Dallas Artist Captures DART Passengers ‘Riding the Rails’

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Visitor observes artwork from Dallas artist Merry Fuhrer’s “Riding the Rails: Portraits Along the DART Lines” exhibit at the Goodrich Galley at First United Methodist Church. The exhibit runs through March 29th.

Dallas artist Merry Fuhrer knows how to capture DART riders like you in vibrant color.

Earlier this month, onlookers perused the Goodrich Galley at First United Methodist Church observing the 25 oil pastels portraits in a reception featuring Fuhrer’s “Riding the Rails: Portraits Along the DART Lines” exhibit, which showcases everyday individuals at stations throughout the DART System, and stays open through March 29th.

As someone who chooses to ride DART rather than owning a car, Fuhrer tries to discover new destinations along DART’s lines and routes. When the Orange Line extended to DFW Airport Station, she road it for the first time just to see what it’s like.

What she finds during these trips, inspire her work and help define what she calls her “broad definition of beauty.”

“I’m primarily interested in people – the beauty of the individual,” Fuhrer said. “I’m fascinated with the diversity of people I meet out there.”

Carrollton resident, Bruce Webster has been commuting from Carrollton to First United Methodist Church for the past 40 years. The opening of the Green Line helped him attend church services, Wednesday choir practices and Tuesday prayer breakfasts.

Webster took the chance to talk with Fuhrer at the reception and said he appreciated the artist’s ability to capture human form.

“There’s a real neat presence in what she does,” Webster said.

Susan McIntyre, a member of the church’s Goodrich Gallery volunteer committee, said Fuhrer’s art combined with music from composer David Thompson that incorporated sounds of light rail, gave visitors a sense of place.

As part of a downtown church, the rotating gallery features artists that capture hints of Dallas’ diversity. Fuhrer’s art does just that, McIntyre said.

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