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Video: Where Were We – Willie Baronet Exhibit, Home?


by Cindy Chaffin 12 Nov 2009

Willie Baronet Exhibit at Hal Samples’ Gallery from Cindy Chaffin on Vimeo. When I first met Hal Samples he was living on the roof of the South Side on Lamar building. At that first meeting, some 6+ years ago, he explained to me his plans to make the world a better place. Thing is, he […]

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Willie Baronet Exhibit at Hal Samples’ Gallery from Cindy Chaffin on Vimeo.

When I first met Hal Samples he was living on the roof of the South Side on Lamar building. At that first meeting, some 6+ years ago, he explained to me his plans to make the world a better place. Thing is, he actually did.

You can read more about Hal’s life adventures in this 2004 story, written by Zac Crain for the Dallas Observer.

Willie Baronet’s Home? exhibit will be the last at the Hal Samples Gallery. Hal talks about the closing of the gallery in the above video, and I think I’ll let him speak for himself.

Willie Baronet began engaging in conversations with the homeless, who held signs asking for help, in 1993. He came to learn they had much to give him in exchange for the signs that he purchased from them along the way. Baronet was in the advertising design business for much of his career but seeks to shed light on the lives of those less fortunate by showcasing signs written by those in need. “I see the signs now as sign-posts of my own journey,” says Baronet, “inward and outward, of reconciling my life and my judgments with the plight of the homeless, and even with the notions of home, goodness, and compassion. Part of the passion that drives me to share this work with others is so that they too might examine their own.”

The exhibit runs through November 28th and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Stewpot.

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  • Thank you Cindy and KERA for coming out and covering this event. This is a great video!… and, I’ve seen it embedded on many facebook pages and blogs already today. This blog makes a difference in the community… and, my life wouldn’t be the same without you loving on our city’s art and artist the way you do. It’s critical. Hopefully, more people will learn about your coverage and other cultural happenings in this city as a result. Many thanks to your talent and dedication. Love, Hal

  • Snow White

    Thank you so much! You’re appreciated more than you know. =D
    The video is amazing.
    God bless,
    Snow

  • What Hal said!! Thanks so much for being there and for all you do for the community and the arts. Great job on the video!

    Blessings,
    Willie

  • Good stuff. I’ll be sharing this as well.

    Thank you for this kind of coverage of our local art scene.

  • Heather Hayler

    Thank you for covering this event, that was not only important for our art community but for the whole Dallas community and way beyond.. I’ll share this with as many as possible! Best, Heather

  • Jordan Roth

    Great story — I wish I could have made the show last night. Full circle for Hal Samples, best wishes moving forward…

  • Was unable to attend last night due to a prior conflict but do plan to see the show before it closes on the 28th. We had seen some related-work of Willie’s in a group show a couple of months ago at UT/Dallas so know how good the work is. Great video and coverage of this and other Dallas art events. Congratulations to Hal and Willie on a very meaningful and successful show. Thanks.

  • Thank you KERA for covering the local arts. It is so important that the independent artists of Dallas get covered too in addition to the larger visual arts institutions. This is a great show. Come out and catch it while it’s up!
    Warmest regards,
    Carmen Menza

  • Dee Hill

    Art with purpose to help others in need, is the most loving and gracious form of Art there is.
    I’m very moved by the work and time that went into this collection.
    What a wonderful way to continue sharing it with others through this video.

    Blessed and Creative Journeys to all,
    Dee

  • Jenny Land

    This is exactly the sort of show KERA should be covering. I hope KERA continues to make a home for shows like this that cover local art with a social conscience. Exhibits like “Home?” not only provide a window into someone else’s struggle and humanity, but also our own. Thank you for all that you do to give these issues and local artists a home on your network.

    Jenny

  • NC

    Yay Hal! Yay Cindy!

  • Jen

    I think this is totally unique, totally awesome and I enjoyed looking at ALL the work hanging there in Hal Samples Gallery!
    Make an appointment and go see! They are great!
    Great job on the video!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jen Sulak

  • Kristin Atwell

    So great. So great. Loved looking at some of the pics posted by friends on FB. Thank you!!

  • Thanks to Cindy for her continued hardwork! Glad to be in same place with you on Saturday (LRTX Art Chicas). Hope to do that again.