At WAAS Gallery, An Oasis for Female Energy and Growth
There’s hardly ever a lull in exhibits and activities in Dallas’ art world. And while we’re always up for a gallery or museum adventure (um, have you seen Sheila Hicks’ exhibit at the Nasher?!), engaging in an experience that’s community-driven and all about those good vibes is even better.
Enter WAAS (Women Are All Stars) Gallery. Located outside of the spaces in the Design District, this Logan Street building is marked with a vibrant tasseled marker atop the gallery signage, along with eye-catching murals that indicate you’ve reached your location. The stark contrast of this building with its neighboring South Dallas businesses is also telling of WAAS Gallery itself in the Dallas art scene — this place is doing things a little differently.
WAAS Gallery offers many different experiences, from interactive art to community yoga. But the vision remains simple: To provide opportunities for female energy to flourish in a safe and non-judgmental environment. “WAAS is an oasis for women to explore, examine and expand their lives no matter the path they are on,” says founder and owner Brandy Michele Adams. “Whether it is through co-creation in the space via art, participating in our multitude of wellness classes, or bridging cultural gaps and bringing awareness to gender norms via communication, women have space where they can share and collectively grow.”
WAAS continues to do just that. This unique gallery has been in operation since 2011, hosting countless exhibits and events in line with their vision. One of their latest shows, Green Room by Dallas-based artist Shamsy, expands upon the gallery’s growth-centered mission. The show includes a centering sound bath, a curated collection of plants sponsored by Ruibal Plants of Texas in The Dallas Farmers Market, 35mm photography, and “Cocoon,” an interactive copper pyramid charged with flower petals, quartz and shamstones (crystal sculptures) for viewers to sit, meditate and retune their energy.
So what’s coming up for WAAS Gallery? In addition to working towards being the first zero-waste gallery in Dallas, Adams continues to offer opportunities to artists and visitors alike. “Currently, I am working on a Meditation and Sound event July 12th called DISCONNECT with Sammy Rat Rios, Rob Martinez, and myself,” Adams shares. “We are also presenting an immersive art-making workshop convened by Liz Lopez, a UNT Art History graduate student, on July 19. This workshop will help you to think creatively about links between the earth around you and your physical and mental body,” she adds.
Some of Shamsy’s other works can also be viewed at Sweet Tooth Hotel’s latest exhibit, Discotech, on display until the end of August.