Yesterday, I spent my afternoon richly, catching up with good friends and enjoying the imaginative tiny worlds conjured up by artists at the Third-Ever Diorama-O-Rama. Having been to the first two in 2008 and 2009, I’m happy to report that this latest edition was the biggest and best so far. Or, as I stated on the event’s Facebook wall, You’ve come a long way, baby.
This weekend’s o-Rama was housed at a Bolt Productions studio in the Design District, a wonderful find. Open, airy and plenty white, it was the ideal blank space for this kind of party, where art was on display, folks mingled indoors and out, bevs and snackies were handed out, and DJs supplied the jams. We sipped on beer and wine, and The Tamale Company provided delectable eats.
The event’s benefitting charity was represented there, with Cafe Momentum participants serving sweets during the afternoon and founder and Parigi restaurant co-owner Chad Houser saying a few words on the org’s behalf.
And the art? Alternately curious, introspective, humorous and illuminating, all intelligent and thoughtful — many pushing the definition of “diorama,” for sure. Folks bid on a couple dozen silent auction works, while a few dioramas were set aside for the live auctioning. A very loud live auction — I’m experiencing some mild hearing loss today. (Note to self: Don’t perch yourself next to the speaker next time, duh.)
All in all, I had a thoroughly wonderful time, and I’d say the event appeared to be a big success. I hope D-O-R can sustain an annual pace from here on out — I already can’t wait for the next one! I see it as one of those great little events that if Dallas really embraces and gets behind, can only add to the uniqueness of our fair city. And that’s sayin’ a lot — so kudos, Diorama-O-Rama!!
Here, some more snapshots of the fabulousness that was Diorama-O-Rama …
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