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Cedars Open Studios

Every November, visitors are invited to this self-guided walking tour, where they can explore a variety of Cedars neighborhood studios, galleries, and venues featuring photography, painting, sculpture, and more. Information for the 2019 event will be added to this site in October. For 2018, Cedars Art House featured work and demonstrations from the artists featured below.

Mikki Mallow

Mikki Mallow
The work of Dallas-based artist and designer Mikki Mallow can be described as abstract and figurative with a focus on color, form, words, and the emotions they evoke. She has been featured locally, nationally, and digitally, including the NYLO and Fairmont Hotels in Dallas, where she was appointed Artist in Residence.

Her inspirations include light, movement, water, color, film, print, photography, architecture, design, music, glass, candy, travel, family & friends, contemporary art in all forms and mediums, and artists such as Chihuly, LaChapelle, Ann Hamilton, Chuck Close, and Lichtenstein. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows including: Sugar Fix, I See Dead People, One Track Mind, Your Element, D Magazine Art Slam, and Games.People.Play. Mallow’s background and studies in design are always shaping the content of her artwork, as she creates unique and memorable “pop fusion” installations, encompassing a full sensory art experience. mikkimallow.com

David Villegas

David Villegas
David received a MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas in 2017, currently exhibits work in Dallas, and has exhibited work nationally. While he is not making art, David spends his time teaching Art Appreciation, Drawing, and Printmaking across the DFW area. Born in El Paso and growing up in Amarillo, David was exposed to a mix of Western, Native, and Mexican cultures. Through the use of prints, photographs, and sculpture, David aims to explore his place in these cultures.

His prints and photographs reflect childhood heroes that he saw in Hollywood movies or in combat sports. The appropriated images either depict Hispanic characters, boxers, or bullfighters. These images are then distorted or chained together to form a larger narrative. Along with cast sculpture, the 2-D images are a glimpse into a past that has shaped David and the present that motivates his work.

Jordan Kile

Jordan Kile
The art of Kreep City captures the kreepy things that roam freely and exist among the urban streets. Jordan’s work is inspired by his love of doodling mixed with the urge to create with his hands. Each print is born from a drawing, transferred to a linoleum block or stamp, hand carved and hand pressed to then reveal the sometimes unpredictable nature of each unique image. etsy.com/shop/kreepcity

Thomas Menikos

Thomas Menikos
Thomas Menikos is a maker born and raised in Texas. His current work focuses on exploring the nature of synthesis within a closed system of iconography and media. Working by deconstructing earlier pieces and combining parts with new materials, he hopes to recontextualize his own imagery. Along with making art, he also spends his time designing printmaking tools, and playing with his two ferrets. You can find more of his work on Instagram at Thomas.Menikos and online at Menikos.com.

Ginger Cochran

Ginger Cochran
Ginger is a contemporary, mixed media abstract artist who is entirely self-taught in both acrylic and watercolor, ranging from portraits to fan art, and now focuses entirely on abstract work, using a variety of media with an acrylic base. Her inspiration is derived from both music and nature. Ginger develops custom color palettes and explores different textures and colors to create whimsical and romantic pieces. She places striking applications of pastel, marker or other medium and pops of color to demonstrate dramatic movement. Each work effectively draws the viewer in to create their own story through design.

Her work compliments many interior design styles, from modern, contemporary to eclectic. Each painting can either act as a focal point/conversation piece or an accent to the design. Ginger works closely with clients on commissions to create one-of-a-kind works and has displayed her work nationally in Dallas, Houston, New York City, as well as Las Vegas. She has also worked closely with fellow artists on collaborations and as director/curator for various shows and competitions throughout the country. gingercochranart.com

Rachel Milliken

Rachel Milliken
A UNT graduate, Rachel Milliken is an elementary art teacher in Coppell where she enjoys spending her days creating with children. Craving a creative outlet of her own, she launched her small business, Cactus Makes Perfect. Her goal is to share her art and inspire others to create along with her. Rachel teaches workshops in the DFW area, is active in the local artisan market community, and is a proud “maker” at The DIME Store in Denton.

Rachel creates her art to show others that a mundane material, such as concrete, can become classical and versatile. From jewelry to vessels, she pours everything by hand in molds that she creates from found objects. Rachel enjoys exploring different forms of pigment to add color to her process. Instagram.com/cactus.makes.perfect

Volta Voloshin-Smith

Volta Voloshin-Smith
Volta is a self-proclaimed art and taco evangelist and she wants to spread the magic of watercolors to anyone who will listen. Although born in the distant Country of Moldova, Volta has found a home in Dallas, TX. Her passion for its vibrant culture, cuisine and character comes alive in her distinctive colorful artwork.

To share her joy of art, Volta started Color Snack Creative Studio as a way to share tips, encourage others to live a creative life, and help build the next generation of artists by donating a portion of proceeds to local art education. She also has a weekly series on Instagram, where she shares tips on how to draw various things (most of which are food) with one minute videos a.k.a “Color Snacks”. She calls Cedars, Dallas home, where she lives with her husband and cat. colorsnack.com