metro-plex area," Art Zombie cometh.
Premiere Texas artist Luis Jimenez (1940-2006) died in a freak accident this week.
Read two eulogies for Bob "Hot Horse" Trammell, former DallasArtsRevue contributor, Dallas poet and founder of Dallas' Word Space literary organization.
The Texas Biennial (in Austin — see our extensive and fully illustrated coverage of last year's event) is calling for entries for their second exhibition (putting the bi in the Biennial) online at http://texasbiennial.com/submission.htm. This time there are only five jurors from five geographically representative Texas cities, considerably simplifying that endeavor.
Jurors include Austin's Blanton Museum of Art Assistant Curator of Latin American Art Ursula Davila; Ballroom Marfa's Executive Director Fairfax Dorn; Artpace San Antonio's Curator of Education and Exhibitions Kate Green; Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum Associate Curator, Valerie Cassel Oliver; and University of Texas at Dallas Assistant Professor (and artist) John Pomara.
Which represents the width and depth of Texas but is too heavy on institutional curators for a repeat of the edginess of TXB's first year shows. Last year's even dozen votes came from 15 jurors who were nearly all from Austin. Not surprisingly, so were most of the artists selected.
See our statistics page from last year's show.
The show itself will be at four independent Austin galleries — Bohm Studios, Dougherty Art Center, Okay Mountain and Site 1808 — March 1 through April 15, 2007.
See our venues page from last year's show for info on two repeating venues.
To further diversify representation, the "Advisors of the Texas Biennial 2007" (no duties listed but the parallel group from last year ran the show), include Oak Cliff's MFA gallery director and artist Steve Cruz; Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum Senior Curator Dana Friis-Hansen; Austin artist and Lombardi Gallery director Rachel Koper; and Galveston Arts Center executive director and curator Clint Willour.
From reading these lists, it seems that the only art professionals in Dallas willing to align with next year's TXB are independent gallery owners and teachers, both of whom are artists. No museum or art center administrators/curators from here, at all.
Strange, but it might help keep some inkling of the funk and edge ((Keep Austin Weird)) in next year's show, which from all these museum mucky-mucks may be headed for a backlash into conservative or institutionalized selections.
Last year there was no Dallas jurors and darned few Dallas artists in the multiple exhibition scattered among five independent galleries and art spaces in Austin. This is progress in some directions, may be disaster in others.
But I still expect the show to be amazing. - J R Compton
WARNING: artists whose email addresses are on the internet are targeted by "a couple in England" offering to "buy work." DARts member Heather Gorham researched the scam by Nigerian thieves. Read Heather's letter on the Feedback Page: ignore their emails and do not deposit any financial paper they send.

Rumors flying about The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art (formerly D-Art and DVAC)'s potential new digs. Some say it's next door to Craighead-Green on Dragon Street. Others insist, no, it's definitely the humongous space on Howell.

The Swiss Avenue Meadows Building is only The Contemp's for 10 years max, and although she poo-poohed the notion in my interview with Joan Davidow last year, the institution will have to move in the not-so-distant future, although a helluva lot of money has to be raised first, and I suspect us artists will be depended upon for a lot of that. They'll make great promises, then forget us in the mix, like institutions always do.

Gustavo Galvan is the 2006 winner of the $2,500 Dallas Art Dealers Association's first annual Edith Baker Art Scholarship. The young Dallas artist will receive his award at 6:30 pm May 19 in the LBJ Theater at Nolan Estes Plaza, temporary home for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts at 3434 R.L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas, Texas off Kiest Boulevard.

According to Edith Baker, "Gustavo Galvan's work embodied all of the criteria we were searching for. His work is exciting, mysterious, provocative, and elegant - which is unusual for such a young artist. Our organization wishes the artist much success in the arts as a profession, and hopes that he continues to provide us with food for our soul and a feast for our eyes."

DADA created the scholarship last year, on their 20th anniversary, to honor Edith Baker, founding DADA member Edith Baker, who owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Proceeds from DADA events throughout the year continue to benefit the Edith Baker Art Scholarship Fund, which benefits a graduating senior from the Arts Magnet high school planning to attend college and continue their studies in the visual arts.

