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Uptown Dallas salon inspires big thoughts with art show starring at-risk teens

Uptown salon inspires big thoughts at art show starring at-risk teens

Holly Dear, Kaycee Clark, Erica Kuppin, Trey Kuppin, Big Thought
Holly Dear, Kaycee Clark, Erica Kuppin, Trey Kuppin Photo by Angie Ochoa
Sara Moldovan, Michael Moldovan, Big Thought
Sara Moldovan, Michael Moldovan Photo by Angie Ochoa
Jennife Carey, Randy King, Big Thought
Jennifer Carey, Randy King Photo by Angie Ochoa
Misty Cassle, Lea Fisher, Terri Provencal, Big Thought
Misty Cassie, Lea Fisher, Terri Provencal Photo by Angie Ochoa
Erin Finegold, Margaret Black, Big Thought
Erin Finegold, Margaret Black Photo by Angie Ochoa
Anna Cobbs, Andi Theis, Big Thought
Anna Cobbs, Andi Theis Photo by Angie Ochoa
David Sunshine, Jodi White, Kaycee Clark, Melanie Zacek, Big Thought
David Sunshine, Jodi White, Kaycee Clark, Melanie Zacek Photo by Angie Ochoa
Bri Crum, Samantha Crum, Jennifer Miller, Big Thought
Bri Crum, Samantha Crum, Jennifer Miller Photo by Angie Ochoa
Derick Barber, Big Thought
Derick Barber Photo by Angie Ochoa
Thomas Garza, Ashley Burghardt, Sarah Alban, Big Thought
Thomas Garza, Ashley Burghardt, Sarah Alban Photo by Angie Ochoa
Holly Dear, Kaycee Clark, Erica Kuppin, Trey Kuppin, Big Thought
Sara Moldovan, Michael Moldovan, Big Thought
Jennife Carey, Randy King, Big Thought
Misty Cassle, Lea Fisher, Terri Provencal, Big Thought
Erin Finegold, Margaret Black, Big Thought
Anna Cobbs, Andi Theis, Big Thought
David Sunshine, Jodi White, Kaycee Clark, Melanie Zacek, Big Thought
Bri Crum, Samantha Crum, Jennifer Miller, Big Thought
Derick Barber, Big Thought
Thomas Garza, Ashley Burghardt, Sarah Alban, Big Thought

Dear Clark Hair Studio owners Kaycee Clark and Holly Dear partnered with Big Thought to present an art exhibit and sale featuring work produced by at-risk Dallas teens during the Creative Solutions summer program at SMU.

Event chairs Erica and Trey Kuppin welcomed guests with Blackberry Shine and Mojito Lemonade Punch from Firefly Moonshine, while Nick Van House pumped up the party with his musical mix.

Dear Clark’s environs — walls and floor — were adorned with artwork created by Big Thought students. While guests — including Bret McKinney, Sara and Michael Moldovan, Pablo Alvarado, and Imran Sheik — admired the works, they snacked on bites from the salon’s McKinney Avenue neighbor, So & So’s, and Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles.

In addition to the artwork, attendees shopped for Dear Clark hair care products, succulents and head scarves made by Big Thought students. Proceeds benefited Big Thought, which serves the Dallas community by providing youth with access to innovative learning opportunities outside of a classroom setting.

The Dear Clark art show was the first event leading up to the 20th anniversary celebration of Big Thought Creative Solutions, a program partnership with the Dallas County Juvenile Department that provides at-risk teens a safe alternative to the streets by helping first-time juvenile offenders channel their energy into the visual and performing arts.