Artisan’s Collective, which opened in the Bishop Arts District 11 years ago, is closing.
The gallery’s owner, Ted Matthews, told the Dallas Morning News that his rent is $7,000 a month, up from less than $3,000 a month in 2006:
I’ve been down here 11 years. Back when I opened, it was a vibrant place, where the landlord encouraged mom-and-pop, independent, young and old entrepreneurs to open up shops. It was just amazing in the beginning. But now, it’s being gentrified, drawing a younger crowd, a party crowd, and plus, the rents are going up.
He expects to close later this month.
While that gallery is closing, two others are opening in the Bishop Arts District.
Jen Maudlin Gallery opened recently at 408 N. Bishop. That gallery recently opened a photography exhibit from Paxton Maroney.
Advertising executive Cameron Smith is opening Bishop Arts Modern, at 518 W. Davis, “a mixed-media studio and gallery featuring his own work and the talent of guest artists in the realms of music, art and fashion.” Smith will open “Life in Black and White,” the first in a four-part series of minimalist art in black-and-white, on April 8.