REDECORATING DEEP ELLUM: The Deep Ellum Foundation is inviting local artists to repaint the sculptures in the Deep Ellum Art Park and Bark Park. The sculptures were last painted in 1998, and after 11 years of baking in the sun, the paint is starting to chip. If you’ve got an idea for how you’d like to repaint them, submit a sketch along with the entry form by July 24. Approximately 20 artists will be picked for the project. Visit the Foundation’s Web site for complete details. And, of course, if you get picked, be sure to let us know.
NEW TREES TAKING SHAPE: Those who fondly remember the old Trees in Deep Ellum are drooling over the details of the club’s August reopening. DC9 at Night recently caught up with owner Clint Barlow, who clarifies some questions about who is playing when. Barlow also says he’s in talks to have a mural of some of the old club’s more famous shows painted on one of its walls. (No doubt this show will be included.) If all of that weren’t enough, nbcdfw.com reports that Barlow is looking to open the club on Aug. 13 with a “major national act.” Who could that be? Stay tuned.
4TH WALL HAS TALL, TALL WALLS: Uptown Dallas’ 4th Wall Gallery is one of the newest kids on the block, having only opened its doors in May. The gallery is owned by a pair of former Dallasites – Matthew and Kristine Abramowitz – who are returning from Los Angeles. While living in L.A., the couple opened Storyopolis, a gallery that specializes in children’s art. So as a part of 4th Wall, they are also set to open a Dallas branch of Storyopolis with a show featuring the king of kids art – Dr. Seuss. Dallasnews.com quizzed the couple to find out why they decided to move back to their former hometown to open the pair of galleries and why we’re still so in awe of Dr. Seuss.
SOUTHSIDE ON LAMAR TO GET A COUSIN? The loft development in the old Sears building on South Lamar has worked to become an artists haven with gallery openings and such like. Now Fort Worth may be getting its own version. According to the Fort Worth Weekly, real estate developer Michael Barnard is leasing spaces to artists in the old Landers Machine Shop in the South Main Street corridor, just south of downtown. That’s 18,000 square feet of industrial space, complete with huge loading dock and concrete floors.
Barnard had originally thought the space might be best used for loft living units when he bought the property a few years ago. But he could see that market was getting oversaturated in Fort Worth… Within a year, Barnard hopes to have between 10 and 20 artists leasing space. They will work in one big room, divided into smaller spaces … The gallery will be housed in another part of the complex.