Jazz musician, scholar, composer, and educator José Antonio Bowen has been named dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Bowen is currently dean of the School of Fine Arts and professor of music at Miami University in Ohio. He will assume his responsibilities at SMU beginning July 1. More info.

In the mid 1990s, Fort Worth artists created and contributed art to benefit the Contemporary Art Center of Fort Worth and that twork was displayed at the Angeluna Restaurant in Sundance Square. When the restaurant closed recently, Sundance Square Management asked the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, which operates the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, to assist in determining what would become of the collection.

The Angeluna collection is currently on exhibit at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center thru March 24, 2006. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The final public viewing of the full collection will take place at a closing reception on March 24, 2006 from 6PM - 9PM at Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The reception is free and open to the public.

The next step for the collection will be determined by the individual artists who created the work. Artists may reclaim their work or donate it to the Arts Council for a future fundraising event to benefit the Fort Worth arts community. Artists may express their preference, by contacting FWCAC Gallery Manager, Elaine Taylor, at elaine@fwcac.org or by phone 817 738-1938 ext. 21.


Dr. Mark A. Roglán has been named director of the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, effective retroactively to January 1, 2006. Dr. Roglán, a native of Madrid and a specialist in Spanish art, had served as interim director of the museum since May 2005, when he succeeded former director Dr. Edmund Pillsbury.

Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida's Silent Music II, 1983 a large, table-like abstraction donated to the Met in 1986 by Dallas collector Frank Ribelin was almost auctioned by Sotheby's in London because, according the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "it has been on display [only] three times in 20 years and it's a very large work, and it should be seen outside." Mr Ribelin discovered the proposed sale online, protested, and the museum canceled the auction of their only piece by the artist. According to UPI, it was "unquestionably the most important work by Chillida to ever appear at auction" and was expected to fetch between $1.8 to $2.6 million.

According to a story by Dallas Morning News Theatre Critic Lawson Taitte, a $1.06 million grant will fund a ten-month plan to transform art education in Dallas. Donated by the Wallace Foundation of New York and implemented by Big Thought (formerly Young Audiences of North Texas)."


The fund may grow to more than $7 million "to put the plan into action for all Dallas Independent School District students from kindergarten to sixth grade." The theatre-heavy Big Thought will evaluate all areas of Dallas students' contact with the arts including arts instruction and field trips." Dallas was selected from 26 cities that were "already making progress in connecting schools, arts organizations and other civic groups."

Special thanks toDallasArtsRevue member Elisabeth Schalij for providing this information.

There's a bill before congress that will, if left alone, allow artists to deduct the value of donated art work, not just the cost of materials. Info online.

Studio space is available at the Shamrock Hotel Studios, 4312 Elm Street, Dallas 75214. For information contact Peter Ligon, 214 823-7089 or email ligonpa@yahoo.com

Those Who Play Together Stay Together is the odd title of a 2006 calendar featuring black & white photographs of 12 prominent Dallas sculpture couples. Naked. Though camouflaged. It benefits but is not sponsored by Texas Sculpture Association and Texas Visual Arts Association. $9.95 + $2 mailing and handling charges. Make checks out to The Studio and send to The Studio at 13602 Floyd Circle, Dallas, TX 75243 or call 972 437-3250


Gray as in Gray Matters

According to Brad Ford Smith, "Vance has just sent out the word that [last Saturday] was the last opening at the Gray Matters Gallery, and that this will be the last show before the doors close. This gallery has been a cornerstone to the art scene of Dallas, and the launching pad for dozens of Texas artists. The void that this closing represents will be felt by all those that are involved in the arts. I know that Vance and Stacy will continue to work and support the arts in Dallas, it is in their blood. I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with next. So Drop by the Gray Matters gallery this Saturday for great art, great people and good beer," said Mr. Smith.

Paper Routes — Dallas' premiere paper store will, by July 8, change its name to Paper Arts. Its address will be 118 North Peak (Dallas, Texas 75226). Business hours will be 10-7 Tuesdays, 10-5 Wednesdays through Fridays and 10-4 Saturdays. Phone will be 214- 828-9494, which was their old # on Exposition, and best of all, Terri Lenior will still own and operate the business, now with partner Robert Dorrell.

