For the Love of Kettle A lot of people love Kettle Art Gallery. This Deep Ellum staple run by artist Frank Campagna and his partner, Paula Harris, is a haven of emerging and established Dallas artists whose work varies from painting to photography to the phallic sculpture garden I saw there one time. It's a place for first time buyers or local-centric collectors and with price points that start well below $100. And this weekend, the artists and any curious gallery-hopper pay respects to the gallery with a fundraiser of sorts. Around 7 p.m. Saturday, you'll see Kettle Art stuffed to the capacity, with everyone sipping beer and chattering loudly at the annual For the Love of Kettle.The gallery will be filled with more than 120, 9 x 12 works available for just $50 each, created by artists who show at Kettle or just want to love on the space. The chaos of the event is sure to be fun. More at kettleart.com.
Color Gamut at Zhulong Gallery Have you ever wondered what color your aura might be? This mystical description of the way a person's energy affects the room they inhabit might seem silly, but we use color to categorize things all the time. Red light means stop. Green, go. White for the wedding dress; pink for breast cancer. Sometimes the use of color is subtle, other times it can be outlandish. And no one knows how to manipulate color like artists Matthew Plummer Fernandez and Anne Katrine Sensta. For their exhibition at Zhulong Gallery, the artists will "Sculpt color to the point of bewitchment." There will be 3-d sculptures, works on paper, and video projections. See the work at an artist reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, where you can get your aura read through photography. Or swing through the gallery through March 7. Admission to the gallery is free. More at zhulonggallery.com.
For Real, Sarah Atlee & James Zamora Your eyeballs are working hard. As you read this they are processing and interpreting symbols to send to your brain. But how often do you consider your own observational power? It's something that artists of all varieties dwell upon and then render into their work. For the next exhibition, Ro2 presents the work of two painters who spend time with these human fixations, re-processing the human experience in their work. The dual exhibition features Sarah Atlee, whose still life paintings represent food and drink pairings, and James Zamora, who takes interest in everyday experiences and subconcious wanderings. See the work during the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Saturday or through March 8 at Ro2 Art, 110 N. Akard St. Admission to the gallery is free. More at ro2art.com
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Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga In an exhibit exclusive to the Dallas Museum of Art, the work of two postwar Japanese artists, Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga will be on display starting Sunday through July 18. These artists worked as part of the Gutai Art Association, creating paintings, drawings, photographs, films, and small-scale sculpture, all of which will be on display at the DMA. Plus, the museum will recreate some of their installations. Learn more about the work's place in history, while taking place in a bit of your own. Admission is free. More at dma.org.
In the Room We Discovered An-Other In the Corner This weekend, an awesome new series kicks off at Beefhaus, programmed by visual/performance artist Alison Starr. She's invited artists from inside and outside of Dallas to explore the concept of the other. This weekend, collaborative couple musician Lily Taylor and video artist Sean Miller team up with fiber artist Chesley Antoinette of Cantoinette Studios, costume designer Whitney Bracey and dancer Jacquekya Lee of Brown Girls Do Ballet to create an immersive installation. See it from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday. More info.