What's not to love about tens of galleries throwing open their doors, cranking up the A/C, serving cold beer, and inviting you to look at the art on the walls? Design District Gallery Day is a party without a guest list and you're sure to meet interesting people, discover art you knew nothing about and leave with a new fondness for the West Dallas neighborhood. But the list of galleries might be longer than you know how to handle, or maybe you don't know where to start, which is why we're back with an expansion of the paragraph. Here, we've compiled a list of must-sees, can't misses, and where you'll find refreshing treats.
Time: Arrive at any point between 12-8 p.m. We suggest you arrive closer to 6 p.m. because you'll be walking and it's supposed to hit triple digits this weekend before it cools down. Pro tip 1: There is beer from Ben E. Keith in each of the galleries. Grab one as you peruse and don't be afraid to walk to the next gallery with it.
Pro tip 2: Look for the brown goody bags. Each participating gallery will have 25 bags, which contain free t-shirts to commemorate the day.
Starting Point: 1110 Dragon St
Mary Tomas Gallery In Diverse Works, Mary Tomas Gallery exhibits a group of artists that will start your day off with a touch of variety.
Walk to: 1130 Dragon St.
Red Arrow Contemporary Industry Print Shop will be printing posters live at Red Arrow Contemporary in conjunction with the exhibition Stay Up All Nite from 3- 8 p.m. Saturday. Watch the process and grab a free print at the end of the day.
Laura Rathe Fine Art Check Mate is a group exhibition featuring new works by Gil Bruvel. During the opening reception from 6-9 p.m. several artists will be on hand and the gallery will host a LIVE chess tournament for the duration of the reception.
Circuit 12 Contemporary Not only does Circuit 12 have a great exhibition of work, Lagoon, by local artist Lucas Martell, the gallery is also sponsoring a paleta cart where you can find some cool treats.
Walk to: 1202 Dragon St
Photographs Do Not Bend The summer is in full swing and is celebrated in PDNB's exhibition Summertime and the Living is Easy, with images of beaches, swimmers, campers, vacation spots, bathing suits or no bathing suits, all befit the iconic summer respite.
Walk to: 1302 Dragon St.
Zhulong Gallery The world of Zhulong Gallery (pronounced chu-long) is overtaken by the zany art of Jeremy Couillard beginning this Saturday. Couillard, famous for a "video game aesthetic," creates landscapes using both video and print works to transform a space into something colorful and surreal. In addition, Couillard's 40-foot table sculpture, originally created for the Brooklyn Museum's Artist Ball, will fill the gallery.
Walk to: 1411 Dragon St.
Holly Johnson Gallery The current exhibition at Holly Johnson Gallery is a good one. Otis Jones + Bret Slater's work blends painting and sculpture in colorful abstractions.
Drive to: 161 Glass St.
Dallas Contemporary The current exhibit of Richard Phillips and Julian Schnabel at the Dallas Contemporary is equal parts aggravating and awesome. Phillips' large-scale works is a monstrous display of celebrity; and the Schnabel, while quieter, is thoughtfully grand. These
Drive to: 2277 Monitor St
Galleri Urbane A bit north of the other galleries, Galleri Urbane has a strong roster of artists. Its current exhibition is a juried survey of contemporary Texas art, including local artists Samantha McCurdy, Eli Walker, among others.
Drive to:1626 Hi Line Blvd
Conduit Gallery Nancy Whitenack is currently celebrating 30 years of running this gallery with an exhibition of nearly 20 artists. See a variety of work from some major players in the local scene.
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Walk to: 1405 Turtle Creek Blvd
Goss-Michael Foundation This is your last stop of the day and a must-visit if this is your first time in the neighborhood. Primarily focused on presenting British artists, GMF recently launched a new program called (FEATURE), which puts the work of Dallas-based artist alongside the current exhibitions and permanent collection (which includes a stunning Damien Hirst). The first artist is Nathan Green, who's earning quite the buzz lately. Check out his stuff before he leaves us for even greener pastures.
Now, go grab a beer at Meddlesome Moth. Our food critic recommends the Funky Gold Mosaic.
If you want the full schedule and map, visit dallasgalleryday.com.