Two Women, Two Cities & Two Walls

The two women are Deb Downes and Liz Luse, the two cities are Garland and Dallas and the two walls are in the Generator Coffee Shop on 6th Street downtown Garland. The two women collaborated on a photo project, Deb exploring Garland with her camera and Liz capturing Dallas with hers.

The two women met at a gathering of photography enthusiasts who had sent entries to Garland Eyes, an online photo album, of sorts. Deb recently moved to Garland after many years of travel with husband Fred Downes, a member of the Robert Trent Jones golf course building team. Liz was formerly a GISD elementary school teacher and Garland resident of many years. Deb’s photos, numbering in the dozens, are now displayed on the south wall of the Generator Coffee Shop, while Liz’s collection of Dallas photos is displayed on the north wall. These photo collections will be on display at the Generator until October, when it will move on to a coffee shop in Dallas.

The exposed brick walls of the Generator Coffee Shop in downtown Garland are available hanging space for artists. There are rotating exhibits and most of the art is for sale. The current exhibit, entitled, “Two Women Two Cities”, is also the subject of a book now in publication. The black and white photos can be purchased at the Generator, or directly from the photographers.

The Generator has been rated among the top 5 coffee houses in DFW by the Dallas Observer and ranked in third place for their Sunday brunches. Whether stopping by for breakfast lunch or brunch, be sure to peruse the two full walls of artwork.


Nancy Ghirla