Friday, September 20, 2013
Kettle Art gallery reopened Thursday in Deep Ellum
Supporters celebrated the Deep Ellum gallery's return to the neighborhood.
DEEP ELLUM Fans, friends and residents of Deep Ellum welcomed the beloved Kettle Art gallery back to the neighborhood Thursday night at the opening of its new home on Main Street. The event doubled as the debut for a new exhibit, aptly named “Phoenix,” a symbol for the rebirth of this independent establishment less than eight months after shutting its doors.
“I’m in awe,” said founder Frank Campagna, a huge smile across his face. “I didn’t realize we needed a bigger space, but we did.”
The new Kettle Art, situated across the street from Lula B’s Antique Mall, looks strikingly similar to its former location, though it’s about two-and-a-half times bigger. Art lovers filled the two white-walled rooms of the gallery Thursday, where concrete floors and exposed brick added that Deep Ellum charm. Kettle also now has a merchandise counter where volunteers sold artistic pins, magnets and small prints. Beers were free.
“Phoenix,” like many of Kettle's exhibitions, was a hodge-podge of artwork in varying styles and mediums, from yarn to paint to photo. Canvas prints of photographs stood out among the works; the surrealism of “White Sands” by Justin Terveen and “Untitled” by Terry Allen left me in awe of the world’s simple beauties. The always-engaging Brad Albright also had two interactive pieces that required 3-D glasses for full effect.
Opening night no doubt celebrated local art, but more than that, the event essentially commemorated the rich community incubated by Kettle Art. Jay Sanchez, a Deep Ellum resident of six years, said he had worried the gallery would lay roots in a different neighborhood. He was not alone. 42 Real Estate, which owns the space, made a deal with Kettle to further the artistic endeavors of the neighborhood, and 42’s emblem was painted on Kettle's floor as an expression of gratitude.
Brian Hamm, photographer for Starsite Photography and one of the artists in “Phoenix” said it would have been nostalgic to see Kettle establish itself in any other area of Dallas.
“They would have been successful anywhere,” Hamm said. “For me personally, I can build on what I started at the other place. I’ll grow with them here.”
Kettle Art will resume its normal hours: Thursdays through Saturdays from 7-10 p.m.Follow @tineywristwatch