Artful Affair

Dallas’ most creatively inclined turn out for Art Fair preview party

Dallas’ most creatively inclined turn out for Art Fair preview party

Maria-Theresia Pongracz, Josh Lilley
Maria-Theresia Pongracz, Josh Lilley Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kay Herriman, Trinity Wilson, Erin Pinover, Justine Ludwig
Kay Herriman, Trinity Wilson, Erin Pinover, Justine Ludwig Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Connor James, Adam Lewis, Patti Lewis, Rob Lewis, Denise Remondino
Connor James, Adam Lewis, Patti Lewis, Rob Lewis, Denise Remondino Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ashley Longshore, Brian Bolke
Ashley Longshore, Brian Bolke Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Dallas Art Fair draws exhibitors from all over the world. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Models in fashions from NorthPark Center flanked the entrance. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Fashion Industry Gallery has become synonymous with the Dallas Art Fair. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
The preview gala offers collectors and enthusiasts a first look at the art. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Every kind of art is represented at the fair. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
John Gustafson, Anais Assoun
John Gustafson, Anais Assoun Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Nadine Jones, Ken Villalovos, Alaena Hostetter, Drew Chapa
Nadine Jones, Ken Villalovos, Alaena Hostetter, Drew Chapa Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Naomi Schiller, Paul Winker
Naomi Schiller, Paul Winker Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Newt Walker, Ashley Tatum, Lynn McBee, Allan McBee
Newt Walker, Ashley Tatum, Lynn McBee, Allan McBee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ethan Minshull, Andrea Perez
Ethan Minshull, Andrea Perez Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Anne Grund, Jason Ross
Anne Grund, Jason Ross Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Anna Stothart, Lana Carlson, Reem Amara
Anna Stothart, Lana Carlson, Reem Amara Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Maria-Theresia Pongracz, Josh Lilley
Kay Herriman, Trinity Wilson, Erin Pinover, Justine Ludwig
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson
Connor James, Adam Lewis, Patti Lewis, Rob Lewis, Denise Remondino
Ashley Longshore, Brian Bolke
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala 2017
John Gustafson, Anais Assoun
Nadine Jones, Ken Villalovos, Alaena Hostetter, Drew Chapa
Naomi Schiller, Paul Winker
Newt Walker, Ashley Tatum, Lynn McBee, Allan McBee
Ethan Minshull, Andrea Perez
Anne Grund, Jason Ross
Anna Stothart, Lana Carlson, Reem Amara

Whether you’re a serious collector or simply an enthusiast, the Dallas Art Fair is the most exciting weekend in Dallas. Hundreds of galleries from around the world gather to show and sell their best works at Fashion Industry Gallery downtown.

Those eager to get a sneak peek attend the preview gala, a chic affair where the Ruinart champagne flows freely and guests are dressed in their most artful attire. While some are there only to socialize, others are on the hunt for their next acquisition. Like Claire Dewar, who was all business at the Fridman Gallery booth. And rightfully so, as Dasha Shishkin’s pastel and acrylic on Mylar works were some of the most interesting on display.

Part of the fair’s appeal is its breadth of art — not only because exhibitors hail from as far away as Tokyo, but also because pieces range from attainable to museum-quality. Forgive the cliché, but there is truly something for everyone, no matter one’s taste or budget.

Exhibitors bring their best works, and it’s always a pleasure to see Dallas galleries — including PDNB, Talley Dunn, Valley House, and Conduit — holding their own against their more worldly counterparts. Also fun: when galleries like New York’s Peter Blum bring pieces that appeal to our Texas roots, like Enoc Perez’s oil-on-canvas interpretation of Prada, Marfa.

After nine years, the preview gala is still one of the hottest social tickets in town, drawing an enthusiastic and energetic crowd. Spotted sipping champagne and soaking in the atmosphere were Justine Ludwig, Jed Morse, Arthur PeñaChristen and Derek Wilson, Brian Bolke, Lynn and Allan McBee, John Reoch, Anais Assoun, Kim and Shannon Wynne, Megan and Brady Wood, Nancy Koen, Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Michael Dylan, Mary Ann and David Goltl, and Peggy Levinson and David Fuller.

Every good gala also has a higher purpose: to raise funds for important institutions. In this case, the Dallas Art Fair preview gala benefits Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Dallas Contemporary.

The Dallas Art Fair runs April 7-9. Hours are 11 am-7 pm Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 pm Sunday.