On Saturday, November 17th, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., over 40 Dallas artists and businesses will open their doors free to the public as part of the Tenth Annual Cedars Open Studios Tour. Visitors will experience a creative, evolving neighborhood, rich in art, history, food and entertainment, and will see where world-class and up-and-coming artists create their art. The tour features painting, sculpture, ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, textiles, furniture, photography and more.
The Cedars Open Studios gives the public an opportunity to meet the local artists, see their studios and purchase their art. The Cedars neighborhood has been a haven for artists and other creative types for over 20 years. It has recently experienced the beginnings of an urban transformation and has been recently titled “one of the hot new spots to live in Dallas” by the Observer.
Partners and Business Sponsors Include
- Southside On Lamar
- Southside Studios Dallas
- The Palladium
- The NYLO Hotel
- The Beat Lofts
- American Beauty Mill
- Dallas Heritage Village
All Day Events
Abi Ferrin-Gifts with purchase and special discounts, Cedars Corner Apts & Lofts-Live music, smoked ribs & boogie, Dallas Designing Dreams-watercolor painting for kids
25% discount on all regular price leather products, Elizabeth Anyaa-10% off any $150 or more purchase, La Mode Dallas-25% off all advertisements for visitors, Old Black Man – Samuel Fuller Jr.-free print with any purchase, Sophy Sam Studios-all visitors will get 20% off all purchases, South Side on Lamar 10am – 5pm Leasing office open, Corinth Park 7pm-midnight The Concept continues . . ., Bowman Hot Glass-all day demonstrations and The Galleries on Hickory-new home sales/marketing kick-off event.
Sophy Sam Studios 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm-Photography demos, Billie Heath Ceramic 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm-Ceramic demos, Rick Maxwell 2:00pm-Wood Bending Demonstration, Musica for the World 2-3pm-Musical instrument demonstration for children, TONY COLLINS art + home 3pm-Steel sculpture demonstration, Jim and Mary Lynn Bowman 5pm-Glass Blowing Christmas Tree
Locations and Times
Website and event booklet will have artists and business locations. All artists and businesses will be open from 12 – 6pm on an “open house” type basis. Some artists will work their craft throughout the day or perform demonstrations at specific times.
Parking and Exploring the Studios
For the afternoon of November 17, 2012, the Cedars will become a pedestrian walkway of art, food, business and open spaces. Attendees can park anywhere in the Cedars and walk to the studios, drive to the studios or access Uber cars as a convenient short distance transport. Attendees will be able to enter the event from any point in the Cedars and chart their own path as they wander, explore and experience the art throughout the neighborhood. Visit www.cedarsopenstudios.com for directions. The Cedars also has a convenient DART station. For more information about accessing downtown via public transportation visit www.dart.org.
About The Cedars Neighborhood
Historically, the Cedars was among Dallas’ first elegant neighborhoods, named after the forest of cedar and oak trees lining its streets. The Cedars became home to some of Dallas’ great leaders, including Alexander Sanger, of Sanger-Harris, Stanley Marcus, of Neiman-Marcus and Aaron Spelling of TV production fame. The Cedars also boasted Dallas’ first old city park (now Dallas Heritage Village), the city’s first water pump station, its first telephone exchange, first zoo, and numerous stately mansions.
As Dallas grew, the Cedars, already home to many of the city’s leading businesses, embraced the new industrialization. The quiet, Victorian village, perched on the south edge of Downtown Dallas, became a thriving industrial center with factories and warehouses, such as the old Sears-Roebuck building (now South Side on Lamar lofts), which is home to numerous artists and civic leaders. Eventually, as commerce evolved, the Cedars became ripe for a new wave of people who realized the potential of this convenient, eclectic and historic neighborhood. These people are now transforming the Cedars into a unique community that nurtures vibrant, creative people who enrich Dallas with character and culture. The Cedars Open Studio Tour is an annual celebration of this evolving, eclectic neighborhood.
The Cedars is located just south of Downtown Dallas and I-30, between I-35 and I-45. Dallas Heritage Village (formerly Old City Park) will serve as the hub for the event, and their gates will be open free to the public along with free parking. South Side on Lamar, Corinth Park, Lee Harvey’s and participating artists will also provide free parking. The DART Cedars Station is within walking distance of numerous artists’ studios. Visit www.cedarsopenstudios.com for a map of the tour and more information.
About The Cedars Open Studio Tour
The Cedars is home to fine artists and craftsmen working in every genre. Their studios, just south of downtown, have helped the neighborhood come alive. Once a year the studios are open to the public. Come see where ideas are created, and where art, community and economic development come together to make the Cedars such a unique area of Dallas.
If you would like more information or to set up an interview, please contact Brad Friedman at 214.244.3409, or view www.cedarsopenstudios.com.