After only operating for two months in its Main Street location, Frisco Fine Art has already hit the ground running with its four-pronged business model.
The do-it-all arts purveyor stocks a selection of original contemporary artwork by North Texas artists as well as masterworks and traditional artwork. Frisco Fine Art offers art for businesses and homes; art classes for artists, children and adults (with wine); and it offers full-service interior design, thanks to partner David Call, who’s been an interior designer for more than 20 years.
The gallery is owned by a team of partners, including Call, Randy Jacobs and Ty Fawley, who have worked in the Dallas arts scene for quite some time. “We’re here for the homeowner, the residential or commercial designer, or the person who’s a specifier for one of the many facilities that are opening in Frisco,” says Call.
Call has long-standing relationships within the arts community and brought in many of the artists for representation from his previous work. He once hosted a show at an Uptown restaurant, and amazingly, the restaurant bought every piece in the collection before opening night.
The gallery boasts a roster of more than 25 artists, many exclusively represented by Frisco Fine Art, including Abebe Zelelew, an Ethiopian artist who carves his work on Ethiopian mahogany; Milessa Murphy Stewart, whose paintings are impressionist dreamscapes with a dab of humorous fiction; and Jessica Chaix, who resides in Frisco. Call describes her explosive works as “some of the best abstracts we’ve seen yet.”
Daniel and Manuel Padilla are brothers represented by the gallery who create vibrant color- splashed canvases. Daniel’s look like stormy, rainbow-hued seas, while Manuel’s take on a celebratory feel, with largescale, colorful pointillist dots, like confetti.
Charlotte Shroyer is another artist whose work jumps off the gallery wall. Her cubist-inspired figurative renderings are both vibrantly colored and austere at the same time. The subject matter looks weighty and, in fact, is inspired by the stories she hears from clients during her work as a mental health therapist.
Frisco Fine Art is the perfect place to forge new partnerships, and it’s poised to cater to North-of-Dallas clientele, with a location central to North Texas’ suburbs.
Jacobs was driving by when he spotted the space for lease on Main Street in Frisco. “We weren’t avidly looking, but when he found it, it was like ‘Boom! That’s it,’” Call says.
The team is still working to build out their new space, including creating Call’s interior design studio within the gallery. “This is a way for me, as a partner, to offer a smattering of décor,” he says.
Call specializes in both commercial and residential projects, and oftentimes bridges the two. For example, one of his clients, a vice president at a major bank group, recently asked Call to redesign his offices after Call completed a revamp of the man’s downtown penthouse.
A favorite area of service for the gallery is art curation for commercial facilities. “We can get upscale, affordable art that rivals the look of an original,” says Call. “It’s a way that we can work within their budget. I can get really incredibly pricing through the companies I’ve aligned with.”
With Frisco’s rapid expansion and new building projects—like Jerry Jones’ The Star facility down the road, which keeps welcoming more new restaurants each month—the team picked the perfect location to serve the bustling communities rapidly expanding to the North. “We felt like Frisco was ready for us,” Fawley says.
Alaena Hostetter is a Dallas-based journalist who writes about all of her favorite things: art, design, culture, music, entertainment and food.