The grey, persistent rains have returned to the Metroplex, but they should not be permitted dampen the spirits of those seeking an inspiring creative experience. Tucked away in a decades-old historic building, myriad local artists will allow a rare look behind the scenes this Friday and Saturday. Read on for the details.
Built in 1888, the Continental Gin Building at corner of Elm Street and Trunk Avenue in Dallas originally housed Robert S. Munger’s company of the same name. After shuttering in 1962, the surrounding area began its evolution into what we know as the Deep Ellum entertainment district. In 1982, real estate developer John Tatum purchased the structure, and began renting individual studios to local artists. Fast forward to the present day, and as Deep Ellum enjoys its latest renaissance, the Continental Gin Building represents one of the oldest creative communities in Dallas.
Now boasting some 65 tenants, these studios are open to the public just twice per year. The latest Continental Gin Building Open Artist Studios event takes place this Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. Guests are invited to explore the interactive creative community while enjoying refreshments and live music.
Several DFW Style Daily favorites are currently in residence at the Continental Gin Building. They include Sarah Jones’ popular fashion brand STATUS Design Studio, the new line LILIT by emerging clothing designer Lilit Matevosyan, and award-winning photographer Leonard Volk. Dozens of additional craftsmen, filmmakers, painters, and more, will open their doors during the Continental Gin Building Open Artist Studios. For complete details please visit our Event Calendar.
Pictured above: (1) Continental Gin Building; (2) STATUS Design Studio; (3) Photography of Leonard Volk