2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: December 2015
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) hosts the opening reception for Retracing, a group exhibition featuring the work of Fringe Artists Brandi Downham, Christie Hackler, Lisa Jean Allswede and Beatriz Mayorca. A variety of mediums will be on display, including sculptural, furniture, lighting, mixed media and more. Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Award Winner Katelynn Knick will have pieces for viewing in the Library Gallery.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) is continuing to host the annual Holiday Gift Gallery. For almost 30 years, the FAC has hosted this show to highlight regional artists by showcasing their work for sale to the public in a festive extension of the year-round gift shop. In addition, visitors can purchase fused glass ornaments that support Firehouse Art Center educational programming and tickets to the 2016 Chocolate Festival fundraiser for the arts. Extended shopping hours will be held during Norman’s 2nd Friday Art Walk, from 6 – 9 p.m.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will host a second reception for Small Works V, featuring artists Carol Beesley, Almira Grammer, Tony Grider, Don Holladay, Marilyn LeFlore, Brad Price, Corazon Watkins and John Wolfe, from 6 to 9 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served. A special highlight of the evening will be holiday music provided by Cimarron Opera singers beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program, arranged by Music Director Kevin Smith, is sure to warm hearts on a cold night!
The Norman Public Library (225 N. Webster) will be doing something unique in anticipation of the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode VII, and hosting a Holly Jolly Jedi Day on December 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the Lowry Room. This event will feature food, crafts, games and trivia — all Star Wars related. “A long time ago in a library far, far away… Star Wars fans were eagerly anticipating the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.” Rebel and Imperial Forces are invited to join us for an evening of Star Wars festivities to celebrate this momentous occasion. There will be come-and-go crafts, trivia, and snacks, plus a chance to mingle with other Star Wars fans. Costumes are encouraged! We hope to see you there but do…or do not. There is no try. And may the force be with you. Registration is preferred. Please call 701-2620 for more information.
Moore-Lindsay Historical House (508 N. Peters Ave.) will host an Open House from 5:30-8:30. The Traditional Victorian Christmas exhibit consists of 13 decorated trees from the period, as well as an ornament crafting station. Light refreshments and warm drinks will be provided. Performances by a local flute ensemble from the OU New Horizons Band and The Norman Community Choral Society will take place throughout the evening. Free carriage rides are available to all guests to transport them to and from the Main Street and Peters intersection.
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.
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 La Gumbo Ya Ya, The Healthy Hippo, St. Paddy Cakes (pictured), Snow’smore and I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care.
EDO (East Downtown) will host a selection of food trucks around STASH (412 E. Main) and Robinson’s Repurposed (325 E. Main).
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
The Social Club (209 E. Main) displays the artwork of local painter and musician Josh Jones.
Ashtanga Yoga Studio (120 E Tonhawa St.) is featuring artist Gina McCook and her show called A Soul’s Journey.
STASH (412 E. Main St.) hosts vibrant art, great food trucks and a holiday concert and party for the December 2nd Friday Artwalk. On display is a collection by artist Michael Elizondo. His work stems from the fascination of origin stories and sociological events that have shaped the place and culture that we as contemporary people live in today.
Dope Chapel will be hosting Print, Print, Boom!, an International Print Festival at the Scratch Annex (428 E. Main, former Dreamer Concepts), Gray Owl Coffee, Studio Ink and Bigfoot Creative. 2015 is the second year for this festival which has grown to include artists from the over 10 of the largest cities and metros in Oklahoma, 10 national artists from various states, and artists from Estonia, Puerto Rico and France. The main space at the Scratch Annex will be flooded with printmakers from across the country, showcasing hundreds of sought after, limited edition prints for sale with cold beverages from Anthem Brewing and food from a variety of nearby vendors. The night will have live music from Shameless Friend, Sardashhh, Mikey Keys, SAFARI Collective, Askanse and Limp Wizurd.
