Artopia 2010: A Wake-Up Call to Dallas

January 31, 2011

On Saturday November 13th, the Dallas Observer hosted their first ever “Artopia” event. It was a fusion of so many creative outlets: art, dance, fashion and food. And by the looks of the line before the doors opened at 8pm, Dallas was ready for it.

The Masterminds of Dallas Awards were awarding three grants of $2,000 to a local director, a furniture maker, and an artist who advocates peace. The Observer wants to encourage local artists to keep doing what they do and, in turn, help the local scene flourish. I think the Dallas culture needs the award, and events like Artopia.

As people began to make their way into the old LFT space, sensory overload began: there were works of art displayed, numerous bar and food stations set up, live mannequins in the front windows and a live band( which later evolved into live local DJ sets).  It took me a few minutes to take in all the visual stimulation before I could focus on all the other senses! After taking it all in, grabbing a few bites – I went into fashion mode.

Although the fashion organization and planning was handled, I still wanted to be a part of the back stage process. The production was neatly organized by Jonas Park, Founder of Blue Issue Agency and Monica Phi. And thanks to Dear Clark Salon for all the brilliant hair and make-up.

Being the first of several designers who were showcased that night, I peered out into the crowd before my fashion segment at 8:45.   The cocktails where flowing and everyone looked excited to be there. For the first time in a long time, I felt like Dallas was Dallas again! We have always been a city surrounded with great contemporary artists, but we lost our groove for a while.

The fashion show production was simple and direct – it was all about the fashion and the designers. I was so excited at the end of my segment that I couldn’t help but do a little dance. Check out the video below by videographer Wes Sutton.
Hopefully, Artopia has been a wake-up call to all of Dallas: WE NEED MORE ART FUSION CONSISTENTLY! There was a little bit of everything and that’s what made it a success!

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