The streets of Houston and Dallas are filled with opportunities to experience the arts, with murals, photography, galleries and museums just around the corner from Darling Homes communities.
At the First Saturday Arts Market in Houston, open year-round in the Historic Houston Heights area, visitors can meander through an outdoor market to find art that catches their eye. With the atmosphere of a festival, locals can also indulge in food truck cuisine and enjoy live music while searching for the perfect piece of art to complement the interior design of their Darling home. A Houston mainstay for the past 14 years, this market creates a friendly atmosphere for all ages to come and enjoy the arts.
Handcrafted goods sold at the market include:
- Folk art
Houston is also home to a long list of galleries, which Paper City Magazine organized into a list based on region. This list also includes local art museums and centers, giving Houstonians a guide to view beautiful works of art located around town.
Gallery Row, located at the intersection of Colquitt and Lake Streets in the Upper Kirby region of the city, is known as a hotspot for artwork, with locations including the Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Goldesberry Gallery, Moody Gallery, Dean Day Gallery, Parkerson Gallery and more.
Genres of artwork displayed at these locations include jigsaw puzzle paintings, rare estate finds, vintage photography, contemporary artwork, realism, sculpture and much more.
When exploring Dallas, there are numerous locations that feature artwork. Throughout Downtown Dallas, artwork is present on street corners and situated in front of buildings for the passersby to admire. The Dallas Arts District has worked since 1984 to build an artistic presence in Downtown Dallas, and the region has grown into the largest contiguous arts district in the country, spanning 19 blocks. This artwork covers a wide range of genres, from Texas historical features to music and mythology to a police memorial.
With this guide from D Magazine, art lovers can easily find the location of public works, including:
- Rosa Parks statue
- John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
- Pegasus Statue
- The Storm, a music-themed mural
- Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive, a collection of 49 bronze longhorns and three cowboys
The Dallas Art Dealers Association also offers a list of art walks and events in the city, and is known to host DADA art walks at various times throughout the year. The association also offers a free, comprehensive gallery guide that ensures art enthusiasts have information about how to view art throughout the year.
Each gallery in Dallas offers its visitors a unique view into the world of art, including Dallas Contemporary, a former warehouse converted into a showroom that dedicates itself wholly to public engagement. This free gallery is known for its thought-provoking and absorbing artwork, and brings in new, exciting exhibits for visitors to see throughout the year.
From galleries to outdoor markets, Houston and Dallas provide ample opportunities for artists and art lovers to experience local showcases.