Though Frank Campagna's Kettle Art Gallery has only been open for three years, it's already hard to imagine Deep Ellum without it. Part of that reason is because Campagna himself has long been a staple of the Dallas art and music scenes. He started back in the late '70s designing flyers and murals for rock clubs like DJ's, The Palladium (not to be confused with today's Palladium Ballroom) and The Gypsy Tea Room and later hosted rock shows at his own Studio D and painted the famous Good-Latimer tunnel murals. Continuing his contributions to the art world through the gallery he and fellow artist Kirk Hopper run, he's hosted many a great exhibition, including the current eNeRGy, featuring paintings by Mark Nelson, Richard Ross and Sergio Garcia. Nelson's work features beautiful, delicate dream scenes in muted colors, while Ross' pictures feature whimsical, cartoonish monsters drawn with a child-like enthusiasm. Pinstriper, airbrusher, muralist and reformed (or is he?) graffitist Garcia rounds out the exhibit. Check it out from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays or by appointment through December 6 at Kettle Art, 2714 Elm St. Visit kettleart.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Starts: Nov. 21. Continues through Dec. 6, 2008