Portrait Tim Boole, Styling Jeanna Doyle, Stanley Korshak
This is a time of celebration at Patron. A year ago we sprinkled seeds within
the arts community to emerge into a magazine carrying the message that patrons need look no further than their own backyard for local and international
exhibits, performances, and trailblazing artists. In helping our readers get the
most out of the cultural power and personality of North Texas, we strive to
offer fresh and essential information—some monumental, some arbitrarily
interesting. We may feel like the world is traveling at an accelerating rate, but
we hope you will find this anniversary issue a pleasure to spend time with, to
read and look at while spurring your commitment to the arts.
Having lived in Dallas for 17 years, I find this anniversary issue to be a
particular treat. There are many milestones among these pages. The Modern
turns 10 in its current Tadao Ando-designed space, but did you know that
despite some name changes along the way, the museum is actually 120 years
old (page 66)? Ben Stevenson speaks to his anniversary of 10 years as artistic
director of the North Texas Ballet Theater (page 62). Alberto Lombardi and
his family are enjoying 35 years of creating wonderful international restaurants to heighten the local culinary landscape (page 54). And a brand-new park
for Dallas is born. Read about Mark Banta’s mission for the delightfully urban
and interactive Klyde Warren Park (page 42).
I love driving through different areas in Dallas and Fort Worth, marveling
at the architecture, happening upon urbane spoils while checking out different
entertainment and cultural opportunities, and visiting interesting and spectacular homes of arts patrons. In this issue, one such home is that of the extraordinary Barbara Daseke. She shares her passion through glimpses of her
all-teak home of global treasures designed by David Droese in Space (page
58). This summer Nan Coulter and I visited my dear friends, gracious hosts
and international jetsetters Janet and Terry Kafka, in their La Jolla home while
some 55 guests from Dallas and beyond descended on them for a summer
party styled by Dallas’s Rusty Glenn (page 70).
We’re in love with the work of impresario Maxine Helfman. In this issue
she interpreted riches in jewelry design for Portrait and A Dream with styling
by Tammy Theis (page 76). All of our contributors share this heady feeling for
what we are doing here at Patron. It’s a privilege to work with them and bring
their stories and photographs to life. Special thanks to Lauren Christensen and
Nancy Myers for their undeniable commitment to each issue.
The biggest challenge of any magazine editor is to try to maintain the
momentum of stimulating stories. With the plethora of contributions made
by prominent families to the arts within these modern buildings, we will never
be short on content. We look forward to the next year with you.