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Second monthly 940’s Pop-Up art exhibit features local artist for a single night

Second monthly 940’s Pop-Up art exhibit features local artist for a single night

February 25
00:17 2016

Haley Yates | Staff Writer


Local artist and UNT alumna Bailey Chapman spends most of her time teaching drawing and printmaking at Texas Woman’s University and drumming for local bands Pearl Earl and Abacaba.

She also participates in Pop-Up art exhibits in Dallas and Fort Worth.

The idea behind Pop-Up shows is to create an exclusive event where people can view art that is only shown on one night. Exhibits are held in nontraditional spaces that don’t normally display art to create a more exclusive environment.

“If it were up all month, it would be a more lackadaisical kind of thing,” Chapman said.

When 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails opened last year, it quickly gained a reputation as a classy, up-scale restaurant and bar. Last month, 940’s founder Mckenzie Smith decided to embrace the idea of a monthly Pop-Up exhibit, using the space to feature local artists.

Chapman said the opportunity to showcase her work in her hometown came as a coincidence. Smith originally offered a spot to artist Elizabeth McDonald as the restaurant’s second featured exhibit, but when she couldn’t make it, she referred him to Chapman.

Denton artist Bailey Chapman speaks about her pop-up art exhibition at 940's Kitchen & Cocktails. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

Denton artist Bailey Chapman speaks about her pop-up art exhibition at 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

Chapman said when she heard there was an opportunity to showcase her work right down the road from her house she hopped on it immediately.

“Denton needs more art shows,” Chapman said.  “We don’t have that many galleries, so I definitely wanted to participate not only because it’s a great space, but I also really support McKenzie’s new project and I thought it’d be a fun thing to do.“

Except for the painting behind the bar, which was kept after the first Pop-Up exhibit, every painting in the restaurant was Chapman’s creation. A raffle for one of her paintings took place at a big table near the entrance, where prints were being sold.

“I really like [Chapman’s] art in this space,” elementary education alumna Shelley McClain said. “It goes nicely with the décor in here.”

The bar even offered a specialty cocktail for Chapman’s show, called the Zodiac Black Cherry Basil Mule.

“The bartender hasn’t been able to stop for a second, so that’s a good sign,” Chapman said.

Smith said he started the monthly shows with high standards for the artists featured at 940’s. Because there are so many local aspiring artists pursuing a career with their art, he said he wants to help them gain recognition.

“In that moment we are bringing artists and the community together to socialize and talk about the art,” Smith said.

940’s typically maintains a clean aesthetic that fits nicely with its upscale reputation. Smith said the big, beautiful walls cater nicely to big art pieces, but they will remain bare unless a Pop-Up show is happening.

Exhibit nights will continue to grow as Smith tries to get as many artists involved as possible. He said these nights provide a great atmosphere and feel like an event, rather than another night at the restaurant.

“This is the perfect way to bring awareness to the artists,” Smith said.

Featured Image: Two of artist Bailey Chapman’s prints sit on a table near the front of 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails. Erica Wieting | Features Editor

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