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Big as Night, Too:
The DallasArtsRevue Member Show Friday, 03-Jun-2011 12:05:15 PDT

Kristen Erwin, Kathy Boortz, some people we don't know, Elisabeth Schalij and
Art Shirer's Vonnegut Sculptpure at 419 North Tyler on October 29, 2006

ON THIS PAGENew   Artists in the Show   5 Spaces   Press Release   Who helped 
Press Release   A Short History

THE OTHER PAGE:   Feedback   FAQs  The Space After Dark    needs
Expenses   blue wad of tape   The Rules of Participation   History   Show Calendar

OTHER ASSOCIATED PAGES:
Questions Concerning Edges - J R Reviews the Show
419 Tyler   Our first show    My Edgy   Midnight Ramble about this show

Art Shirer and Norman Kary, with a lot of help from a lot of DARts Members hung this show. That's Art's hands at top right and Anna Palmer's lower left. Behind the two parts of Art's very kinetic and very scary (wait till you hear it) sculpture is the neighborhood around our temporary 419 North Tyler Gallery. To see all the art in the show as well as Art's sculpture installed and rattling, you are welcome to join our party and see our show 6-10 pm this Saturday evening.

Stories & Photographs by J R Compton

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What's New

Everything from the space at 419 is still just inside my front door with all the rest of the detritus from the show. I haven't wanted to drag all that shit that mostly belongs to somebodies else into my life. Integrate it back into reality. I still need to hold it off in its own little nether world, till I can come to grips with the whole experience and write about it in some coherent manner.

The pages are still floating around in cyber space, making some or no sense in their current state.

Meanwhile, if you're missing a clip-on lamp or a flip-top trash can, make an appointment, then come get it.

Despite his mild concussion — which I have no idea how he got, only where — Art Shirer performed the delicate dance of the ceiling at 419 North Tyler Saturday morning November 4, removing all traces of our presence there.

I picked them up that afternoon, missing the chance to learn how he got concussed, but very very thankful for all that he did for Big Ass Art Night, Too.

Pick up - Much of the show came down after 10:30 the night of the show. Almost all the rest of the work came down noon-2 the next day.

The show was up. Now it's down. It's lit, thoroughly documented and cleaned. Saturday it opens and closes — I'm calling it The Party. Some artists will take their work after 10:30 (or when we finally get our esteemed visitors out) and the rest will by gone by Sunday noonish.

It is beautiful to this one who's seen it every step of the way. Watching Art Shirer work, especially with Norman Kary, was amazing. It took them — with some help from Anna Palmer, Barbara Mabli and me — as well as Norman Kary, James Michael Starr, Nancy Ferro and Elisabeth Schalij (whose last name I can finally pronounce correctly) doing the Little Room — about 9 hours to hang and light the show.

Surprise & Delight by Anna Palmer and Barbara Mabli as
Art Shirer initially demonstrated his loud & scary kinetic sculpture

We were careful to honor the artists and the art. We did not keep everybody's work together, but we made a nice-looking show. I think — and hope — everyone will be pleased.

I'll almost be sorry to see it come down so quckly. We all put so much effort into it. But there's something to love about such a quick show — like not paying rent or utilities. This show may live longer in pixels on these pages than anywhere else, except our memories.

But it was gangbusters fun. So many people helped — always just enough people when we needed them. Thank you to everyone who helped or contributed art, ideas, opinions or money. I will attempt a full list of people who contributed time and effort later, but thank you all already.

Anna and I even whup together an informational flyer about DallasArtsRevue in the Midnight Hours between Friday night and Satty ayem. Thanks for keeping pushing me on that one, Elisabeth S.

Kristen Erwin - Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice, 2006
acrylic on canvas - 36 x 36 inches

Big As Night, Too, The DallasArtsRevue Membership Show, was 6-10 Saturday, October 28 (one night only) at 419 North Tyler at 7th Street in Oak Cliff. Click the link to see a smattering preview of the show. More art coming soon or just wait till Satty night and see the show in all its temp gallery glory.

24 artist members of DallasArtsRevue.com will exhibited their work including Nancy Ferro, Anna Palmer, Chris Fulmer, Michael Helsem, Sheila Cunningham, Fannie Brito, Art Shirer, Barbara Mabli, Elisabeth Schalij, Carolann Haggard, Gaby Pruitt, Marty Mitchener, Rita Barnard, James Michael Starr, Kristen Erwin, Donna Ball, Bob Nunn, Heather Gorham, Leisa Corbett, Kathy Boortz, Kathy Robinson-Hays, Rebecca Boatman, Norman Kary and J R Compton.

In the other lofts, "Big As Night, Too" includes art and installations curated by artist and former Gray Matters gallery owner Vance Wingate; 500X Gallery Members Vernonica de Anda and Erik Tosten; Little Rock, Arkansas artist and U of Arkansas gallery director Brad Cushman; and a Halloween spectacular installation by Chuck and George (a.k.a. Brian Jones and Brian Scott).

