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If you are an art lover in North Texas, chances are you are familiar with the well-known museums and galleries in the area. There are some places in North Texas where one may not think of visiting to see art or may not know of some of the “off-the-beaten-path” galleries and venues. Here are some places that you should consider visiting.

Thanksgiving Square
1627 Pacific Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 969-1977
www.thanksgiving.orgDowntown Dallas has a treasure trove of art in plain view. Thanksgiving Square that sits in the center of downtown is an oasis with green space, structured sitting walls and its own indoor reflection sanctuary; it is a garden, museum and chapel. From the outside, the building looks like a busted can of crescent rolls, but once you walk inside, the circular building is a swirled motif of vibrantly-colored stained glass. This peaceful public space was created to foster meditation, reflection and gratitude. Who would have thought that such beauty would be sitting in the center of city?

Fort Worth Water Gardens
1502 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 392-7111
www.fortworthtexas.govThe Fort Worth Water Gardens was built in 1974 and featured in the 1976 science fiction movie, ‘Logan’s Run.’ The Ft. Worth Water Gardens is a peaceful place for one to reflect and take in man-made art in large scale. More than 19,000 gallons of water flows through the stone structure gardens designed by Amon Carter Museum architect Philip Johnson. It has inspired many artists and you will see them flanked around the gardens painting, using pastels and charcoals to capture the energizing cascading falls.

The Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 515-6500
www.dallasarboretum.orgArtistry with flowers is what The Dallas Arboretum is known for creating. Whether it is a huge peacock with floral plumage or a house of flowers, twigs and vines, there is plenty to see. If you enjoy stepping back in time, the DeGolyer Estate and Alex Camp House on The Dallas Arboretum’s grounds offers a look into the past. The home is fully restored and tours are given daily by docents. With 66 acres of land, three historic buildings, 19 gardens and special exhibit space, The Dallas Arboretum is the perfect place to discover nature’s art.

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The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery At El Centro
801 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 860-2115
www.elcentrocollege.eduOn the campus of El Centro College is the H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery. Throughout the year, it is hosts various art exhibitions with artists in residence for talks and enlightening discussions on the future of various media. Randall Garrett is the gallery’s director and has over 20 years experience in curating modern art.

CentralTrak
800 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 232-7298
www.centraltrak.netLocated in the historical Deep Ellum neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, The gallery at CentralTrak serves as a community center for “broad intellectual discourse around the arts.” The University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Arts & Humanities fosters the growth of artistic experimentation and support of artists to expand knowledge, cultivate urban awareness, challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology can play in these processes. This communal art gallery exhibits works some of the most progressive artists in North Texas, as well as national and international artists. If you want to see unique art from up and coming eclectic artists, CentralTrak is the gallery to visit.

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Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com 
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