Our Hearts Belong to DADA
DADA Spring Gallery Walk brings yet another long weekend of very necessary art events
If the Dallas Art Fair and various art-related events last weekend didn’t give you a dose of the visual vapors, you’re in luck: This week heralds the 17th anniversary of the Dallas Art Dealers Association Spring Gallery Walk.
Not so much of a “walk” as a three-day extravaganza of art-related happenings, DADA’s Spring Gallery Walk (April 18-20) has roped in 35 of the city’s premier galleries, museums and nonprofit spaces for a cultural celebration. With a decidedly more egalitarian approach than recent galas, Gallery Walk events are tailored to the aspiring and working artist (Thursday’s “How to Create Your Own Art Studio” discussion at the Creative Arts Center), students (Saturday’s reception for Booker T. Washington’s senior juried show) and nonprofessional art lovers (Saturday’s gallery walk encompassing Uptown, downtown, Deep Ellum, Oak Cliff, Park Cities, North Dallas and the ’burbs).
There’s even a Saturday “Bike Swarm” tour of the Design District in collaboration with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff for athletically inclined art fans who prefer to sweat and critique at the same time.
Founded in 1985, the Dallas Art Dealers Association gathers together independent gallerists and nonprofit organizations as a professional and educational resource for the community. In 2005, DADA established the Edith Baker Art Scholarship benefiting students pursuing the study of visual arts, and this year two scholarships of $2,500 will be presented to two lucky attendees of the Dallas County Community College District at a ceremony held Friday at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art.
Local high school talents will also serve as exhibition hosts at select spaces, giving them a taste of real art-world experience.
The crème de la crème of this year’s participating museums and galleries? Among others: American Fine Art, Beaux Arts, CentralTrak, Craighead Green, Dallas Contemporary, El Centro College, Gallery at UTA, Goss-Michael Foundation, LuminArte Gallery, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Meadows Museum, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Samuel Lynne Galleries, South Dallas Cultural Center, Talley Dunn, UNT Art Galleries and Valley House.
For a full list of events and a guide to participating galleries, visit the DADA website or call 214-914-1099.