Having a hard time finding a piece of art for that empty spot above the mantle?

Or are you just trying to decorate the bare walls throughout your house?

Whichever the case, a good bet would be to call neighborhood resident Mark Cave at Art Occasions.

Cave started Art Occasions nearly two years ago. The concept of the business is to bring art into your home to let you have the advantage of making a decision in the same room where the art eventually will hang. Art Occasion sets up private showings in living rooms throughout the area.

“When you’re in the room, it’s so much easier to decorate and make art decisions,” Cave says. “You can live in a house forever, but when you get to the gallery, it’s very easy to forget exactly what it looks like.”

Rather than carry large, cumbersome pieces of art into people’s homes, Cave and his staff bring catalogs featuring different artistic genres.

“We’re really good with special requests because we’ve been over and over (the catalogs) hundreds of times,” Cave says.

“Someone can ask: ‘I want a picture of a girl on a little horse. Do you have one?,’ and we instantly have five or six possibilities in mind.”

Best of all, the visit is free. The only thing a customer has to pay for is the art itself. Cave and his staff earn their keep from commissions.

“Our basic philosophy for our business is, if you want it, we can find it.”

Day and evening appointments with Art Occasions can be made by calling 991-8535.

News & Notes

A CALL FOR ARTISTS: D-Art Visual Art Center is accepting applications from artists for the Mosaics series, which is underwritten by the Exxon Corporation. The series promotes ethnic Texas artists and will begin its 1995 series in January. To apply, send 10-15 labeled slides, a resume and a brief artist’s statement about how your work has been influenced by your ethnicity or heritage to Vicki Meek, Mosaics Coordinator, D-Art Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss, Dallas 75204. Application deadline is Oct. 15 and a self-addressed stamped envelope should be included with the application to have slides returned. For more information, call D-Art at 821-2522.

Calendar

Oct. 1-31 – “African Zion: The Sacred Art of Ethiopia” at the African American Museum at Fair Park. For information: 565-9026.

Oct. 7-Nov. 19 – “Hellcab” at Pegasus Theatre. For information: 821-6005.

Through Oct. 8 – “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” by Little Finger Productions at Theatre Three Below, 2800 Routh. Tickets are $8-$10. For information: 987-1446.

Oct. 9 – Ballet Folklorico de Mexico performs at McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus. Tickets are available at Dillard’s or can be charged by calling 1-800-654-9545.

Through Oct. 9 – “Charlotte’s Web” by the Dallas Children’s Theater Inc. at the El Centro Theater. Tickets are: $9-$11. For information: 978-0110.

Oct. 14-Nov. 13 – “The Mummy’s Claw” by Dallas Children’s Theater Inc. at the Crescent Theater. For information: 978-0110.

Oct. 20-Nov. 13 – “Room Service” by Dallas Theater Center. Tickets are $9-$36. For information: 522-TIXX.

Oct. 28-Jan. 21 – “Portraits of Community – African American Photography In Texas” at 5501 Columbia. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


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