Dallas art enthusiasts recently joined Nancy Whitenack for a VIP reception to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her Conduit Gallery. Works by Annabel Daou, Marcelyn McNeil and Maja Ruznic were on display, and Daou even offered her services as fortune teller for a special treat.
Guests — including Danette Dulfho, Joan Davidow, Peter Doroshenko, Stuart Glass, Tammy and Will Hartnett, Stephen Lapthisophon, Sam Saladino, Howard Rachofsky, John Reoch, and Deedie and Rusty Rose — congratulated Whitenack for her commitment to the gallery’s mission to show exciting, innovative and challenging work.
Conduit Gallery first opened to the public March 1984. In 1991, the gallery moved to the 3200 Main Street building, also home to Undermain Theatre. The first exhibition at this location was a solo show by Tom Orr, who, because of his large, heavy artworks, left the new gallery walls with plenty of big holes to patch. This ushered in a “no holes barred,” “anything goes” attitude by the gallery staff. And the rest, as they say, was history.
What to expect going forward? Along with a scheduled list of exhibitions for the year, there will be special, curated exhibitions during the summer to examine and highlight work by artists who have shown with the gallery since its inception.