Artists seeking inspiration need not look far past the Bath House's storied tapestry. Designed in 1930 by local architect Jon Carsey, the building was one of the first Art Deco pieces in the southwest. Before becoming a cultural center, the Bath House served as a recreational center for visitors seeking cool refuge at White Rock Lake. Polio and drought would end up shutting down the community center in the 1950's, and the Bath Center remained vacant for decades. In 1981, the city's arts program, parks and recreational department, and the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce resurrected the site to what it remains today, a visual and performing arts center.
Now the historical Bath House is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a cultural center, and in honor of this occasion, the Bath House will be exhibiting From Sandy Beaches to Vibrant Arts: 30th Anniversary of the Bath House Cultural Center. The exhibit will showcase the long and rich history of the Dallas landmark, from its roots as a recreational and swimming destination in the 1930's to its current station as a community for the nurturing of culture and the arts.
The call for entries to exhibit has already begun and will remain open until June 15. Entries can be of any medium, and both local and national artists are encouraged to submit. Overall, thirty to forty pieces will be selected to exhibit, and there will be a preview at the end of June as part of White Rock Lake's centennial celebrations before the main Bath House anniversary exhibition in August.
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