A VIBRANT DESTINATION

BY KASEY GOEDEKER

Ginger Fox Gallery is enjoying its seventh year in the Dallas area. The gallery originally opened in the Bishop Arts District in 2012 and provided the perfect foundation for Fox’s aspirations as both a gallery owner and an artist. Earlier this year, Fox and her partner, Lara Humphrey, found a new location in the heart of the Design District to continue their business.

The journey that led Fox to open a gallery in Dallas began with her interest in art, which started at a young age. Throughout her middle school years, Fox’s neighbors provided her with art supplies and encouraged her creativity. Primarily self-taught, she delved into her art career by working with designers to create art for their spaces. She began to create and sell her own work in 2001. Five years later she met Humphrey, who placed Fox’s art in galleries all across the country. Fox loved showing nationally, and her paintings were selling as fast as she could create them, so she and Humphrey began the search for a gallery of their own.

The move to the Design District was prompted by the need for more space to better showcase Fox’s collections. Fox and Humphrey had wanted a space in the area for quite a while, so when they found an opening on Dragon Street, they leapt at the chance. “The timing was right, and everything fell into place,” says Fox.

Like the original gallery in the Bishop Arts District, the new Design District gallery is blanketed in white paint from floor to ceiling and includes every piece of furniture. The white places emphasis on the art without interfering, so your eyes are naturally drawn to the colorful paintings that grace the walls.

Fox’s paintings account for the majority of the gallery’s artwork. As an artist, she is unique because she works in several different styles. She can work in her studio on exquisite detail and move to abstract expressionism all in an afternoon. Visitors are amazed by her range, which she attributes to being ambidextrous and working out of both hemispheres of the brain.

From abstract to magical realism, Fox works on four projects of varying styles at a time. “I like beautiful things,” says Fox, “so I get my inspiration from life and the things I see every day.” Fox’s work draws inspiration from movies to fashion to her own mid-century modern home. “It all starts with color,” she says.

Fox is busier than ever with commissions and projects. Sometimes she enlists participation on her Facebook page by asking followers for their opinions. Her Power Club series, which showcases women inspired by her mother, was partially crowdsourced from Facebook, where she asked questions like “What style of sunglasses should the woman wear?”

Ginger Fox Gallery clients include visitors exploring the district, local business owners and couples wanting to start fresh in contemporary homes. “Everyone wants abstract. People are embracing simple, clean, Zen-like design, and I am inspired by that also,” says Fox.

Fox is excited about working with her new neighbors in the district and the Third Thursday Wine Walks. Each month, galleries on the north end of Dragon Street host an event where people can explore the participating galleries while enjoying a glass (or two) of wine. These events provide Fox with the opportunity to speak with gallery goers and gain new perspectives and ideas for her future projects.

Kasey Goedeker is a Dallas-based freelance writer, social media expert and fashion blogger. Visit runninginheelsblog.com.