Jess Garland: Resurrecting Gaia

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 7 PM – 10 PM

Resurrecting Gaia is a music performance by Jess Garland with a harp, guitar and vocals alongside an art installation using visual projections by Pixel Lab and lighting by James Talambas. Using a planetarium setting, the performance explores spirituality, femininity, self-love and conquering fears. Gaia’s rite of passage is intended to inspire others to look inward and become connected to the universe for a hopeful and prosperous future.

This performance is part of the week-long program of AURORA 2018. Both immersive and engaging, the main AURORA event is an expansive art event that transforms downtown Dallas into an open-air, urban playground of new media art with installations on an unprecedented scale and will take place on November 3rd from 7pm to 2am. Featuring work by both local and international artists, visitors have the opportunity to see a familiar urban environment transformed into an interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative contemporary art.

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Join us this Thursday, October 25th, from 6 – 9pm for our fall fundraiser, where we’ll have the work of local artists available for sale!
Proceeds will go toward Outlast Youth, which works to prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Artists include Erica Felicella, Jamie Walters, Justin Clumpner, Steven Reeves, Erin Reeves and more.
PLUS, we’ll have food from our friends at Cafe Momentum and drinks from Deep Ellum Distillery and Deep Ellum Brewing Company.
We look forward to seeing you there!


In honor of Local Music Month, Kettle Art proudly presents “Sound Shot: A North Texas Music Photographers Showcase”.

Featuring renowned photographers: James Bland, Mike Brooks, Moody Fuqua, Phil Huber, Guy Reynolds and many more.

Curated by Jason Janik, this show will indeed rock your world.

Artists Reception: Thursday, October 11, 6:00 – 9:00PM.

This show runs through Sunday, October 21.


Kettle Art Gallery presents “Masstige”, a group exhibit featuring works by Jamie Walters, Minji Kang-Watrous, Marc Dominus, and Todd Gutmann.

Masstige combines the talents of four North Texas visual artists whose complimentary styles reflect unique interpretations of abstract art.

Artist Statements:

Jamie Walters’ work represents the bright, beautiful light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re struggling through life, the vibrant colors give you hope. If you’re “living in the light,” the art is a daily reminder of gratitude. The striking colors, flow of the brush, and elegant use of the pallet knife are reflected in her signature style.

“The most exhilarating feeling is finding a piece of art you connect with and love. It might not be the largest and most pristine piece in the show, but you have an undeniable connection to it.”

Minji Kang-Watrous is a self-taught artist who has perfected her unique style over the past 15 years. Her artistry reflects a modern, contemporary interpretation on traditional work that has been passed down from her mother, an established Korean artist. Minji’s past works have exhibited the juxtaposition of nature with architecture, contrasting natural beauty with hard lines and clean finishes to her current pieces, which combine textures to make dramatic, tactile statements.

Minji incorporates “hanji”, a traditional hand-pressed paper personally selected from a small family-owned shop in South Korea. Organic, multimedia elements like dyes, inks, paint, and natural metal flakes comprise meticulously finished designs.

Marc Dominus is a Dallas-based visual artist, who works primarily with oil and acrylic. His paintings display the joy and serenity he feels when mixing and applying colors and textures to form a unified composition.

Marc’s art is a record of the emotions and energy generated through the painting process. This can be seen in the variation of colors, use of texture, and layering in his work. His hope is for viewers of the art to experience and synchronize with some of those same emotions.

Todd Gutmann’s art is hands-on, blending color and texture in ways that speak to adventurous spirits. As a co-founder of “pigmnt”, an artist collective, Todd has worked to gain exposure for a variety of art, using online social media as a focus group. He works to create an art environment that is accessible to a variety of audiences, and wants people to find quiet space and creative inspiration that will allow them to mentally unwind, refresh and restore. And perhaps find creative inspiration of their own.

Working as an artist has given him the opportunity to work with different techniques and try a variety of different approaches while absorbing visual stimuli. He finds art to be less about perfection and more about taking risks, experimenting with different mediums, and trying different techniques.

Schedule of exhibition events:

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 6:00-9:00pm

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: Thursday, September 20, 6:00-9:00pm

Shop Till You POP! Fashion Event:
Friday, September 21, 2018 6pm-10pm
Saturday, September 22, 2018 11am-8pm
Sunday, September 23, 2018 11am-6pm


3327 Group Art Exhibit features art created with the use of technology through light, computers, and electricity. The name “3327” refers to the hotel room in which Nikola Tesla, the famed inventor, died. This exhibit pays homage to Tesla, whose ideas and inventions are still used today. The artists in the show communicate their own messages as they relate to life and death, and the acquisition of knowledge.

