This past weekend was the 20th annual White Rock Artists’ Studio Tour. Sunday afternoon, I visited three studios in the Little Forest Hill neighborhood, Dallas, Texas. This neighborhood is a hotspot of artistic talent. There are two dozen artists clustered within a few blocks of each other. I arrived too late to visit more than three– next year I will have to mark this on my calendar to include more visits.
My first stop was the All Rockin’ Studio on Forest Hills Blvd, where I met Lynn (top photo). She does mosaics, and I asked her to pose with one of her works. Lynn suggested that I visit Laurie (middle photo), whose house is one street over, on Redondo Drive, right behind Lynn’s house. Laurie does “assemblage”– pronounce it, please, a la Francais– in shadow boxes. She is shown holding a Texas themed shadow box. Each box consists of “found” objects which Laurie sorts into drawers and bins until she is inspired to assemble them into a shadow box. My third and final visit was with Sonya Shinn Edwards on San Fernando Way. Sonya does contemporary paintings, including some striking portraits. Sonya comes from an artistic family– her grandfather painted signs and also did portraits, her father works with clay, and now Sonya herself paints with acrylics. In turn, she has passed along her artistic genes to her son, age 10, who also uses acrylics to paint eye-catching abstract designs. Sonya’s studio is a former free-standing garage in her backyard, converted to look like a cottage.