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Dallas Does Diorama- 2009


by Lydia Regalado 27 May 2009

Guest blogger Lydia Regalado is an arts educator, crafter and blogger who writes about people who gather to make things. Diorama-O-Rama was tons-O-fun, a feast for the eyes and imagination! Everywhere you looked there was something colorful and gorgeous to take in – people and art included. Out front of the F is for Frank […]

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Liz Davis looks inside Mike Arreaga's diorama. What did she see?

Guest blogger Lydia Regalado is an arts educator, crafter and blogger who writes about people who gather to make things.

Diorama-O-Rama was tons-O-fun, a feast for the eyes and imagination! Everywhere you looked there was something colorful and gorgeous to take in – people and art included. Out front of the F is for Frank shop and studio, the smell of yummy tacos and glittered signs lured partygoers inside. Inside there was a life-size diorama where kids of all ages could get their photo taken, and many über cool dioramas lined the studio. But the party didn’t stop there. Rather, it spilled outside, where a creation station was set up and where the drama of the live auction took place. KERA’s own Jeff Whittington and Rawlins Gilliland really got things going, encouraging the crowd to bid and buy on specially selected dioramas. All the money raised went to Resolana, but at the time of this post, organizers were still tallying the total.

Diormama-O-Rama organizers really did things right – everyone had a great time, and the entries were really creative. If you missed this event, check out local photographer Alison Smith’s photos on Flickr. They are absolutely stunning, and take heart – there’s always next year.

Photo by Jon Geib.


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  • Rawlins Gilliland

    And I had the winning silent auction bid on Lydia’s charming diorama and presented my Regalado original to the young girl Concha across the street who turned 9 yesterday. She acted like I gave her the Latina Pieta. Go Lydia!

    This year’s Diorama was a PG event that had more fun than a X rated event at summer camp. You who know what I mean….”school’s out!”

  • Hey Lydia,
    Thanks for posting on this…I’d been dragging my feet, waiting to hear a final tally on the dollars raised. It was lots of fun. Next year, I’m going to make a diorama. The organizers estimate their auction raised about $5,500 for Resolana. (They’re still waiting for some folks to pick up their dioramas. Which means, if you haven’t, please do!)