By Arnold Wayne Jones Staff Writer

Gay artists help launch COH project; Deep Ellum seeks new murals

ART PEACE: Marty Ruiz will donate 100 percent of the sales of his work displayed as part of an exhibit at the Artizen Gallery to Art for Peace & Justice. Ruiz recently created a signature piece, right, for the project. (ARNOLD WAYNE JONES/Dallas Voice)

Soon after Tim Seelig announced he was stepping down from leading the Turtle Creek Chorale, he accepted a position with the Rev. Michael Piazza’s non-profit ministry Hope for Peace & Justice. The project he now heads, Art for Peace & Justice, hosts its first event on Sept. 8.

The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 7, features the works of local artists, including gay Dallas painters Marty Ruiz and Jim Frederick. Ruiz will donate 100 percent of his sales to the cause.

“We are thrilled to have a wonderful artist such as Marty Ruiz create the very first work of art for Art for Peace & Justice,” Seelig said in a statement. “His work is expressive and full of variety and color. It is a perfect representation of the concepts we espouse.”

In addition to an opening night reception on Sept. 8, a party will be held on Sept. 15 in conjunction with the Dallas Art Dealers Association Fall Art Walk. The latter event will feature performances by Denise Lee and Jazzful Noise, a big band from the Cathedral of Hope.

Artizen Fine Arts Gallery, 1215 Dragon St. Sept. 8-Oct. 7. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening night reception Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m. Party Sept. 15, 2-8 p.m. 214-979-2140.

Honoring Deep Ellum

For nearly as long as Deep Ellum has been a cultural destination for Dallas, the murals painted along the Good-Latimer tunnel have been landmarks that you are entering an art-friendly zone. With the recent destruction of the tunnel to make way for the DART light rail line, a piece of Dallas history has been lost.

But the Deep Ellum Association and the Deep Ellum Foundation want to remedy that. RE*COV*ER is a mural series project aimed at restoring much of the original art sacrificed along with the tunnel.

Artists (including teams) are invited to submit mural designs honoring the artistic roots of neighborhood. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges who feel the proposals best represent the spirit of Deep Ellum as Dallas’ arts community. Winners will be furnished with all supplies.

Act quickly, though the deadline for submitting designs is Sept. 7. Submissions should be sent to Deep Ellum Mural Competition, 2822 Elm St., Dallas, Texas, 75226.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 31, 2007 работа в яндекс директ