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an invitational exhibition showing work in a salon-style exhibition
space including furniture. Included are artists Brad Abrams, Laura
Abrams, Ann S. Adams, Lauren Aldinger, Jackson Bailey, Rita Barnard,
Steven W Beck, J R Compton, Sheila
Cunningham, P Dunn, Greg Echols, Jimmy Ellis, Enrique Fernandez,
Angela Gallia, Polly Gessell, John Scott Glass, Linda G. Gossett, Jeff
Green, Valery Guignon, Robin Hawke, Woody Haid, Viv Harris-Bonham,
Anne Hines, Anita Horton, Ann Huey,
Tracy Killingsworth, Sonia King, B R Kline, Eva Maria Kutscheid, Charlotte
Lindsay, Cheryl MacLennan, Ken Martin, David McCullough, Julia McLain,
Jason McPeak, Cheryl Montgomery, Justin Morrison, Bob Munro, Pamela
K Neeley, Gary Parkins, Gary Perrone, Kathleen Prawdzik, Kathy Prikryl,
Tony Schraufnagel, Greg Schuck, Elle Schuster, Joe A Simmons, Charlotte
Smith, James Michael Starr, Greg
Stinson, Ryan Stinson, T Stone, Michael
Tschansky, Nancy Thompson, Jose Vargas, Carol Wilder and Judith Williams
at the Bath House Cultural Center through August
du Dallas Art
by J R Compton
Story + Photographs by J R Compton
been putting off writing this, because
it's not about the art. It's more about the opening,
with photographs I took informally. Unusually, I didn't take photographs
of the art on the walls, except behind some people looking
Not that I don't care about the art in this art show, it's that
I don't have anything to write about it. No reflection on the art.
Maybe a reflection on me, but mostly a reflection of the reality
of the art not really being all that important, for a change.
I didn't want to wait
any longer to say what I do have to say about this event. I almost
put the photographs with one of my
essays, but they clearly did not belong there. They belong here
on the cover of DallasArtsRevue.
What I care about this show — and
I'm talking here about Salon du FIT,
an unwieldy title for a fairly unwieldy art show involving a whole
mess of local artists — is the opening. It was a big party,
with good food and lots of good people, many of whom are, in one
way or another, artists.
Good talkers, too. Which was one of the intentions of the show,
really. Not that many shows invite artists, then let us choose
our own work to be in a show.
That's a nice touch.
But the nicest touch was the
set and setting of this show showing in combination with a festival
of independent theatre (FIT).
In several ways, it was theatre. But nothing scripted,
Darned few shows bring in a bunch of comfortable furniture in
comfortable, conversational groupings, with plants and rugs and
other accoutrements of real living, then let the audience sit comfortably
around in the gallery and talk, especially during a very crowded
and immensely popular opening reception.
Patterned after salons from the
early parts of the last century and earlier, this salon and its
perpetrators wanted people to sit among art and talk about art.
To be part of the art all around us.
And that's what happened. It was a great party, and the art was
The show continues
at the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake through
August 7. More
information, including a list of all the artists whose
work is in the show, is on the DARts calendar.
Hanson photographing me photographing him.
We shared a darkroom at the Dallas Times
Herald in the early 70s when we were staff photogs there.
He's since put me in several publications, most notably a photo
of me mooing in front of a Roger Winter painting on the same
inside back page of D Magazine as
Tom Landry and that guy who owns the Cowboys playing poker.
So it's about time I put him somewhere special. Note the colorful
summer art crowd in the the Bath House's big gallery.
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