3327 Group Art Exhibit is on view at Kettle Art Gallery, in collaboration with Daniel Yanez (DIY), Eric Trich, AZNMade, and Robert S. Garza.

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DANIEL YANEZ (aka Artist DIY) is a Dallas native based out of the Oak Cliff area. Growing up poor and homeless, Daniel learned quickly how to create something from nothing. He was first recognized for his abilities at a young age, where he was given an opportunity to take a few art classes at a local college by his elementary school art teacher. After graduating Sunset High School in Oak Cliff in 2003, Daniel pursued higher education at Mountain View College. That Fall, he felt a whole new world had been opened up for him. Walking into a gallery for the first time, he knew he had found what he wanted to do, and began to pursue art professionally. The first six years of his art career were comprised of working multiple jobs, experiencing the heartache and heartbreak of learning the business, and perfecting his personal style. During the most difficult time of his career, he was also challenged with the duties of being a father. From the years 2004 through the present, he has raised six children in total. Yet, this is not even the zenith of what he has accomplished since that Fall semester in college. In 2012, Daniel opened his first art gallery in Oak Cliff named The Basement Gallery. This was soon accompanied the following year by another gallery called The Attic. Although The Attic did not succeed as Daniel had hoped, he used what he learned there to make The Basement Gallery a shining success. Daniel Yanez (Artist DIY) continues working on new series of works to develop his contemporary pop and typography style even further than before. Expect even more out of Artist DIY in the future as he focuses on his art and building his community.

ERIC TRICH is a new media artist from Dallas, Texas who was born in 1987. His work focuses on combining traditional mediums with technology to enhance the narrative and create unique opportunities to interact with each piece. He attended the Art Institute and SMU Meadows School of the Arts. After college, he opened 1111 Studio Gallery in the Dallas Design District and later 3014 Space in Deep Ellum. Current, Eric is designing interactive installations and developing virtual and augmented reality content through his new company Pixel.

AZNmade – Born in Seoul, Korea, naturalized in the 80s, Michael Houlihan has used illustration and graphic design as his voice wherever he lives, be it Tampa, San Diego, or Dallas. He decided to form his creative studio AZNmade in 2017. Houlihan combines many disciplines of design to create his works. Becoming known for his versatile, playful, and detailed paper mix illustrations, he is building an ever-growing fan base. Houlihan has worked with clients such as Converse, Image Comics, Urban Outfitters, and many more.

ROBERT S GARZA is an aspiring and self-taught artist, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. By trade, he is a digital illustrator, graphic designer, and muralist. From the point of early childhood, he was drawn to the arts by way of his mother’s and grandfather’s creative influences, and would be deeply inspired by the art of graphic novels, video games, and animation, as well as by the old masters. Though his creative endeavors were often recognized by faculty and peers, his true pursuit of artistic education had only begun during his senior year of high school, where he took his first traditional drawing class. From that point, he decided he was to spend his life making or being surrounded by art. Years after he embarked on this journey, Robert found his way to The Basement Gallery in 2015, where he began as an intern for owner Daniel Yanez, and eventually graduated to becoming its current Director and Manager. Under Daniel’s mentorship, Robert gained invaluable experience operating the gallery and coming into his own as an artist, aiding Daniel in various projects that often included mural commissions and design work. In 2018, The Basement closed its doors, and Robert helped create and now manages Elevate Dallas. He continues to create work as a freelance designer and commissioned illustrator. His style involves exploring emotion through color and shape and expressing positive messages, as well as studying the human figure.


Summer Session: Creative Works of DFW’s Teaching Artists

As William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Teaching artists balance between educating and producing. They constantly stoke their own creative flames while igniting the passion for art in their students. By working to enrich the lives of our children while maintaining their own professional practice, they strengthen our community and deepen their understanding of their own craft. This exhibition highlights the work of some of the finest artist educators working in primary and secondary schools here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Please join us in celebrating their work and their dedication to our community.

Opening reception will be July 12th, 2018 at Kettle Art.

Participating artists:

Chris Bingham
Devyn Gaudet
Dani Kent
Loughridge C. Murrell III
Katrina Rasmussen
Misty Oliver-Foster
Elise Bentley
Julia deLeon
William Messimer
Brian McClure
Nick Franco
Jerry Lynn
Jeremy H. Jones
Bethany Simpson
Justin Clumpner


Tight – Works by DFW Tattoo Artists

As you may be aware, Kettle Art exhibits a wide variety of artistic expressions, mediums and techniques. Rarely do we show a medium with more permanence and discipline than that of artists who work on the human body. This artform is so delicate, yet precise, that excellence is demanded the first time and every time a piece is executed. In our upcoming show ‘Tight’ features artists who practice the art of tattooing. Artists included are Bill Curley, Kendall Kirkland, Chelsi Arnett, Cody Biggs and more.

