2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: April 2016
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) presents the annual OU MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring the work of Chris Cotton, Kyle Duncan, Brian Dunn, Bryan Rapp, Erin Raux, David Stevens and Micah Wesley, celebrating it with an opening reception during the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) will be hosting its annual FAC Faculty Exhibition, which showcases recent faculty artwork. The multi-disciplinary exhibition highlights the artistry and skill of the Firehouse’s educational instructors and provides an opportunity for community members and students to connect with these individuals and their personal artwork.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) continues to feature the work of Oklahoma City artist Stacey D. Miller. Jazz duo Rachel Brashear and Aaron Tomasko will provide live music beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Norman Public Library (225 N. Webster) will again host Adult Story Time beginning at 6:30 in the Gallery Room. On your way to the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, let them kick off your evening with a selection of readings performed by the staff of Norman Central and other special guests! This month’s theme will be poetry. Reading selections may contain mature content. Snacks will be provided.
OU Fine Arts Library (500 W. Boyd) will be ending their first season of participating in the 2nd Friday Art Walks with an evening of Miles Davis’ music. Please join them for a celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Miles Davis’ birth with a performance of his controversial music of the late 1960’s. The band will include Beau Mansfield, Charles Ciorba, Casey Gerber, Zoe Sherinian, Jonathan Nichol and Christina Giaona.
Loveworks (127 W. Main) hosts The City of Norman’s Environmental Control Advisory Board-sponsored “Water’s Worth It” Poster contest for elementary students, featuring approximately 120 different works of art!
The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park (Peters between Main and Gray) will feature a variety of Oklahoma food trucks, depending on weather conditions.
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
The Gallery at Providence Road (220 E. Main) will host a variety of artists: Brad Price with oil paintings, Don Schooler with oil paintings, Virginia Sitzes will have acrylic paintings, prints, monotypes, & hand-dyed, hand-printed shirts, Raleigh Tillman with pottery, poetry & postcards and Jenny Wilson with pottery. Live music provided by Trevor Pettway and Quinton Nolan.
First Fidelity Bank (131 E. Main) is hosting a children’s event for the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk featuring Simply Art by Brittany Harris. They’ll start the session around 6:30. Get there early to nab a spot!
STASH (412 E. Main St.) is super excited to bring their local farmers and makers back to East Downtown. Enjoy a farmer’s market party with food trucks, live music, art and bedding plants ready for purchase. The Loaded Bowl and The Midway Deli will serve up their signature healthy comfort foods! STASH’s featured artist is Clint Williams, who brings the outer space into our space. His show is primarily paintings on puzzles (acrylics and spray paint). Also included, are a few block prints on paper, fabric, and wood, as well as original illustrations and paintings on other surfaces. He likes to maintain an almost childish element, but also enjoys the filthy and grotesque.
Robinson’s Repurposed (325 E. Main) is showcasing work from a variety of local artists.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) will host Norman artist, Jackie Miller, a Peter Pan-type drawn to ideas and objects that pass on feelings of childhood and innocent wonder. She practices wood burning because it combines the inclination towards tedious processes and working with wood. She finds that putting ideas into the process results in something enjoyable and special. Treats and beverages will be served!
The Crucible (110 Tonhawa) will showcase their Bronze Sculpture gallery with traditional and contemporary works by local and nationally known artists. Their skilled metal workers have produced many bronze sculptures around the state including The Guardian on the Capitol Dome. Technician/artists with 25 years experience will be on hand to talk about our process and answer your questions.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will be hosting a “Scholarship Fundraiser and Silent Auction” with the show “Portraits of a Bigfoot.” There are multiple artists with pieces up for grabs, so stop by and make a bid. The scholarship will be awarded to a 2017 Cleveland County senior during the Fall.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) is hosting Fusion — a kaleidoscope of color and sound — featuring art works that fuse 20th century modern styles with the 21st century feminine in mixed media by Ashley Primm. She experiments with all kinds of mediums, and is drawn to working in a fusion of semi-cubist, semi-abstract styles. They will have talented students from the McMichael Music Strings Program performing pop music hits by Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, The Beatles, and more at a special evening of music from 7-9. Faculty members Allison Naifeh and Rebecca Panayiotou will perform with the students.
The Loop (225 E. Gray St.) will highlight the otherworldly photography of Richard Jazzar and Paige Cornelius, along with art by Brittany Harper. Also, bring donations of old blue-jeans and join them for a shoe-making event by Sole Hope to provide protection against a painful problem faced by African children.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) will host the Bragg family: Theresa, Annie and Julie Bragg. Like Mother . . . Like Daughters has been exhibiting across the Midwest over the past five years. Theresa Bragg and daughters Julie and Annie Bragg share a passion for photography. Theresa is a photography professor at Oklahoma City Community College and St. Gregory’s University. She is a documentary photojournalist focusing upon Oklahoma small towns and rural life. Julie holds two degrees in photography and is a portrait photographer in Oklahoma City. She focuses upon travel photography, portraiture and photojournalism. Annie, a sophomore at Norman North High School, has developed her own style of photography after following around mom and sister. She enjoys photographing chairs, subjects from unusual angles and abstract subjects. Frank Lawrence is their musical guest.
Artifactory (313 E. Main) will be open! Come check out all of their new vintage goodies they have in store as well as checking out all of the exciting classes they have coming up!
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) presents artist Brendon Williams. He will be doing portraits for guests for under $20, too! They will also enjoy A Couple of Guys serving samples of their own brew and snacks!
The Artist Studios above MAINSITE (122 E. Main) will showcase new works by Bill and Juanita Williams. Each will have new items.
Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) is celebrating its 6th anniversary. Come up and see the wonderful works of talented local artists. Cecelia Yoder has joined the gallery and is displaying her beautiful handmade jewelry. These are one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. Hand-sewn brooches fashioned from Victorian-era buttons are among the jewelry items crafted by Cecelia. Craftsmanship and originality are hallmarks of her necklaces and other jewelry. Whether you’re looking for unique jewelry, textile art, sculptures, paintings, or glass art, there’s something for everyone!
Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) will have photographs by two Norman-based artists: Becky Rice and Amy Sanders. Both artists exhibit work that conveys the out of doors as it is seen through the viewfinder of self. Sanders work is influenced by travel and conversations with both strangers and loved ones while Rice, in this body of work, focuses on the details of the whole, referencing motherhood and the desire to capture her own feelings in a tangible way.
BOLD Multimedia (215 W. Main) will celebrate artwork by browsing Mitsuno Reedy’s amazing paintings as you snack on delicious hor d’oeuvres. Spend the evening enjoying live entertainment from The Melodic Monks.
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival team up each month to present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This edition features longtime indie pop workhorses Dressy Bessy out of Denver, along with Labrys. The free show takes place at Opolis (113 N. Crawford). Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show scheduled to start at 10 p.m.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) will have Norman singer/ songwriter Chris Tubbs. He has a love affair with cinema, and it’s reflected in the compositions he writes. Many of them could be the soundtrack for films with the lyrical themes you might see played out on the silver screen.
The Bluebonnet (321 E. Main) will have Audra Yenny, Buffalo Rogers, Tanner Miller and Dylan Stewart performing for the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk.
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) will have Matthew Frantz, a maverick in the music world. Not easily pigeonholed, his music is soulful, honest, gritty, and relevant to what’s going on in the world now. Music starts at 7 p.m. Karaoke will follow starting at 10 p.m.
Puebla After Art Walk (305 E. Main) will feature local band, WeatherPeople from Oklahoma City and have two host DJs, Sick Nick and DJ Sethalosha, both from Norman.