Double Decker Art Stop

The latest frisson of activity in the Dragon Street corridor comes from the South, as respected Houston arts maven and SMU alumna Laura Rathe opens new Dallas digs, marking her second location in the state. And what an impressive entrance: The eponymous Laura Rathe Fine Art occupies pride of place on the corner of Dragon and Howell in a gleaming two-story 5,000-square-foot aerie that most recently housed an architectural practice. While the new space boasts inspiring dual views of downtown and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, what%26rsquo;s hanging is equally as compelling. The opening show, %26ldquo;See,%26rdquo; serves up a veritable banquet of the best of her stable, with new work created by talents ranging from second-gen ab ex master Tony Magar and text-based painter Cecil Touchon, to the widely collected McKay Otto, a new arrival to Rathe representation whose ethereal canvases can only be described as cosmic portals (through March 30). After the opening showcase, catch Austin-based geometric abstractionist Roi James in a solo opening April 6 through May 11, or stop by LRFA%26rsquo;s booth at the Dallas Art Fair (April 12 %26ndash; 14; Preview Gala Thursday, April 11). Running the new destination are arts-savvy duo Janice Meyers and Courtney Feavel, recent veterans of another art space, whose joint expertise spans more than 30 years on the Dallas scene. Later this season, the gallery showcases sculptural offerings and artist furniture in its adjoining courtyard. Also, check out video master Rob Meyers of the wafting trees, as well as droll craft mistress Tara Conley during your visit. 1130 Dragon St., Suite 130, 214.761.2000;


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