2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: February 13, 2015
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) is pleased to debut two new exhibits. Abstract Abstract is a group exhibition championing contemporary abstraction … gone small. It includes both local and national artists, including Josh Aster, Chris Kuhn, Lester Monzon, Brad Stevens, curator Tim Stark and more. Also on the walls will be Evanescent Iridescence, a solo show by Chickasha artist John Bruce featuring an array of paitings and altarpieces inspired by color, texture and the Southwest. Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Ellen Moershel is featured in the Library Gallery, while students from Scissortail School of Art will have pieces on display in the Water Closet Gallery.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) closes out an exhibition by former art educator and professional painter Paul Walsh. His Painting on the Edge of Woodland and Prairie consists of forty recent regional landscapes that depict rural, south central Oklahoma.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) ushers out People, Plants and Places, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by John Wolfe. Recently featured on OETA’s Gallery, his sculptures are assemblages of found objects combined with terra cotta clay heads and hands created for each specific piece. His paintings celebrate familiar scenes of everyday life.
Dreamer Concepts: A Community Art Space (428 E. Main) is partnering with Marc Vinciguerra, a French sculptor and painter who will be completing a monumental sculpture triptych of the human figure as part of Dreamer Concept’s Artist In Residence program. Get to know Marc and more about the partnership!
Leadership Norman is hosting a drive for Variety Care at 2nd Friday! Help us fill the Variety Care baby pantry with supplies. Cash donations or baby goods (diapers, blankets, onesies, formula, etc.) can be dropped off at MAINSITE, Dreamer Concepts and The Depot during Art Walk. Also, to raise funds, Leadership Norman will be raffling off a Rick Sinnett work of art at MAINSITE!
Norman Music Festival is holding its annual Stupid Cupid Pub Crawl, benefitting the festival scheduled for April 23-25. It takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at any of the participating bars: The Bluebonnet Bar, Bison Witches, Red Brick Bar, The Garage, The Brewhouse, Opolis and S&B Burger Joint.
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
The Social Club (209 E. Main) has artist Leana Fischer, who uses nature — especially animals — as a source of inspiration, imagining their personalities with crisp, sophisticated illustrations. Drinks and treats will also be on hand!
STASH (412 E. Main) creates quite the atmosphere for the February Art Walk. Hand drawn artwork by artist Emerson Ruthart will be on display. Local authors Dr. John Otto and his son Payton, will be available for a book signing during the evening. They recently co-authored the popular children’s book, Marvin’s Shining Star. There’s also music from Americana folk band, Audra and the Whippoorwills, who will perform throughout the evening. Big Truck Tacos will be out on the lot, weather permitting.
Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford) is excited to bring in Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz in from Corpus Christi for an exhibition of over 150 of his watercolor works.
Shevaun Williams & Associates (221 E. Main) is hosting a Norman Addiction Information & Counseling event. In addition to a Wine and Palatte session (reservations required), acoustic guitarists Rick Fowble and Brandon Johnson will performing.
Artifactory (313 E. Main) is a new shop and studio here in Downtown Norman. Make them feel welcome, and check out the art, vintage goods and art class offerings.
BOLD Multimedia (215 W. Main) features Joshua Davis’ new Heartbreaker series just in time for Valentine’s Day. They’ll have a live DJ and more happening too, so bring a date (or don’t)!
Scissortail School of Art (123 E. Main) is open with mask-making in preparation for the Mardi Gras Parade happening at 7 p.m. the following night in Downtown Norman. Whitney Womack and Casidy Abbot will also have handmade art, jewelry and goods for sale.
Ashtanga Yoga Studio & Third Eye Gallery (120 E. Tonhawa) welcomes Keegan Hulsey, an interdisciplinary artist whose symbolist work centers on spiritual and socio-political subject matter, and his new exhibit In Perspective
Sandalwood & Sage (322 & 324 E. Main) celebrates its 7th Annual Art Rock. Arabesque will perform while they roll out their newest and latest goods from the Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows.
Norman Insurance Emporium (527 E. Main) will have work by Norman artist Phyllis Stubblefield on display. They’ll also have snacks and drinks on site.
Coredination Pilates (128 E. Main) is featuring the blown glass of artist Kyle Cooper for your viewing pleasure!
The 419 Art Room (131 E. Gray) is open with new works by resident artists for your perusing.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) is showcasing a variety of local artists and more!
Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) has HEART on display, new watercolors on paper by Roshni Robert, breaking from her illustrative work most people know her for. The exhibit focuses on color and shape assembled into a variety of abstractions.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) welcomes back Chickasaw artist Larry Carter, whose paintings are investigations into Native American themes. Musical guest Frank Lawrence will join in on the festivities, weather permitting.
Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) invites everyone UP to see what’s new in the gallery!
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, a very special one for the month of February. Oklahoma’s own Beau Jennings is celebrating the release of his new, Will Rogers-inspired album The Verdigris with us, and he’s got very special guests Samantha Crain, Sherree Chamberlain and Tyson Meade in tow. The show takes place at Opolis (113 N. Crawford) and starts at 9 p.m. It’s free, but 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 comes to life with the theaterical rock sound of SK Love, along with Norman emo punk rockers Limp Wizurdz. It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9!
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) comes to life with a performance by the Sophia & Grace Babb-led alt-folk band Annie Oakley. The show is free and all-ages!
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) is excited to host Dan Martin Band out of Tulsa. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) has the amazing Bat-Or performing at 7 p.m.
The Main Street Event Center (300 E. Main) hosts a performance by the Norman Community Choral Choir from 7 to 7:45 p.m.