Most of us notice art when we go to a museum. We expect to see it and pay attention to it when we are there. Art surrounds us every day, even when we are not at a museum. We may not notice it, but it is there. Some art is thought provoking, some is inspiring and some is disturbing, but if we look around, we might notice something that has always been there and view it in a new light. Here are a few places around town where you may not have noticed the local art on the walls.
The Fairmont Dallas Hotel
1717 N. Akard St.
Dallas, TX 75201
The Fairmont Dallas is the only hotel located in the Arts District and is within walking distance of the city’s premier art galleries, i.e. The Dallas Museum of Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center and the Trammel Crow Asian Art Collection. The Fairmont’s Artist in Residence program has fostered emerging local artists and featured their work throughout the hotel. The Arts District Suite is a hotel suite that displays the cumulative works from several of the Artists in Residence.
3699 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
The Magnolia, located in the heart of West Village, is one of the Landmark Theatres that showcases avant-garde films. Its reputation as a movie house that features independent films is well known. It also features art from local artists curated by mother-and-son duo Susan Roth Roman and Jordan Roth of Ro2 Art Gallery. The exhibits change every six weeks. The modern art that is on display complements the art deco decor of the theater.
MAX’S Wine Dive
3600 McKinney Ave., Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75204
MAX’S is known for its progressive menu including its fried chicken and champagne combination and its nachos that boast caviar. MAX’S recently launched a Meatless Monday menu and a gluten-free fried chicken option. The food is so good, one may not look around to notice the paintings by local artists Paul Cash and Brady Stafford. Cash’s work is contemporary with a strong use of vibrant colors. Stafford’s work is whimsical and thought provoking.
2015 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75214
Legal Grounds is a neighborhood coffee shop in Lakewood known for dispensing legal advice along with serving good coffee, breakfast and lunch. About three years ago, the local coffee shop was in danger of closing. Attorney Kimmy Wright along with her husband Eric Johnson took it over and now it has become a resource hub for the community offering workshops that empower women business owners, teach financial literacy and family law. Amongst the law books on the bookcases are a variety of local artwork ranging from paintings to photography, which is a point of conversation for regular visitors.
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NYLO Hotel Dallas South Side
1325 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
NYLO Hotel Dallas South Side was once the location of the Dallas Coffin Company. The 100-year-old building has been renovated but still retains its original structural beauty and has attained LEED Gold status for implementing “green” practices. To enhance the natural, concrete structure, very edgy, eclectic art graces the hotel’s walls.
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Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her
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