Monday, August 1, 2011


As part of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary's community outreach program, the MAC has teamed up with Mercantile Coffee House to extend its contemporary artistic vision and educational support to downtown Dallas. This partnership will promote and support emerging talent with monthly exhibitions throughout the year. Donations from Mercantile Coffee House will benefit artistic programming at the MAC.

The upcoming exhibition at Mercantile Coffee House features the work of Julia McLain. McLain is a local artist from Dallas, Texas. Mclain's professional background includes work in commercial illustration and store front designs and installations. In the 80's and 90's Mclain exhibited in Lower Greenville and Deep Ellum spaces such as Record Gallery, Stout McCourt, Arcadia Bar & Grill, & 8-O's. More recently she has exhibited at the Bath House Cultural Center and Mary Thomas Gallery in the Design District. Mclain participated in "Botany of Desire", an exhibition curated by Greg Metz at UT Dallas in 2011. Julia defines her work as the movement of Cutism. Being the opposite of cubism, Julia describes this movement as "taking broken matter and re-assembling it into a tangible, safe composition." Recycling from past iconography, she recalls her loss of innocence as a young child. The opening reception with the artist will be Saturday August 13, 2011 from 6:00pm-7:30pm and will be on view through September 10th

Julia McLain, Peace and War, Acrylic, 24"x24", 2007
Through the MAC's innovative efforts and artistic advisement, visitors to The Mercantile Coffee House will have the opportunity to view and interact with contemporary art in a non-traditional setting.   This initiative is congruent with the MAC mission of supporting experimentation and promoting a visual dialogue between the artist and the viewer.   Mercantile Coffee House will exhibit a variety of emerging artists and media, enhancing the setting and experience for visitors.

When and Where
Monthly at The Mercantile Coffee House
1800 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201

About the MAC
Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.

Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit The MAC is open Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m

LauraLee Brott
McKinney Avenue Contemporary
3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204

About Mercantile Coffee House
Mercantile Coffee House is a business hip place to have a great cup of premium coffee, espresso or tea. Mercantile Coffee House features the best coffee beans of 2010, Intelligentsia. It serves world famous Yogen Fruz frozen Yogurt and Smoothies made to your liking. The Mercantile Coffee House is a comfortable environment to enjoy the first cup of coffee for the day, a convenient place to meet with your colleagues or hook up with friends. It is also technology friendly with ample laptop plug ins, free high speed WiFi and a Free Conference Room use for your more serious meetings. Visit Mercantile Coffee House online at

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