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Another view of the terrace, the art on the wall was kind of interesting.
Kirk Hopper Fine Art
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3008 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75226
open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00pm-6:00pm, or by appointment
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Kirk Hopper Fine Art is a small but stylish modern art gallery located in the heart of Deep Ellum, a once down and now trendy neighborhood with many live music venues and restaurants. The art gallery was founded in 2011 and mostly shows Texas artists, but some national artists are also included. The art ranges from photographs, paintings, sculptures and mixed media. Works from new artists are typically displayed on a monthly basis and often open with a wine reception and/or artist talk.
The gallery is bright, modern and somewhat industrial in look. The open style facilitates traffic flow. A courtyard in the back provides additional exhibit space and/or can serve as an entertainment venue. There was graffiti type wall art in the courtyard, possibly of the late Bert Long, a well regarded Houston artist. The Kirk Hopper gallery is a member of the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Association (CADD), a nonprofit group which promotes modern art. CADD organizes monthly bus tours to member galleries, a good way to learn about new art in town for a reasonable fee.
Visiting on a Saturday afternoon worked fairly well. While parking was a breeze during the day, the gallery is probably more interesting to see at night but when parking is metered. The works of two artists, Frank Rodick and Jay Rusovich, were on display. Both exhibits featured photographic prints. Prices ranged between $3000-4000, and most of the art was wall sized. The gallery’s website has helpful information of past, current and upcoming shows, including some interesting discussions about the artists and their styles and creative philosophies. Those into modern art should find this gallery of interest. It’s a bit of a dodgy location especially if you are not accustomed to transition neighborhoods, but that is where the money is to paraphrase the famous Willie Sutton quote. The gallery has an email announcement list on its website to provide alerts for upcoming shows, and these events are the best times to visit in order to learn more about the art and artists. This gallery would not be a good venue for kids as the subject matter would be way over their heads.
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