The number of galleries in the Design District continues to grow. Over the past year, new galleries like Zhulong Gallery and Cydonia have popped up in the neighborhood. Last month Cris Worley and Holly Johnson's eponymous galleries traded spaces, moving onto the main stretch of Dragon Street. Today, Liliana Bloch Gallery and The Public Trust, previously on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum, announced that they will be moving in next to Galleri Urbane on Monitor Street, at the northernmost tip of the Design District's boundaries.
"I wanted to stay in Deep Ellum, because I love the community," says Bloch. "But there are a lot of headaches, like parking, that keep people away. I'm excited to never get a parking ticket ever again."
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Bloch says that there are also a lot of business-related reasons to move -- practical things like sales, and building a network of collectors. It's good for the gallery and necessary for the artists, she explains. Since Bloch opened her space almost two years ago, she's been sharing space with the more established Public Trust. Now the galleries will sit next door to one another, retaining the synergy, but branching out to separate spaces.
"Hopefully I'll be able to get more exciting projects happening," says Bloch. "With the accessibility of the new location, I'm hoping that we'll be able to reach a bigger and broader audience."
Liliana Bloch Gallery will open in April at 2277 Monitor St. with a site-specific solo exhibition of Fort Worth-based artist Letitia Huckaby.
With this move, the galleries left in East Dallas are Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Barry Whistler Gallery, Cohn Drennan Contemporary (currently closed due to a recent fire in the building), and neighborhood staples Kettle Art, 500 X and Beefhaus.