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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Announces Sasha Garza: Paperclip Safari at Mercantile Coffee House

Specimin 1, View 2 by Sasha Garza

Specimin 1, View 2 by Sasha Garza

Sasha Garza: Paperclip Safari
McKinney Avenue Contemporary at Mercantile Coffee House
March 17 through April 16, 2011

Opening reception is Thursday, March 17, 2011, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

As part of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary’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 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 upcoming exhibition will feature artist Sasha Garza. Garza is a photographer living and working in Irving, Texas. The series Paperclip Safari is an exploration of her interest in manipulating ordinary objects into something unexpected. The series originated when she found she had some spare time at work. After experimenting with bending and unbending paperclips she eventually began to build complex forms. Garza studied these forms and became aware of the way light and shadows played on them. She was able to capture this by making photograms.

Garza successfully creates an interesting juxtaposition between the crude whimsical quality of the forms and the more serious scientific x-ray like quality. In 2008 Garza received her BFA in Studio Art, Photography and Printmaking, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

The opening reception with the artist will be on March 17, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7pm. The exhibition will be on view through April 16, 2011.

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 coupons for 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.

Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit The MAC is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m

About Mercantile Coffee House

Mercantile Coffee House is a business hip place to have a great cup of premium coffee, espresso or tea. Mercantile Coffee House features the best coffee beans of 2010, Intelligentsia. 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. Visit Mercantile Coffee House online at

Specimin 1, View 2 by Sasha Garza

Specimin 1, View 2 by Sasha Garza

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