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1. Giddens Gallery: Walking in the Light by Cherie Giddens, Watercolor, 23" x 29"


2. Tower Gallery: Artemis by Pam Stern, Stoneware, 24" x 10"


3. Vetro: Awakening by David Gappa, Blown glass, 30" x 9"


4. Great American West: Old Country Store by G. Harvey, Oil on canvas, 12" x 16"


5. Holder Dane: Dance Triad by Michael Pavlovsky, Bronze, 36.5"H


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The final stop in the GADA gallery tour is A Touch of Paris Gallery, located in a historical 1920’s home. It showcases the oil paintings of gallery owner Dominique Galleron, which are mainly created with a palette knife. The gallery includes a working studio, and it also sells artisan-made jewelry and sculp- tures. Galleron, an international artist, is originally from Paris and says she brought a “touch of Paris” to Grapevine over a decade ago.


public buildings. Bleachers inside the studio give visitors a front-row seat to the glass- blowing artists in action. The proprietor, David Gappa, and his team are currently working on a massive installation for the Center for Brain Health, which is comprised of hundreds of iridescent glass spires and over a thousand glass orbs. Across Main Street the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau operates the Grand and Tower Galleries, which host an ever-changing range of content, from national traveling exhi-


bitions to community-focused shows. Welcoming volunteers, high ceilings and wall-to-wall windows create an inviting and airy space to absorb the art on offer. Traveling north on Main


Street, the next stop is Giddens Gallery of Fine Art. Cherie Giddens, a watercolor painter and former art educator, offers paintings, sculpture and furnish- ings from regional artists. Styles range from representational watercolors to abstract oil paint- ings, collages and landscapes, many of which are imbued with


cheerful, vibrant colors. A short walk up Main Street leads to the Great American West Gallery, which features nationally award-winning, illus- trious artists from the Western genre, according to gallery director Richard B. Hunter. Price points range from several thousand dollars to $50,000 and beyond. One of the paintings on display came from the estate of William Randolph Hearst’s el- dest granddaughter. According to Hunter, this gallery is the only one of its caliber in the DFW area and is also one of the best


Gallery owners point to a symbiotic relationship among the GADA group. Because of their variety, they’re able to col- laborate and refer clients among them, since they’re not compet- ing directly with one another. Bodnyk adds that GADA has been integral to developing the arts scene in Grapevine. “Form- ing GADA was very important,” says Bodnyk. “We're giving back to the city while we're establishing our art presence here.” 2


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Alaena Hostetter is a Dallas-based journalist who writes about all of her favorite things: art, fashion, culture, music, entertainment and food.


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