We love a list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, self-proclaimed “Modern Mad Man” Cameron Smith and proud new owner of Bishop Arts Modern, is here to celebrate Dallas’ cultural scene. Read on for Cameron’s Best In Dallas list!
Cameron Smith, a former radio and TV personality, is embarking on a new journey with the opening of Bishop Arts Modern, a mixed-media studio and gallery featuring his own work and the talent of guest artists in the realms of music, art and fashion. Beloved as the morning host on 107.5 The Oasis and host/Executive Producer of Smooth Jazz TV where he worked with the greatest names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau and George Benson, Cameron has also curated superstar talent and hosted stages around the world. His uber fashion sense has made him a tastemaker in fashion circles, impeccably assembling his wardrobe from a wide array of must-have purveyors.
His exhibit, “Life in Black & White,” the first of his own deeply personal four-part series entitled ARTX4, will debut with an opening reception on Saturday, April 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event, featuring a surprise musical guest from his Grammy-laden Bishop Arts Theater Center Jazz Series, is open to the public. Read on for Cameron’s Best In Dallas picks!
“I’m a carnivore and BBQ freak so I’m a regular on Saturdays for lunch at Pecan Lodge,” Cameron told us. “I always sneak in the side door from the patio area to bypass the line that winds down the street.” The meat-eater doesn’t do lines. “I belly-up to the bar and order from the bartender and dive into their brisket, slaw, beans, raw onions, a jalapeño and big ol’ iced tea…then I go home for an even bigger nap.”
Of the freshly infused cocktails at this Oak Cliff eatery, Cameron said, “they craft some of the most consistently innovative cocktails anywhere. The herbs and fruits are all locally sourced.” The spirits aren’t the only thing that draws this creative cocktail connoisseur in. “They welcome me by name. There’s nothing more intoxicating than feeling welcome.”
“I hate to be cliché, but the Dallas Museum of Art is my go-to when I have a Jones for inspiration and humility,” the gallerist-slash-artist told us. “Just when I think I’m getting a little too big for my art britches the DMA grounds me and sends me back to my studio to dig deeper.” The downtown mainstay serves as inspiration for the local creative.
“I love the vibe and merchandise mix at Forty Five Ten,” Cameron proclaimed. “It’s a masterpiece of integrated design and style, the home decor and dinnerware, the desktop sculptures and books, the impeccable service… It all comes together to create this sensual, voluptuous body of work.” One of Dallas’ premier boutiques, it houses a fabulous collection of fashion alongside a compelling mix of home products.
The East Dallas resident likes to keep it close to home when it comes to shopping for bargain pieces. “Oak Cliff Vintage on Davis is my secret decor curator, très funky mid-century modern style with amazing stuff crammed into a Sanford and Son space.” This Mad Men-esque cave is home to affordable furniture, lamps and art. The icing on the cake? Cameron adores listening to jazz on vinyl as he shops.
“The Bishop Arts Co-Op is a gathering place for great artists and contemporary ideas,” he told us. “There’s so much energy inside (if you know which studio doorbell to ring). The unbridled enthusiasm for our common humanity is contagious there. The entire block is teaming with weirdness and joy and a sense of inclusiveness, and in these times, we can do with a lot more of that!” Cameron insists the real gem in our great city is this quirky seven studio co-op full of interesting works of art by local painters, photographers and muralists.
Image 1 courtesy of Robert Strickland. Image 2 courtesy of AmGoose on Imgur. Image 3 courtesy of Pecan Lodge. Image 4 courtesy of Ruby Olive. Image 5 courtesy of Uncrated. Image 6 courtesy of Saatchi Art. Image 7 courtesy of Racked LA. Image 8 courtesy of The Bishop Arts Co-Op.