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Artist Dace Kidd joins other artists to create 6x6 exhibit

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From Downtown Tyler Main Street:

TYLER, TX - Among the hundreds of 6” x 6” canvases submitted for the 6x6@110 exhibit at Gallery Main Street are several images that cause more than just a flicker of recognition.

A second glance reveals that there are several pieces in the show that are actually portraits of local Tyler, Tx leaders and celebrities.

Artist Dace Lucia Kidd serves on the 6x6@110 organizing committee and came up with the idea of painting portraits to sell on the silent auction wall of the exhibit, which will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

“We started brainstorming various names, and Dace looked up their images on the internet,” said Beverly Abell of the City of Tyler Main Street Department. “Once we identified some candidates, Dace took it from there and created some amazing portraits that I know people will enjoy.”

Among the local figures portrayed are Mayor Martin Heines, former Mayor Barbara Bass, Smith County Sheriff Larry Davis, artist Joan Iverson, architect Mike Butler, former Sheriff J.B. Smith, Police Chief Gary Swindle and others.

“People who have seen those portraits are just so impressed with how they turned out,” Abell said. “Dace is definitely an immensely talented artist, and it shows in these portraits.”

The 6x6@110 project is a fundraiser for the City of Tyler Main Street Department, which has the mission of downtown revitalization. In addition to its historic preservation, design and business development work, the department also strives to establish an arts culture in the historic heart of the city. This includes operating Gallery Main Street, ArtWalk and numerous arts activities.

Artists and the public were given 6” x 6” canvases and were asked to create art with them and turn them back in to the gallery. Several hundred were distributed since April.

The public will be locked out of the gallery until 6 p.m. on Friday. At that time, 6x6 volunteers will tear the coverings off of the windows, and the public will be allowed in to the exhibit. Viewing will continue for 30 minutes. At 6:30 p.m. a horn will blow, signaling the beginning of sales. Purchasers may take their selections off of the gallery walls, pay for them and take them home that night. Pieces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each piece will sell for $20, with the exception of some artwork that will be sold via silent auction, including Kidd’s portraits.

The 6x6 project, now in its third year, won the 2013 Best Promotional Event award from the Texas Downtown Association.

The opening party itself is free and open to the public. Michael Morse will provide musical entertainment. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

More information about the project: or call the gallery at (903) 593-6905.

To view individual pieces by Dace Lucia Kidd click here.

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