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Art in the District 2010: Defining a Grassroots Satellite


by Brad Ford Smith 5 Feb 2010

It would seem like a no-brainer that if the Dallas Art Fair is coming back to town with its 50-plus national galleries and drawing in more than 5,000 art-loving visitors, then it might be a good idea to set up an art fair across the street.

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Guest blogger Brad Ford Smith is a Dallas artist and arts conservationist.

It would seem like a no-brainer that if the Dallas Art Fair is coming back to town with its 50-plus national galleries and drawing in more than 5,000 art-loving visitors, then it might be a good idea to set up an art fair across the street. One that focuses on emerging North Texas galleries and independent artists. Thankfully, Jordan Roth and a group of his artistic associates saw the light, and the Art In The District 2010 art fair was born.

Art in the District is a grassroots satellite art fair that is literally being held right across the street from DAF, in a space that the Fairmont Hotel has donated to the cause.

Mighty Fine Arts and the  Decorazon Gallery are the more established of the eight participating galleries. All will be showcasing their stables of artists. Plus, there is an exhibition hall of artwork by 18 independent artists, plus EASL will be having a silent auction, which by the way closes at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Here’s the facts:

Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard St.

Banquet Level/2nd Floor

Fri – Sat noon-8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you have a DAF ticket stub, you get in for free. If not, it’s a suggested donation of $5; proceeds benefit Big Thought.

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  • Art in The District was an ambitious project, concieved only five weeks before our opening. As we moved forward to realize our vision, we encountered only a few obstacles; none significant enough to slow our progress.

    In the end, we reflect upon the impossible upstart art fair… Amazed by (almost) flawless execution, humbled by the support of our community, and invigorated by bonds solidified among countless collaborators and supporters.

    The satellite art fair has proven to be a successful model all over the globe; however we faced initial resistence in Dallas. In little time, though, we became encouraged by growing support of our efforts.

    I wish to sincerely thank all of the artists, gallerists, and members of the community who helped make Art in The District a success.

    Thank you.