Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts announces Rising Star Exhibition Artists and Galleries





DALLAS – August 14, 2017 The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts – Turner House will present its fifth Rising Star exhibition and fundraiser September 16 and 17 at the historic Oak Cliff home. Twelve prestigious Dallas galleries have each nominated one emerging Texas artist who is not yet represented by a gallery to be in the group show.

A fundraiser reception will be held Saturday, September 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will feature guest speaker Katherine Wagner, CEO of the Business Council for the Arts. Ticket prices are $85 per person ($50 for Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts members.) Sponsorships are available and tickets may be purchased online or at the door. A public reception will be held Sunday, September 17 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.Both events will be at Turner House, the home of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, 401 N. Rosemont, Dallas, 75208.

According to artist Kenda North, co-chair of the event, the 100-year-old Turner House has a long history of showcasing Texas artists.  “Rising Star is an effort to continue that tradition and draw attention to some exciting new artists who are just beginning to gain attention in the art community, including such past Rising Stars as Diana Antohe, Spencer Evans, and Shawn Samuell,” she said.


Participating galleries and nominated artists are:


–          Liliana Bloch Gallery – Ari Brielle

–          Circuit 12 – Marcela Reyes

–          Erin Cluley Gallery – Will Heron

–          Conduit Gallery – Celia Shaheen

–          Craighead Green Gallery – Rebecca Shewmaker

–          Galleri Urbane – Peter Hiatt

–          Kirk Hopper Gallery – Sarita Westrup

–          RO2 Art – Erika Duque

–          Carneal Simmons – Jeanne Sanders

–          Mary Tomas Gallery – Jessie Barnes

–          Valley House Gallery – Tony Veronese

–          Barry Whistler Gallery – Fernando Alvarez


The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts was originally established at the home studio of the renowned Dallas artist, Frank Reaugh, in 1926. When founding member and former president Mrs. E.P. Turner passed away in 1938, the family home was deeded to the OCSFA. Plans for what would become I35 forced the E.P. Turner House to relocate to its current location at 401 N Rosemont Ave. where today it continues to serve as the home of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. The Society has been hosting art exhibits for more than 80 years, including recent exhibits highlighting works of The Dallas Nine, Women Artists of the Texas Centennial, and works by contemporary Oak Cliff artists. Located in the Winnetka Heights section of Oak Cliff, Turner House promotes the arts, celebrates life events, fosters community connections, and preserves history. It is known for its annual Salon Series, celebrating music, art, and architecture, as well as free community-focused events such as Movies on the Lawn. The organization received the 2013 Stewardship Award from Preservation Dallas for its decades-long commitment to historic preservation.

For more information, sponsorships, and tickets to the “Rising Star” fundraiser, visit www.turnerhouse.org.

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