100 Dallas Creatives: No. 7 Fashion Maven Julie McCullough

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Julie McCullough says that she "stepped into" fashion design but has been blazing quite a trail since arriving in Dallas in 2001. Originally from Michigan, McCullough moved to Chicago to attend school at Columbia College. Eventually, she decided she wanted to experience something different and "packed up the Uhaul," and moved to Texas. The woman behind the yearly fashion event, The Pin Show, McCullough, while working on designs of her own under the labels Make and Folksie, showcases homegrown designers and even, at times, musicians.

The Pin Show is much different than the run-of-the-mill fashion show, often featuring not only amazing clothing, but everything from photo shoots, interesting bars and runways, hosted in various venues ranging from glamorous ballrooms to large, barren warehouses. Keeping with tradition, this year's event will take place in Deep Ellum's much anticipated new space, The Bomb Factory.

McCullough finds Dallas to be the perfect home for her clothing lines as well as The Pin Show because of the constantly growing scene of overall creativity within the city - be it surrounding music, art or fashion. McCullough calls the Dallas community supportive, and it shows considering the show is in its 8th year. The Pin Show's multi-talented team takes matters into their own hands by handing press, photography, show production, hair and make-up so that featured designers and guests can sit back and enjoy the show.

Following The Pin Show Presents: Scene last weekend at Trees Dallas, McCullough is looking forward to The Pin Show in April, as well as continuing work on her own line, Folksie, and even beginning work on a line of Chef's wear. With a new studio in the Design District, McCullough plans to continue working with other local creatives to keep Dallas' scene of fashion, art, music and design growing.


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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 8 Ben Fountain, Man of Letters

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Ben Fountain is one of the most successful writers to call Dallas home. His 2007 collection of short stories, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and his first novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, was published in 2012 to similar critical acclaim, becoming a finalist for the National Book Award. But it's well documented -- see this 2008 New Yorker piece by Malcolm Gladwell -- that Fountain's path to success was not a direct one. He moved to Dallas in the '80s to practice law but quit in 1988 to write full time; although a few short stories received some recognition, it took 18 years of consistent writing before he had a major work published.

Dallas hasn't been regarded for a vibrant literary scene in the past, but that seems to be changing slowly. We now have an independent bookstore in Oak Cliff, The Wild Detectives; we've got Wordspace, a nonprofit literary arts group that programs events year-round; and last year another local writer, Merritt Tierce, earned effusive praise from everyone from The New York Times Book Review to Carrie Brownstein for her debut novel, Love Me Back (Fountain was also a big champion of hers).

I spoke with Fountain about the effect, if any, that these developments have had on the life of a writer in Dallas, the long road from lawyer to acclaimed writer, his writing habits and what he's working on now.


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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 9 Allison Davidson, Advocate for Art Accessibility

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It's true that art is not just a beautiful part of life, but it can be valuable for mental development. And not just at young ages, but late into life. Even so, accessibility programs are few and far between. Which is what the Meadows Museum has been working to change with programs, like Connections at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, which works with people in early stages of dementia.

In a culture that relentlessly worships and accommodates youth, the work done by Allison Davidson and the team at the Meadows brings attention to an underserved population of people interested in art, presenting programs that offer thoughtful, engaged access to the museums for people with autism, dementia, or other forms of physical or mental impairments.

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100 Creatives: No. 10 Joshua Peugh, Choreographer to Watch

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Joshua Peugh's name is becoming familiar to those in the dance scene both here in Dallas and the wider world. With the amount of recognition he has received over the last year, it's safe to say that Peugh and his dance company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, are having a pretty good year so far.

Peugh, a graduate of Southern Methodist University's dance program, was recently named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" for in 2015 and was on every "Best of 2014" list in Dallas. Needless to say, Peugh has garnered quite the following and his company's recent show at the newly renovated Erma Lowe Hall at Texas Christian University had a sold-out weekend. So what's next for Peugh, aside from his teaching responsibilities at his alma mater? He will be choreographing Colossal at the Dallas Theater Center.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 11 Moody Fuqua, Music Community Organizer

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Fresh off the 18th year anniversary party, the guys at Crown & Harp have a lot to be thankful for, particularly our next Dallas luminary, Moody Fuqua.

Since 2013, Fuqua's been doing everything there, from picking out the drapes to organizing some of the most exciting all-local music cards to ever grace the Dallas music scene. And we're not alone in calling Crown & Harp the epicenter of the Lower Greenville "comeback tour."

For Fuqua however, it's about far more than putting on a good show. His true aim is to cultivate the local music scene here in Dallas, and help turn it into something bigger and better than it's ever been.

"There's so much music out there in the city and I felt like for a long time, up until really recently, only a little of it was getting attention and it was kind of hurting the scene," Fuqua says. Since he started booking shows for Crown & Harp he has worked to get people like fellow Dallas creative Stefan Gonzalez to help him promote and book local Dallas acts.

