Kettle Art is a Deep Ellum staple known for its role prominent participation in the monthly Deep Ellum Wine Walk and other epic events. Kettle Art’s reach spans across the community bringing Dallasites together. Opened in 2005 as a collaboration between Frank Campagna & Kirk Hopper, they hoped that Kettle Art would help to liven up the street and promote neighborhood pride.
Frank still works with local artists to help spotlight area talents and all of the pieces are for sale. If you want to really see Frank shine, head to Kettle Art in Dallas for an exhibit opening. Both artists and admirers alike come together over drinks to appreciate the thriving cultural vibe.
This Grapevine gem is pushed slightly off Main Street but is not to be overlooked. From smaller ornaments to bold statement glass art, Vetro has plenty to explore. The studio was created by David Gappa back in 1999, after the once-architect opted in to glass blowing as a hobby. Ultimately, David decided to dive in full time, taking out a small business loan to start a studio to spend more time with family.
The special part of this studio is that it’s also a live workshop. Whether you choose to view through the gallery window or take a more hands on approach, Vetro hosts classes, team building workshops, and date nights to really bring the community together.
Okay, okay, okay. What makes the UNT Art Galleries so special? The minds behind are ever evolving with a fresh perspective on art. These galleries spotlight the artwork from Denton’s UNT students, bringing a bold identity to the pieces. Pop in the CVAD building on campus to peek at the weekly revolving showcase during the Saturday Series to get a tour and more from a CVAD student. In addition to the student artists, UNT has an artist-in-residence program that incorporates world renown artists with local programs. Plus, they showcase even more art at UNT on the Square, right off the Historic Downtown Denton Square. What’s not to love?
Giddens Gallery is a dream turned reality for former art teacher Cherie Giddens. Giddens wasn’t new to the Grapevine art scene when the gallery opened back in 2012. Her art was frequently on exhibit at another Grapevine gallery before it closed – ultimately pushing her to create a cultural replacement of her own.
The gallery spotlights rotating local artists to push culture and community in Grapevine. Giddens’ main focus is to really highlight the artists and give them the opportunity to showcase their work locally. There are currently 14 artists on display, Cherie amongst them. Interviews for display take place throughout the year, so artists, take the plunge if you please and lock in a spot to showcase your work.
Brought to you by none other than the Bivins family, Bivins Gallery brings a fresh pop of culture to the traditionally financially-focused Crescent Court in Dallas. Karen and Michael Bivins bring together over 60 years of art experience combined. With a focus on more modern and contemporary art, it’s hard to walk by the window art without feeling a flow of curiosity to the brain. From big names to up and coming talent, the exhibits encourage engagement with a historical twist. Fun fact: This is also where Rainbow the Gallery Dog hangs out from time to time.