Kettle Art presents “The Instigators: Celebrating 10 Years of Kettle Art”. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, November 5th, 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The exhibit runs through Saturday, November 28.
Call them what you will: rabble rousers, provocateurs, radicals, or champions. The art world has always needed them, and Dallas is no exception. This now-legendary group of unrepresented artists joined forces in November of 2005 to open Kettle’s doors, while simultaneously launching careers that have made our city, and in many ways the rest of the world, take notice. Co-founder Kirk Hopper served as art consultant and financial adviser before establishing Kirk Hopper Fine Art in 2008, also located in Deep Ellum.
Conceived by artist and muralist Frank Campagna as a two-pronged concept, the gallery’s mission was to 1) offer opportunities for regional artists and patrons alike to experience art in a casual and supportive atmosphere, and 2) return the Deep Ellum neighborhood back to its artistic roots.
With this goal in mind, Kettle has proudly collaborated with organizations and arts groups across the North Texas region such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Society of Media Photographers Dallas, Art Conspiracy, Art Hash, ArtPlace America, Cykochik, D Magazine’s Big D Reads, Dallas Art Dealers Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas Observer, Dallas Video Festival, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Deep Ellum Community Association, Deep Ellum Wine Walk, END Design, Folksie/Make Shop & Studio, Instant Film Society, Lollipop Shoppe, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Naked Girls Reading, Observe Dallas, Shag Carpet, The Sixth Floor Museum, The Urban Fabric, TunnelVisions, Wordspace Dallas, and the 45 Suicide Prevention Fund, as well as hosting performances by numerous musical acts, including the Deathray Davies, Telegraph Canyon, Unconscious Collective, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Yells at Eels, and many more.
The Instigators are:
Mark S. Nelson
Judith Lea Perkins
Through the years, other great talents have also joined the Kettle ranks. These artists include:
Steve & Erin Reeves
Jodi Von Rotten
National, regional, and online publication mentions include: Juxtapoz, USA Today, ArtPlace America, Art News, Glasstire, Southern Living, Dallas Morning News, Art&Seek, Modern Luxury, D Magazine, Dallas Observer, CultureMap, CraveDFW, Dallas Voice, You+Dallas, and Central Track.