CJ Cowden is a self-taught artist who believes her work is a continuous study of color, texture and movement, consisting of subconscious impressions and influences from the world around her.
Cowden is a world traveler who loves nature and tries to create a balance between her experiences and materials while testing and exploring different media. She enjoys creating art that draws viewers into the world around us through an abstract point of view, in hopes they will be able to feel a sense of peace while visually exploring her art. In addition, Cowden believes in and has a passion for helping other artists achieve their goals through mentoring and encouragement.
Cowden is an award-winning artist who shows her work locally and across the nation and has work in private collections. Working full time in her Frisco studio, Cowden specializes in large-format works of art, creating both original works as well as commissioned pieces. In addition to being an accomplished artist, Cowden has a talent for interior design and can create pieces to complement existing spaces and designs. She is a member of the Texas Visual Arts Association, Visual Arts Guild of Frisco and Creative Arts Center of Dallas.
Painting is a calling for Dinora Trindade. Born in Portugal, she fell in love with painting while living in Africa. She says, “I remember as a young girl driving with my father in Luanda, viewing the scenery, and saying to myself, ‘I can paint that.’”
After moving to the United States, Trindade continued to develop her art. She uses traveling as a source of inspiration. She concentrates heavily on color, composition and simplicity. Her work is light and expressive.
“I believe that art is a core value in our world. My hope is for people to become art lovers, and for them to join me in selecting an existing work of art or in commissioning a new creation,” Trindade says.
“Painting and creating has been a significant part of my life since I was in elementary school,” says Douglas King, editor of Dallas Style & Design, who works with acrylic on canvas. King likes to work in series and develops his technique as he explores different patterns, color spaces and sizes, often mixing series elements into a new style. The artist’s paintings vary in size, from 42 by 76 inches to 36 by 36 inches to 8-by-10-inch studies. “I like to experiment and explore many different styles,” King notes. “I never want to be limited in what I create. I paint the scene I see in my mind’s eye and it is different from day to day.”
The Wondrous Stories series in one of the latest motifs that King is exploring, the first two “chapters” of which are shown here. Completed with acrylic and pastel on canvas, using multiple layers and techniques, this new series represents the joy of telling life’s stories, with all of its richness and textures. “This will be an ongoing series since life is always ongoing. Each piece represents a chapter or story in our life,” he says.
CINQ Gallery promotes artists who share a unique vision and passion for contemporary art. The gallery provides a platform to showcase the diverse talent of each artist. CINQ’s style and sensibility have helped it acquire a stable of artists with a unique blend of artistic disciplines, creating an enjoyable experience for all.
CINQ’s philosophy is to celebrate the diverse nature of producing and experiencing art. The gallery features the work of a multitude of artists, ranging from local to international backgrounds. Artist John Peralta explores sculpture through manmade materials, while it’s the many layers of built-up material that fascinate mixed media artists Robert Oltarzewski and Jennifer Wagner. Abstract photographer Rodolfo Choperena creates dazzling prints on metal, and painters Steven Tye Culbert, Scott Dawson, Katie O’Sullivan, Oscar Mejia, Mike Salcido, Jessica M. Chaix and Kim Schmitt Thomas live in a world of vivid paintings. CINQ proudly showcases work by internationally acclaimed artists Juan Luís Jardí, Khoo Sui Hoe and jewelry designer Andrea Tello. Shane Russeck, the newest addition to CINQ, brings a fresh approach to wildlife photography. CINQ hosts many events and receptions throughout the year.
GINGER FOX GALLERY
Ginger Fox Gallery has opened a second gallery in the heart of the Dallas Design District.
The beautiful 5,000-squarefoot space on Dragon Street is fantastic for viewing artwork as well as providing ample room for an on-site studio, where Fox has space to work on largescale paintings.
The two contemporary art galleries in Dallas feature paintings by Ginger Fox and works by select emerging and mid-career artists. Fox began her fine art career in 2001 with her first solo exhibition. In 2006, Lara Humphrey began collaborating with Fox and focusing full time on her fine art career, showing Fox’s work in established galleries across the United States. After many years of being represented by other successful galleries, the next step of the journey was to open their own gallery in the Bishop Arts District in 2012, followed by a second location in the Dallas Design District.
“We are so excited to be a part of the synergy happening in the Dallas Design District. And we couldn’t be happier than to be neighbors with Christopher Martin Gallery, Ferrari Gallery and the Joel Cooner Gallery,” says Humphrey.
