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Dallas Art Dealers Association Presents Spring Gallery Walk

DADA Spring Gallery Walk
Saturday, April 16, 2011

The annual Spring Gallery Walk will be Saturday, April 16, 2–8 p.m. and will feature over 35 of DADA’s member galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces. This free event allows art lovers to socialize and roam (in a car) from gallery to gallery all in one day.

A new part of the Spring Gallery Walk will be the implementation of DADA’s Docents. Eight of DADA’s galleries will host high school docents to help educate the public and train the students to discuss art.

Donation jars for the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund will be on hand. See www.dallasartdealers.org for a downloadable Gallery Guide and a Spring Gallery Walk flyer with exhibition listings. Hours vary; please see individual listings. Call 214.914.1099 or e-mail info@dallasartdealers.org. Intownmix is the media sponsor of the event.

As is customary, DADA will offer educational opportunities via its panel discussions for artists and art lovers on the morning of Spring Gallery Walk. Panel 1 will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is entitled The Intersection of Fashion and Art. Panelists include The Dallas Morning News Fashion Editor Tracy Hayes, Fashionistas Executive Director Megan McQuery, fashion designer Darian Thomas, artist Julie Michel and Fashionistas founder Heidi Dillon as moderator. Panel 2 will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is entitled Selling Your Art—Galleries and Beyond. Panelists are Julie McCullough Kim of Make and Indie Genius, Chris Byrne of the Dallas Art Fair, Talley Dunn of Dunn and Brown Contemporary, and artists Katrina Doran, Jacob Naasz, and Pamela Nelson and James Cope of the Goss-Michael Foundation as moderator.

Tickets ($10 per panel) can be purchased online at www.dallasartdealers.org or at the door. Proceeds benefit DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund. The panel discussions will be held at the Goss-Michael Foundation, 1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard. This year the Creative Arts Center is partnering with DADA to present these panels. Funding is provided by Office of Cultural Affairs City of Dallas and Texas Commission on the Arts.

Norwood Flynn Gallery will open the Arts Magnet Spring Senior Show, a juried show featuring senior visual art students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, on April 9 with a reception on April 16, 6–8 pm. All of the proceeds benefit the student artists and DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund. The gallery is located at 3318 Shorecrest Drive. The exhibition and reception are free. The exhibition continues through April 16. Call 214.351.3318 for more information on the exhibition or visit www.norwoodflynngallery.com.

About the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA)

The Dallas Art Dealers Association is an affiliation of established independent gallery owners and not-for-profit art organizations in the Dallas metropolitan area. DADA serves as a standard bearer for ethical practices in the art business, as an educational resource for the community at large, and as the facilitator of the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, which provides funding for visual art students. The Dallas Art Dealers Association, organized in 1985 by June Mattingly of Mattingly Baker Gallery, is a 501(c)(6) organization.

Like the Art Dealers Association of America, membership in DADA is by invitation of the board of directors. In order to qualify for membership, a dealer or nonprofit space must have an established reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism among their peers, and must make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of the community by offering works of high aesthetic quality and presenting worthwhile exhibitions. DADA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice within the profession and to increasing public awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers and nonprofit visual art spaces.

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About the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and the Artist Career Development Fund

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts in college as well as presents Art Chicas at La Reunion TX, a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College students’ artwork, and biannual educational events.

About the Creative Arts Center

Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) provides a nurturing environment for people to discover, develop, and express their artistic visions. Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, CAC offers more than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, and stone carving. CAC also offers free arts programming to disadvantaged children. Not only a visual arts school, CAC is also a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors.

About the Goss-Michael Foundation

The Goss-Michael Foundation is a nonprofit art space that exists in order to provide a forum for British contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, programs, and resources to educate, engage, and inspire youth and adult audiences in the Dallas area and abroad.

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