PEARL, Co-op galleries change Dallas locations

DALLAS -- The Dallas art community has been shifting and shuffling during the past few months, starting with the PEARL Program and Gallery moving to a new space on Main Street.

PEARL Director Penny Cox said they simply needed more space than their old facility could provide, so they moved into a former restaurant building and have spent the better part of the new year remodeling. They hope to have the gallery section of the new building ready for the First Friday Promenade this Friday evening.

"We will open the doors at 6 p.m. and the Harmonic Conversions Choir will beginning performing at 6:30," Cox said.

"Our grand opening will hopefully be sometime in May. This is just a sort of mini opening. There will be soup, and Vicki Brink will be our featured artist again this month."

Also, Janice Parker, a clothing designer who moved to Dallas from Arizona two years ago, will have some of her designs on hand.

Local milliner Jan Rickert will display a sampling of her original, handmade hats.

In the old PEARL building on Court Street, Kev Kohler and the artists of the Dallas Art Co-op will display their works.

For the past year the Dallas Co-op has been housed in the Alize Gallery and Frame shop on Main. However, Alize owner Tina Smith will close her doors permanently and Kohler, the co-op director, will soon move the co-op under the umbrella of the PEARL Program.

Cox said that by the end of May her program should be reopening its art classes. She is already booking event reservations for the new PEARL Catering business and is looking for local bakers to join a bakers co-op.

"We'd like anyone who bakes to submit their goods to be juried by us. We have a licensed kitchen here, or if they have a licensed kitchen of their own they can bake their goods and bring them in," Cox said.

The First Friday Promenade begins at 6:00 p.m and runs through 9 p.m.

For more information: PEARL Program at 503-831-8341.


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