Last Updated Friday, 03-Jun-2011 12:02:22 PDT
DARts Art Exhibition
& Sale Opportunity
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want us to sign
with help from Kathy, "the PR Lady" Dello
Letter to DARts Supporting Members:
One of Kathy's students is a real estate
agent, who has three private home listings, and she'd like to
promote one by having an art show in it. They'll all probably
be available till about Christmas.
The three of us toured houses Friday to
think about which we liked best. It was a little like Goldilocks
in Art Real Estate Land.
The first one was too small with not nearly
enough wall space, though it was close to where I live.
Thought The Second House Was Too Dark.
The second, though plenty large, was ugly,
with dark wood paneling on most walls, low ceilings and not much
outside light inside and not not nearly enough inside light anywhere.
It was, however, on a busy, easy to find, East Dallas corner.
Big, open spaces
throughout the house. Both the cabinet (far left) and the big
mirror over the fireplace can and probably will be removed for
the show. The walls are actually quite white. It's just the mix
of tungsten and sunlight makes them appear warm.
The third house, though smaller, lets
plenty of outside light in, has big windows all around, lots of
winding open space, bright white walls, a big green, flat back
yard and even a large, 2-car+, open but covered carport area adjacent
to the driveway and a deck. Wall space is somewhat limited, but
there's enough for lots of medium and even some large wall works
and quite a lot of space for free standing art.
big carport seemed an inviting place, protected in case of autumn
We're thinking about art bins for additional
flat work, and there's lots of large and smaller horizontal areas
for pots, glass or small sculpture.
All three of us liked the third house
best. It has furniture, a working kitchen and baths, art, cabinets
and mirrors we can move out of the way, plants that make it pleasant,
a wide driveway and big trees all around. And there's plenty of
close, on-street parking. It will, however, be more difficult
to find, since it's well off the main streets.
Exercise room seen from the living room
We're thinking about naming the show after
the house's address, so its location is obvious. Besides, I love
the name of the street. The whole deal shouldn't cost very much,
since the primary reason we're getting to use the space is that
we'll be calling attention to and promoting the house to potential
yard made for free standing sculpture. Nice view, too
It's somewhere near where Terri Stone
lives, in that extended neighborhood east of White Rock Lake,
green with tall trees and rolling with hills. The name of the
show (maybe) and its exact address is 1026 Tranquilla.
The real estate lady, who's from El Paso, pronounced it Tran-kee-a,
but I like thinking of it as tran-quill-a.
windows to the back yard from the Exercise room
The show dates would probably be between
mid-November and mid-December so we can get it together by then
and still miss both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although nothing
about the possible event is set in stone yet.
Exercise Room seen from the kitchen
I assume we'll print up invitations, split
the cost and give everyone a stack of invites to send to mailing
lists. We'll also send out PR to the appropriate media, and promote
it on the site.
deck on the back left corner, just behind the carport.
We've only had three days now, to consider
all the possibilities, so I'm sure more issues will arise.
bedroom. Nice clean walls just waiting for art.
All DallasArtsRevue Supporting Members
are invited to participate. It's not a competition, although final
acceptance of works will be up to JR and Kathy. And a lot will
depend on where, in or around the house you want to show your
You can drive by the house anytime, of
course. But to keep it easy on the real estate lady, in-house
visits should be coordinated through Kathy.
We'll keep the discussion on E-mail for
awhile, then all meet at the house to get the lay of the place,
well before the setup.
The real estate agent wants to show the
house with the art in place, so it will be open by appointment,
As we were leaving the third house Friday,
she told us we'd have to sign something, so in case someone slips
and sues, they won't sue her or her company. We didn't give it
much thought then, but we've both worried about it a lot since.
Mostly because we don't know anything about that stuff. Do
any of you?
We may have other opportunities for shows,
sales or meetings in other spaces in the future. But we thought
this possibility was worth serious consideration.
Would this be of any
interest to any of you?
Have any of you done
this sort of thing yourselves?
If so, was it a good
or bad experience?
What did you learn
Do you have any other
ideas for DARts shows?
and some possible answers are below.
We'll be submitting a proposal by the
end of this year to have a membership show at the Bath House,
but even if it is accepted -- and we think there may be a good
chance of that, it wouldn't happen for at least a year and maybe
What do you think
of the ideas so far?
us know what
And, in case you hadn't noticed, there
[was] a Members-Only
Bulletin Board with the latest
information that pertains to DARts Supporting Members and Subscribers
- only, so I'm not constantly peppering the web with Rumpled
E-mails. It's at
There's already a bunch of info there.
More coming all the time.
Question + Answer
1026 Tranquilla Feedback
The first member to respond -- so fast
it amazed me -- it always surprises me that anyone else is up
at my hours of the night -- was Art Shirer. At
a little after 5
Sunday morning, he stated simply:
Muy Cool Idea!
not interested in participating in the home show. Thinks it's
a waste of time. Sorry.
It does sounds interesting
to me, but here are a few things to discuss.
When I discussed it with
some friends, somebody mentioned, not an actual show, but a situation
where their friend had some art in a house that was being shown
by several realtors. At some point this person's art was stolen,
and it was hard to do anything about it because so many agents
had access to
listing" mean that she's the only one showing the house?
