2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: August 2015
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) will host the opening reception for a pair of solo exhibitions from Douglas Shaw Elder and Craig Swan. Elder’s work takes an abstract perspective, his latest series of SCAPES demonstrating the force of creativty, growth, destruction and erosion with raw, dark forms. Swan — like Elder — works in sculpture, wood carvings, paintings and sketches. Journey of a Survivor — a partnership between Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs — will bring artwork from incarcerated young women into the Library Gallery Space while the results of July’s teen analog photography workshop with studio1409 will be on display in the Water Closet Gallery.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) will celebrate Norman’s youngest artists with the annual Children’s Summer Art Show, featuring the creative talents of the over 260 students who participated in the Firehouse Art Center’s Children’s Summer Art Program this year. There’s paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture and more created by these young students.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) hosts a closing reception for Noble Laundry Paintings, an art exhibition from John Brandenburg, a longtime Norman artist known for his use of vivid color and organic forms. All the acrylic paintings on display were created during the hours Brandenburg did laundry at home. The evening will be furthered brightened up by the music of Loose Shoes, a group who synthesize Zydeco, Western swing, country, jazz, rockabilly and more into their signature musical blend.
Dreamer Concepts: A Community Art Space (428 E. Main) will have the work of a variety of local artists on display.
Pioneer Library System presents The 2nd Friday Adult Story Time, which takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Campbell Gallery Reading Room of the Norman Public Library (225 N. Webster). Snacks and drinks are provided. July’s theme is “Dino Fiction,” exploring Jurassic narratives in modern fiction.
Visit Norman (309 E. Main) presents a collaboration with Firehouse Art Center to showcase the work of Firehouse photography students in the Visit Norman offices.
Earth Rebirth (325 E. Comanche) will have two artists live painting in their Innovation Center, while works by Barrett Tarr, Josh Farrell and Lauren Rosenfelt will be on display in the lobby. Free, local and organic snacks will be available, as well.
The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park (Peters between Main and Gray) will feature a variety of Oklahoma food trucks offering up all sorts of delicious street food in Downtown Norman, including Mim’s Bakery & Nosh (pictured), Odie May’s, Paddy Cakes, Phil Me Up Cheesesteaks, Healthy Hippo, Snow S’more and La Gumbo Ya Ya.
The Loaded Bowl, MT Express Tacos, Pinky’s Rolling Fresh and Big Truck Tacos will be parked out in East Downtown (300+400 blocks of E. Main).
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
STASH (412 E. Main) — in coordination with Robinson’s Repurposed — is transforming East Downtown (EDO) into a Maker’s and Flower Market, with food trucks, live music, art and fresh food & plants ready for purchase. Kelsey and Jeremy Philo will perform and also make their custom hula hoops on the spot. The Friendly Market will host a pop-up shop featuring their best sellers. Tulsa-based artist May Yang will showcase her latest series of work in the store. Exploring image manipulation while blending typography and photography, Yang borrows themes from remix culture currently prevalent in popular music.
Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford) is alive with a closing reception for INKspit — featuring prints by Jenna Bryan, Derrick Adams, Eric Piper, Curtis Jones, Tarantuga & many more — and the album release show for Shishio’s Canine Heart Sounds, which also brings Cherry Death, Spitwad, Sardashhh and Askanse to the stage for live performances.
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) welcomes Jon Stone, an accomplished photographer and storm chaser whose work exhibits how these elements play together. Brendon Williams will also be on hand for live drawing.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) is playing host to two artists this month. Amanda Christine is an artist working in acrylic, oil and mixed media to paint pictures of strong women in surreal scenes. Sculptor David Rainbow will have his pieces on display in the lobby of the Financial Center. Frank Lawrence will be outside to provide the musical backdrop for the evening as always.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) hosts graphic artist Joshua Boydston, who’ll be displaying work seen in concert posters he’s created over the past year. There will be delicious bites and refreshments on hand, as well.
Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) is hosting artist Judy King as their artist of the month. Come up to see her work and much more by the many residents of the gallery, including pieces of a wide variety of mediums.
Scissortail School of Art (123 E. Main) is celebrating their expansion with an artist market, featuring the work of Scissortail students and friends. They’ll also be holding signups for fall art classes!
Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) is welcomed to their first 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk by featuring a pair of Oklahoma artists: photographer Sharon Farris and James Rittig.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will host an evening with conceptual and impressionistic Oklahoma native Garrett Bollig. Bollig’s graphic art culture, fantasy game illustrations, graffiti and futurist ideology influences his unique marriage of future and fantasy scenes of hyper-saturated scapes that play with time, space and reality. Musical guest and drummer Jahruba will perform live from 7 to 9 p.m. as well.
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) will have The Struggle Bus Art and Clothing Co. out front where they’ll be selling Okie-centric and classic country-themed art and clothing from a bus converted into a gallery space.
The Gallery (123 W. Main) is hosting a Kids Create Art Show from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring work created through the summer at Journey Church’s Kids Create Days.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will have the work of featured artist/printmaker Logan Sweetwood in the shop, along with other works by local artists.
The Artist Studios above MAINSITE (122 E. Main) have new works by Bill and Juanita Williams.
Robinson’s Repurposed (325 E. Main) has items given an artistic touch by makers from all over town.
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This edition features the tour kickoff of Tulsa folk duo Desi & Cody, along with Chicago act Campdogzz and Oklahoma singer-songwriter Kayln Fay Barnoski. It’ll happen at Opolis (113 N. Crawford) and is free, but 21+ only! Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.
Norman Arts Council and Guestroom Records (125 E. Main) are collaborating to bring you Random Noise, an eclectic series bringing you even more free music during the art walk. This month features a pair of DJ sets from Fancy Lad and Lost & Found. It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9!
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) will have A Third Voice performing their multi-instrumental folk rock at 10 p.m.
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) has Lawrence, Kansas musician Nicholas St. James performing at 7 p.m., followed by karaoke at 10 p.m.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) will play host to a performance by Bill and Tim.