Deep Ellum art scene struts its stuff with art walk

Maria D'Anselmi, Contributing Writer

The Deep Ellum Gallery Walk (Sunday Sept. 20) will feature 12 galleries. Photo by Elizabeth Kerin.

Deep Ellum has garnered a reputation for its trendy restaurants, music venues and boutiques. However, an underrated aspect of Dallas’ hottest area is the art scene. The 16th Semiannual Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk will be Sept. 20, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Twelve Galleries will be open at various times for art lovers to sample and savor the wealth of art that Deep Ellum has to offer.

“I am always fascinated by the talent that is represented on the walls in Deep Ellum. There is really always something for everyone,” said Paula Harris, the Gallery Walk coordinator.

The walk is an open invitation for everyone from the well-versed art lover to the simply curious.

“I am hoping [people] will become more comfortable interacting with galleries. It can be very intimidating for some people” said Harris, who has worked to make art accessible to the community.

Whatever classification of art lover you are, enjoy the unique exhibits of the following galleries.

Featuring “Tightrope” by Tom Orr, this gallery presents two sculptures, one made of “materials that don’t normally work together” according to Orr.

With wood on aluminum tubing, one sculpture exudes balance and tension. The other is black and white carpet with mirrors that disrupt the pattern for an optical illusion effect.

“I hope [people] will go in with an open mind and make their own conclusions. I want people to look at these things and get something back from them, some sort of feeling” said Orr.

“Our goal is success. Our success is arbitrary” states the Beefhaus website. For fans of cutting-edge contemporary art, this gallery is a must.

“They’re very experimental,” said Harris. “I never know what to expect but it’s always very cool and entertaining.”

Ideal for the erudite art lover, CentralTrak is hosting an afternoon of literary programming in association with CalArts.

According to their website, there will be short readings, performances, investigations and provocations featuring writers working with language as an artistic medium and experimenting with the boundaries of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting.

For those seeking truly imaginative artwork, visit the Surrealism show curated by Duke Horn. There is artwork by Anya Bosworth, Emily Broussard and John Clapp. Pieces of interest include Clapp’s postage-stamp-sized graphite drawings.

“He’s also included magnifying glasses with his installation,” said Harris, laughing. “It’s required to get the full effect of all the details.”

Currently open is the exhibit “Change,” by established artist Martin Delabano, who is “known for his assemblages of bold colors and fragmented forms,” according to the gallery website. New York artist Robert Birmelin›s show “Beloved Chaos” is alongside Delabano.

Kicking off Hispanic Heritage month is a daylong “Fiestas Patrias” festival with all sorts of family friendly activities. “The Untold Story: A Tribute to Dallas Mexican American Veterans and Families” is currently open for viewing in the gallery.

Other galleries in the walk include 500x Gallery, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Liliana Bloch Gallery, The Power Station, The Public Trust, Rachel Nash Gallery and WAAS Gallery.


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