Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Art In The District


Dallas, TX – January 26, 2010 – Just weeks after the grand opening of the first art gallery in the Dallas Arts District in three decades, Ross Akard gallery owner, Bryan Embry, and RO2 Art gallery owners and mother-and-son duo, Susan Roth and Jordan Roth, have organized Art in the District, a satellite art show offering exceptional pieces by nationally and internationally-known artists, alongside emerging and breakthrough newcomers from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Described by Embry as, “an enhancement to the well-established Dallas Art Fair (DAF),” the event will highlight work from various local galleries in event space donated by The Fairmont Dallas.

The idea to host a satellite show over the same weekend as DAF came up in casual conversation between Embry and Jordan Roth, who worked together on various Advocacy and Arts projects. Building upon a mutual passion for outlets that showcase local artists, using the world-famous Basel Art show, held annually in Switzerland, as inspiration, and with additional support from Susan Roth, the idea quickly manifested itself in the form of Art in the District.

“Having the show on the same weekend as the Dallas Art Fair is advantageous in numerous ways,” said Embry. “First, the location of DAF and The Fairmont Dallas creates a natural flow of traffic from one place to the next.” Embry continued, saying that Art in the District literally increases the space available to showcase art from local galleries. “Our goal is to expand upon the already substantial list of galleries showing at DAF and continue growing the breadth of familiarity Dallas galleries and regional Texas artists.”

Susan Roth and Jordan Roth’s tireless commitment to the local art movement fueled their determination to create a simple but powerful message about the importance of creating additional opportunities to highlight work in local galleries. “In most cities with national art fairs, there are satellite shows offering different perspectives to fairgoers,” said Susan Roth. “We have brought together galleries who represent works that show the diversity of the Dallas art market and vibrancy of the Dallas art community.” Participating galleries are Ross Akard, Ro2 Art, Mighty Fine Arts, Galleri Urbane, Decorazon Gallery, Dahlia Woods Gallery, Select Art and RISING Gallery

Entrance to the show is free for those who present their DAF ticket stub; a $5 suggested donation will benefit Big Thought – an organization aimed at providing quality learning experiences for children. A silent auction hosted by Emergency Artists’ Support League (EASL) will be held at Art in the District, with three works from very accomplished regional artists, including Rusty Scruby and Ellen Frances Tuchman.” EASL provides emergency funding to artists and art professionals in the Metroplex.

“I love both these charities because they support the next generation. Big Thought works to help keep the arts in public schools, which is hugely important in raising well rounded cultured adults.”

Art in the District is February 5 – 7, 2010, at The Fairmont Dallas, located at 1717 N. Akard, Dallas, Texas. The event space will be open from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about Ross Akard Gallery visit www.rossakardgallery.com. Information on Art in the District is available at www.artinthedistrict.com.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Henderson Arts Project

The Henderson Arts Project is currently accepting artist submissions for an upcoming project. Our very own owner, Bryan Wetz, has been chosen to be a part of the jury panel for the project! Check out these links to get involved!



Friday, January 8, 2010


The Belmont Features RISING Gallery Artist, Benjamin Purvis, in “Backwater”

Dallas, January 20, 2010 The Belmont Hotel announces its next solo exhibition "Backwater" featuring RISING Gallery artist Benjamin Purvis. The opening reception is January 20, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will run from January 20, 2010March 3, 2010.

Benjamin Brantley Purvis grew up in the small town of Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. Soon after receiving his BFA in the major of Illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, he began painting in a style similar to that of Jackson Pollock. “This isn’t a style I studied, learned or emulated, but something I developed along the way,” Purvis explains.

Often painting in his outdoor studio at night under a blanket of stars, experimenting with hues, textures, oils and spirits, Purvis creates his signature pieces. The current series was created out of frustration with what he’d painted using his signature oils. Unsatisfied with what he had produced, Purvis threw the turpenoid used to thin his paints directly on the canvas. Later, while staring at the changed painting, he had a creative breakthrough. He picked up his palette knife and added sky and water to the piece. The resulting work became the first of a series, and the birth of a genre of abstract impressionism for which the emergent artist is increasingly recognized. In addition to employing his signature palette knife, Purvis’ process includes a unique combination of brush strokes and paint movement—flinging and flicking paint, along with a calculated spray of turpenoid on the canvas.

Belmont Hotel Dallas
901 Fort Worth Avenue
Dallas, TX 75208

(214) 393-2300
Reservations: 800-951-2997

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.


Jamie Arendt, 214.634.6262 or

Bryan Wetz, 214.215.1771