Dallas artist and teacher Scott Barber died Friday April 22, 2005. A memorial service was at St. Mark's School at 5 Tuesday April 26, and at Barry Whistler's. Please make donations to EASL (Emergency Artists Support League) P.O. Box 7895. Dallas, Texas 75209; 888 563-2316. EASL online.

Walter Hopps (1932-2005) has departed this world. His mind was full of art experiences and stories that he was always willing to share and he will be missed: Find Articles - Houston Chronicle - LA Times - NY Times

Ted Pillsbury is leaving the Meadows Museum as of May First (after 22 months) to pursue other projects. These last two stories are from DARts' Aesthetic Crisis Center.


Sonia King's Children's Medical Center Mosaic published

Sonia King's The Nature wall, one of four 8 x 17-foot mosaic walls at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, was just published in the Commissions section of the April/May '05 issue of American Craft, the official magazine of the American Craft Council. It was also on the cover of the architectural issue of Healthcare Design Magazine as well as featured in the new book, Mosaic Art and Style by JoAnn Locktov.

Created from a varied mix of materials sourced around the world, the mosaic walls are designed to be visually stimulating as well as texturally engaging. Over 30 different kinds of tile were used including hand-cut glass and ceramic, gold smalti and glass fusions.

Materials were sourced from the United States, Italy, France, Mexico, Portugal and Malaysia. The individual pieces not only change shape, size and patterning but also handle light in a multiple of ways, varying from shiny, matte, iridescent, glazed, clear and rounded surfaces.

Small surprises are hidden in the design, such as ladybug glass fusions and dichroic gems on the Nature Wall. The other walls are Shapes, Symbols and Balloons. The hand-colored fresco grout was created to add depth and visual stimulation, adding to the impression of floating and changing the look as one walks past the wall.

King is currently working on Phase Two of the mosaic projects for Children's Medical Center. Two sets of transparent glass mosaic on frosted safety windows are being created for the eleventh and twelfth floors of the hospital's new tower. In progress pictures of the windows can be seen on King's website at www.mosaicworks.com.

In other news, Sonia and Emma Biggs are co-authoring a new book, "Mosaic Master Class: Advanced Techniques", from Sterling Publishing. Sonia is the author of "Mosaic Techniques and Traditions" while London-based Biggs is the author of four mosaic books, including the "Encyclopedia of Mosaic Techniques." Sonia King, an internationally known mosaic artist, reinterprets the ancient art of mosaics as a contemporary sculptural medium.


Dallas rates #6 nationally for arts-related businesses

According to the Americans for the Arts analysis of the number of arts-related businesses — including arts institutions and organizations, Dallas is 6th in the United States, after New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Chicago — with more than 14,200 arts-related businesses.

Houston is #10, Austin #22, and San Antonio #31, although on a per capita basis, Austin is rated highest in Texas and third in the nation and Dallas is #19.

The data from this Creative Industries Study shows, among other things, how many arts-related businesses, identified in the Dun & Bradstreet database of 12.8 million active U.S. businesses, are located in each of the 276 standard metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The study combines Dun & Bradstreet data (as of January 2004) and geo-economic analysis to map the presence of these arts-related entities in six creative industries: museum / collections; performing arts; visual / photography; film, radio, TV; design/publishing; and schools / services. The creative industries are composed of arts-centric businesses, institutions, and organizations that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and advertising companies.

Nationally, such businesses within the creative industries number 548,000 (4.3 percent of all U.S. businesses), and they employ 2.99 million people. These numbers are inevitably conservative, since the Dun & Bradstreet database under-represents nonprofit arts organizations. These numbers are even more conservative since the study does not look at unincorporated arts entities nor most individual artists. In the future we hope to be able to incorporate such organizations, which will yield even higher numbers.

On June 28, Americans for the Arts issued a press release which presented the data for only the 20 largest MSAs. That release has created some confusion about how many metropolitan areas were included, how metropolitan areas beyond the 20 largest compared, and how all the metropolitan areas compared on a per capita basis. We now realize that it should have been clearer. To ensure that there is no lack of clarity going forward, we have listed below each of the 276 MSAs and ranked them by population, by the number of arts businesses wiithin each of them, and by the number of arts businesses per 1,000 residents.



