Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Out And About

I stepped out of the gallery for a brief moment yesterday and stopped by two galleries that had openings this past weekend. My first stop was at Marty Walker Gallery where I saw Obstacles featuring Eric Sall. Second stop, Craighead -Green Gallery where I viewed Origins featuring Marci Crawford Harnden, Edge 14 featuring JP Long, and Building Botero featuring Rich Bowman. Here are some photos! I will be stopping by more galleries next week. I also picked up a copy of the publication a + c. Check it out if you haven't already (I got mine at Craighead- Green Gallery)!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Time For an Intro

Hello All,

I think it is time that I formally introduce myself. I am Jamie Arendt, the new gallery director here at Rising Gallery. I will be the one updating the blog, keeping you updated with the gallery, and posting some photos of you when you come out to our events! A little background on me: I graduated with a degree in Art History, spent two years in Los Angeles, California, at Loyola Marymount University and two years living in Austin, Texas, while attending Texas State. I am a fan of both minimalism and chaos and the odd connection between the two. I am always looking for new art/artists for the gallery so feel free to email me at anytime. If you come into the gallery I may be jamming out to some Erykah Badu or The Dead Weather.....or the Raconteurs...or any band Jack White creates. I am very blessed to have found a position here at Rising Gallery. If you haven't been into the gallery let me just tell you there is no other gallery quite like it. Being built in an old recording studio it has a very unique shape and laid back feel. Thanks to Bryan and Taber Wetz's vision a recording room once filled with matted down turquoise shag carpet, yellow stained ceiling tiles from massing cigarette smoke, and dark wood zig zag paneling has now been turned into a fabulous space for a solo or group show......if you have been into the gallery you already know what I am referring to.

All and all I couldn't be happier to be here. I look forward to chatting and sharing with you. That's all for now. Nice to meet you! :)
(and yes, that photo is of me and my parents :))

soon again opening reception

This past weekend marked the opening of our current show "soon again" featuring Benjamin Pierce. I thought I would share some photos with you! Ben flew in from St. Louis to celebrate with us! He didn't bust out his break dancing moves.....but we are hoping that there is performance piece brewing for the future! Oh, and Ben is becoming a master in the sport of ghosting. He also loves pizza and has two dogs and we love him....we're sure you will too :).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Davines Event

Last night we had a very successful event with Davines hair care products! Here are some photos of the event at the gallery!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Soon Again" Opening Reception



Jamie Arendt, 214.634.6262 or

Bryan Wetz, 214.215.1771

RISING…a gallery Features “Soon Again”

Dallas, November 14, 2009 RISING…a gallery announces its next solo exhibition "Soon Again" featuring artist Benjamin Pierce. The opening reception is November 14, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will run from November 13 – December 30, 2009.

Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Pierce was often confronted with the symbol of the black face lawn jockey. As “a firm believer in owning insults” he has used these images as the source of one of his series; working to deplete them of their negative connotations and power. A strong advocate that we must sometimes use our imagination to create our own world due to harshness of this world, Pierce invents a world of his own comprised of his own daydreams and stories he creates from passer-bys on the street.

There is no doubt that we are currently living in a world and economy full of uneasiness. These circumstances can often lead to one’s life being strained of encouragement and fascination. Using acrylic and mixed media on wood canvas Pierce’s work brings about a new lyrical world of bright color and playfulness through his innocent distortion of forms. His motto: “we are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”, certainly shines through his work, which often incorporates references to musical imagery.

RISING…a gallery is located at 4631 Insurance Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205…just off Knox between McKinney and 75. Hours are from 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, or by appointment. Please call 214.739634.6262 for additional details.

"Soon Again"