Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Art review: White Rock Lake Centennial exhibit at NorthPark Center
The exhibit celebrates 100 years of family fun at the lake.
DALLAS For Dallas athletes and nature lovers, White Rock Lake is likely a place you’ve visited at least once. A staple in Dallas now for 100 years, White Rock Lake also serves as one of Dallas’ five signature parks, with 1,015 acres, nine miles of hike and bike trails, a bird watching area, fishing piers, a dog park, and more.
To commemorate the infamous landmark and its centennial birthday, a historical exhibit Celebrating 100 years of White Rock Lake: An Urban Oasis is open at NorthPark Center.
“The historical exhibit showcasing 100 years at White Rock Lake on display at NorthPark is a unique opportunity for people to learn more about one of Dallas’ signature parks,” says Darren Boruff, co-chair of Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration. “The exhibit does an excellent job at describing and showing through old photographs how White Rock Lake has evolved over the last 10 decades.”
From now until May 1, 2011, the exhibit will be located between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus on NorthPark’s second floor, with 20 panels bringing White Rock Lake alive in past, present, and future. From the lake’s vivid history where many a first kiss was shared, to the ongoing park improvements and conservation efforts, each panel highlights a different theme. Who can forget the spooky legend told from generation to generation of the Lady of the Lake who haunts the area? Or, during the daytime, there’s teaching your child how to ride a bike, walking your dogs, or learning to fish.
In addition to the exhibit, the group will also host a number of events and activities to celebrate the 100th birthday through June 26, from family fun weekends to a golf tournament to a Centennial Concert at the Dallas Arboretum culminating the events at the end of June.
"What began in 1911 as a water source 10 miles outside of Dallas is now one of Dallas’ signature parks with more than 2 million visitors a year," said Sally Rodriguez, local author of White Rock Lake: Images of America. "This exhibit was developed to show people the history of the lake and provide them with a vision for the future of it, too."
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