Cash raised for cancer treatments

Ludwig  Schwartz - Unttled 1/4

Ludwig Schwarz - Untitled 1/4, 2004
oil on canvas - 18 x 24 inches
Angstrom Gallery

January 2005


A Friend in Deed was a one-night art sale at Barry Whistler's with proceeds to Dallas artist Scott Barber's cancer treatment. According to the gallery, "over $35,000" was raised.


Mark Babcock - Untitled

Mark Babcock - Miagra, 2002
biaxally oriented polystyrene ink,
neodymium magnet - 4.5 x 3.25 inches
Angstrom Gallery


Works were on display during Satur day (when I shot these samples of the very diverse but depthy show), but no sales were made until 7-10 Saturday January 22.


Sara Ishii - Princess

Sara Ishii - Princess, 2005
oil on masonite - 8 x 8 inches


One DARts contributor who attended, said "The event seemed to go very well, with its sardine can abundance of people, goodwill and plenty of red dots."


Randall Garrett - Companeros

Randall Garrett - Companeros, 2005
glass, lotus seeds, enamel
5 x 4 x 1 inches
Plush Gallery


The sale featured art by more than fifty Dallas artists, including Mark Babcock, Frances Bagley, Bryan Billingsley, Christine Bisetto, Kelli Connell, Michael Cross, CJ Davis, Vincent Falsetta, Brian Fridge, Anthony Gambino, Randall Garrett, Linnea Glatt, Robert Hamilton, Jin-ya Huang, Benito Huerta, Sara Ishii, Chris Jaggers,...


Kelli Connell - Interim (B)

Kelli Connell - Interim (B), 2004
1/6, digital color photograph
24 x 20 inches
Barry Whistler Gallery


Otis Jones, Ted Kincaid, Bill Komodore, Keitha Lowarance, Kirsten Macy, Greg Metz, Michael Miller, John Ryan Moore, Roberto Munguia, Pamela Nelson, Betsy Odom, Michael Odom, Tom Orr, Monica Pierce, Steven Price, John Pomara, Johnny Robertson, Andrea Rosenberg, Derrick Saunders, Cameron Schoepp, Ludwig Schwarz,...



Marjorie Schwarz, Jay Shinn, Tom Sime, Allison V Smith, Charlotte Smith, Ann Stautberg, Tachael Stine, Lorraine Tady, Terri Thornton, Frank X Tolbert, Michael Tole, Ellen Tuchman, John Wilcox, Bob Wilhite, Danny Williams and Michael Wynne. Music by Shibboleth.





Galleries quit, move and don't


January 2005


We're saddened to hear that Cidnee Patrick Gallery (formerly Edith Baker) has closed on the eve of what would have been Edith's 30th anniversary.

Cidnee's been a friend and a supporter, and her gallery has always been a warm and welcoming place filled with bright art.

I'm really going to miss “The Cidnee Pat.”


Related info had both Craighead-Green (now two doors down from the Cidnee Pat at 2404 Cedar Springs) and Dunn & Brown (5020 Tracy in nowhere north McKinney / south Highland Park) seriously considering moving to the Design District (Trinity Industrial Area) south of I–35.

Talley Dunn, however, counters, “Lisa Brown and I own the property at 5020 Tracy Street, and we have no intention of moving.”



Craighead-Green's old space in early January '05 sun


Kenneth Green (of Craighead-Green) told me, We are trying to buy a building on Dragon Street ... We are very excited, will have around 5,600 feet and be close to Holly and Nancy [Whitenack of Conduit].

Already in that busy area are Conduit (1626-C Hi Line), Holly Johnson (1411 Dragon), Joel Cooner (1605 Dragon), Banks (1231 Dragon) and Beaux Arts (1505 Hi Line) galleries.

More info on Dallas galleries 
on our Gallery Information page.

Wow! Dallas could have a real gallery district again, with plenty of parking and no tow-away zones or parking creep neighbors.

