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  • Texas Jewish Arts Association Juried Show

    Two of my paintings were chosen to be exhibited in the first Texas Jewish Arts Association Juried Show. They can be seen until November 16 at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas at 7900 Northaven Road.

    This painting "Press Play" has a red dot! Sold the first hour.

    This painting of mine, Hallelujah, was also shown.

    Below is me and Veronique Jonas next to her beautiful sculpture.

  • MODARTISTS Gallery Opening

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    Modartists Gallery had its grand opening last Saturday night, September 20. I was proud to have four paintings showcased in the exhibit. 

    The diptich shown in the photo above is titled Hallelujah.

    Take time to stop by to see the show. It will be up through October.

    The gallery is located at 2514 Converse Street, near the design district in Dallas.

  • Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum

    If you are anywhere within a few hours drive of the Dallas Arboretum, donʼt miss the current exhibition of the Chihuly modern art glass exhibition. You still have plenty of time to catch this amazing show, as it runs until November 5, 2012.
    I would recommend going on a glorious cool autumn evening like I did last evening. With the cool breezes from White Rock Lake, and the sun setting in the distance, it was a perfect setting to experience these Chihuly masterpieces.
    These contemporary artworks are colorful, flamboyont and fanciful. Even for those who claim not to understand modern art, they will undoubtedly evoke emotion and understanding.
    As you walk through the magnificent gardens of the Dallas Arboretum, you will gently discover these fantastic glass shapes mingling with the plants in the landscape. It is truly a marriage of complementary forms in every respect.
    Yes, this is contemporary art that is modern, abstract, beautiful and fun. Go as soon as you can.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Texas Visual Arts Association in the News

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    I have been a member of the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) for several years and find it an excellent way for an emerging artist to get exposure for their  art work.

     

    The TVAA is a nonprofit organization organized and administered by local artist. It sponsors monthly exhibitions for its members, both at its downtown Gallery location and other venues in Dallas. 

     

    It is also a great way for local artists to meet and support each other.

     

    I am fortunate to have been selected to show in 2 upcoming TVAA exhibitions. The Collage Exhibition opens on November 1, 2012 at their downtown Gallery at Plaza of the Americas. It runs all month through November 30. I will be exhibiting 3 works from my Mix and Match series.

     

    I am very excited that one of my works, Press Play, was chosen to be part of the TVAA annual Citation show. This is a juried show and only 60 pieces are selected, so it is quite an honor. The Citation show is from November 6 to December 14, 2012 and is at the PFamily Arts of Plano at 4017 Preston Rd. #544 LakeSide Market Plano, Tx.

     

    For more information on both these events go to www.tvaa.org.

     

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  • Dallas Arts Revue, A Local Website for Artist

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    The Dallas Arts Revue is a web site primarily aimed at both Dallas artists and those interested in the local Dallas art scene.

     

    It is published and run by J R Compton, a local artist in his own right.

     

    Artists can join for a small annual fee. They can have their web site linked there and as well as have photos of their art shown.

    Recently one of my works, About Face was featured on their front page.

     

    The site reviews local gallery exhibitions and comments on them. By reading the Dallas Arts Revue frequently, you can keep abreast of whats happening in Dallas. Often it covers events that more major media do not cover.

     

    It also lists opportunities for local Dallas artists to exhibit their work or enter competitions or find studio space.

     

    I recommend you take a look at it soon. Here is a link to my work, About Face:

     

    http://www.DallasArtsRevue.com/members/members_i.shtml 

     

     

  • Go See American Art at Amon Carter

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    You have until January 6, 2013 to go see the American Art from The Phillips Collection at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

     

    It is a rare opportunity to see this collection, normally housed in Washington D.C. at the Phillips Museum, so close to home.

     

    The exhibit is titled “To See as Artists See” and the free catalogue and information presented throughout the show is extremely informative. Each artist’s work is put into context with the developments of the art world at that time.

     

    By seeing the changes in modern art from about 1860 to about 1960, one gets a brief but thorough look at that century of modern art. The show spans from Romanticism and Realism, to Impressionism, to Nature, the City, Cubism, and Abstract Expression.

     

    Two of my favorite modern artists are included, Georgia O’Keefe and Stuart Davis. Their use of color and form were important in the movement of Abstract art in the 20th Century.

     

    I recommend you take the time to go to the Amon Carter Museum at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Ft. Worth, Txwww.Cartermuseum.org

     

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  • Art Competitions for Artists

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    During the last several years I have entered numerous art competitions. This is a great way for artists to get recognition and credibility. In general these art competitions are sponsored by local art organizations, galleries or museums. Sometimes they are sponsored by universities or schools.

     

    Often they invite jurors to review and select the winners.

     

    It is generally the case that the art competition is directed at a certain type of art or medium, such as sculpture, painting, drawing or even video. There is always a prospectus which outlines the criteria. In addition there is usually a small fee to enter the contest.

     

    If you are selected, then you must be responsible for taking or shipping your art to and from the venue of the show.

     

    In the past, I have been selected twice to have my art in the Studio City magazine, through  juried art competition.

     

    My art has also been selected numerous times to show in the juried Citation Show of the Texas Visual Arts Association.

     

    A good place to find listings of juried competitions is: CaFE™ Management www.callforentry.org ;  another is www.entrythingy.com or www.artshow.com

     

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  • Creative Arts Center in Dallas

    As a working in artist in Dallas, I find it beneficial to join arts organizations to meet other
    artists and have oportunites to show my art.

     

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    One place that offers me those things is the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. They offer classes and workshops in many areas of the arts, from ceramics, to sculpture, to drawing and painting, and many more.

     

    Although my primary focus is abstract art I have taken workshops there in other areas to expose myself to other techniques and ideas.

     

    Being a contemporary artist, I like to experiment and learn and continue to expand my repertoire and this is a good place to this.

     

    Both membership and fees are very reasonable and the facilities are excellent.

     

    Last year one of my paintings was chosen for their membership show.

     

    Contact them at info@creativeartscenter.org or visit their website at creativeartscenter.org

  • Where to See Contemporary Art in Dallas

    The good news is contemporary art is everywhere in Dallas. There are abundant galleries and museums to choose from to find anything from classic art to abstract modern done by modern artists from Dallas.

     

    The real question is how to stay on top of the latest shows, openings, and exhibits.

     

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    There are several ways to do this:

     

    One is to get on the mailing list of organizations that announce these things.

     

    CADD is a good source. The Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas is an organization of local galleries that specialize in contemporary art. They send out emails alerts on a regular basis, in addition to offering educational programs.

     

    Another resource is the Art and Seek newsletter sent out by NPR. The publicize what is happening in the art world in general.

     

    A local magazine, A + C always has listings of gallery exhibits and news, as does the Weekend Guide of the Dallas Morning News.

     

    Once you register for any of the online sites, notices will come to you automatically, so it is easy to stay current on the art scene.

     

    For more information on my own art for viewing or purchasing, email me at contact@estherritz.com.

  • Perot Museum

    The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened to much fanfare last December in Dallas. I had a chance to visit it last week and was duly impressed. It is a wonderful addition to the Dallas museum scene and the thriving central Dallas district.

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    In spite of its name though, there is plenty of modern art to find there. The architecture is fantastic. The use of volume, shape, sight lines and details are a thrill to experience.

    Every view takes in the Dallas skyline in unusual and exciting ways. The contrast of of hard edge and organic shapes is found everywhere.

    The exhibits themselves are a study in good design.

    The use of vibrant color, movement of light, composition of display all are great examples of modern art.

    The newness of the Perot is still attracting crowds, but it is well worth a visit soon.

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