Don’t Miss This: Texan Artists at Eclectic Galleries and Other Artsy Things to Do in October

A raku piece by Pamela Summers.

D Home intern Alex Ethridge has your art activities planned for October. She’s nice like that. Read on for the scoop:

There’s nothing like buying a piece of original art or jewelry, because you can be sure that your piece is one of a kind. But what’s even better is when your piece of art has that special Texas flair that can only come from local artists. As the weather changes from the sweltering heat of summer to the glorious chill of fall, you might be inspired to explore Dallas’s artsy side, and October is the perfect month to do it, with events happening all over the city.

To celebrate American Craft Week (Oct. 4-13) Eclectic Galleries in Snider Plaza presents “Texas Made.” This gallery will feature ten Texas studios that work in ceramics, jewelry, glass and fiber. To see the artists do what they do best and meet the faces behind the art, Eclectic Galleries is hosting two Meet the Artist receptions.

The first, on October 5, is with Lakewood artist Rebecca Swann. From 12-4 p.m., Swann will discuss the making of her cast and hand-formed wearable artwork that highlights stones and glass in sterling silver, bronze and gold.

The second will feature two Fort Worth artists, Pamela Summers and Raymond Raines, on October 12. You’ll be able to see Summers in action while she demonstrates the making of her “Salt Sagger” raku clay collection, and Raines will unveil his “Captured Copper” and “Glass Collage” series.

American Craft Week is a nation-wide event that focuses on all things handmade in the United States that we use to enrich life in our homes, wardrobes and offices. As of this week there are more than 340 galleries and craft retailers participating in 36 states. In addition to Eclectic Galleries, the Creative Arts Center of Dallas is also a participant.

Other artsy October events include the Cottonwood Arts Festival in Richardson on Oct. 5-6, and the White Rock Studio Tour at White Rock Lake on Oct. 12-13.

The weather should be gorgeous, so do something different this month and see what our local artists have to offer. Football is boring, anyway.