Can you imagine an Art Walk where patrons could actually walk between galleries?


Long-time DARts friend Terri Thoman, still of Paper Routes, is selling the popular paper store, but needs customers to keep coming back to 4440 Lawnview Avenue in Dallas TX 75227 (mapquest gives wrong directions), so she'll have something to sell, 214 381-2400.

Hours are 10-4 Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Terri's new Fine Print studio is at 118 Peak, where she's back to teaching and making prints.



Pillsbury quits Peters to direct Meadows

June 2003


James Surls and P&PFA

Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury, whom New York Times art critic John Russell characterized as "one of the most gifted men in the American museum profession," has been named the director of the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Pillsbury, former director of Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum and Yale University's Center for British Art, will assume his new post on July 1.

And how did the established feathers at SMU like Dr. P dissing SMU's mu's colors and paint in the Dallas Morning News? Some say it was a crisis. Others thought it was a great way to start a new regime.

Dr. Pillsbury resigned his position as CEO of Pillsbury & Peters Fine Art, Ltd., the Dallas gallery he and Gerald Peters formed as a limited partnership in 1999. Under Dr. Pillsbury's direction, the gallery doubled in size, added more than a dozen artists, and became Dallas' best and most extensive art gallery. Now what, you might wonder. We do. -JRC


Legends this Time

Paul Rogers Harris
Self-Portrait with Daddy Figures - full info


Popular independent curator, former Waco Art Center and Dallas Crafts Guild director, educator and digital artist Paul Rogers Harris is the winner of this year's prestigious Arts Professional Legend Award. And I can't imagine anyone who deserves it more.

I'm proud to say Paul is a friend and sometime advisor, and I was privileged to design the catalog for his retrospective exhibition, Paul Rogers Harris: 50 Years in Art at Mountain View college in February 2001. That book includes his illustrated, biographical essay, I Never Thought of Myself As an Artist, which has been on this site since then.

Also raised to Legend status were art collector and real estate entrepreneur, gentle benefactor, historic preservationist and superb photographer David Gibson and his late wife, educator and gardener Lorine Gibson; and Dallas painter, Art Lies magazine co-founder and UTA gallery director Benito Huerta. All these legends will be honored at a banquet this fall.

JR Compton, Editor 

Edith Baker Gallery is changing its name to reflect its new owner Cindee Patrick Gallery. We worried about it some months ago, becaise Edith Baker has developed such a great reputation over the years, but she still works there and is happy with the plans. The new owner has obviously differing tastes and style. The name becomes official at this September's Dallas Gallery Walk. -JRC


Some news is exciting. Some hardly matters. From the latter category comes these two gems:

Danny Wettreich of the schmaltzy Eurpean Art Gallery, citing 9 11, which he says, "has caused us to review our priorities," has decided to "refocus our energies on our charitable activites, and consequently I have decided to close our two galleries ( in Dallas and London ) and retire from most of my business ventures." But their collection of 19th and 20th Centry European paintings is still available online and by appointment.

In an even longer winded press release from the Arlington Museum of Art comes "news" that former AMA Manager Anne Allen has been named Director, succeeding founding Director Joan Davidow, who "resigned" last year. Apparently the only applicants interviewed were Allen and former UTA Center for Research in Contemporary Art ( CRCA ) Al Harris-Fernandez. When he dropped out of the running at AMA to direct the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, "Ms Allen was the obvious choice," AMA board chair Bill Barter is quoted. Duh. - JRC


Love Field Project winners announced

The winner for the Love Field Parking Garage Expansion Public Art Project is the collaborative team of Dallas artists Susan Magilow and Philip Lamb. Congratulations.



Furor at Dallas Visual Art Center  (formerly D-Art)


Sonia King The Outer Limits tape mosaic, 2001 6 x 9.33 feet
Sponsored by DVAC patron David Mullen


New DVAC director Joan Davidow is causing a furor in the Dallas art community.

She fired the popular volunteer coordinator Barbara West, quietly cancelled future Critic's Choice Shows, ripped up colorful art ( above ) and painted over colored walls -- to appeal to rich collectors -- and set size limitations on the once open, membership show. And although they have been paying for it for months, DVAC still has no website or E-mail.

