The Dallas Design District has flourished in recent years, and Saturday it’s offering its own local market, featuring artists, photographers, fashion and jewelry designers and vintage shops.
It’s all happening at Dallas Contemporary, the 38,000-square-foot art museum at the corner of Glass and Riverfront. In the spirit of the avant garde art it champions, Dallas Contemporary will offer a swimming pool fashioned creatively from a Dumpster. It has a pool deck, a swim-up bar and a lounge.
It’s sponsored by Progressive Waste Solutions and painted by the street-art collective the Sourgrapes. The free event is noon to 8 p.m.
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“Partnering with the Design District Market brings in a lot of our neighbors as well as local and regional vendors,” says Erin Cluley, the spokeswoman for Dallas Contemporary.
It is, she says, an effort to support “local artists and artisans who are really active on this side of the Design District.”
The boom of the district has been quite apparent in recent months, she says. “It seems like every month, we have something new opening up, between retail and restaurants and all the foot traffic on the weekends.”
Dallas Contemporary will house the market’s vendors inside its air-conditioned facility, with the bands, the food trucks and, of course, the Dumpster pool outside.
Vendors include such shopping destinations as Elements, Peacock Alley, F. is for Frank, Hari Mari, the Wooden House and 80 others from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Food trucks from Parrot Icce and Easy Slider will be there throughout the day, and Ben E. Keith and Bombay Sapphire will provide alcoholic beverages.
Music will be performed by the Effinays and Robbie Saunders from Dallas, the Birds of Night from Denton and Ronnie Hart from Fort Worth.
“We really see ourselves as kind of the hub of the neighborhood now,” Cluley says, “and hopefully even more so in the future by being able with our space to do things like this.”