Ginger Fox Gallery
LAURA RATHE FINE ART
With over 25 years of experience in the industry, gallery owner Laura Rathe started her career working as a private art dealer before establishing Laura Rathe Fine Art (LRFA) in 1998 in Houston. LRFA now operates out of two locations in Houston and a third gallery in Dallas on Dragon Street, in the city’s premier arts district destination. Since the gallery’s inception, LRFA has established itself as a leading contemporary art venue, offering an impressive range of exhibitions and programming to its patrons in both cities.
LRFA represents a dynamic roster of established and mid-career contemporary artists who work in a variety of media; many have also been acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections. LRFA’s clients include BBVA Compass, HKS Architects, Wells Fargo, W Hotels, UT Southwestern, Halliburton, and ConocoPhillips. LRFA also participates in a number of prominent art fairs, including CONTEXT Art Miami, Art Southampton, Art Wynwood, Texas Contemporary and the Dallas Art Fair.
Laura Rathe Fine Art
Ferrari Gallery is located in the Dallas Design District, the epicenter of the art scene in the city. This contemporary gallery presents sculpture by James Ferrari and paintings by Debra Ferrari.
The Ferraris personally share with collectors and curious newcomers alike the inspirations, concepts and creative processes behind each piece of art.
James Ferrari creates abstract and representational sculptures by marrying Ferrari car parts with a variety of metals. The juxtaposition of these parts along with his ability to uniquely shape metal is what sets Ferrari’s work apart from any other sculptor in the world.
Debra Ferrari captures moods and emotions through her abstract and representational artworks. Her art expresses narratives sometimes deep in meaning with regard to the relationship between man and nature.
Shown are The World’s Fastest Tuna and The Chickadee, a representational painting that transports you to an upclose and personal view of this passerine bird, which visually encompasses that sense of nature that cannot be seen or exist in a city environment.
GAPPA FINE ART GLASS
Gappa Fine Art Glass specializes in working with homeowners, business owners and interior designers to create one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces for private residences and commercial properties. Combining his architectural training with innovative artistry, founder David Gappa is a master at transforming glass into fine art sculptures, chandeliers, decanters, wall sconces and displays. “I have found that the passion of my life is working with the shifting energies of molten glass into its final stages of artistic completion. Glassblowing, for me, is a magical act of translating the ethereal into solid form. The creation of each piece is a journey, as I strive to trust in the path that the glass chooses for me,” says Gappa.
Employing a turnkey process— concept, design and installation—each commission is original and customized for the client and the space. Gappa’s pieces of art glass can be found and purchased at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery in Grapevine and American Fine Art Gallery in Dallas. Gappa Fine Art Glass brings the ancient art of glassblowing to life with a modern twist.
Gappa Fine Art Glass
PARK + EIGHTH
Park + Eighth showcases over a dozen artists, both established and emerging, from Texas and beyond, whose work spans a variety of styles and mediums. The collection is suited to collectors and designers alike who seek unique, original artworks.
Amy Young is a self-taught abstract expressionist artist known for her exploration of time, impermanence and natural weathering. Graffiti and character- rich walls are her greatest sources of inspiration. Young’s art is available at Park + Eighth, Bee Street Gallery and Brendan Bass. See more of Young’s work at amyoungart.com.
Betsy Edwards is a masterful, lifelong painter who was influenced by her mother and other wonderful teachers throughout her life. Her inspiration often comes from nature and her travels. Her works are also available at Park + Eighth and Bee Street Gallery. See more at betsyed wardsart.com.
Sarah Gentry is a self-proclaimed “born again artist,” who prefers oils and mixed media. Her signature floral paintings are subtly impressionistic and often contain her favorite beloved orchids. Abstracts and other subjects are often seen throughout her collection. Her work is available at Park + Eighth and Bee Street Gallery. See more at sarahgentryart.com.
Park + Eighth
PAULA B. RADVANSKY
Paula B. Radvansky is a Texas artist and designer. She studied art and business at Texas Woman’s University. She studied graphic design at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Texas Woman’s University chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success. From the NSLS she brings values to her design and art that incorporate mind, body and soul. These values convey optimism, good energy, healing and comfort. Art is her first passion and next is interior design. PBR Designs are contemporary designs that communicate fresh, positive energy. Every art work has a concept or story that is explained in the title. The art itself shares the details of the story. The story then creates an energy the viewer receives. These designs are created with hospitality projects in mind, projects such as hotels, resorts, hospitals and health care facilities. PBR Designs are also ideal for residential, retail, staging projects and home interior design. The product line includes original paintings, framed prints, metal prints and wood prints.