The new director has raised membership fees and is charging for participation in meetings not even held at the center. She's abysmally ignorant of DVAC history -- it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary -- on its 21st birthday. And if she has a vision for its future, she has communicated it poorly.

Many DVAC members are seeing red. Some are refusing to renew. Others are boycotting. Only 200 works -- from nearly 900 members -- were accepted at the current membership show. And staffers lies to members asking about Ms. West.

If you're out there, Ms. Davidow, we'd love to hear from you.

JR Compton


Mary Washowiak Ward founded D-ART.

I get so tired of repeating this, but despite her and DVAC's constant repetition of this stupid bit of bullshit revisionist history, Patricia Meadows did not found D-ART, as much as she'd like to think so herself — and have us believe that lie.

Neither did Judy Smith-Hearst.

Meadows came along well after Ward had presented her concept of a center for Dallas artists to Artists Coalition for Texas ( which later became D-ART ) in a series of public meetings, and after ACT had turned over its organization and its precious 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status to the newly named institution.

Meadows brought social and financial connections at an important juncture in D-Art history. But she didn't originate anything.

Well after Mary Washowiak Ward founded D-ART, her " friend " Judy Hearst Smith, along with Patricia Meadows, wrested it from her over a tempest in a teapot excuse and wrote Ward out of D-ART ( now DVAC )'s history.

Last summer, DVAC celebrated its " 20th Anniversary " on the eve of its 21st year in existence -- just so its true founder could be safely written off. As if D-ART didn't begin until Meadows found that dilapidating old building that finally had to be razed just down the street from their current, Meadows ( sound familiar? ) Foundation digs ( which, after 8 more years, reverts to some other arts organization ).

At the opening of the above exhibition, Mrs. Meadows asserted that she was not a visionary. That much, at least, is true. It takes a visionary to conceive of something unique, even if it was -- and may still be -- needed

Meadows also stated that before D-Art " no gallery in Dallas showed Dallas artists or Texas Artists." This is another absurdity she has repeated for at least a dozen years.

Dallas galleries were showing Dallas artists well before D-ART came on the scene. They continued when D-ART blinked out of existence for a couple of years in the late 80s, and they still do.

Will DVAC ever own up to their own truths? -JRC


For much more info on the various other controversies swirling around DVAC these days, tune into the DARts' News Page. For way too much information on this particular, continuing idiocy, click to DARts' D-Art Revisionism Subindex.

Protest Letter to DVAC Board


DVAC controversy sizzles

Dallas sculptor Stuart Kraft wrote the following letter in response to my DVAC story immediately above:

Dear Friends, and members of DVAC

I am convinced that firing Barbara West was a wrong minded decision. Someone needs to hire her now and pay her the salary she deserves. The DVAC building will only become colder without her caring presence.

Some of us know what bad financial condition DVAC was in, prior to Ms. Davidow's leadership. Our fees and donations from the artists were not enough to keep the facility going. Fund raising, planning, and growth are the responsibility of the board of directors. What is their role in the decline of the facility, once most responsive to the needs of the artist community? Or, in other words, I ask the Board, What are you doing? What are you thinking? Who's the Boss?

Those board members who "quit in protest," wasted our potential clout, by relinquishing your votes.

I would be slow to blame Joan [ Davidow ] for the collapse of DVAC. The fatal flaws were in place long before she came with a mandate to rescue the organization. Some of those flaws are of our making.

I disagree strongly with her methods, but they are problems and panicked solutions typical of an unhealthy organization. It is a very tough job she accepted, she will fail without our support and guidance.

Her apparent disrespect of artists as human beings is troubling, as it reflects her focus on the structure of the organization, not the individuals that comprise it. Joan could spend more time with Ms. Manners as a tutor if she cares to maintain member support for her program modifications.

We can kill DVAC with a boycott. It is so fragile. We can walk away with no fight to reclaim what was ours. We can give it to the socialites and money brokers. We as members have responsibilities and power..... lets use it. Attend the board meetings, open your wallet with discrimination, get yourself elected, and tell Joan ,"NO" when she needs to hear it.

Take It Back ! Don't turn your back.

