Marfa according to Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas
In our summer issue of 1530 Main devoted to Marfa and all things travel, we talked to gallerists Jason and Ree Willaford, co-founders of Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas. With a dual existence in both cities for the past decade and a half, the duo has a rare perspective on Marfa. Here are their off-the-beaten-path suggestions for the next time you head west.
DRIVE, DON’T FLY
The Willafords suggest driving over flying. By car, they’ve actually beaten friends who chose to fly into Midland. “Whether you’re a writer or a lawyer, if you need that space to get out of your head or to get into what you’re doing, the 8-hour drive from Dallas opens you up to that,” say Jason.
The local dining scene has changed dramatically since the early 2000s when most restaurants were sometimes closed for days at a time. Through every era, however, Marfa Burrito (104 E. Waco Street) has been a favorite. “It’s not posh though,” says Ree. Also recommended: The Pizza Foundation (305 S. Spring Street).
Stop by this small bar at the Thunderbird Hotel (603 W. San Antonio Street). “It’s like Paris,” gushes Ree.
This understated house gallery (400 S. Highland Avenue) has a “very minimalist approach to its stable of artists,” says Ree. “It’s perfect for Marfa.” Jason also recommends the Marfa Contemporary (100 E. San Antonio Street). “They do great exhibitions there.”
The Details: Visit the gallery’s Dallas location at 2277 Monitor Street. galleriurbane.com
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