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In this season of celebrations, Kettle Art presents Holiday Presence #12, our annual art and gift show featuring small works and unique, artisan-crafted pieces made exclusively by local artists.

The exhibit runs through December 24. Watch for special announcements throughout the exhibit, artists collaborating on-site, updates on new items, impromptu parties, and extended hours.

Artists include Richard Ross, Erin Curry, Brad Albright, Steve & Erin Reeves, Brandon Adams, Cathey Miller, Clint Scism, Amy Seymour, Francois Shogreen, Nick Glenn, Jennifer Lafleur, Miguel Aguilar, Hilda LaFleur, Steven Hamilton, Judith Lea Perkins, Justin Clumpner, Amber Campagna, Jeff Skely, Erica Guajardo, George Wallace III and more… Most pieces are less than $100.00 and everything is under $200.00. In light of the holiday gift-buying season, all pieces are cash and carry.

Join us as we continue our mission of presenting the amazing local artists who make our art scene one of the most vibrant in the country!

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Every now & then, we come across an artist who creates multi-layered works. These unique works sometimes can be a challenge when they quite literally ‘stick out’ amidst the other pieces in any given exhibition. More often than not, works like this have been known to overwhelm other, flatter, 2-D works. So what’s a gallery to do?

Our solution is ‘Dimensional Faux Show’ where we gathered four of our finest ‘off the wall’ artists to hang together. Brad Albright, Erin Curry, Nick Glenn and Clint Scism all tend to create their works above, below or beyond the surface with great care and craftsmanship. The images these four put forth are equally intriguing as they are stunning. There’s no doubt it takes a special breed of artists to take their work so serious that a single surface is not enough to convey their image. Come see for yourself when this show opens, Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:00 – 9:00

Brad Albright is a freelance illustrator, graphic artist, and merchandising designer whose line-based illustration style draws influence from underground comics, classical engravings, rock posters and album covers alike. Presented in retro 3D with red/blue glasses, Albright’s newest series invites viewers to enter dense concert crowd scenes while imagining their own personal soundtracks

Nick Glenn, Texas artist that works in reduction. Combining elements of woodworking, printmaking, and painting to create multi-layered works of a classic influence.

Erin Curry has a collegiate background in Organismal Biology and is a self taught artist. She works with ink on watercolor paper and wood panel to create pieces to be hand cut and ultimately collaged within a shadowbox format. Erin travels extensively to art fairs across the country to exhibit and sell her work.

Clint Scism is a Texas artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. Scism specializes in layered illustrations using ink, tea-stain, and water color to show his subjects, their inner workings and their backgrounds. Illustrated layers float above and below each other within the frame. Clint Scism also transforms his drawings into wire sculptures using copper and blackened metal. Clint classifies himself as a shadow dropper. Whether it’s wire or ink, the shadows and how the art plays with light are the constant themes.

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Opening reception for Caught in the Act: Texas Photographers Capture Texas Music this Thursday, October 27th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Artists:
Mike Brooks
Erin Rambo
Daniel Rodrigue
Erin & Steven Reeves
Jason Janik
Rico DeLeon
Joel Winburne

Come meet the photographers and enjoy their work!

(Photo above by Joel Winburne.)

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Foundation 45 and Kettle Art join forces to present “Art of the Guitar” on October 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m., at the gallery’s space located at 2650-B Main St., Dallas, Texas.

This one-night-only event features a live auction of donated guitars transformed into works of art by forty-five North Texas artists. Some instruments will remain intact and playable, while others will not, with the final artworks reflecting the characteristic style of each artist.

All proceeds will fund mental health and addiction services provided in Deep Ellum by Foundation 45.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, please visit: www.Foundation45.org

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It was bound to happen sooner or later but after being in business nearly eleven years, Kettle Art is celebrating our two hundredth exhibition. We’ve hosted all kinds of events from straight up traditional art presentations to insane CD release exhibits, from tattoo artists, to video arts, photographic shows to spoken words. One thing you can always count on in the ‘gallery business’ is to expect the unexpected. Something is always lurking around the corner waiting to astound your avant-garde senses with visual, audio and literary delight.

