Drawing Dallas • Rick Phillips

With the holiday upon us, floral designing is a labor of love for Dallas’ Rick Phillips

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
mark@markdrawsfunny.com

Name: Rick Phillips

Occupation: Floral designer

Spotted at: Dog park on Swiss Avenue

Tanned, fit Aquarian Rick Phillips was born in Dallas but raised in neighboring Grand Prairie. He sprouts from a small but creative family: His mother sings opera, his brother is a drummer in a rock band, and his grandmother was also a gifted artist.

Labor of Love: Rick has been creating beautiful floral arrangements for more than 17 years. His first job interview in the business was to create a funeral arrangement. “I almost cut my thumb off,” says Rick, “I think they felt sorry for me. I got the job!”

Studying photography in college led to a natural progression into painting and finally into floral design. The instant gratification he gets from the process satisfies his art muse. Rick says he makes up his arrangements as he goes along. “I have a concept about color and shape when I start, but after that I free-wheel it.” He has been the exclusive florist for a high-profile jewelry store for eight years.

When he’s not handcrafting floral masterpieces, Rick enjoys cooking and shopping vintage and junk shops for awesome shirts and cool coats (and he can’t wait to for the weather to get cooler so he can wear them!) He loves all kinds of music from classical to techno/dance.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 2, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Twist Dallas at LBG tonight

Let the music play

SuZanne Kimbrell made major tweaks to this latest edition of Twist Dallas. First and foremost, the event moves to Thursday nights, and while this show continues at Lakewood Bar & Grill, she expects that the July show will be in a different venue.

Also, the lineup here is tighter with four performers on the bill (Kimbrell included), but she’s pulled together another eclectic group of performers. Guitarist Natalie Velasquez, David Siuba from Santa Fe and the sultry soul and slick guitar rock of Robinson Hall led by queer vocalist Jackie Hall.

Visual artist Sylwester Zabielski will have his photography and film work on display.

DEETS: Lakewood Bar and Grill, 6340 Gaston Ave., on May 19 at 8 p.m. $10. TwistDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Anniversary

PETTIT-KINCAID  |  On Oct. 31, Larry Pettit and Dr. Tim Kincaid celebrate their 20th anniversary of being a couple. They met in 1990 at the Rev. Kay Hunter’s “A Course in Miracles” study group in Dallas. They were legally married in 2003 in Toronto, Canada. Pettit and Kincaid have a home in Keller and are active in the Pathways Unitarian Universalist church in Southlake. Pettit is a 26-year employee of American Airlines and Kincaid retired from AA in 2008 to finish graduate school and start his own consulting and life coaching practice and to teach. (Image by Shawn Northcutt Photography)
PETTIT-KINCAID | On Oct. 31, Larry Pettit and Dr. Tim Kincaid celebrate their 20th anniversary of being a couple. They met in 1990 at the Rev. Kay Hunter’s “A Course in Miracles” study group in Dallas. They were legally married in 2003 in Toronto, Canada. Pettit and Kincaid have a home in Keller and are active in the Pathways Unitarian Universalist church in Southlake. Pettit is a 26-year employee of American Airlines and Kincaid retired from AA in 2008 to finish graduate school and start his own consulting and life coaching practice and to teach. (Image by Shawn Northcutt Photography)

—  Kevin Thomas

Alex Remington offers a sneak peek of tonight's Lambda Legal benefit show

Yesterday, I talked with local gay photographer Alex Remington about his show tonight that benefits Lambda Legal. He explained to me why he felt he needed to help the LGBT civil rights organization and gave me some insight into what it is about art that clicks for him. But he also sent me some images of his works that will be on display tonight. Proceeds from sales will go to Lambda Legal, but mostly, he would like people to come out and not only see his art, but learn more about the group. He’s even hoping the free wine will entice a few extra people.

After the jump, read what Remington has to say and see more of his work. To attend tonight’s show, RSVP to alex@alexremington.com. The cocktail reception begins at 5 p.m. at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.), 1807 Ross Ave.

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—  Rich Lopez

Local photographer Debra Gloria gives some NOH8 action of her own

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If you missed your chance to snag a NOH8photo shoot with Adam Bouska when he was here, this upcoming event should make up for it. Out photographer Debra Gloria, who we featured here, is hosting a photo shoot of her own to support the campaign. Her photos will be submitted to the campaign and given to you for all your Facebooking needs. We know that’s what you really want.

The photo shoot is free  but $10 is the suggested cash donation to help offset any costs from the shoot and to donate to the campaign directly. Seriously, who can get a hip pic of themselves for that cheap? All you have to do is show up in your white t-shirt and have your hair and makeup all ready to go. She’ll provide the duct tape and tattoo.

The event will be at Jack’s Backyard, Dec. 5 from 1–4 p.m.

UPDATE: Debra Gloria contacted me and is excited about the event. “Yes, I will be working my butt off!” She wanted to mention that Tiffany Brown is “the brains behind all of this. She got this NOH8 project together, so I can’t take the credit for it all. She is a great girl!” So be sure to give both these ladies a hand when you make it out.

—  Rich Lopez

Out photographer Debra Gloria goes stalker like with 'Green Doesn't Mean Go'

Debra Gloria's inner stalker comes out of the closet tonight's "Eyes Wide Shut" show at Chi.Debra Gloria’s inner stalker comes out of the closet at tonight’s “Eyes Wide Shut” show.

Although we mentioned tonight’s art show at Chi Studio before, another reason to check out “Eyes Wide Shut” (minus the free drinks) would be local photographer Debra Gloria. She’ll have two collections that should challenge you as well as give you a chill.

She’ll be showing works from her collection “Underneath My Clothes” where she has photographed three lesbian women who each battle their own demons. Gloria captures the scary essence of battling cancer, eating disorders and self-mutilation with a sensitivity that paints a strong picture of their pain. At the same time, the photos have an unusual yet stylized aesthetic that you won’t be able to move your eyes away from.

Her second collection, “Green Doesn’t Mean Go,” puts Gloria in the position of a stalker. “It’s really demented. I’ve always been very safe so this is different for me,” she said. This collection, she said, truly defines the word “exposure.” So if you see a Latina lady with a camera following you, just figure it’s for art’s sake.

Also on tonight’s bill will be Jeffrey Noble, Maria Olivas, Valerie Guignon and others. There will even be live belly dancing. How often do you get that outside of Al-Amir?

—  Rich Lopez