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Arts & Museums
Valley House Gallery, with its sculpture garden that spans 5 acres (20,234 square meters), is located in North Dallas far from the usual art district traffic. Bought by artist Donald Vogel and his wife, Margaret, in 1954, this beautiful area still evokes a feeling of solitude. Their son, Kevin, currently owns and operates the gallery. The exhibit hall is always full and often must enlist the aid of the Dallas police to coordinate parking for events and showings. Valley House was the first gallery in the Southwest to be invited to join the Art Dealers Association of America. Admission is free.
If you are interested in viewing a variety of works in a single location, stop by Empty Walls, located in the Preston Royal Shopping Village. Recent exhibits include the works of Michael McWillie, known for his whimsical dog paintings, and those of Shawna Lee Chovanec, a 14-year-old prodigy. Along with a large collection of paintings, antique bookplates are also available. Empty Walls also offers custom framing and a large number of frames, fabrics and mats are available.
Martin Lawrence Galleries are some of the most respected art galleries in the US. Not restricted to displaying the works of maestros, the Gallery gives upcoming artists an exhibition space for their art. Also, the Gallery is one of the few places which exhibits as well as conducts art auctions. Besides that, it also periodically organizes special theme exhibitions as well as public interactions with noted artists.
Without a doubt, art exhibits and performances at the University of Texas at Dallas have doubled in the recent past. The on-site classrooms and bulletin boards have even been incorporated for exhibits by guests like Victoria Corcoran. Other artists have included those from Continental Gin Studios in Deep Ellum. Rolling Stone Magazine's Greil Marcus has been among the notable guest lecturers. UTD has also staged numerous performances by musicians such as Moscow pianist Dmitri Ratser, the Huaxia Ensemble of China, Mexico's Los Tiempos Pasados and Dallas' own Cafe Noir. Art shows are free. However, admission is usually charged for lectures, concerts, and theater events.
If you love glass art, be sure to enter Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass's magical wonderland of glass at the Village on the Parkway. You will find the works of over 300 exciting contemporary artists. These works include vases, bottles, plates, glasses and much, much more. If you're lucky, you might catch the entrants in the Annual Goblet invitational or the Annual Scent Bottle Invitational.
With 16,000 square feet of artwork and accessories, Southwest Gallery boasts one of the largest collections of original oils, graphics, antiques, sculptures and bronzes in the Southwest. The gallery also offers an extensive selection of American and European oils in a variety of styles, including contemporary, traditional, impressionistic, Western and Southwestern. W.A. Slaughter, Dan Lomahaftewa, L. Gordon, R.W. Hedge are just a few of the artists represented at the gallery.
Located in the Addison Airport, Cavanaugh Flight Museum features historical aircraft and related objects. The museum is unique since many of the airplanes displayed here are still active and can fly. After a day of learning about rare aircraft, you can relax at the museum's picnic area, browse the art gallery, and check out the gift shop.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum makes available an enormous amount of information about the life and presidency of George W. Bush. Here you can explore 70 million pages of Presidential records. The museum houses foreign and domestic Presidential gifts. Whether you want to do research, or just get some insight into Presidential history, a visit here is worthwhile.
Texas Art Gallery showcases the work of locally, regionally and nationally renowned contemporary artists like Steve Atkinson, William Berra and many more. The collection mostly comprises of a mix of Western, American and European oils, watercolors and bronzes. Art students from the local high school and college visit the gallery to study the art along with regular art collectors. The rare artworks are auctioned twice a year — in May and November.
Few cities outside of Spain have a finer collection of Spanish art than what is exhibited in this Dallas museum. The funds to construct it were donated by oil magnate Algur H. Meadows back in the 1960s and it was built in memory of his first wife. The nearby Elizabeth Meadows sculpture garden was inspired by Mr. Meadows' love for his second wife. The museum's permanent collection includes such works as Velasquez's "Sibyl With Tabula Rasa," Picasso's "Still Life in a Landscape", and Goya's "Yard With Madmen". The sculpture garden here includes works by both Rodin and Claes Oldenburg.
This historically correct museum is dedicated to safeguarding the history of farm life on the Texas prairie from 1890 to 1920. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this four-acre site is accredited by the American Association of Museums. You will be able to view a restored 14-bedroom Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, gardens and smokehouse along with a blacksmith's shop and farm animals. Period-dressed volunteers give guided tours. Among the many programs available are birthday party plans for children up to age 12.
Bath House Cultural Center was the city's first neighborhood community cultural center. Once a bathhouse for swimmers at White Rock Lake, the serene setting offers a step away from the ordinary. Focusing on multi-cultural art and music programs, exhibits offer a glimpse into other lifestyles and beliefs. In their 3-gallery space they present 16-20 art exhibitions each year. Some of their exhibitions include 'Corazon', 'Digno' and 'Zoomorph'. In addition, live music performances of jazz, harp and saxophone are scheduled to accentuate current displays. The museum remains open until 10p on nights with theatre performances. Concerts carry a separate charge to be determined by performer or sponsoring group.