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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Announces New Partnership with Mercantile Coffee House

Dallas’ alternative contemporary artspace, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), announces a series of exhibitions of emerging artists in partnership with Mercantile Coffee House, a new coffeebar in downtown Dallas and located in the historic Mercantile Bank Building.

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is proud to present a new affiliation with Mercantile Coffee House. As part of the MAC’s newest community outreach program, the MAC has teamed up with Mercantile Coffee House to extend its contemporary artistic vision and educational support to downtown Dallas. This new partnership will promote and support emerging talent with monthly exhibitions throughout the year. Donations from Mercantile Coffee House will benefit artistic programming at the MAC.

The initiative began with the grand opening of Mercantile Coffee House on August 7, 2010. Ten percent of the grand opening proceeds were donated to the MAC. The next exhibition will be for artist Bernardo Cantu. Cantu is joining the MAC in celebrating the bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain. Cantu’s artwork originates from an interest in the artistic style of Rasquachismo. Rasquache art uses the most basic, simple, quick, and crude means necessary to create the desired expression, in essence, creating the most from the least. Cantu follows this principle by using both traditional and non-traditional art materials, with a focus on second hand materials. Heavily influenced by border culture, Cantu’s artwork focuses on the culture of the Texas-Mexico border. The opening reception for the exhibition will be on September 11, 2010 from 5pm to 8 p.m. Dallas curator and blogger, June Mattingly, will be present at the opening reception for a professional critic.

Through the MAC’s innovative efforts and artistic advisement, visitors to The Mercantile Coffee House will have the opportunity to view and interact with contemporary art in a non-traditional setting. This initiative is congruent with the MAC mission of supporting experimentation and promoting a visual dialogue between the artist and the viewer. Mercantile Coffee House will exhibit a variety of emerging artists and media, enhancing the setting and experience for visitors.

Visit the MAC to receive 10% off coupons to Mercantile Coffee House.

When and Where

Monthly at The Mercantile Coffee House

1800 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201

About the MAC

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.

About Mercantile Coffee House

Mercantile Coffee House is a business hip place to have a great cup of premium Intelligensia branded coffee, espresso or tea. It serves world famous Yogen Fruz frozen Yogurt and Smoothies made to your liking.The Mercantile Coffee House is a comfortable environment to enjoy the first cup of coffee for the day, a convenient place to meet with your colleagues or hook up with friends. It is also technology friendly with ample laptop plug ins, free high speed WiFi and a Free Conference Room use for your more serious meetings.

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