Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden is one of those places that you hear about through the grapevine only, as they do not advertise. In this case, I heard of it through a friend, who posted a photo on Facebook. I googled the name and planned a visit.
History of Valley House
In 1953, artist Donald Vogel and his wife acquired a 6 acre lot in far north Dallas. Back then, Spring Valley Road was a dirt road in stark contrast with the busy 6-lane boulevard it is today. The area has been built up but the creek at the bottom of the garden remains. The Vogels built a framing shop and a house, which he designed himself. The couple also wanted to show and promote works of art by local and international artists. A few years later, they expanded the shop and converted it into an art gallery. Nowadays, they work with collectors and museums. In 1959, the Vogels hired a landscape artist to design a sculpture garden.
One of Vogel’s son and his wife have been in charge of the gallery for the last twenty years.
It is easy to reach Valley House nowadays but it is equally easy to drive past its unassuming entrance. Keep an eye out for the sign.
We parked in a small parking lot located between the gallery and a support building, under the shade cast by mature trees. It was Saturday afternoon and there were one or two other cars. We parked and started the visit, just like that. It felt a little like trespassing at the beginning, though, but we got used to it.
We had a look at the exhibition in the galley. I liked the exhibition’s title; In Media Res. The art was pricey –for me, a total ignoramus- but I didn’t spot any security system. I’m sure there is one, though.
We took a quiet stroll around the gardens, up little bridges, round the artificial pond, under mature trees, round interesting sculptures. In the middle of the garden, the tranquil waters of the pond reflected the vegetation in such a way that it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. Up is down, down is up.
A lovely creek borders the property. The garden is adjacent to a golf course. The effect is that of an endless –yet pricey- expanse of green. Valley House is surrounded by Mc Mansions that bring out the character of simplicity of the main house.
You can spend 10 minutes or two hours exploring this beautiful setting for modern sculpture.
Valley House and Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.