Tucked away down a tree-lined residential street, Blind Alley Projects is so discreet you might miss it. Married artist couple Cameron Schoepp and Terri Thornton—he an art professor at TCU, she the curator of education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth—have maintained the gallery on this block since last spring. “Gallery” is perhaps overstating it.
The 8-by-10 vitrine, constructed of rock-filled gabion walls and a living roof, is set next to a garden on an overgrown lot near the couple’s home and studio. It’s a haven for single-work installations or ephemeral performances. The Cultural District’s gems—the Modern, the Kimbell, the Amon Carter—are mere blocks away. But in this verdant oasis, artists with national and international renown land numerous times a year to make utterly site-specific work that uses the space ingeniously and defies anything the small, secretive location suggests.
This is the way art works in Fort Worth. Scratch the surface, and you’ll find our smaller sibling is roiling with creativity. This is true, too, of its food scene. Which is why, as the dining critic and a de facto arts writer for our staunchly Dallas-centric magazine, I make an escape once every Blind Alley Projects cycle for the good stuff.