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Smoke and Mirrors Gallery Cleans House Next Wednesday. You Get Insider Prices on Outsider Art.

Smoke and Mirrors Gallery is the type of space that you walk into and think "Am I still in Dallas?" Yes, ma'am you are. But it's easy to forget that when an oil painting of Big Tex is staring at you with laser-beam eyes. This cocoon of the peculiar nurtures the region's thriving primitive and outsider art scenes, similar to the role Webb Gallery has assumed in Waxahachie. It gives a platform for those sculptors and painters who chose a non-traditional path and allows them to showcase their work formally.

Smoke and Mirrors has just announced that they'll be hosting an open house next Wednesday, March 7. That's one week to say farewell to your innocent piggy bank before you're forced to smash it. You'll want that mad money more than some ceramic swine because at this party all of the art is marked down. That's right, it'll be a clearance sale on lowbrow goodies when work by Clay Stinnett, Brian Scott, Kevin Parmer, Nix Johnson and others gets marked down as much as 30 percent off. Some of Clay Stinnett's larger works will be available for as much as 50 percent off.

DJ Mike Smith will set the mood and the artists will roam freely, providing you with the rare opportunity to explore the slip and slide of their neural pathways while you select the perfect piece for your home.

Everything has got to go, so plan to wheel and deal. Smoke and Mirrors is stripping the walls to make way for its March 23, two-man, two-week show exploring the art of Nix Johnson and Christian Millet. What this means for you is a whole lot of great art in that $200 to $300 budgetary sweet spot. The doors open at 7 p.m. and close at 10 p.m., so get there early to guard your favorite work. We'll see you there.

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