With this show, 200, we break another aspect in the local art scene by presenting an ‘Opening Weekend’ starting on Thursday, September 22 (as opposed to the traditional one night opening reception) and host a continuous art celebration through Saturday, September 24.

Kettle Art celebrates 200 exhibitions.
Artists include: Tyson Summers, Cathey Miller, Hatziel Flores, Minji Kang, Justin Clumpner, Tom Currie, Elizabeth Dryden, Clint Scism, Roberta Masciarelli, Francois Shogreen, Amy Seymour, Duke Horn, Anne Marie Talon, Micah Rabalais, Walter Land, Emily Yandell, Brad Albright, Jennifer Lafleur, George Wallace III, Erica Guajardo, Izk Davies, Marcie Dodd, Johnny Hawkins, Emily Hawkins, Steven Hamilton, Clay Stinnett, Judith Lea Perkins, Nick Glenn, Richard Ross, Amber Campagna, Steve Reeves, Erin Reeves, Miguel Aguilar and Frank Campagna. Also we are proud to introduce Erin Curry and Izzy Sanders.

This show runs through October 15.

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Kettle Art is proud to present ‘Hiraeth’ featuring works by Richard Ross with special guest Jesse Sierra Hernandez. The exhibit opens on Thursday, August 25, 7:00 – 10:00PM, and runs through Saturday, September 17. Kettle Art is located at 2650-B Main Street in Deep Ellum.

What can be said about Richard Ross and his work that has not been said before… Genius? Prolific? Mystifying? Mythical? Collectable? These words, and many more, all ring true to countless art lovers throughout the DFW metroplex. “All I can tell you is that Kettle Art got extremely lucky that Spring day in 2006 when Richard walked in to drop off some work for an open group show. During the install, four or five pieces sold before they even got up off the floor” recalls gallery owner Frank Campagna. “I had to call him to ask if he had more.” To make a long story short, he did, and promptly delivered several additional pieces of his ‘whimsical masterpieces’ before the opening. In all, Richard Ross’ works clearly resonate with those who see them, and these viewers can’t help but be charmed.

*Richard L. Ross, Artist Statement:*

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1.homesickness
2.an intense form of longing or nostalgia

As I come upon my 50th year as a traveler on the road to the store, I’m taking a moment to stop and remember some of the milestones along the way. I’ll be hosting a reflective show of my art work, along with a very special guest Jesse Sierra Hernandez, who helped me on this journey 20 years ago while we were both working out of Fort Worth Artist and Co. and St. Mary’s artist studios.

Richard L. Ross, Artist Bio:

Ross is a self-taught artist from Irving, Texas with a degree in history from the University of Dallas. He began forming his artistic voice in the atmosphere of the early hardcore punk scene of Dallas. During this time, he found glimpses of beauty in the chaos of specific moments, and the to question the grand narratives that had formed his life’s early foundations.

Jesse Sierra Hernandez, Artist Bio:

Jesse Sierra Hernandez, an accomplished Fort Worth artist, whose work ranges from smaller works on paper to large-scale oil paintings, representing a different theme from the artist’s collection.

Hernandez has struggled with a stutter ever since he was a child and began drawing and painting to serve as a voice that didn’t require speaking. This voice grew louder as he began oil painting in 1992 and started to pursue themes of the human form, religion and social observations within a museum setting. One of these themes resurfaces in his recent large oil painting “The Taking of Christ,” a powerful and emotional interpretation of Christ forcibly being removed by Roman guards. Inspired by his personal convictions, plus admiration for Baroque artists, Hernandez paints historical and religious figures with a modern twist—he dons soldiers with contemporary military uniforms. The use of dramatic lighting and emotion in this particular work is a nod to the Baroque master Caravaggio, one of his greatest inspirations. Hernandez’s overall style holds true to this period’s technique and refrains from overtly abstract themes that delve outside the lines. He chooses, conversely, to stay “Inside the Lines,”.

Hernandez was born and raised in Fort Worth. His work has been shown in over a dozen solo and group exhibitions, including Galeria de la Rosa’s En una Manera Silenciosa (2009). He initially received his education in commercial art and studied under illustrator Don Punchatz from 1991 to 1995. In additional to painting, Hernandez is a preparator for the Kimbell Art Museum, a position he has held since 2001. Prior to that, he served as curator and art director for Fort Worth’s Studio 4 gallery and 7th Street Gallery.