Tight runs on Saturdays and Sundays only from Noon – 5:00PM through Sunday, July 8, 2018.


The Four Horsemen is an exhibition featuring four of Dallas finest surreal artists who share a bit of street grit in their works.

Kettle Art is proud to present the works of Brandon Adams, Hatziel Flores, Michael McPheeters and Francois Shogreen within our gallery walls which will have you wondering where on Earth are you?

Please join us Saturday, April 21, 7:00 – 10:00PM for the artists reception of this exquisite exhibit which runs through Saturday, May 19.



Kettle Art proudly presents a one night only exhibition curated by Jason Janik celebrating 25 years of Old 97’s through a visual history of the Dallas band. Works include photographs and artwork from past albums and media coverage, artwork inspired by the band, and rare behind-the-scenes footage. Many pieces have never been shown publicly before. It’s a retrospective that any music lover will find fascinating, and a “don’t miss” event for any 97’s fan! Sponsored by ASMP Dallas and The Old 97’s County Fair.

Doors open at 7:00pm


Kettle Art proudly presents “Belladonnas”, a women’s collective exhibit showcasing the talent of local and diverse Dallas artists who exhibit strength, grace, and optimism in the community. In celebration of National Women’s History Month, this exhibit exemplifies the persistence, acceptance, and beauty of being a woman.
Opening Reception, Thursday, March 1st from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
This exhibit runs through Sunday, April 8th.
A special sneak peek begins Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00pm.

ERIN CURRY displays the underlying beauty and marvelousness of the world.

MINJI KANG-WATROUS shares her customary Korean influences, highlighting the beauty in her culture.

DANI KENT depicts images of femininity, resilience, and growth.

JAMIE WALTERS provides hope and gratitude for a woman’s journey through life.


ERIN CURRY: “Starting off as a biologist, I knew my affinity for the natural world was something I needed to pursue. While working for the Dallas Zoo, I discovered that I was to be a biologist turned artist. I picked up drawing about 4 years ago, and now I am showing my work all over the country.

Using NanoLiner ink pens, I draw my unique cubist characters onto handmade wood panels as well as Bristol media paper, which I then elevate into shadowboxes. The subject matter is inspired not only by my biology background, but for my love of anything oddly beautiful. I want my work to inspire and bring attention to the underlying beauty and marvelousness of the world around us!”

MINJI KANG-WATROUS: Minji is a Korean-born artist, currently living in the Dallas area. She is a self-taught artist who has been creating art for the last 15 years. Her work is a modern take on the traditional arts that have been passed down from her mother, who is an established Korean artist. Minji incorporates hanji (traditional Korean paper), as well as multimedia elements in her works, focusing on nature. From series to series, her works evolve. Previous works include a juxtaposition of nature to architecture, and the beauty of nature with contrast in finish.

For years, Minji has created art to assist and raise funds for numerous art auctions and fundraisers. Her work is known throughout the Dallas art community by her signature detailed floral, geometric, and abstract designs on board. The simplicity of her compositions inevitably draws the viewer closer for a more appreciated visual balance, which she perfects through depth and perspective.

DANI KENT: Dani Kent specializes in realistic, yet whimsical, watercolor paintings. She is a practicing artist and local art educator, born and raised in DFW. Her artwork depicts images of femininity, resilience, and growth arising from the exploration of those themes in her life and in the lives of those around her.

It is through her love of family, and in the service of education, that her art is shaped. Her work investigates themes of motherhood, and the dichotomy of femininity. There is a pervasive wonder in Dani’s watercolor paintings as she investigates the play between the subtleties of building gradual color fields to bold contrasting values. She exhibits a love for the fluidity of her medium to achieve a steadiness between hard and soft. Conceptually, her work focuses on the contrast and struggle between tough and gentle, resilience and beauty, and a womanly balance between power and grace.

JAMIE WALTERS: Jamie’s work represents the bright, beautiful light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re struggling through life, the vibrant colors give you hope. If you’re “living in the light,” the art is a daily reminder of gratitude.

The striking colors, flow of the brush, and elegant use of the pallet knife make Jamie’s work unique. Her signature style completes each piece with a resin technique.

“The most exhilarating feeling is finding a piece of art you connect with and love. It might not be the largest and most pristine piece in the show, but you have an undeniable connection to it.”