Cris Worley Fine Arts


While last year%26#8217;s buzz brimmed with news of gallery closures, this season is off to a promising start with the debut of Cris Worley Fine Arts, the eagerly awaited arrival that melds consulting and curatorial functions with a commitment to contemporary Texas artists. Owner/director Cris Worley has deep ties to the community, having served as director of Pan American Art Projects for nearly seven years. After Pan American shuttered its Dallas location last December, Worley branched out onto her own as a private consultant but found she missed life as a gallerist. Enter dealer Ree Willaford of Galleri Urbane Marfa/Dallas, who offered to carve up her 3,000-square-foot digs so the two could be suite mates. Located minutes from Dragon Street, Worley%26#8217;s new white cube shares a door with Galleri Urbane %26#8212;%26nbsp;take a left to Worley%26#8217;s space; turn right, and you%26#8217;re in Willaford%26#8217;s. The %26#8217;60s-era former office building on Monitor Street has the lines of classic modernism, with 13-feet-high ceilings, polished concrete floors and a garage door that opens to reveal a porch overlooking the Trinity Creek runoff %26#8212; it just begs for an after-party. Best of all, the new gallery stocks a stable of Texas greats and up-and-comers, evidenced in the inaugural exhibition, %26#8220;Epic | Epoch,%26#8221; which is packed with notables including William Cannings of the inflated metallic objects, photo-obsessive Rusty Scruby and our lady of the riotous dotted canvases, Charlotte Smith (now through October 16). %26nbsp;2277 Monitor St., 214.641.9266; crisworley.com.
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Image:%26nbsp;Cris Worley installs a Rusty Scruby work; photo by%26nbsp;Rusty Scruby.

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Cris Worley Fine Arts


While last year%26#8217;s buzz brimmed with news of gallery closures, this season is off to a promising start with the debut of Cris Worley Fine Arts, the eagerly awaited arrival that melds consulting and curatorial functions with a commitment to contemporary Texas artists. Owner/director Cris Worley has deep ties to the community, having served as director of Pan American Art Projects for nearly seven years. After Pan American shuttered its Dallas location last December, Worley branched out onto her own as a private consultant but found she missed life as a gallerist. Enter dealer Ree Willaford of Galleri Urbane Marfa/Dallas, who offered to carve up her 3,000-square-foot digs so the two could be suite mates. Located minutes from Dragon Street, Worley%26#8217;s new white cube shares a door with Galleri Urbane %26#8212;%26nbsp;take a left to Worley%26#8217;s space; turn right, and you%26#8217;re in Willaford%26#8217;s. The %26#8217;60s-era former office building on Monitor Street has the lines of classic modernism, with 13-feet-high ceilings, polished concrete floors and a garage door that opens to reveal a porch overlooking the Trinity Creek runoff %26#8212; it just begs for an after-party. Best of all, the new gallery stocks a stable of Texas greats and up-and-comers, evidenced in the inaugural exhibition, %26#8220;Epic | Epoch,%26#8221; which is packed with notables including William Cannings of the inflated metallic objects, photo-obsessive Rusty Scruby and our lady of the riotous dotted canvases, Charlotte Smith (now through October 16). %26nbsp;2277 Monitor St., 214.641.9266; crisworley.com.
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Image:%26nbsp;Cris Worley installs a Rusty Scruby work; photo by%26nbsp;Rusty Scruby.

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