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Intoducting our brand-new department on art, antiques, and architecture, featuring gossip, news, and events. 

By D Magazine |





hounding the dragon

Dragon Street small business owners in the Design District are furious at Greyhound Lines, and they smell a rat. The businesses—quaint antiques, home furnishings, design and architectural firms—have blossomed over the last few years and picked up new neighbors: a new sports arena, a proposed downtown lake, and Greyhound, which merged with Continental Trailways. The bus giant owns property on both sides of the intersection at Dragon and Continental. To improve operations, Greyhound seeks a contiguous piece of property, which could happen if Dragon Street is swallowed. Greyhound has asked the city to abandon a block-long stretch of Dragon and to seal it off from Wichita to Continental.

Dragon Streeters say the closing would snarl traffic and cut into their revenues. Some think the city, which may be leasing the bus company’s Lamar Street depot, is manipulating Greyhound. There are rumors of conflicts of interest and threats of an injunction if the city grants Greyhound’s wish. City officials call it growing pains.

“It’s like Solomon’s child,” says Gay Dehoff, director of the city’s property management department.

According to Dehoff, Councilwoman Barbara Mallory Caraway hopes to bring both sides to a compromise through public meetings. Otherwise it may come to a council vote. Caraway told owners at the February meeting she would make the ultimate decision, not the city council. Hmm….



UP and COMING  “I like interiors,” says Esteban Cruz, a senior at Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts. His work is currently on display at the school’s National Art Honor Society Show. Esteban’s work has also been shown at the Ahead Gallery in Deep Ellum, the Fina Foundation Gallery at the DMA, and the Elizabeth State-Thomas Gallery.


Slocum Street Antiques Open House  The Slocum Street Antique Dealers Association will host “Spring Into Slocum Street,” an antiques Open House on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop your way up and down Slocum and enjoy wine, cheese, and a day of fine antiques. Drawings will be held for a $500 gift certificate good at any of the 22 Slocum Street Antique Dealers Association member stores.

upcoming exhibitions

“Victorian Artists in 19th-century England”
 European Art Gallery, ends April 12

“Tom Wesselmann: Recent Paintings
and Maquettes”

 Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, ends April 14

“Jody Lee: Drawings”
 Barry Whistler Gallery, ends April 21

“Contemporary British Painters III”
 Valley House Gallery, ends April 21

“Virgil Grotfeldt: Memories and Transformations”
 Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, ends April 29

“Rachelle Krieger and Areg Elibekian”
 Karen Mitchell Frank Gallery, April 1-30

“Liz Ward: Increments”
 Dunn and Brown Contemporary, April 6-May 5

“George Segal and the Nobility of Everyday Life: Memorial Exhibition”
 Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, ends May 12

“Living European Impressionist Artists”
 European Art Gallery, April 20-May 26

“T. Stone: About Round: Spherical Thoughts,
Stories, and Ideas”
 Boyd Gallery, April 7-May 26

“Contemporary Sculpture Invitational: Inside/Outside”
 Valley House Gallery, April 28-May 31

“Louisa McElwain”
 Karen Mitchell Frank Gallery, May 1-31

“Dorothy Antoinette La Selle: Selected Paintings
and Works on Paper”
 Barry Whistler Gallery, April 28-June 2

“Mac Whitney: The Underslung Series
and Other Recent Works”
 Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, April 20-June 2

“Matthew Sontheimer: Recent Work”
 Dunn and Brown Contemporary, May 11-June 9

“Richard Stout: In Pursuit of the Sublime”
 Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, May 4-June 23

“Rene Wiley and J. Alex Potter”
 Karen Mitchell Frank Gallery, June 1-30

“Al Held: New Watercolor Paintings”
 Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, May 18-July 7

“Brian Fridge: Video Installation”
 Dunn and Brown Contemporary, June 15-July 14

“Ginger Huebner: Of the Land”
 Boyd Gallery, June 2-July 21

“Texas and Beyond: The Plein Air Landscapes by Jane Starks”
 Valley House Gallery, June 16-July 21

“Ray-Mel Cornelius: Road Trips”
 Boyd Gallery, July 28-Sept 1


brilliant new concept

DeBoulle Jewelry, Timepieces and Fine Art on Preston has the whole city talking and charity event planners lining up at the door. The fine jeweler’s expansion into fine art has been spearheaded by Denis Boulle’s longtime friend Gilbert Rebillet, who has held executive positions at Pierre Cardin, Neiman Marcus, and Escada. The newly remodeled French villa-style space is clubby, elegant, and fabulous—retail at a whole new level. Opening is scheduled for May 3.




