Only a few years ago, the Design District silently hosted one or two art and photography galleries at best. Little traffic made its way down Dragon, Glass and Levee streets. But thanks to some creative minds around town, the area has become known for galleries that appeal to collectors and decorators. One of these creative minds is Scot Miller, photographer, conservationist and co-owner of Sun to Moon Gallery at 1515 E. Levee St.
A short walk from the banks of the Trinity River, Sun to Moon overlooks the ever-broadening view of Dallas’ skyline and the district's low warehouses, workspaces and galleries.
Since 2009, Miller and his wife, Marilyn, have taken turns assembling new exhibitions, planning events and dealing with day-to-day operations at the gallery’s current address, after originally opening 15 years ago in Addison.
“We much prefer this urban setting and neighborhood,” Miller says. “We were early adopters.”
Sun to Moon, an all-photographic gallery, is now one of nearly 20 art and photography galleries in the Design District – a hefty increase since the husband-and-wife duo first opened their doors there. Theirs houses the works of 12 local and national photographers.
Miller is one of the local photographers, with a handful of archival pigment prints on display throughout the year.
The white-washed brick walls of Sun to Moon frame several stunning large format pieces and smaller, pocket-sized prints.
These range from archival pigment prints, darkroom gelatin silver prints and platinum/palladium on vellum over gold leaf from artists such as Dan Burkholder, one of the first fine arts photographers to champion creating digital negatives and Alan Ross, a protégée of Ansel Adams, who was Adams’ photographic assistant for several years.
Miller's photography shouts, never whispers.
“I typically do the more traditional, larger format color prints,” he says.
This makes sense, seeing as how much of his photography is a direct representation of some of Dallas’ most beautiful landscapes. Drenched in colors, textures and repeating shapes and patterns, one of his favorite surrounding areas to capture is the Trinity Forest.
“You can have beautiful, incredible nature experiences right here in the city,” he says.
Miller's conservation efforts cross state lines. He has worked with various nonprofit organizations including Walden Woods Project, the Yosemite Conservancy and the Lyndon B. Johnson Historical Park. In 1990, he traveled to Yosemite National Park in California and realized conservation awareness was an inevitability for him.
“I love my imagery, but I always like to find ways to use it better,” Miller says. He uses his photography to promote the numerous conservation projects he holds near and dear.
Locally, Miller has worked with Groundwork Dallas, an organization aimed at improving the natural surroundings, for 10 years.
“It’s nice to not only do what you love but combine it with a cause,” Miller says.
Sun to Moon wraps up its current exhibit Jan. 7. It includes additional works from Anne Larson, Charles Cramer, Alan Ross, John Sexton, Alison Shaw, Jill Skupin Burkholder, Keith S. Walklet, R.P. Washburne, Jeffrey Conley and Annette Bottaro-Walklet.