Frank Campagna knows how to save Deep Ellum. Get busy. That's how he keeps patrons walking through the doors of his Kettle Art Gallery, an incubator of North Texas talent. At least once a month, Campagna hosts some kind of event at Kettle, whether it's an opening of an artist's new work, or a screening of a film on Deep Ellum history, an event he put on last month. That sort of dedication is a big reason Deep Ellum is in the midst of a small art renaissance, which is pumping new life into one of Dallas' oldest and most culturally rich neighborhoods. Beginning Saturday, and running through March 2, Kettle is hosting the first-ever solo exhibit of local artist Sergio Garcia, Formal. Garcia's work includes oils on canvas, airbrushed metal works and taxidermy-style animals embellished with painted logos of well-known luxury brands. The free event, equal parts social event and art opening, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Dress to the nines, Campagna suggests. For more information call 214-573-7622.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Starts: Feb. 16. Continues through March 2, 2008