2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: December 12, 2014
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) is excited to debut the abstract expressionism-inspired exhibit Re-Action Painting from Norman painter Don Holladay, featuring an ecletic variety of works he has created in the past few years. MAINSITE also welcomes NAC Individual Artist Award winner Rebecca Bruehl into the Library Gallery and Jay McMillen into the Water Closet Gallery. Free snacks and refreshments by LOCAL.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) is hosting its annual Holiday Gift Gallery. This festive, yearly expansion of the Firehouse’s gift shop into the gallery exhibition space provides an opportunity for the FAC to highlight and support local artists by showcasing their work for sale to the public. The Holiday Gift Gallery inclues a wide assortment of original and handmade artwork on high-quality crafts, including ceramic vessels, blown-glass, vases, wooden toys, jewelry, textiles and more.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) is open with a reception for its fourth annual Small Works Show, which features works from Rick Fry, Almira Grammer, Brad Price, Bert Seabourn and John Seward. Cimarron Opera also invites you to attend their Inaugral Holiday Sing Along, including performances of selected holiday favorites and spirited sing alongs of beloved songs of the season.
Jacobson House Native Art Center (609 Chautauqua) opens its Holiday Art Market on 2nd Friday (it runs through Sunday, December 14). They’re also displaying contemporary art by Oklahoma artists Robert Taylor & Virginia Stroud.
Dreamer Concepts: A Community Art Space (428 E. Main), in addition to new featured artists, will be home to Dreamer Flea, an urban pop up market for artists, designers, fine craftsmen and local businesses.
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
STASH (412 E. Main) is hopping as always with a bevy of fun events, including Print Print Boom! A print market featuring work done by OU art students in the Intermediate and Advanced Screenprinting classes this semester. There’s also a free concert and Christmas Party in celebration of the 5th Annual Christmas Record sponsored byFowler VW and Blackwatch Studios. The all-ages event includes live music, refreshments, Red Bull products and giveaways — including vinyl copies of the record — as supplies last, and the party goes until midnight.
Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford) hosts the other half of Print Print Boom! They also have touring hardcore acts Ed Hochuli (Pittsburg), War Boner and Lie (both from Canada).
Shevaun Williams & Associates (221 E. Main) is featuring recent works by American folk artist Rick Sinnett, who is currently working on the mural on the Financial Building in Downtown Norman. There is also Coiffure Excentrique, a hair exhibit by Nathan Andrew inspired by eccentricity for a raw, gritty experience with textural elements and a focus on contrast with live models/demonstrations. Finally, there’s The World in Living Color, recent images from around the world by Shevaun Williams.
Welcome BOLD-Multimedia (215 W. Main) to its very first art walk! The design firm is open and showcasing the 12 Days of Christmas-themed work of resident artist Josh Davis, along with drinks, snacks and a live DJ: Grapevine Gossip.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) is showcasing the artwork of Jacob Cossey and hosting a pop-up shop with Jonathan Hilton of Red Leaf Wood Craft.
The Studios at 420 Main (420 E. Main) are ready for the holidays with plenty of items made by resident artists perfect for those on your gift list, with everything from original art, holiday stockings, duct tape wallets, bow ties and more.
First Fidelity Bank (131 E. Main) hosts the 10th Annual Tree Photo Contest, organized by the Norman Parks Foundation each year to promote awareness of the beauty and value of trees in the Norman community through the art of photography. There are approximately 250 photos to see, along with live music, refreshments and an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Third Eye Gallery and Ashtanga Yoga Studio (120 E. Tonhawa) has Tiffany Edwards and the Boop Collection. Edwards is inspired by mythology, nature and the universe.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 & 324 E. Main) welcomes special guest artists John McGaha and Leah Kenton-McGaha. The husband-and-wife duo is a store tradition with their Celtic Yule compilations. Bo Easton with be making custom ornaments, as well, with a workshop planned for the following Saturday.
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) will host pieces by A. Nigh Herndon, a modern portrait artist from Tulsa. His paintings are a new form of contemporary portrait that are clean, cold and heavy with an artistic hand. Join them for a unique exhibit, snacks and refreshments.
Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) debuts The Meaningfully Meaningless Mindscape in Minature, an intuitive exploration of the terrains of the subconcsious by artists Eric Piper and Steve Blesch.
Scissortail School of Art (123 E. Main) has young aritsts — ages 5-11 — selling their handmade arts and crafts. These artists include Spencer Martin, James Garling, Isabella York, Kylie Colombo, Weston Hutchins, Wyatt Hutchins, Kaleb Merriman, Sam Harlow and Max Merritt.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) is showcasing a variety of local artists and more!
The 419 Art Room (131 E. Gray) is open with new work by resident artists for your viewing pleasure.
Coredination Pilates (128 E. Main) features a Best of 2014 show celebrating some of the favorite artists they have featured this year, including Dustin Moore, Natalie Sklaney and more!
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) welcomes back Theresa Bragg and her daughters Julie & Annie Bragg for a photography exhibit of scenes from across the state. Frank Lawrence will join them as musical guest that evening.
Bell’s Mystical Beginnings (529 E. Main) is hosting their 2nd Friday Drum Circle with girls from A Mirage Dance Company. There are specials on Oracle and Tarot Readings and free 10 minute healing energy sessions as the store showcases local artists and provides free refreshments.
Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) invites everyone UP to see what’s new in the gallery! They have unique Christmas ornaments, as well as beautiful jewelry, paintings, metal sculpture and carvings.
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 time with an indie-heavy lineup that includes Tallows’ last-show in the metro until late spring 2015, math rockers Cleanup out of Ft. Worth and the pretty indie folk stylings of Moongiant. The show is at Opolis (113 N. Crawford), doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9. 21+ only!
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 we’ve got the experimental noise rock of Shishio along with heavy metal outfit Lost Empires. It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9!
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) is hopping with poetry from Andy Bowen and Robert Spencer, music by Kierston White and We Dream Dawn and art by J. Chris Johnson (paintings) and Marissa Johnson (photography). They will also be accepting donations of winter survival supplies (coffee, hot chocolate, socks, gloves, etc.) for Food and Shelter for Friends all night!
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) has indie folk artists Blake & Codi from 7 to 9 p.m., along with a book signing by author Jeff Provine.
Fancy That (215 E. Main) has the instrumental, progressive, jazz-based rock of The Sleepless Continuum. The show is free and starts at 9:30 p.m.