Becoming New Again

Long ago, folks trash-talked Oak Cliff as if it was the redheaded stepchild of Dallas with nothing going on worth experiencing. Things change. Blocks are bettered, communities are developed, artists adapt. Now, the happening burg is the hip tip of Dallas' cultural iceberg with more meaning underneath its once placid-seeming exterior. For instance, the rest of this month through December 5, Mighty Fine Arts showcases the work of beloved local artist Diane Sikes in her a new exhibition, Adaption. True to the title, the artwork takes ordinary items and transforms them into expressive works that expound upon and expand the tales already told by the original materials. The pieces involve worn books, garments and pieces of fabric repurposed as artistic media and reinvented, mixed together into an amalgam of historical, if not nostalgic, mixed media. Reflective of Oak Cliff? Perhaps. Inspired, location notwithstanding? Indeed. Mighty Fine Arts is located at 419 N. Tyler St. between 8th and Davis streets. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 214-942-5241 or visit
Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 20. Continues through Dec. 5, 2010