For the last six years I have been going to the Deep Ellum Art Festival. It is one of the best places in DFW to see and purchase great art. Every year I am glad I took some time out of my day to visit the event. Something inevitably inspires me, piques my imagination, awes me, and down right makes me laugh. The last several years I have made this a family outting of sorts. Took my mom first, then my whole family, then my mom and sister Dom, then my mom and brother, Nathaniel. Can you tell my mom enjoys it as much as I do? Really, the whole family has a blast. Last year’s event was made especially fun by the fact it rained and we three girls (me, mom and Dom) gave not one ounce of care and walked around a tad soaked and laughing from a couple of margaritas we’d shared at the Mexican restaurant we eat at each time we go. It is always a day to remember.
Deep Ellum is rich with it’s own art, from graffiti, to sculpture and architecture.
There is music, great food, photographers, painters, sculptures, jewelry smiths, crafters, designers, and innovators down the length of the section of Main Street they block off. While there is no shortage of beautiful and amazing things to see, each year one artist just takes the cake. For me, this year, it was the talented glass work of Eric Mort. His shining crown was a series he called “Pocket Galaxies”, aptly named for it is as though you gaze into the very heart of one when you see them.
I highly recommend that you find local art festivals and attend. They are vibrant, joyful places to spend a couple hours and you never know what treasure you might happen upon in the course of your adventure. There are many festivals I look forward to each year but the Deep Ellum Art Festival is certainly in my top three. Can’t wait till next year!