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by Todd Camplin

Dallas Mayor Rawlings has declared this Art Month. This is an extension of time from a week to a
month. It is an ambitious move that should have a big payoff for the city or could dilute public’s
attention by such an extension. Only time will tell, but I would like to declare April 1st through the
April 9th the nine day Visual Art Week. Over 20 gallery openings, receptions, and events will be
launched on April 1st, no fooling. Nasher Prize Gala will also be held on April 1st. At the end of
the long week is the Dallas Art Fair, which has become something of a destination fair rather
than just a regional one.
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What shows should you see on April 1st? My first stop will be both Cris Worley and Holly Johnson.
Cris Worley Fine Arts for one of my favorite text artists Simeen Farhat. Her work is a true marvel
that plays with a powerful subject matter, text. She however doesn’t smash you over the head
with obvious messages but instead allows the viewer to pick out words and letters to infer
information. I am also incredibly excited to see William Betts at Holly Johnson Gallery. I
can’t tell you how many times I encountered William Betts’ paintings when I went down
to Houston.  Betts is known for meticulously painted images of dots that create an abstract
image or in some cases a kind of grainy surveillance camera look.
Next, I must go see Howard Sherman over at Circuit 12 for a second visit. I had an incredible
conversation with Sherman and I hope to give a full report next week. But in the meantime,
I need to give the show one more look. Another must see, without a doubt is the solo show
of John Pomara at Barry Whistler Gallery. Like every Star Wars movie that comes out, I have
to go see them and so it is with a John Pomara show in Dallas. He has been dropping hints on
social media and what I am seeing is quite impressive. I can’t wait to see the paintings in person.
If you want to see some fresh faces, check out Mary Tomás Gallery. A batch of 4 artists are
featured at the gallery: Chong Chu, Juan Alberto Negroni, Ellen Soffer, and Thomas Zanz.
I will be in abstract bliss. Stephen D'Onofrio and Anna Kunz will add to that bliss with their
abstract work shown at Galleri Urbane. Both artists’ painting styles ooze cool. While you're
over near Galleri Urbane, drop by Liliana Bloch Gallery to get a collage fix from Vince Jones.
I haven’t quite got the hang of making a good collage, but seeing enough great work will .help
inform that process. I am betting Jones will help me get my needs filled.

William Betts Senegal, Color Space Series, 2017, Acrylic on canvas,
48 x 72 inches courtesy Holly Johnson Gallery
Simeen Farhat - Blood Shot is Blood Loved ( detail), 2017
site specific; dimensions vary acrylic, resin, monofilament
courtesy of Cris Worley Fine Art
Howard Sherman
courtesy of Circuit 12
Ellen Soffer 2. Happy Things, acrylic on white linen, 12.625” X 17.75” X 2.5”,
courtesy of Mary Tomas Gallery
By now, your head is spinning with all these great art exhibition choices. I am having a hard time
making choices for the best shows to see too, mainly because most of the galleries brought their
game face this month. To be honest, I couldn’t list all the shows I wanted to see this weekend.
Pace yourself and have fun looking around. You don’t have to go to all the openings, after all that
is why most of the shows are up all month.