I lIve in a loft community of about 800 people and more than half of them are artists, writers, photographers, musicians,  dancers, performers  and other right brained people. I like to think of South Side on Lamar as a nurturing place for people in the arts.

I met Mikki Mallow at an art show she had in the Southside on Lamar art gallery. The show theme was candy.  I instantly knew Mikki and  I had lots in common–including a sweet tooth and a passion for chocolate and the arts. I used her chocolate piece as a profile picture for my chocolate website, www.chocolateatlas.com. And I did retain a piece of Mikki’s when she moved out. I bought a whimsical wired mirror she created.  

 Flash forward nearly ten years.  Mikki Mallow was chosen by Fairmont Dallasas Artist inResidence. As a participant in the Artist in Residence program, established to support local and regional artists, Ms. Mallow will live and work on-site at the hotel until September 30, 2012. At the conclusion of her residency, Ms. Mallow will contribute a special piece to The Fairmont Dallas’ permanent art collection.

A Michigan native, Mikki Mallow discovered her passion for art at a very young age. She relocated to Dallas and attended the Art Institute of Dallas, earning an Associate of Applied Arts degree in interior design in 1997. After graduating, she worked in the interior design field for several  years, developing an appreciation for mixing color and texture.

Mallow later decided to embark on a solo art career, initially painting abstract and conceptual pieces in acrylic on canvas. Primarily self-taught, her body of work gradually evolved to encompass portraits, sculpture and glass pieces. The subject and themes of Ms. Mallow’s pieces vary; however the use of bold, vibrant color is her artistic signature. Ms. Mallow has exhibited work in numerous local and regional group and solo art shows

 In April 2012, Ms. Mallow began a project titled “I’m Seeing Someone” in which she will complete a series of portraits, culminating in a final exhibit in April 2013. Portraits from the series are currently on display in the hotel lobby.

When I got invited to a party  which the invitation described as celebrating “I’m seeing someone,” I assumed she was going to announce something like her engagement. Instead I visually caught up with her recent work

Throughout her tenure as Artist-in-Residence, Ms. Mallow will be working in the glass-front design studio located on the “O” level of the hotel. Hotel guests and members of the public are encouraged to visit the studio to interact with the artist and watch her at work.

Artist in Residence studio hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; and by appointment.

 Artist’s Statement – “I’m Seeing Someone” (April 2012 – April 2013) “My mission is to interpret the uniqueness of individuality through you: the painted. I am taking on the ambitious project of painting a year’s worth of portraits. I will get a glimpse of each subject from a series of photographs sent to me; these images will inspire an in-depth conversation as I get to know the subjects and their lives. I hope to capture the true essence and uniqueness of every person and communicate their story through art.” – Mikki Mallow


The Fairmont Dallas’ Artist-in-Residence program features local, regional and national artists who reside in the hotel for three months at a time while working in an onsite studio located on the “O” level in the hotel’s south tower. Artwork created throughout the length of the artist’s stay serves various purposes – some is displayed in public areas of the hotel, others illuminate the hotel’s themed Arts District Suite and a number of select pieces benefit various philanthropic efforts. 


Located in the heart of the flourishing Dallas Arts District, The Fairmont Dallas hotel offers an array of experiential packages to provide guests with the opportunity to explore the very best of local art and culture. Visitors in search of world-class museums, iconic cultural institutions and award-winning visual arts need look no further than the rapidly developing city of Dallas. With this in mind, The Fairmont Dallas offers cultural and discovery-oriented packages intended to engage, educate and inspire guests.

Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a weekend of culture with the Art Immersion Package apprentice trip. The experience begins with the “Art of Buying Art,” a one-hour private lesson on how to effectively purchase art, taught by an in-house gallery representative. Next, guests will spend time with the hotel’s Artist in Residence for a one-hour private lesson on the “Art of Making Art,” an opportunity to delve into the inner workings of a creative mastermind. Guests will savor an art-inspired dinner created by Executive Chef André Natera at The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar for the “Art of Culinary Arts,” complimented by wine pairings selected by the hotel’s expert sommelier from an award-winning selection.
To complete the experience, guests will enjoy a leisurely stroll through downtown Dallas with PublicArtWalk, a self-guided tour of the city’s dynamic art. Guests will also receive an elegant coffee table book provided by the Nasher Sculpture Center as a reminder of the art-filled weekend. Package rates start from $429 USD per night.
The Discover Dallas Art Package includes a private lesson in the “Art of Making Art” with The Fairmont Dallas’ Artist-in-Residence and a lesson in the “Art of Buying Art” with an in-house gallery representative. Each 30-minute private lesson will offer guests the opportunity to learn insider tips and advice from The Fairmont Dallas’ expert art aficionados. Guests may explore the Dallas Arts District with two tickets to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, both located only steps from the hotel. Package rates start from $150 USD per night.
As the only hotel located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous urban arts center in the United States, The Fairmont Dallas is surrounded by prominent cultural institutions, museums and performance theaters. Visitors in search of world-class museums and iconic cultural institutions need look no further than the bustling urban metropolis of Dallas.  With this in mind, The Fairmont Dallas now offers packages that are perfect for exploring the city’s sophisticated and rapidly growing arts and culture scenes.
The Fairmont Dallas invites guests to explore rainforest and marine wildlife with the Go Wild & Green Package. The magnificent adventure begins with a one-on-one lesson with the hotel’s Artist in Residence on how to photograph wildlife. Visit the Dallas World Aquarium, located only minutes from the hotel, and then celebrate the day of exploration with a Texas margarita amenity for two.
A portion of package proceeds will benefit the Dallas World Aquarium’s conservation fund, which benefits wildlife habitat conservation efforts in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Guests arriving with hybrid or electric cars will receive complimentary overnight valet parking. Package includes two tickets to the Dallas World Aquarium. Rates start from $176 USD per night.


Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which will arrive in destinations as diverse as Jaipur, Kyiv and Manila in 2012, is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand’s distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the
Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.

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