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work of art around which they can design an entire room. As we build relationships, we are finding opportunities to refer potential clients to designers who see placing fine art as part of their services.”


Christopher Martin Gallery Christopher Martin has found that, in recent years, interior designers have grown to perform the function of art advisor for their clients. “The clients’ combined budgets for art and design allow designers to propose bold visions for their clients’ spaces, and we have been asked many times to provide art for the projects or have our artists commissioned to create site-specific artworks,” he says.


“Dallas audiences appreciate


the direct relationship that they can develop with an artist and in turn artists strive to create better experiences for their clients,” says Martin. Martin notes that over the past five years the art scene has decisively grown in Dallas, and he sees the improvement and ongoing redevelopment of the Dallas Design District as key to the vitality of the arts.


Christopher Martin Gallery finds, in addition to the trend toward larger and bolder statement pieces, that clients are gravitating toward modular pieces—works done in multi- ple sections that a client can participate in configuring, thus creating a unique expression that reflects their taste and style. The gallery has also noticed a tendency toward monochro- matic palettes, subtle hues, and sophisticated and modern patterns.


Shag, Beaudry Gallery


Southwest Gallery Variety and diversity of art styles, from traditional to con- temporary, are what Southwest Gallery finds clients are seeking. The gallery, known for its huge array of offerings, has found that clients have a desire for more options, and those same clients are coming to under- stand that everything doesn’t have to “match.” Instead, they are encouraged to indulge and


embrace their own aesthetic. September marks the 50th year in the art business for the gallery. “As we transition into spring we will be featuring shows that spotlight some of our longstanding artists as well as our newer artists, with first- time one-man shows that will culminate in a 50 artist group show for the 50th Celebration!” says gallery manager Melissa Butler.


Keiko Gonzalez, LuminArté Fine Art Gallery


Butler believes that Dallas has become a respected go-to city for art buyers. “Unlike some East Coast and West Coast galleries we have a more realistic selection of art, across all spectrums, styles and pricing, for collecting opportunities,” she says.


In working with designers, Butler notes the desire for galleries and designers to have more confidence in one anoth- er’s expertise in their respective fields and to work for a client’s best interest more closely. She also feels there needs to be a collective desire to make pricing more transparent so that the client is not confused about the value of the art pieces they want to acquire.


Beaudry Gallery & Framing Variety is also the key word at Beaudry Gallery. “We see the art scene in Dallas becoming more adventurous and daring,”


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