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Kettle Art proudly presents [krip-tik], a two-man show featuring recent works by Jeff Skele and Ruben Ramirez. This show opens Thursday, July 28, 7:00 – 10:00PM, and runs through Saturday, August 13.

Skele and Ramirez have shown their works around the DFW area for several years in numerous group exhibitions, including at Kettle, yet neither have had a well-focused spotlight exhibit until now. Both artists cite works by Jean Michel Basquiat as inspiration in their formative years. Now, they are ready to show us their own, personal brands of ‘Street Expressionism’. Needless to say, both artists are psyched for this show, so let’s allow them a few words…

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What do the creatures say? Who are these monsters? Or are they monsters at all? Are they simply the realization of the human condition: suffering and greed; beings transformed by the doldrums of work, work, work; a pile of bones with money burning in its eyes; a skeleton dancing in ecstacy, love, and light? My paintings are more than what you catch at first glance. All around the world, collectors continue to stare, finding more truth, more reminders and more revelation – Can you see it? Can you feel it?

Ruben Ramirez

This series of paintings is comprised of abstract and semi-realistic styles reflecting a sense of control and chaos. With the combined use of brushes, sticks, and squeeze bottles, paint is applied on canvas, boards, and found objects, taking visual influences from nature, society, and primarily the black orchid, a symbol for power and absolute authority. Each piece explores the struggle and frustration of ‘getting it together’ or ‘calming down’ while letting go.

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Kettle Art & Tres Reyes Fine Art are proud to announce an encore exhibition of the celebrated Savages show with Savages (a slight return).

In response to all participating artists and the work that went into producing the original two day pop-up exhibit ‘Savages’ we are proud to allow this exhibit a bit more life. The attendance was phenomenal and the demand seemed much greater than originally anticipated so why not?

Participating artists include Frank Campagna, George Fowler, Frankie Garcia III, Mikki Mallow, Michael Ledoux, Hal Samples, Bob Poe, Steve Hamilton, Cathey Miller, Richard Ross, Judith Lea Perkins, Steve & Erin Reeves, Mark Nelson, Clint Scism, Hatziel Flores, Ruben Ramirez, Manny Rodriguez, Justin Clumpner, Fransisco Javier, George Wallace III, Andrew Williams and Daniel Yanez.

This show opens on June 9th 2016 and runs through July 16.

KingsOfOblivionKettle Art proudly presents ‘Kings of Oblivion’ an exhibit featuring the works of three, distinct individuals who all work with paper. This show opens on Thursday May 5, 2016 and runs through Saturday, May 21.

Arts educator Justin Clumpner incorporates your daily newspaper and occasional advertisements within his painted works. Arts educator, Walter Land cuts paper, applies, dissects, and utilizes negative space to create his works. Artist & frame shop operator George Wallace III constructs large format, complex, retro-zine collage works.

In other words, comparing the medium of ‘working with paper’ is where the works of these artists compliment one another, yet a creative platform for each to stand on their own.

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Kettle Art Gallery presents ‘Fractal Logic 3’, the third installation of the widely-acclaimed series curated by renowned artist George Fowler. The exhibition features twenty-one prominent, North Texas painters, photographers, and sculptors.

Each artist has created a large, unique mural comprised of a minimum of one-dozen smaller pieces that, when viewed from afar, form one cohesive unit. Numbering over one-thousand pieces in total, the individual components in this exhibition will stand alone or collectively as a whole within each mural. Most pieces are available at under $500.

Due to the popularity of this exhibition, it is strongly recommended that patrons arrive early for the best selection.

Participating artists include: Ray Albarez, Brad Albright, Todd Bot, Chetley Cade, Tom Currie, IZK, George Fowler, Allison Gillies, Jenny Heissenhuber, Steven Hamilton, Robert Irby, Nick Glenn, Paxton Maroney, George Mendez, Christian Millet, Dusty Moore, Erin & Steve Reeves, Clint Scism, Francois Shogreen, George Wallace III, and Minji Watrous.

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