2009 YEAR IN REVIEW: ART & CULTURE

Posted on 29 Dec 2009 at 5:33pm

By ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor jones@dallasvoice.com ART FOR ART’S SAKE The Winspear Opera House is the architectural focal point of the new Downtown Arts District, which opened in October to much fanfare. (Terry Thompson) Culture — high and pop — was in a frenzy in Dallas (and the U.S. as a whole) in [...]

Drawing Dallas • November 27, 2009

Posted on 25 Oct 2009 at 10:25am

By MARK STOKES | Illustrator mark@mstokes.com Rob Warman dons a dress for his first trip to Dallas Name and age: Rob Warman, 36 Spotted: Cedar Springs Road and Turtle Creek Parkway at the Pride Parade Out … of towner: Rob currently lives in Kentucky where he owns a small lawn service and also works at [...]

Drawing Dallas • Edgar

Posted on 03 Sep 2009 at 9:32am

By MARK STOKES | Illustrator mark@mstokes.com Roll On! Name: Edgar Martinez Age: 19 Spotted: on the patio of Taco Cabana on Lemmon Avenue. 12:45 p.m. Occupation: When this hip-hop cutie is not DJing or trick skating at his job at a roller skating rink, you can find him rubbing elbows at Kaliente and Escandalo. This [...]

Speaking without words

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 at 5:14pm

By Rich Lopez Staff Writer North Texas’ gay visual artists exercise their freedom of speech — and voice their social activism — through the power of the image ART PROJECT: The falling 8s in Robb Conover’s ‘Requiem for Silence,’ above, imagine the defeat of Proposition 8, while Mark Stokes’ fighting rainbow fist, below, symbolizes a [...]

Artistic uprising

Posted on 18 Jun 2009 at 6:10pm

By Rich Lopez Staff Writer Three diverse Dallas galleries plan to move you — one way or another Art is supposed to be moving. It can be boring or pretentious or worse, awful but it evokes a reaction. Intentional art is a different matter. It plans to move you and your soul. Moses Art Gallery’s [...]

Drawing Dallas • June 19, 2009

Posted on 18 Jun 2009 at 1:41pm

By Mark Stokes – Illustrator What do you get when you cross a straight soprano with a lesbian church-goer? Best friends Let’s give ‘em something to talk about Who: Mary McMeans and Celina Garcia Spotted: At the Cathedral of Hope Mary (who’s straight) and Celina (a card-carrying lesbian) met in the Cathedral of Hope choir [...]

Artfully Abilene

Posted on 04 Jun 2009 at 3:49pm

By David Taffet Staff Writer A day trip to DFW’s nearest West Texas neighbor offers unlikely art fare THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: A collection of pop-up artist Robert Sabuda’s amazing, life-sized books are on display this month in Abilene. Everyone knows that Fort Worth has world-class museums that often outshine Dallas (and for that matter, [...]

A different kind of coming out

Posted on 04 Jun 2009 at 3:21pm

Jim Frederick discusses being an HIV+ artist on Internet radio Gay artist Jim Frederick has remained silent about his ailment, but will speak about it publicly on a Podcast. Two years ago, gay Dallas artist Jim Frederick contracted progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy — a viral infection better known as P.M.L. — and it turned his life [...]

Gayborhood artisans

Posted on 23 Apr 2009 at 2:26pm

By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor Big D’s creative forces unite for the Cedar Springs Art Fest: Meet queer vendors Clint Mordecai and Sherry Henry SATURDAY ALONG THE STRIP More than 200 artists and vendors are expected at the CSMA Art Fest 2009, which stretches along "the crossroads": from Cedar Springs Road at Regan Street [...]

Sole man

Posted on 05 Feb 2009 at 5:04pm

By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor Queer artist Carl L. Andrews shoe-slaps Dubya for being a war-hungry, soulless, oil henchman CARL’S CANVAS: Andrews with his entry, "Soulless: Blood-Oil Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes." While the Obama Age is in its infancy, many of us are still chewing on Bush 43′s legacy. Carl L. [...]