April 28, 2014 | Posted in: Arts
In the 1970’s, the New York City neighborhood of SoHo experienced a renaissance of art and culture. At that time, SoHo had many historic buildings that were unattractive to the commerce and manufacturing industries, but many of the upper floors of these buildings consisted of loft space which was well-suited to the needs of artists. The artists liked these lofts because of the large open windows, open spaces for work, and the lower rents. In time, the SoHo neighborhood began to draw in more affluent residents who were attracted to its great location and reputation as an artist community. Something similar is currently happening in Dallas Midtown.
Dallas Midtown is fostering the development of the local artist community and, over time, Dallas Midtown will become the permanent home to a community of local artists that reside in Dallas. This community will certainly bring their unique perspectives on art and culture into the heart of Dallas. We started this by creating the Gallery at Midtown which is a collection of art created by local Dallas artists. The Gallery at Midtown showcases pieces from some of Dallas’ most talented established and upcoming local artists.
The Gallery at Midtown welcomes the Dallas art community by providing a place for creative and innovative programming, spaces to create and display, and a schedule of art-related opportunities. This allows both the seasoned artist and new talent to thrive. At the Gallery at Midtown, we host exhibitions year round and collaborate with numerous institutions, galleries, art collectives and non-profits both local and beyond. We maintain a dynamic calendar of art events, lectures, fairs and classes. Conceived from a need to infuse our community with art and involve the public on a personal level, The Gallery at Midtown has arisen from our rich cultural heritage of vibrant, artist-led communities. We invite you to engage our vision by visiting our artist studio spaces, arts academy, artist residency program, and, of course, our extensive gallery space.
One of the programs we sponsor is the Midtown ARTwalk. The Midtown ARTwalk promotes local, visual art and artists in a wide range of mediums and artistic styles, including painting, sculpture, metal art, handmade jewelry, fiber art, photography, pottery and glass works. Midtown ARTwalk is a fine art and entertainment event that takes place the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Gallery at Midtown & Artist Studios, located inside Valley View Center in Dallas, Texas. Midtown ARTwalk is open to the public and is a fun, free, family friendly environment to experience art created by some of the finest artists in Dallas, Texas. The artists themselves almost always attend these events providing an interactive experience for everyone involved.
Art and culture have the ability to enhance the quality of life for a community. Art can bring about a personal enjoyment, intellectual stimulation while simultaneously providing public involvement. Not only can it bring a community together, it can also promote economic growth. It has been argued that having a community with an established form of art and culture can bring in the most talented and brightest labor force. Having a well-defined arts and culture district is a vital part of today’s new economy.
Pablo Picasso said “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Art is something that truly nurtures the human spirit. It takes a lot of hard work and talent to create art. It brings together people from all different backgrounds under one common factor. Unfortunately for many artists, the “starving artist” stereotype is still evident in society.
As a community, it is important to support local artists because, without local citizen support, the art they make would cease to make the impact it could make. When you support the local artist community, you are supporting all of our respective creative freedom. Once artists are able to express themselves creatively and freely, beautiful art is made that can be admired by the community and the world. These art pieces not only reflect the artists’ ideas, but also their hidden messages behind each work of art. Feel free to donate to the Gallery at Midtown and be a part of this creative community.
The Greek word “Ethos” means character and it is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community. Essentially, the ethos of Dallas Midtown is the Gallery at Midtown. While the iconic Dallas Design District and Dallas Arts District provide an outlet for established corporations and national artists to showcase their works, it is important to give local Dallas artists their own outlet as well. Dallas Midtown provides the local Dallas art scene the vehicle to expand Dallas’ vast and sophisticated art culture. Dallas Midtown is fostering local Dallas artists and incubating a burgeoning community currently inside of Valley View Center. Soon, artists will not only be creating in the Gallery at Dallas Midtown, but also living in the upcoming Dallas Midtown community.
Scott N. Beck, a Dallas Texas Greenhill alumni, received a Masters of Accounting from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he completed his B.B.A. Mr. Beck is a member of the Board of Directors of United Texas Bank and is President of Beck Ventures.