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Dallas art show spotlights Denton artists

Dallas art show spotlights Denton artists

October 21
19:39 2010

By Jessica DeTiberiis / Staff Writer –

Lost, adrift, spellbound in swirls of jade and crimson, captivated by multicolored mosaics and struck speechless before creative sculptures. Attendees of the Denton Rising Artists exhibition will be able to view Denton’s finest art in Dallas Saturday evening.

LuminArte Gallery will host the exhibition’s opening at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring the collective works of 14 visual artists from Denton County.

The artists were hand-selected by art director Christian Millet to have their pieces showcased in the exhibition.

“What makes this different is not only the quality of the art or the difference between the artists, but they’re all emerging artists from a small community that doesn’t have much exposure,” Millet said. “They have a lot to bring to the table.”

There is a lot of talent around Denton County, and after attending many other showings, he and his colleagues were able to select a strong group of skilled young adults, Millet said. He made his selections based on talent and previous recognition.

“Denton really doesn’t have an art venue open to all artists unless you are a part of UNT or TWU, which I personally think is criminal, knowing there’s so much talent in this city,” Millet said.

This is the first show LuminArte created for Denton County. For many of the participating artists, it is their first time to show their work in Dallas.

“It’s exciting to have a show in Dallas where people can see it,” said visual artist Jennifer Leigh Jones, a UNT alumna and visual arts faculty member. “It’s great for my resume and also hopefully another opportunity to get my name out there.”

D Magazine named Jones one of the Dallas Nine last year, an award given to nine of out 150 participating artists. Her paintings, combined with pastel and charcoal drawings, are mostly memory-based, she said. One of them has been selected by NBC Studios to be seen on the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The showing will feature a wide variety of art pieces, including sculptures, paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings and others.

Millet said no two artists are alike, and each has a completely different style from the next.

Each of the artists will showcase three to five pieces in the exhibition, some of which have never been displayed before. Sculptor Carl Bajandas, also a UNT alumnus, said he is excited for the show.

“It’s a good opportunity to show the work to people that might be interested in buying it,” Bajandas said. “It’s also a good opportunity to possibly get future shows and just get my work out there.”

Bajandas described his pieces as kinetic sculptures that he has great pride in. One of the pieces he will show features a strong magnet melted over a motor, spinning slowly and attracting the razor blades suspended above, causing them to move.

Another is a collaborative piece created with another artist, a combination of a piano and another hand-held instrument.

All of the artists have different backgrounds, and have been preparing for months for this show. The exhibition is free to the public and will be at 1727 East Levee St. in Dallas.

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