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Field trip: Pilot Point


by Alan Melson 21 Nov 2007

Over at Dallas Arts Revue, J.R. Compton has an interesting featurette on the arts scene in Pilot Point, north of Denton on Highway 377. Though the town is small, it does have an intact town square with some architecturally unique buildings. One of them is the former Farmers and Merchants Bank (right), now home to […]

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Farmers and Merchants Gallery, Pilot Point (Photo: Robin Jett for TexasEscapes.com)

Over at Dallas Arts Revue, J.R. Compton has an interesting featurette on the arts scene in Pilot Point, north of Denton on Highway 377.

Though the town is small, it does have an intact town square with some architecturally unique buildings. One of them is the former Farmers and Merchants Bank (right), now home to an eponymous gallery.

The gallery and its owner Wes Miller achieved some notoriety in 2005, when it was involved in a spat over a painting on the side of the building depicting an unclothed Eve. After threats from the city’s police department, artist Justine Wollaston put crime scene tape over the offending parts of the painting. Miller sued the city and won, and the painting apparently remains on the building, now in its original glory. You can read more about the case here and here.

Miller changes out the gallery’s exhibitions every so often, and it’s well worth a visit if you are looking for a nice afternoon getaway (Lake Ray Roberts is also just west of town if you need other reasons to make the trip.) The gallery is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call ahead to ensure they’ll be open when you plan to go at 940-686-2396.

There are other attractions, including some mom-and-pop restaurants and the ubiquitous antique shops. TexasEscapes.com has a nice little writeup with a few more photos.

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  • Pilot Point and Denton make a great one-two punch for culture and art. Swing by the former and relax in the quaintness of its downtown, then head to the latter to discuss the art over a good helping of Mr. Chopsticks and Beth Marie’s.