Two Local Art Events Not To Miss (And Both Are Nature Inspired)

James Blake, River Crest Oak, Oil on canvas

Fort Worth gallery William Campbell Contemporary Art is hosting an opening reception on Saturday, February 16 from 6 pm to 8 pm for a new exhibition of paintings by critically acclaimed artist James Blake. Blake, also from Fort Worth, has been making art for five decades. His recent paintings will be on display until March 16 at the gallery. The collection features new and existing art inspired by nature, mostly of trees. Fun fact: In 2006, he was chosen to design the official Christmas card for President George W. Bush and his wife Laura.

Sequoia Dallas, a new showroom in town specializing in art from Santa Fe and exotic wood furniture, is hosting a soft opening during the Dragon Street Art Walk on Saturday, February 23 from 5 pm to 9 pm. They are offering an organic wine tasting from Frey Vineyards for guests to enjoy while perusing the art from Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road. Artists include Phyllis Knapp, Marshall Noice, Peter Krusko, Marti Somers and Karen Bezuidenhout. The wood furniture and sculptures are one-of-a-kind, funky, organic–the pieces are like nothing else in Dallas. Check them out at 1403 Dragon Street.