Shevaun Williams & Associates Commercial Photography (221 E. Main) will be showing the works of 3 artists: Marvin Lee, Marcy R. Cordell, & Shevaun Williams. A special trubute will be made to the late landscape photographer, Marvin Lee. Marcy R Cordell is from Chichasha, but has been a Normanite since 1990 and she will be exhibiting her ‘Oklahomies’ collection of characters she’s met and imagined throughout her lifetime. Award-winning commercial and travel photographer Shevaun Williams will feature new work as well as a show and sale from her vast archives.
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) will feature muralist Rick Sinnett, as well as, combining efforts with Dope Chapel to present Print, Print, Boom with Internationally acclaimed printmaker and performer Danny Gonzalez. Rachel Brown will also be in the gallery doing a live painting that will be auctioned off. Refreshments will be served, as well!
Coredination Pilates (128 E. Main) will be hosting several artists with a “Fan Favorites” theme. They include Kyle Cooper, Bobby Braggs, Weston Repola, Nikki Holladay-Cricklin, Jen Kelsey and Patric Shurden.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will be featuring a group exhibition featuring Corpus Christi based artists: Javier Flores, Lars Roeder, and Ross Turner.
The Artist Studios above MAINSITE (122 E. Main) will showcase new works by Bill and Juanita Williams.
Robinson’s Repurposed (325 E. Main) will host a photo booth with Santa Claus!
Artifactory (313 E. Main) opens up their shop and studio for the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk. Come by and enjoy the magic of Christmas! Not only will we have wonderful refreshments to keep you warm, we are busting at the seams with festive, vintage Christmas and holiday décor. Stop by and find the perfect gifts for family and friends, and be sure to sign the kiddos up for our very popular “Cookies for Santa” class.
Scissortail School of Art (123 E. Main) will have several talented artists and crafters selling their handmade goods. Artists include Garrett Shockey, Whitney Womack, Amanda Joy Wells, Lyric Massey, Emily Vogt, Toni Vogt, Katie Doerneman, Stephanie Ferguson, Spencer Martin and James Garling.
Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) will feature work from Gaetan Larant, an artist in the artist collective, Les Ateliers, based in Cleremont-Ferrand, France, and a small body of work from Estonian printmaker Ott Piibeman.
North Wind Studio (422 E. Main St.) features handcrafted wood and metal sculptures and home furnishings. Stop by for a tour and pick up a hand carved pumpkin or tree for your holiday gathering. They also carve tree stumps!
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) kicks off its Annual Winter Arts Festival, featuring live music and works of art by Arisha Burlingame, Medeia Starfire, Beverly Herndon, Mahina & Bailey, Sandie Sioux, Annette Sinesio and more. There’s also free massages, samples of coffee & tea, edible treats and more!
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) hosts featured artist Ed Bolt with live music guest Frank Lawrence.
The Loop (225 E. Gray) features otherworldly images from local photographer Richard Jazzar and handmade Christmas cards by Brittany Harper. They also invite you to Speed Oiling.
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival team up each month to present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This holly jolly edition of the series features Oklahoma indie rock favorites Tallows, along with Chase Kerby & The Villains (fresh from appearing on The Voice), psych rockers Helen Kelter Skelter and upstart experimental electronic trio Harpa. The free show takes place at Opolis (113 N. Crawford). Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting up at 9 p.m. The show is 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 features Sarah Reid. We are also hosting Kaleidoscope Arts OKC for Rock ‘n’ Roll Glitter Tattoos and face painting! It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9.
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) hosts a free, non-smoking show with Empty Bottles, Norman’s favorite outlaw country tribute band. It all starts at 10 p.m. Must be 21 to enter!
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) welcomes Lawton-breed country pop singer-songwriter Ciera Mackenzie, followed by karaoke at 10 p.m.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) will have the Norman School for Strings. Eight musicians will entertain patrons with Christmas music, traditional chamber music and even some jazz and tango, in a variety of combinations – duets, quartets, quintets and all 8 together.
Fowler Volkswagen of Norman and Blackwatch Studios team up to present a Christmas party and concert celebrating the release of their fifth annual A Blackwatch Christmas album at the STASH Annex (412 E. Main). SPORTS, Samantha Crain and Sherree Chamberlain will all perform, and there will be free refreshments from COOP Ale Works and vinyl copies of the record while supplies last.