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.
RHONA LK SCHONWALD
Multitalented and award-winning international artist Rhona LK Schonwald creates art that stimulates imagination and creativity. Acclaim came to her after having her paintings featured in the movie Universal Signs, on both book and music covers, in collaboration with international music composers, and as part of the permanent collection in the U.S. consulate in Dubai. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States.
Long ago, 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., so 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 can help with problem solving, creative solutions and overall well-being.
Rhona LK Schonwald
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
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.
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
STACIE HERNANDEZ FINE ART
Stacie Hernandez is a classically trained fine artist whose work captures the emotional intersection between people and experiences. Strongly influenced by both the modern art movement’s abstract expressionism and a rich multicultural experience, her work reflects the complex, interconnected ways in which people experience events, music, landscapes, relationships and circumstances.
Her art synthesizes a multitude of contrasting concepts and forms: light and dark, warm and cool, space and density, gravity and lightness, while each color, line and shape struggles to gain its own recognition, each inextricably linked to the others. Every work has a title that opens a portal through which viewers can connect to the story.
Working full time from her new studio and gallery, Hernandez creates both original and commissioned artwork. She invites art patrons to visit to see her new series inspired by Caravaggio, which will feature narrative figurative paintings with contemporary elements.
Her work can be seen online or at 1110 Dragon St., Suite 120, in the Design District, where art patrons can enjoy the gallery experience, have an opportunity to speak with Hernandez regarding commissioned works, and view the artist’s creative process.
Stacie Hernandez Fine Art
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
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 woodprints.
Paula B. Radvansky
Peter Toth’s work is equally influenced by Impressionist painters, like Monet and Seurat, as by photographers and artists who bring a new and novel dimension to their media.
In his Photo Impressionism series, Toth blurs the line between the reality of photography and the painterly effects brought to life through a proprietary process on his computer. The artist’s goal is to embody a delicate, lyrical sensitivity that enhances the emotive tone and overall mood of the image, making each one more thought provoking and timeless than the original. Toth is more interested in expressing an image’s inner nature—its soul, its energy, its spirit—than its reality.
Toth’s mixed media and 3-D work draws on his Photo Impressionism series as well as his travels—where places, cultures and people have each touched him in special ways. They are the fuel for new ideas. Toth looks to his photo library as well as to interesting textures and papers for inspiration, and as these elements come together and are applied to canvas or board, an energy and aesthetic begin to emerge.
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
BEE STREET GALLERY
Bee Street Gallery is operated by mother-daughter team Delaney Campbell and Ann Catherine Easterling. They are a valuable resource in connecting both clients and designers with a tailored selection of high-quality art offerings that are fit for residential and commercial spaces. Different from other galleries, Bee Street uses every inch of wall space to display the works of its fine artists. Campbell and Easterling strive to offer a comfortable and approachable environment and venue, for clients and artists alike, to browse and admire the walls. With a portfolio that includes over 80 artists from all over the country, both established and emerging, the variety of styles, mediums and price points allows clients to find the perfect art for their space. A second location is now open in Fort Worth.
Bee Street Gallery in Dallas is located at 6445 Cedar Springs Road #103 and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or by appointment). Bee Street Gallery Fort Worth is located at 3000 Landers St. and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 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-tobe- 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.
Marlene Rose is considered the top female sandcast glass artist in the world. Her work is timeless—a reflection of both ancient and modern. Rose is one of those rare artists who has discovered a profound way to connect the past and the present.
“Threads of human imagery, passing through cultures and time inspire me,” Rose says. “I am compelled to weave and recompose their nuances, all to communicate the immortal vibrancy of the human spirit. My goal as an artist is to inject life into whatever I can make—to make the piece come alive.”
To achieve this, each sculpture is hand cast by pouring liquid, molten glass at 2,000 degrees into carefully prepared sand molds. While this technique is based on a thousands of years old tradition of metal casting, it is only recently (the 1980s) that this technique has been available in glass. Both complex and dangerous, Rose calls this process “a delicate dance of heat and light.”
Rose’s work can be seen internationally in museums, top art galleries, and the collections of Hollywood A-listers and art connoisseurs alike. For more information, visit her website.
The Dallas Historical Society is premiering a unique collection of work known as Historic American Pop by Laura Roosevelt, great-granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt.
Roosevelt specializes in abstract mixed media painting and is known for her layering technique. She is exhibiting for the first time her entire collection of iconic photographs, with their textured, abstract backgrounds, reshaping the experience of those moments frozen in time.
For Roosevelt, the combination of luminous color and the buildup of textures are reflective of the complexity of our human condition.
The must-see exhibit is being held in the Hall of State in Fair Park for a limited time, from March 22 through April 14, before embarking on a tour of the Presidential Libraries throughout the country. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The opening night of the exhibit is March 21. The Dallas Historical Society is honored to present “From Hyde Park to Fair Park—A Conversation with the Roosevelt Grandchildren and their Remembrances of Grandmère and Pa.” The discussion will be moderated by Paul Sparrow, director of the Roosevelt Presidential Library.
Tickets for March 21 are available through: dallashistory.org.
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.
JOHN L. HUMPHREYS
John L. Humphreys is an abstract artist and designer from Del Rio, Texas, and resides in Dallas. He has a Master of Architecture degree from Texas A&M University and studied art and art history as part of the curriculum.
Specializing in acrylic on canvas abstract paintings, Humphreys is inspired by many years of work as both an architect and interior designer, which lend him strength in visualization. Depth of color, attention to detail, perception of scale and emotional response to movement, as well as flexibility and adaptability to design and execution, all contribute to the artistic expression of his work. Ultimately, his abstract paintings create images that encourage personal interpretation by stimulating one’s imagination while enhancing both space and style.
Paintings range in size from 30 by 40 inches to 48 by 60 inches. Larger canvases are also available. Commissions are accepted, and color palette, texture, technique and composition are given careful consideration in creating a special abstract to be enjoyed for years to come. Quality of materials, finish details and a wide range of techniques are ever present in his paintings.
John L. Humphreys