Offbeat Shopping: Art is Art

    I recently had the opportunity to take a tour of Art is Art (2811 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas) with co-founder Carrie Jepsen. The large rainbow-colored store is home to a multitude of paintings, sculptures, retro house wares, and furniture. However, without further inspection, a shopper might never notice the quirky wearable treasures sparkling in the window of this consignment gallery.   Jepsen and her mother Renata opened Art is Art’s original location on Lower Greenville in 2004, and today they have quite a following. With artists walking through the doors day in and day out in the hopes of landing a spot on their walls, they boast quite a waiting list. The pair takes pride in showcasing local artistic talent at affordable prices, and their selection does just that.     Art is Art’s collection of handmade accessories includes everything from stunning cocktail rings made by Dallas designer Susie Denardo of "Vintage Dreamz" ($25-$35), to internationally-retailed Mistura watches ($115-$190). Many of the pieces reflect an artistic or bohemian flair, as one would hope to find in items retailed at a gallery.     In addition to jewelry, the store also stocks well-priced vintage items, including a number of adorable purses and leather and suede gloves in mint condition (from $10 a pair). Vintage pieces are on a 90-day consignment schedule, and Jepsen keeps everything carefully documented on the store’s website.     The website also offers free design advice, as well as an Artist of the Month feature. Check back regularly for an in-depth look at some of the work the gallery is currently showcasing. With all of these thoughtful touches, and its supportive business model, it’s easy to understand why Art is Art was voted “Best Art Support” by the Dallas Observer.   Finally, Art is Art will be hosting a Pre-Mother’s Day Trunk Show on Sunday, May 6th, showcasing “Jewel Rehab”, a personal favorite of the designs I saw on my visit. Designer Kaye Bartheld crafts incredible chokers, pendants, and earrings, perfect for layering or making a statement on their own. Visit our Event Calendar for details on the show, a great opportunity to browse affordable, fashionable accessories while supporting this unique local business.   (All photos, credit DFW Style Daily)  

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