Oak Cliff-based artist Jose Vargas sees the work of dozens of artists every year when he makes selections for the art exhibits he organizes for the City of Dallas, such as “El Corazon,” the group show he’s been putting on for 25 years.

In all those years, he’s seen the work of hundreds, if not thousands, of local and regional artists.

“A few of those artists stand out, and Kelly is one of them,” Vargas says.

That’s Kelly B. Morris, an art teacher at Grandview ISD who Vargas befriended several years ago.

“When I first saw one of his artworks in person, I was quite impressed with his creativity and artistic style,” Vargas says. “He had turned in an entry for one of my El Corazon art shows and as soon as I unwrapped it, I could tell that it was one of the best pieces in the show.”

The more he looked at it, the more he liked it, and he wound up buying the piece.

Now Vargas has curated a show of Morris’s recent works. It opens at the Bath House Cultural Center Saturday, Sept. 4, with a live jazz performance from 6-8 p.m. The show runs through Oct.2. The Bath House is open noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.


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