A Rainy Day in the Bishop Arts District

The Bishop Arts District is a small shopping and dining district down in the southeast part of Dallas. It makes up just a couple of blocks of the Oak Cliff neighborhood, but there’s a lot to do in those two blocks. There are a bunch of shops and restaurants and art galleries up and down the street. Like the Deep Ellum neighborhood east of downtown, there is also an array of public art and funky street decorations. And unlike the downtown Arts District, it has a lot more going on in terms of shopping and dining.

The southern half of Dallas is often neglected by those who live on the north side of town, but if you’re up for a bit of a drive, the Bishop Arts District is definitely worth it. I went to Bishop Arts recently with a couple of friends. It was (relatively) cold and wet, and just after lunch it started to rain, but we put up with the damp weather. After a long hot Texas summer, it was a nice change of pace. And while I prefer sunny days for picture taking, I was still able to snap some pretty good images. Here are a couple of my favorites.

300th Block

300 North Bishop Avenue

They really want you to know you’re on the 300th block of North Bishop Avenue

Lost Dog

Bishop and Seventh Street Sign

It’s always sad to see a “Lost Dog” sign.

Tricycle Planter

Bishop Arts District Planter

This planter is made out of an old (adult-sized) tricycle.

Backward “Art” Sign

Backward Art Sign

I look a picture of this from the back to make it more “artistic”.

Ants Included

Ants on a Plate

These plates come preprinted with ants crawling on them.

Funky Bike Rack

Bishop Arts District Bike Rack

Just in case you were wondering what this squiggly metal thing is, there’s a bike painted on the sidewalk below.

Coin Footprints

Bishop Arts District Coin Footprints

There are actually coins embedded in these sidewalk footprints.

Transom Window

Bishop Arts District Window

This old transom window shows the Bishop Arts District’s past as a row of warehouses.

Rocking Chairs in the Rain

Bishop Arts District Rocking Chairs

It was much too rainy to sit in these rocking chairs.

Lucia Sign

Lucia Salumi and Pasta Sign

I love this sign.

Coffee Shop

Espumoso Caffe Sign

Of course, I stopped for coffee.

Small Bell

Bishop Arts District Small Bell

I just liked the look of this little bell.

Have you ever been to Bishop Arts District? If so, what do you recommend seeing? Let me know in the comments.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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