Stu Kraft 11-17-01   


"Not to exceed a perimeter of 96 inches"

This poem is about My Piece of the Wall, the DVAC Membership Show November 30 through December 31. It was written by former SMU-art professor and Dallas sculptor Wilbert Verhelst, who literally wrote the book on sculptural materials.


Twenty Four
by twenty four
by twenty four
by twenty four
Creativity smothered
there is no more
Limited by that
ridiculous trick.
It is no more
with ninety six.
Forty two and forty two
and six by six
I still feel smothered
by ninety six.
I would like my sculpture
to be taller
But ninety six says
it must be smaller
So I enter the show
knowing there is no more
Suspecting the show
might be a bore
Any exhibition designer
that is reasonably wise
knows that an installation
can be ruined
when limiting the size

© 2001 Bill Verhelst

See Bill Verhelst's Supporting Membership page for examples of his work.


Barbara West Fired from DVAC

Reader and friend Leisette E-mailed me with the sad news that Barbara West, whom many artists considered the heart and soul of DVAC for the last two years, has been fired. The rationale was that she does not fit the image that DVAC is now trying to project.

Q:  Why is it so important that someone got fired from a local art center?

A:  Simple. It shows a trend away from serving Dallas artists, which was Ms. West's specialty, and toward making the Dallas Visual Art Center just another Contemporary Museum of Art, where new, even avant art is king, and local artists are just not that important anymore.

We're afraid this firing means that instead of being the center for Dallas artists that it has been becoming for the last decade, DVAC will be all about making a name for itself, and its new director.

As Leisette said in her E-mail:

She is the consistent presence who kept DVAC functioning during the several changes of director and fellow employees/volunteers during the past three years. As you know, she is the person who organizes the events and provides refreshments ( often preparing the food herself ).

She encouraged artists and gave them practical advice. She knows about everyone in the DFW art scene. Her knowledge of the art world has been very helpful to many beginning and more experienced artists. She [ did ] all this for low pay and no benefits. She has given me important encouragement when I was discouraged.

Every time I walked into DVAC, Barbara was there with a big smile and a great story. She attended almost all the functions, especially the ones for artists. I have never seen the current director, Joan Davidow, at any of the functions for artists. When artists go to Joan for evaluations of their portfolios, she is a harsh and callous judge.

Joan told me once that she herself is an artist, but couldn't stand the isolation of the studio. She likes to be around people. I find it hard to believe that Joan is an artist. Her attitude is more that of a bureaucrat.

Several artists I've talked with recently fear for the future of DVAC with Joan Davidow at the helm. Part of DVAC's mission statement is that it provide programs and support for local artists. I fear that Joan may cater to the collectors and corporate sponsors and consider DVAC as a stepping stone for her own career.

I cannot support the changes in DVAC and will not be renewing my membership, and therefore I am not exhibiting work in the membership show. I consider this no big loss as the membership show is so crowded that it is very difficult for any one artist's work to be noticed.

The artist members of DVAC ( unless they qualify for the Mosaics exhibitions ) have no opportunity for a one-person show at DVAC. This is the only art center I know that doesn't accept exhibition proposals from its members. Why?

From now on I'll be supporting other local arts organizations and praying Joan Davidow doesn't do too much damage."

When this editor spoke to Barbara about a week later, she emphasized that she didn't want people to boycott DVAC on her account. It should, she said, be their own decision. -JRC


Arlington Museum of Art names architect

Fort Worth architects Cauble Hoskins and Loose will renovate the museum's 50s style department store building, adding an elevator, and expanding the Children's Education Center in the basement. Weren't they raising funds for a whole new building last year before they fired Joan Davidow, who was purpoted to be a great fund-raiser.



The winner for the Love Field Parking Garage
Expansion Public Art Project
on display at DVAC
through November 10 hasn't been announced yet...

But I'm including the following description of one of the teams proposals, just to give readers an idea of some of the thought and planning that goes into this kind of public project. My friend Carol Wilder E-mailed it to me when I asked, and I thought you'd be interested, also.