If not, I doubt that this agent would insure any of our art,
and I wonder if we'd be willing to put out the money to do it
There's a lock box thing
on the front door. Apparently, any realtor can get in almost
any time, if they have a key card. It's sounding less and less
secure for more than one day. -JR
Would there be an opening
reception? Do you see this as a show that extends over at least
several days? If so, who's there watching over things?
Us. I think most of the
action would happen at the opening. -JR
Please don't read me
as poo-pooing the idea. I'm very much interested in possibly
participating in something like this. But as everybody knows
-- and as I learned for the first time when we did our last Continental
Gin Open Studios -- there's lots to think about when you're putting
together a group event. And you need participation by many people
to make something like this come off.
James Michael Starr
Sounds like a good
Sounds good to me,
Chris Bergquist Fulmer
I am not sure about this.
we were leaving the third house Friday, she told us we'd
have to sign something,
so in case someone slips and sues, they won't sue her or her
What do they do now if
someone slips and sues? Would it be our fault because of our
art that was distracting in some way. Seems someone could slip
and sue on any walk through of property. This sounds like a fun/unique
idea, but I think this may be more trouble for the amount of
exposure we would get.
Thanks for what you're
doing and inviting me to participate. I was sorry to miss your
get together last month. A bunch of family trauma.... Between
that and having totally overcommitted my time -- I'm not going
to be able to participate in the house sale. I'm saving everything
right now for an upcoming solo show. Would love to be in a Bath
House show if it comes around, though.
FYI, I've had a piece
of work stolen. (See story
on the DARts Cover.)
Larry and I would be
interested -- we have a lot of work already framed from the last
show -- that no one outside Plano got to see!! Do you have any
idea how much the cost would be per person? Thanks to you and
Kathy for all your hard work.
I'm sure Richard and
I would have work to show if you have the exhibit. Sounds like
a creative idea for a show. Let us know any details!
A friend and I did such
an event in the lobby of an apartment building on McKinney Avenue
at Bowen -- a lively street near Primos, Cafe Express and the
Bakery (?). It was a lot of work to gather and install the work
and produce some PR. We didn't sell any work. That's not to put
a kibosh on your project.
The third house looks
fine; however, your photographs are so good that it's really
hard to tell. I would go with your selection. I'm not sure about
the location. I rarely go to the Bath House because it seems
to be far away and not possible to combine their openings with
other gallery openings.
While I have no question
about the quality of work that you and Kathy selected; however,
I think it would be prudent to have an outsider make any selection.
It should not be a Dallas Arts Revue member.
The Bath House sounds
like a good idea. I went to the Day of the Dead opening and they
had a huge crowd. I, of course, understand that it was populated
by friends and family of the people who were in the show.
The success will depend
on getting the word out. Of course, I would participate.
With all good thoughts,
It's not really a juried
show. People should bring what they want to, what they think
they can sell, if anybody comes. I just wanted to say that we'd
have final say, in case somebody needs to. I'm not sure why that
would be, but when it might happen, we'd already have a policy
in place. -JRC
Here are some answers -- and, of course, some more questions:
We will decide whether
to do the show by October
25. Right now,
I can't imagine not doing the show. But we're still open to opinions,
questions and experiences.
- Kathy says the agent
had brought up the insurance matter much earlier in their discussions.
On the stairs leaving was only my
introduction to the matter.
- The agent explains that
we exhibiting artists would each have to sign a statement that
we would not sue the real estate company (Ebby Halliday), if
we were to slip or fall on the property.
- We still don't know
whom visitors might sue... Kathy suggestes Ebby Halliday sign
a statement that neither we artists nor DallasArtsRevue will
be sued, either.
I've produced and curated
a few shows over the years. But it's been
awhile. I understand it's not a simple matter of showing up and
showing work. This one has to be a joint venture.
For an invitation, I
am imagining a small black + white postcard (4 up on a postal
weight letter sheet) with a fairly straightforward, though perhaps
lightly doctored photo of the house (probably based on the image above) on one side with all participating
artists' names, with other invitational information on the other
side. How much it would cost probably depends on how many of
them are printed and how many we each send out.
- Do we want to mail
invitations individually or as a group?
- Does anyone else
really want to design an invitation?
- I don't even have
a working address list for area media
- Do any of you?
- Would you share it?
This is not a done deal,
although there are enough Supporting Members who want to participate.
Most of the responses
so far are positive.
We're still concerned
about security -- leaving the show up for very long, since so
many real estate agents would have access to the house.
Perhaps we should just
call it a 2 or 3-day show and sale, like on a weekend.
Negative or positive,
we appreciate your opinions and your reasoning. We've
decided not to decide just yet. We wanted to put this idea out
there and garner some experience and opinions, before we commit
This letter will
be updated -- probably daily -- as we get more useful information.
Right now, I think this
is the full list of members who've already indicated they would
participate; more are certainly welcome.
Carol & Larry Wilder/Enge
Marty & Richard Ray
James Michael Starr
Ebby Halliday wants
us to sign this form. I suspect we want them to sign the same
thing for us, and for DallasArtsRevue.com.
Hold Harmless and Release of Liability
The signing of this instrument constitutes
a full waiver and release of all claims the Artist has or may
have against the owner of the Property, Ebby Halliday Real Estate,
Inc., its Agents or Employees, arising from participation in
exhibiting artwork at the Property. .
Artistís printed name