Paula B. Radvansky
Amy McKenzie believes that life’s challenges can serve as pathways to become closer to the heart of God, especially during this season and her battle with breast cancer. McKenzie has relied on the peace, which surpasses all understanding and the joy of the Lord, which comes from her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior.
To express abstract concepts of God, McKenzie uses charcoal marks, soothing palettes and varied techniques. She enjoys the journey of realizing a painting’s possibilities and relishes the happy accidents that produce complex layers of paint, pastel and other mixed media. McKenzie titles her creations with names that reflect her feelings and thoughts of God while she works on them, such as Streams of Living Water and Everlasting Love.
She currently shows her work at the showroom she manages, Kerr Collection, as well as at Bee Street Studio, Colvin Brooks and The Collective. This spring, McKenzie will participate in Lindley Arthur’s art show, Celebrate Art, from April 12 – 14 at 1230 Dragon St.
RHONA LK SCHONWALD
Long ago, Rhona LK Schonwald decided that, as an artist, she wanted to bring joy into the world and attempt to make it a better place. She admires those who create profound or controversial works, but that is not her calling. People encounter negativity in so many ways every day of their lives, whether on the daily news or in the congestion of traffic, etc., that the artist decided to create works to counterbalance that negativity. In her work colors flow into one another, representing the interactions of humanity, including all races, ethnicities, cultures and genders.
To enhance the experience as well as the imagination of the viewer, most paintings are designed to be turned multiple directions. Taking a break from reality and allowing the mind to wander and the imagination to meander can help with problem solving, creative solutions and overall well-being.
Schonwald has been fortunate to witness positive physical changes in people while they view her paintings. She also has been privy to the fact that her creations have been used to aid mental illness, and they’ve been a catalyst for romance. (She even met her husband through her art!)
Rhona LK Schonwald
BEE STREET GALLERY
Bee Street Gallery is a warehouse- style gallery offering full-service art consultation. It is owned and operated by mother-daughter team Delaney Campbell and Ann Catherine Easterling. Both from Dallas, they are a valuable resource in connecting interior designers and individual clients with a tailored selection of high-quality and original art offerings that are perfect for both commercial and residential spaces. Different from other galleries, Bee Street Gallery uses every inch of wall space to showcase the works of their fine artists. Easterling and Campbell strive to offer a comfortable and approachable venue for artists as well as for clients, where they can browse and admire the art. With a portfolio that includes over 60 artists, both established and emerging, from all over the country, the variety of styles, mediums and price points allows clients to find the perfect art for their space.
The artists presented here include Karen Blair, Krista Townsend, Hallie Hamilton, Adele Yonchak and Lucy Reiser.
Bee Street Gallery is located at 6445 Cedar Springs Road, Suite #103, and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment.
Bee Street Gallery
Located near the shops of The Galleria, Southwest Gallery offers Dallas’ largest collections of fine 19th- to 21st-century paintings and sculptures. Celebrating 50 years of serving the art needs of Dallas, this beautiful gallery represents hundreds of respected and established artists with thousands of stunning works of art, from antique to contemporary, in over 16,000 square feet of sensational space. A serviceoriented staff offers design expertise that helps clients maximize value and selection of art purchases. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced art collector, there is always a desire to learn more about how art is made and the artist behind it. Also housed in the gallery is Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass Gallery, which offers an array of sculpture, platters, wall art and many other treasures, large and small. The ever-changing selection of outstanding and innovative work is created by more than 300 contemporary glass artists. You will also find a huge custom framing department where you can choose from the finest handcrafted moulding to thoughtfully designed shadow box frames for those precious keepsakes. Southwest Gallery also welcomes The Artists’ Showplace Gallery in Richardson, helping to continue the diverse offering of products and services.
CARLYN RAY DESIGNS
Artist Carlyn Ray shares creativity through custom glass art and site-specific installations. During her first 10 years of training, Ray worked under various master glass artists, including Dale Chihuly. She has come full circle to build a multitalented team in the Dallas Design District, with a focus on custom art and projects for and with the community.
Contact Carlyn Ray and her team to collaborate on your custom glass artwork. Carlyn Ray Designs operates at Ray’s Dallas Glass Art studio and gallery. Dallas Glass Art is open to the public and offers hot glass classes, teambuilding and private events.
