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Continental Gin Building 25th Anniversary Event Recap

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The weekend of November 8th and 9th, 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of The Continental Gin Building’s Artists Open Studios event, as they opened their doors to the public, inviting them to visit the artists’ studios and experience their work first hand. Attendees included Steve Kimball, Christopher Wright, Cheryl Collett, Kristi Kirkpatrick, Hamilton Sneed, Terri Provencal and hundreds of artists, art collectors and enthusiasts.

Libations and bites were enjoyed in each studio and food trucks such as Ruthie’s and Da Scoop supplied more treats in front of the building. The event also featured live music by the Felix Flores Band on Friday night and the Diamond Duo on Saturday. Guests enjoyed tours of the building and learning about the artists’ variety of talents.

One of the 43 studios converted into a sneak peek of the much anticipated interiors, art and gift store “Life of Riley’ which is scheduled to open in February on Main Street in Deep Ellum. Ty Milner wowed crowds with his new Dallas masterpiece. On December 2nd of 2011, he and another CGB artist, Heather Helen Ray, went in a helicopter and took photos of downtown Dallas. These photos were used to create a 15-foot wide portrait of the scene which spans 180 degrees from I-35 American Airlines Arena to Reunion Plaza. The painting appears three dimensional and is truly astounding. Many guests flocked to the STATUS showroom to grab great deals on fashion (apparel and accessories).

Friday night, after the open studios event, the CGB held a joint party at Buzzbrews in Deep Ellum. The party included their 25th anniversary celebration, as well as a farewell for artist Leroy Roper, who has been with the CGB for 22 years. His talents are comprised of hand-painted backgrounds, graphic design, photography, body art, etc. The celebration included an elaborate cake designed by Del Norte Bakery.

Each studio presented a unique and exciting presentation to hundreds of guests who had never been to the Continental Gin Building and hundreds who have attend the bi-annual open house for up to 12 years. Each one of the 43 artists represents incredible individual talents.

To learn more, please contact alison@volkpr.com.

Photos from the event can be found at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/seoz7caq5rdf6yy/FtoVFJjyuQ

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About the CGB

For over two decades, artists have occupied the 120 year-old Continental Gin Building, making it one of the oldest creative communities in Dallas. At least twice a year, the studios are open to the public, each Fall and Spring. Presently, over two dozen artists occupy the historic building. The Continental Gin Company was built in 1888 by Robert S. Munger and was housed in a series of brick warehouses along Elm Street and Trunk Avenue. The company was closed in 1962, as Deep Ellum went through several transitions. In 1982, local real estate developer John Tatum purchased the property and spaces and began renting to artists, thus establishing the Continental Gin Building as one of the oldest art communities in Dallas. It now houses a mix of accomplished professionals who are all diligently pursuing their talents which range from apparel design, graphic design, photography, sculptures, film, painting, glasswork, or more.

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