We’ve got a bittersweet celebration lined up for all art lovers this weekend! The Continental Gin Building has existed for 130 years and has been the home to Dallas’ most notable artists for three decades now. The honorary building will be having its final Open Studios on Friday, November 9th from 6 PM to 10 PM and Saturday, November 10th from 2 PM until 8 PM at 3309 Elm Street Dallas, TX 75226. There will be over 40 artists featured and displaying their beautiful artwork, as well as telling their own story through it. We got to interview with the one-and-only Jenny Keller. Jenny has had the pleasure in being apart of the history with the Continental Gin Building for over 10 years! She tells us a little about the significance of this celebration and more. DFW Style Daily: What has the Continental Gin Building brought to the Dallas art scene? Jenny: "The Continental Gin Building has brought a wide array of artists with different disciplines and styles, in an architecturally beautiful and historic building, to the Dallas art scene for more than thirty-two years. This is the only place to find the numbers and variety of professional artists of quality under one roof." DFW Style Daily: What are some highlight moments and memories that The Continental Gin has had in its 30 years? What are you guys thankful for? Jenny: "Thirty-five years ago, the first artists in the building immediately began making art and around year three, they began Open Studios. It has continued twice a year ever since and there have been innumerable moments of inspired creativity by people still making art today and some great ones who have moved or passed away. We cherish them all and are so thankful to have been a part of this ongoing artistic process." DFW Style Daily: How has The Continental Gin Building had an impact on your personal and professional life? What does it mean to you? Jenny: "The Continental Gin Building has impacted my personal and professional life in profound ways; forging connections to many artists and collectors and providing a 'home away from home'. Studio 2C3B is my second studio in the building and I love my space and the people here. It is a rich environment for making art." DFW Style Daily: What does it mean having a building that has housed artist for 30 years come to a close? Jenny: "The reality of this building changing from a well-worn fortress where artists have worked and thrived for thirty-five years to a newer, historically rehabilitated iteration of itself is difficult because we must plan, prepare and move. Just as one might leave a loving home and community, leaving this artist compound of such renown causes twinges of regret at having to go and we grieve the loss. The restored look will be lovingly applied and we are assured it will have an even longer life now. We were generously given a year to be ready and are now excited and hopeful for a future in various new studios and for creating positive experiences going forward." DFW Style Daily: What advice do you give future, current, and aspiring artists? Jenny: "My advice to future, current and aspiring artists is to keep working on your art. Study, work, improve, and enjoy the work, even on the days it frustrates you until you question why you pursue it. The creative experience enriches us and we can share that joy with others. Keep working, for nothing is better!" DFW Style Daily: What will The Fall Open Studios offer to the public? Jenny: "The Fall Open Studios at the Continental Gin Building offers the public one last chance to feel the magic of art in this historic setting. There will be great art by forty artists working in multiple disciplines and it is an opportunity to speak to the creators in person about works of interest and learn the artist's intent and process, and the history of the artwork they admire." DFW Style Daily: Tell us about this upcoming show, it's significance and anything we should highlight going forward? Jenny: "Of course, it is the last, best Open Studios Event in this building, but also, your best way to keep in touch with us. Each artist and studio has their own story, so it is worth taking the time to meet them, learn their unique histories while seeing their beautiful artwork. Since the artists will disperse all over the city, it will be a chance to connect and stay connected by getting their contact information. We will provide a card as you enter the main door, which conveniently has email addresses of each participating artist, and you can get business cards from most of the artists, also." Jenny: "So many well-known and successful artists can proudly say they once had studios in the Continental Gin Building; we are the final cohort to exit and it is an honor to say the same. The public can count on the artists from 'the Gin' to deliver the best, so follow us on our journey." The Fall Open Studios 2018 at the Continental Gin Building is a magical experience that you’ll want to be a part of! The public will be able to immerse themselves in a rich historical setting while enjoying unique art, food, music, & drinks. Come be apart of this farewell celebration this weekend, as we say our goodbyes to one of the most enriched historical buildings in Dallas. Click here to RSVP. Images courtesy of Lee Townsley.