Shown are pieces created in conjunction with families for their homes. Often the families participate in the making of their personal piece. Ray believes this personal connection with the art makes it that much more special and a true heirloom for many generations.
Carlyn Ray Designs
Debra Paysinger’s master’s degree in biology has informed her subject matter, as she primarily paints birds, lures, sea life and rabbits—or the raddits, as she endearingly refers to them. She owns the registered trademark for the term “the raddit” and each whimsical creation is uniquely numbered within the painting.
Paysinger assigns a not-to-be repeated human name to each expressive bird she paints. These names are found on the back of each work. These striking animal portraits stand on their own yet have a grounded familiarity with the others. It’s as if Paysinger knows the personality of every raddit and bird and finds a way to let that personality shine through. Paysinger paints and sells what she loves–– and nothing could make her happier.
You can find Paysinger’s art in Studio 151 Fine Arts Gallery on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina, and at Abode Home 2 in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
Sharon Grimes is a self-taught contemporary, abstract artist whose art is a personal expression of life, with all its textures and layers. Inspired by nature and the universe, her work typically features vivid colors and vibrant energy, and is consistently characterized by strong composition, contrast and texture, which demonstrate her remarkable understanding of color and composition.
Grimes first became interested in art at a young age. She grew up loving to sketch people, animals and her surroundings. In her early 20s, her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired by the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year.
Grimes was a 2014 Hunting Art Prize finalist. Her work has been described by Sara Eyestone, artist, writer and curator of La Posada de Santa Fe and Spa, as a “feast for the eyes.”
Grimes’ paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions, including the East Texas Regional Art Exhibit at Longview Museum of Fine Arts, P’s Gallery Regional Art exhibit, and the Tyler Museum of Art. Her most recent solo show, Written in the Stars, was hosted by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council. In 2017 Grimes exhibited at Longview Museum of Fine Art and judged the 57th annual Student Art Exhibition.
Artist and pianist Helen Lee looks to nature and music to find inspiration for her flamboyant abstract paintings. The composition and form in Lee’s work are free and flowing, offering fluid shape composites with bold usage of lines and refined colors. Her highly qualified musical background has an undeniable impact on her paintings as she strives to create a visual piece of music: distinct, ethereal and intensely beautiful.
Her works are in private collections in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, England, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and the United States.
Since she moved to Dallas in 2017, her works have been represented by Bee Street Studio and the Kyo Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, where her work was select to celebrate that gallery’s grand opening.
“It is the process that I am drawn to, and losing the sense of time and place is a welcoming experience,” says Lee. “Often, my works are a reflection of my intimate thoughts and feelings of that moment. Having had extensive classical music training and being a serious pianist, this inevitably influences the way I perceive painting, capturing the color of the harmonies and the brushstrokes of rhythms.”
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
Founded almost 24 years ago in Dallas, Christopher Martin Gallery has created the perfect atmosphere to present the reverse glass paintings and limited edition work of Aspen-based American artist Christopher H. Martin. The Dallas gallery is located in the Dallas Design District. Additional galleries are located in Aspen and New York City.
Currently on display in Dallas are works by Martin and sculptures by Michael Enn Sirvet, Jim Keller and Jarrett West for the gallery’s fall show. Martin abstracts his observations of nature using his signature reverse painting technique applied to the back of acrylic panels. At first glance, the works by all the artists in the exhibition display a rational balance and undeniable harmony, reflecting an organic sense of existence and a natural ability to transform the spaces that they inhabit. The exhibition also features Martin’s first mural wall experience, executed on a handmade silver-leaf surface.
The newly opened New York gallery is located at 1015 Madison Ave. The inaugural exhibition features Martin’s work created for the show and introduces the glasswork of Mexico-based American artist Orfeo Quagliata.
Christopher Martin Gallery
Some of Tom Potocki’s earliest memories include helping his father paint large commercial images on walls and billboards. Such experiences led him to a fine arts degree at Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon University and then to New York City. There he became involved in the pop art movement, which impacted his art thereafter. “My art is a visual and emotional response to what I see and experience around me,” he says.
Potocki describes his work as refined graffiti. “The images that develop in my work are derived from a process of applying splashes and layers of color to a surface and letting go of the notion that I have to control every detail,” he says. “The finished pieces should entice the viewer to look beneath the surface of what we think we see around us and discover something new.”
In this way, Potocki invites viewers to use their imaginations, and become a part of the creative process as well as the finished product. Potocki’s work can be seen online and at Mitchell Hill Gallery at 438 King St.