Our Chat and Chew event this month was so very pleasant and warm.

Klyde Warren Park in Downtown Dallas served as our first stop. While the park is versatile and dynamic in many ways, we enjoyed sitting on the grass and soaking up some rays together. Yadira Hernandez shared recent experiences from her trip from New York, Ana Vasquez brought her daughter, sister, and mother to join, and Jeff Goodman came in the nick of time and talked about some of the running groups he is a part of.

With good conversation came good food, and all diets were off as we walked towards the food trucks at Klyde Warren. From grilled cheese sandwiches, to Asian noodle bowls– the food was delicious.
You don’t want to look back and think “I could’ve eaten that” and that is one regret we didn’t have yesterday.

We could’ve stayed at the park all day, but after enjoying a delicious lunch we walked across the street to the Dallas Museum of Art for a guided tour.

We were greeted by Susan, our stellar tour guide, who took us on a journey through the world of American art post-World War II.

Our tour started with a piece from Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist who is credited with painting one of the first recognized purely abstract works. While Kandinsky was not part of the post-war art scene, Susan told us how influential he had being in the years prior, demonstrating how one artist alone has the capacity to affect all future generations just by showing that a different way is possible. Kandinsky was also famous for having synesthesia, a neurological disorder in which stimulation on one sensory pathway has an involuntary reaction in a secondary secondary pathway. Hearing tones and chords as he painted, Kandinsky wanted to make music through colors.

Susan then walked us through several rooms where we learned about Abstract Expressionism, a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s. Abstract expressionism was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world. Some of the characteristics being creating depth, movement and emotions through color.
“Orb” by Adolph Gottblieb (left) and “Orange, Red and Red” by Mark Rothko (right)
“It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way not his way. Different times require different images.” – Adolph Gottlieb
The tour ended there, though many of us remained to wander around the museum.
We came.
We saw.
We got artsy.Thanks for joining us everybody, this family is something beautiful.

See you February 28th for our regular chapter meeting,

Dallas NSA