Press Release

Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Presents Spring Gallery Walk, the Launch of DADA Docents, Panel Discussions, and Arts Magnet Spring Senior Show

For press information, contact
Lisa Taylor, 214-914-1099 or info@dallasartdealers.org

The Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) will present its annual Arts Magnet Spring Senior Show at DADA member Norwood Flynn Gallery, its Spring Gallery Walk and Panel Discussions on April 16, 2011. A new part of the Gallery Walk will be the implementation of DADA Docents. 10 of DADA’s galleries will host high school docents to help educate the public and train the students to discuss the art.

Norwood Flynn Gallery will open The Arts Magnet Spring Senior Show, a juried show featuring senior visual art students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on April 9 with a reception on April 16, 6-8 pm. 100% of the proceeds benefit the student artists and DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund. The Gallery is at 3318 Shorecrest Drive. The exhibition and reception are free. The exhibition continues through April 24. Call 214.351.3318 for more information on the exhibition or visit www.norwoodflynngallery.com.

The annual Spring Gallery Walk will be Saturday, April 16 2-8 p.m. and will feature over 35 of DADA’s member galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces. This FREE event allows art lovers to socialize and roam (in a car) from gallery to gallery all in one day. Donation jars for the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund will be on hand. See www.dallasartdealers.org for a downloadable Gallery Guide and a Spring Gallery Walk flyer with exhibition listings. Hours may vary; please see individual listings. Call 214.914.1099 or email info@dallasartdealers.org.

As is customary, DADA will offer educational opportunities via its Panel Discussions for artists and art lovers on the morning of Gallery Walk. Panel 1 will be 10:30-noon and is entitled The Intersection of Fashion and Art. Panelists include The Dallas Morning News Fashion Editor Tracy Hayes, Fashionistas Executive Director Megan McQuery, fashion designer Darian Thomas, artists Julie Michel and Will May, and Goss Michael Foundation’s Jessica Olsson as moderator. Panel 2 will be 1-2:30 p.m. and is entitled Selling Your Art””Galleries and Beyond. Panelists are Make and Indie Genius owner Julie McCullough Kim, Dallas Art Fair producer Chris Byrne, Dunn and Brown Contemporary co-owner Talley Dunn, artists Katrina Doran and Pamela Nelson, and Goss Michael Foundation’s James Cope as moderator. Tickets ($10 per panel) can be purchased online at www.dallasartdealers.org or at the door. Proceeds benefit DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund. The panel discussions will be held at The Goss Michael Foundation, 1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard. This year the Creative Arts Center is partnering with DADA to present these panels.

ABOUT DADA
The Dallas Art Dealers Association is an affiliation of established independent gallery owners and not-for-profit art organizations in the Dallas metropolitan area. DADA serves as a standard bearer for ethical practices in the art business, as an educational resource for the community at large, and as the facilitator of the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, which provides funding for visual art students. The Dallas Art Dealers Association, organized in 1985 by June Mattingly of Mattingly Baker Gallery, is a 501(c)(6) organization.

Like the Art Dealers Association of America, membership in DADA is by invitation of the board of directors. In order to qualify for membership, a dealer or nonprofit space must have an established reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism among their peers, and must make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of the community by offering works of high aesthetic quality and presenting worthwhile exhibitions. DADA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice within the profession and to increasing public awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers and nonprofit visual art spaces.

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ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND
To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund financially benefits a visual art student pursuing the study of visual arts in college as well as presents Art Chicas at La Reunion TX, a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College students’ artwork, and biannual educational events.

ABOUT CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) provides a nurturing environment for people to discover, develop and express their artistic visions. Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, CAC offers more than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and stone carving. CAC also offers free arts programming to disadvantaged children. Not only a visual arts school, CAC is a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors.

ABOUT THE GOSS-MICHAEL FOUNDATION
The Goss-Michael Foundation is a nonprofit art space that exists in order to provide a forum for British Contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, programs and resources to educate, engage, and inspire youth and adult audiences in the Dallas area and abroad.

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