She's collaborating with her husband Larry Enge and University of Dallas Art Professor ( and the guy who first turned me on to art, when I aced his Art History class at UD 37 years ago ) Lyle Novinski. There are three other proposals at the DVAC showing that are at least as involved. It's really a fascinating exhibition. -JRC

The project involves designing artwork for 5 sections of walls ( approximate size 13' x 182' -- all different lengths ) to correspond with 5 moving sidewalks to be built to carry patrons from the new garage to a new skywalk and into the terminal.

Harrison Evans photo

The artists are also to design terrazzo flooring for three elevator lobbies and one main lobby, the barrel vault ceiling that goes along with the sidewalks, and artwork for the main lobby wall -- DARts' current cover image, Air Traffic ( link image above ) is for this space.

Our walls consist of 125 aluminum honeycomb panels ranging in size between 5' x 7' and 5' x 3 or 4'. Each panel will have 2 rounded corners on the top or bottom and will be cut with its part of a curvilinear line that, when installed, will show an implied line that moves down the concourse and reflects the lifting and lowering of flight. It also reflects the curving glass curtain wall on the opposite side of the concourse and the landscape design that will be installed on the grounds.

The plan was to use photographs from 5 sections of Dallas ( SE,SW,DT,NE, NW ) to show patrons images of Dallas as they go along the concourse. We are going to recruit photographers from the pool of students at Arts Magnet HS and any others who might want to contribute ( Wanna join in? ). We already have photos from a photographer Larry met while shooting in Fair Park. All the images in the NE section model are from him.

After we collect the images, we will design in a collage fashion ( similar to what we do with images in our own collaborative paintings ) each panel, hire college art students to do the prep and underpainting and finish them up ourselves so they will ultimately be a collaboration between us and myriad of students, artists, photographers and will ( hopefully ) reflect images of Dallas as seen from the eyes of its residents.

The lobby designs will have simple lines that reflect flight movement through the space. The barrel vault and sidewalk sections run roughly east to west, so the vault ceiling will have images of clouds from N. Tx skies and will go from sunrise through day to sunset in the west before you get to the terminal.

In the Main Lobby "Air Traffic" ( I'm so glad you're using it on DART! ) will be an 8' circle on the wall that can be seen best as you leave the airport and come toward the garage. It will consist of clouds printed on the same material as will be on the vault ceiling and will have 40 images of "flying things" painted on it. The green images on the model represent "mythical flying machines" and some early gliders and planes. The yellow ones are birds and other flying animals, red are insects and mythical flying beasts.

All will be the same size and equi-distance. This will give the illusion of space (the insects will appear close-up due to scale and the machines further in the distance). We envision this painting to be fun and informative as well-the funny machines were important in flight history-the people who invented and built them (or simply thought them up) helped aviation history.


DMA no longer free to the public

Don't you just love bureaucratic doublespeak? In a letter to Dallas Museum of Art members, DMA Director John R Lane stated, "the Museum will charge a general admission fee that will provide free admission to special exhibitions and access to all the galleries of the Museum's collection. Members will continue to enjoy free admission to the Museum, as well as to special exhibitions."

Got that? The museum is free, except you gotta pay to get in, unless you're a member, in which case you get in free, after you pay. - JRC

Non-member general admission is $6 adults, $4 senior citizens and children over 12. Children under 12 and members, are "free." And everyone is free 5-9 Thursdays and 11-5 on first Tuesdays.


Art in the 21st Century never
quite makes it to Dallas

The four episodes of Art in the 21st Century (website has gobs of info, many artists, forums and beyond) -- featuring too many artists to mention, especially since the much-ballyhooed NPR TV show didn't happen here - may eventually air in two, 2-hour segments, Place and Spirtuality and Identity and Consumption, we keep getting reports that one or another television guide lists the event, but it keeps being Sister Wendy instead. Big disappointment.

Anita Horton, who does Art Movie Night at 7 on the Second Tuesday of each month, has purchased the tapes, and she'll be playing them the next two months.

The Dallas Foundation has a brochure called Walking Sculpture including 30 public sculptures in downtown Dallas. The map inside is clear. What a fine resource! Get your own copy from Pillsbury Peters, call 214 741-9898, or visit the Dallas Foundation's site for more info.

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