Whether she’s snapping shots of Lil Wayne’s sparkling grin, the urban landscape of Detroit, or the Arab American National Museum, photographer Asia Hamilton inspires people to view the world from a new perspective. Her photography raises awareness on issues of waste and consumption, and strives to unmask the beauty hidden in a cityscape.
When she’s not on a globetrotting, eye-opening adventure, she’s teaching aspiring photographers at her studio, Nozomi Live Photography & Design. She demystifies photography concepts such as lighting and composition before taking shutterbugs out on urban excursions, where they can practice techniques in the bustling city. She helps her protégés feel more comfortable using their cameras’ manual settings, making the picture-snapping devices feel like an extension of their bodies without duct tape or cybernetic surgery.
Mother and son duo Terry and Jason Cohen are masters at finding treasure among the usual throwaway estate sale pieces and flea market piles. They scour both regularly to stock their Lakewood shop, known simply as Curiosities, with an incredibly wide-ranging selection of antiques, vintage items and general oddities. It’s a wonderfully cluttered shop that’s stuffed to the brim with everything from mid-century modern furniture pieces and vintage beer signs to spooky dolls, offbeat taxidermy and Native American jewelry. Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for that incredibly-hard-to-shop-for friend or just looking to kill an hour or two on a rainy day, there’s a good chance you’ll leave here as the new owner of some unexpected treasure you never knew you needed.
East Dallas hipster gem Dolly Python is the perfect shopping destination for vintage lovers and general oddity-seekers that lack the patience to dig through the often fruitless racks at thrift stores. Every nook and cranny in this well-curated and eclectic, albeit somewhat pricey, shop is jam-packed with everything from vintage band t-shirts and psychedelic-printed dresses from the 70s to vinyl records and vintage cameras, not to mention an excellent selection of cowboy boots and other bits of western wear. Ever felt the need for a taxidermy bat to display on your mantel? You’ll find strange items like that at Dolly Python, too – plus a resident psychic who offers palm readings every Saturday.
One of the crown jewels of the city’s Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a must-see for contemporary art buffs – or anyone just looking for a beautiful, thought-provoking setting to spend an afternoon in. The Renzo Piano-designed building is a work of art in itself, with an arched glass roof perfectly positioned to flood the galleries with natural light. An ever-expanding and rotating collection include works of masters like Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse and more. Larger-scale pieces are on display in the stunning sculpture garden. Complete with serene water features and plenty of moody weeping willows, it often plays host to outdoor film screenings, twilight strolls and live bands.
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist role in society.
More than 65 years of experience and a worldwide network of creative rug weavers ensure that Stark Carpet's showroom caches represent both the traditional and the innovative in home style. Handmade from the fabric of Old World weavers, Darius antique rugs imbue any room with elegance, whereas friskier animal-print carpeting adorns lounges or underdressed leopards with playful style. Beyond floor coatings, the outlets also boast a multitradition menagerie of fabric, wall coverings, and furniture. Most showrooms supply both do-it-yourself designers and professional decorators with specially priced merchandise supplemented by store-exclusive sets.