"Local shows actually draw now," Fuqua says. "All local bills actually are money makers now, so people on the other end of it looking on the money side are into it, which is awesome. This is what we wanted to happen. I mean their reasoning might not be so awesome, but hey man, it just means that all these local artists are getting the attention that they deserve."

They sure are, thanks in part to the hard work of people like Fuqua. He had a moment to spare for us, and we jumped at the chance to pick his brain.


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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 12 Gallerists Gina & Dustin Orlando, Boundary Pushers

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Gina and Dustin Orlando are two cool cats. A few years ago, these two gallerists opened up Circuit 12 Contemporary, which quickly became a go-to space in the Design District, and their programming roster continues to challenge the gallery norm. They've allowed artists to transform the white walls into wonderlands of conceptual art, or paint a mural inside, or even set up a small fashion boutique in the back. They've impressed us so much, we even picked them for 2014's Best Gallery in Dallas. They're keeping art lively and pushing the Dallas scene forward. And they're making it look fun.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 13 Will Power, Playwright and Mentor

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Since Will Power arrived in Dallas he's been busy. With a background in performance, writing and education, he's not just creating his own work but he's investing in the work of future generations. Originally commissioned to be the Meadows Theatre Artist-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, he also became the playwright-in-residence at the Dallas Theater Center. Which means that most of his days are filled with teaching, mentoring the young playwrights of Dallas, and writing plays and musicals of his own.

For Dallas Theater Center, he's been working on a new musical, Stagger Lee, which previews January 22 and opens January 30. It's a work that delves into the myths and legends of American folklore like Frankie and Johnny, and its namesake, Stagger Lee, whose story is of a man deep in the seedy underbelly of turn of the 20th century St. Louis. We talked to Power about this new musical, playwriting in Dallas, and where you'll catch him on a day off.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 14 Janeil Engelstad, an Artist with Purpose

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Janeil Engelstad is an artist. A photographer. A curator. An educator. A producer. A former Fulbright Scholar. A tea drinker. One of the busiest people in town. And she's turned that "busyness" into an asset. Engelstad knows everyone, and knows the people you haven't met yet, and wants you to get to know them.

How? Through her organization Make Art With Purpose (MAP), which was founded in 2010 as a resource center for creative projects that are meant to shape and transform our world in positive ways. The MAP website is an open-source, interactive, virtual resource center that includes how-to plans for people to replicate similar projects in their own communities. MAP partners with artists, NGOs, scientists, and others to produce projects, exhibitions, conferences, and other public programs that are rooted in consciousness and include ideas for positive environmental and social change. While it was founded in 2010, it was not until 2013 that Engelstad organized the first MAP festival, and we were lucky enough to have it in our city. It brought awareness to public art and local artists working with a community mindset; and it also brought national and international artists to Dallas to create original pieces of public art.

It is Engelstad's hope to one day have a festival of this magnitude once every three years in a new city, but for now, we're able to call Dallas the inaugural birthplace of the MAP Festival, and Engelstad one of our own cultural ambassadors.


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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 15 Carlos Alejandro Guajardo-Molina, the Book Guy

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One of the most exciting additions to hit Oak Cliff in 2014 was definitely The Wild Detectives. From the outside the place looks like any other house down 8th Street, but inside you'll find three of life's most glorious gifts: books, booze and bottomless cups of coffee.

And one of the main people we have to thank for this intellectual playground is General Manger Carlos Alejandro Guajardo-Molina. Through a mutual friend, he was introduced to co-owners Paco Vique and Javier Garcia del Moral to help launch the indie bookstore in the summer of 2013.

Since then Guajardo-Molina has been manning the helm, picking out the books, looking for ways to expand The Wild Detectives scope to include local music and curating the fantastic events. Everything from book readings with authors like Scott Blackwood, to Mouth Full of Words, their new series of tasting sessions, and let's not forget eccentric musician George Quartz's Friday night DJ sessions, Fahrenheit 314.

We just had to get a hold of Guajardo-Molina and find out his secret to creating a unique and comfortable space. Luckily he had some time for us in-between filling shelves with the coolest books in town.


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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 16 Ballet Queen Katie Puder

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A long time professional dancer with Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Katie Puder has spend much of her life in Dallas on her toes. And like a good dancer, when it was time to take a step in a new direction, she didn't hesitate. In 2012, she paired up with David Cooper, principal French horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, to create Avant Chamber Ballet, a small, professional dance company committed to high quality dance and live musical accompaniment. She's earned accolades from the local dance critics, and programmed show after elegant show, and this year promises to be her biggest yet as she programs a robust third season for the company, including performances with the Soluna Festival in May. And she's made it look easy.


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