See our story about the wildly successful first Big As Night September 23 to get the previous flavor of this venue. This one's gonna be better.

Over the years, many artists have asked us how to put on an art show.

You probably already have artists. Who else would want to put on an art show. Space is a next big step. Somebody will have to be in charge. Then you need a plan.

Oour show's organizing page changed several times a day as we progressed. It and The Other Page (where bits of it disappeared to after we accomplished them) tell the details as the show grew. Artists delivered their work Wednesday afternoon. We finished hanging and lighting the show Thursday evening. We cleaned and simplified and I documented the show Friday, when we brought snacks. And we opened the show — along with the various other spaces along North Tyler.

It sometimes seems that we've been at this show forever, but the notion only got started at the end of last month when I accepted Mighty Fine Art Gallery owner Steve Cruz' invitation for the Supporting Members of DallasArtsRevue.

First we explored the space, then we cleaned it up, repainted and reorganized it. 24 artists delivered their work last Wednesday and we got into placing and hanging the work. It looks pretty good.

The last large DallasArtsRevue membership show was four years ago, and it is detailed from an index of stories about the 1026 Tranquilla Show. Then there was a little show on last year's White Rock Art Tour.

After Tranquilla in a residence we hoped to do our next show in a retail space. This, finally, is it.

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The story

The list of names has been adjusted to those who brought work.
Except mine at the end, names are in the order they agreed to be in the show.

24 artist members of DallasArtsRevue.com will exhibit their work at 419 North Tyler (at 7th Street) in Oak Cliff from 6-10 pm Saturday October 28, as a part of Big As Night, Too, a one-night-only art event in the Tyler Street Lofts next to Mighty Fine Arts Gallery.

Artists (24 of us) are Nancy Ferro, Anna Palmer, Chris Fulmer, Michael Helsem, Sheila Cunningham, Fannie Brito, Art Shirer, Barbara Mabli, Elisabeth Schalij, Carolann Haggard, Gaby Pruitt, Marty Mitchener, Rita Barnard, James Michael Starr, Kristen Erwin, Donna Ball, Bob Nunn, Heather Gorham, Leisa Corbett, Kathy Boortz, Kathy Robinson-Hays, Rebecca Boatman, Norman Kary and J R Compton.

In the other Tyler Street lofts, "Big As Night, Too" includes art and installations curated by artist and former Gray Matters gallery owner Vance Wingate; 500X Gallery Members Vernonica de Anda and Erik Tosten; Little Rock, Arkansas artist and U of Arkansas gallery director Brad Cushman; and a Halloween spectacular installation by Chuck and George (a.k.a. Brian Jones and Brian Scott).

Kathy Boortz - Exuberant Moment, 2006 (detail)
found wood, clay, metal and beads
against the renticular front window

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a short history

This all started when MFA Gallery owner/director Steve Cruz invited J R to show his work, who invited DallasArtsRevue members to exhibit their work in the buildings adjacent to MFA during his next opening October 28, 2006. That was at EASL's Big Heist September 30, days after Steve had organized the first Big As Night. See that story for more about that popular and quality one-night event September 23. This one will be even better.

We visited the location Saturday, October 7 to check out the space, then we called up the troops, and sallied forth.

Rebecca Boatman - Discovery, 2006
pit fired stoneware and mixed media
14 inches high

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Essentially, we had 6 spaces of art.

Green type is new info.

  1. The big white room (used to be baby-shit green and putrid brown) in front. We've been calling it The Eyeball Wall or Four Eyes. It's where the Art & Norm Show got up its energy, and it's a great greeting wall.
  2. The long gray wall on the left - holds larger work, most of which is flat, interspersed with sculpture. I feared that ugly wall, but stuff on it looks especially fine there, helped considerably by Art's artful lighting.
  3. The small white room on the right - where the smaller and more intimate works reside — is precious. This is a short room with not much headroom. Almost all of us agree it is our best room, and the art in it shines.
  4. The kitchen area - houses medium to small works along the top - very nice with a fascinating series of smaller pieces, a large Schalij and a little, very painterly Michael Helsem.
  5. The back door area - has lighter, more colorful work. Plenty of light, by the back door deck and bathroom - a small Big Tex homage, some fabulous Kathy Boortzes, and something scary in the WC.
  6. Upstairs - One of Kathy Boortz' pieces is up there with two Marty Mitcheners facing. The Chris Fulmer installation is on the popup wall above the narrow, carpeted stairway, that may be the first thing many people see when they come in the front door.

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Who helped

Nancy Ferro, Anna Palmer, Chris Fulmer, Art Shirer, Barbara Mabli, Elisabeth Schalij, Carolann Haggard, Rita Barnard, Kathy Boortz, James Michael Starr, Kristen Erwin, Bob Nunn, Heather Gorham, Kathy Boortz, Kathy Robinson-Hays, Rebecca Boatman, Norman Kary and me.

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