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Kyler W. and Don Tortellini

Summer at the Arboretum features a new exhibition with the talented Don Tortellini, a documentarian and photographer. The exhibit opened on Juneteenth with a reception with the artist and runs through July 24th. Tortellini had his family in attendance and dedicated the exhibit to his father, a fitting tribute being Father’s Day as well as Juneteenth. Called Faces of Dallas and The Village, the exhibition is on display in the DeGolyer House, and entry is included with paid garden admission. In July, admission is only $5 per person for those two years old and up. Tickets can be pre-purchased online.

Tortellini combines immersive photography with raw storytelling to create a fine art experience through his alluring photographs. Two bodies of work are on display: Faces of Dallas, where he humanizes and contextualizes the homeless experience in Dallas through photography; and The Village, a photo series preserving the people, culture and history of an underserved and often underrepresented community. Both works are on acquisition, and proceeds go directly to philanthropic causes of his choice.

Summer at the Arboretum, which runs through August 14, also includes music, food, custom mural art murals by local artists Alli Koch, MOM, Will Heron and Favio Moreno, who have created Birds in Paradise-inspired works. A highlight, carried over from Dallas Blooms, includes a massive pair of 13-foot-tall floral peacocks featuring ornately planted tails measuring more than 36 feet across. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Dallas Arboretum is one of the “21 Top Things to Do in Texas.”

Advanced timed tickets are required for entry to the Arboretum by calling 214-515-6615 or visiting the website at Visit or social media sites for the latest information. 

 The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased online. July admission is $5 for those 2 and up. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.  Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at or by calling 214-515-6615.


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