“A year ago, an American who wanted an expansive selection of 19th-century realist or impressionist works would have had to fly to Europe. We wanted to fill a market gap in the United States and at the same time try to do something positive for the Dallas Arts District.”
Danny Wettreich, founder of the European Art Gallery



what dallas wants
Local Antique Dealers Trendspot

“Dallas collectors are going for styles that are not so over-the-top. There’s a great interest in Directoire, period Empire, and Regency, for instance. Late 19th-century pieces are also in demand—that’s when they started reproducing styles from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. They’re larger and more affordable, so they work quite well in modern homes.”
 —Brant Laird, Brant Laird Antiques

“Until a few years ago, Dallas was an ‘English town.’ When people started building French-influenced homes, French antiques became as strong as English. Our clients are drawn to Country French: it’s one of the few styles from Western Europe that is both elegant and casual.”
Wendell Patterson, The Whimsey Shoppe

“People are looking for casual elegance—formal pieces they can use in a casual way. In magazines, we’re seeing more simplistic, neoclassical styles, which clients in town have been showing to their designers.”
Connie Williamson, Connie Williamson Antiques

“Whether it is Tole trays or glassware, people are really getting into accessories. I’m getting a lot of requests for antique transferware.”
—John Phifer Marrs, John Phifer Marrs Antiques

“I’m seeing more interest in Italian accessories: little mirrors, sconces, and religious art. It fits well with Country French and the eclectic look. The timing is good because things from England and France are getting harder to find.”
—Peter Strickland, The Eagles Antiques

“I think there’s still a big demand for Italian wine cellar-type furnishings among Dallas clients. Italian Renaissance and Italian Baroque chandeliers are popular. So is painted Venetian furniture, but it is very hard to find. This has been the pattern for about the past three years.”
—Jeff Garrett, Legacy Antiques

“Dallas clients know more about antiques these days because of the Internet and shows like the Antiques Road Show, so they’re choosing quality over specific styles. They’d rather spend money on one great piece than on several that are merely ‘good.’”
—Edward Tomlin, Gerald Tomlin Antiques



The House of the Architect

2001 Dallas Architectural Foundation Tour of Homes

We love house tours. And this one—a tour of architects’ houses sponsored by the Dallas Architectural Foundation—promises to be fabulous. The homes are sprinkled throughout neighborhoods in the central part of the city and feature new construction, restoration, and renovation in the private homes of some of Dallas’ leading architects.  Buy your ticket before Wednesday, April 25, from the Dallas Architectural Foundation (1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 600, 214-742-3242) for $15, or pay $20 cash at any of the homes on the day of the tour.
The Houses
4435 Middleton Rd.
Mark Domiteaux, AIA, and his family share this home just northwest of Preston Hollow. Originally designed by Ralph Kelman (architect of Lee Park Center and the recently lost art deco Dr Pepper building), the 1950s house is a gem.

957 Easton Pl.
Kelly James, one of the city’s leading landscape architects, and his wife Karen have renovated this modern house on a fabulous, private cul-de-sac. Limestone floors, slick walls, and a blend of eclectic and modern accents create a timely, contemporary interior.

3511 Cragmont Ave.
Frank Welch, AIA, esteemed architect, photographer, and author, has been honored at every level for his work. This is a rare chance to view Frank’s newly completed residence in the Northern Hills neighborhood between Uptown and Highland Park.

600 Rainbow Dr.
Across a private bridge, over a ravine, perched up in the trees atop a rocky knoll, this 1941 Austin Stone home was once owned by one of the original developers of Oak Cliff. Through ongoing renovation efforts by Patricia and Bob Meckfessel, AIA, this house blends its traditional shell with simple, sophisticated interiors. Bob is former president of Preservation Dallas and the AIA’s Dallas chapter  and is current president of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

10740 Saint Michael’s Dr.
This contemporary home was completed by Bob James, AIA, founding principal of James, Harwick + Partners, and his wife Vicki. Exposed concrete floors, clear maple cabinetry, and cream-colored masonry are the backdrop for dramatic views of a wooded creek off the rear deck.

1019 Waterford Dr.
This modest 1954 residence, which Clifford Welch, AIA, and his wife Donna have restored, is one of the few remaining by the late modernist Glenn Allen Galaway. Located on a creek east of White Rock Lake, its crisp horizontal lines and flowing interiors recall the early work of Philip Johnson. 


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