2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: February 2016
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) hosts Public Narrative: Story of Self, Us & Now, as presented by The Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship put on by Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. It’s a three-part exhibit that focuses on the idea of public narrative and its movement from our internal psyche, to the collective group, to the present and future of our communities. The exhibit was organized by curators Jessica Borusky, Laura Reese, Lauren Scarpello and Liz Rothand and features the work of Kara Hearn, Ronna Pernell, Laura Moriarty, Kim Rice, Beatriz Mayorca, Molly O’Connor and more.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) hosts artist Connie Seabourn and her exhibition Haunting the Mind: Beings That Fly. Seabourn works in acrylic, watercolor, pastel amd prints, but is perhaps best known for her delicate watercolors and bright, bold serigraphs. The Depot will also have musical guest, Miss Brown To You, members Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg, who prefer to expand the horizon of every genre they play, including jazz, folk, blues and more.
The Norman Public Library (225 N. Webster) will be hosting their second annual “Men Reading Romance Novels” story time starting at 6:30 in the Campbell Gallery Room. This story time will feature male readers presenting selections from romance novels, love poetry, etc.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) presents a new interactive exhibition from artist Skip Hill. Skip Hill: Works on Paper is a two-month residency that will afford the general public an opportunity to view Hill’s creative process and production as he uses assorted media and drawing techniques to create dynamic works on paper.
Visit Norman (309 E. Main) hosts Veterans In Focus, an exhibition of photography by military veterans who participated in a nine-week course at the Norman Veterans Center. Participants explored composition, vignettes, light, perspective, and the use of personal narratives in photography. Part of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Arts and the Military Initiative, the photography course was the first of three courses being organized at the center by the Oklahoma Arts Council in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. The exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of the Firehouse Art Center, and is curated by the photography instructor Sarah Engel-Barnett.
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 Social Club (209 E. Main) will have artist Stone + Harper, who will be showing clothing made from vintage up-cycled items or from recycled materials. They represent sustainability, creativity, and giving yourself more opportunities for creative self expression in your personal style. They will also host Sarah Nsikak, a 24 year old maker with a heart for creativity and social justice. They are also inviting people to participate in our ‘Community heART INSTALLATION’ where you can come tell someone you love them, you care, you think they are the bomb, you like their hair, whatever you want by sending them a Valentine.
STASH (412 E. Main St.) welcomes their EDO neighbors North Wind Studio as their featured makers for February. Live music provided by local favorite, Costello. Be sure to swing by STASH for art, music and fun! Start at STASH and bring a friend!
North Wind Studio (422 E. Main St.) will be live chainsaw carving with artist Ethan Elgersma.
Robinson’s Repurposed (325 E. Main) is showcasing work from a variety of local artists
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will host local artists and a hip-hop showcase featuring Original Flow, Chief Peace, S. Reidy, Retro P and Fugate.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will host their 8th Annual Art Rock featuring art by Mother Earth and new finds from Tucson. Don’t miss the eye popping new wonders on display and the instrumental wonders of the Celtic Contra traditions of Ladies at Play. As always nibbles will be served as well.
The Loop (225 E. Gray St.) will feature a multi-sensory experience just in time for Valentine’s Day. Photography by the fabulous Paige Rains and Richard Jazzar.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) will host artist Darline Hobbs. She began painting as a hobby while living in Thailand, where she and her husband spent thirty-four years as missionaries. She alternates between the mediums of acrylics and oils, depending on the muse. D.M. Wealth Management will also host a musical guest, Frank Lawrence.
Artifactory (313 E. Main) will be open, as always, with refreshments and entertainment with bells on!
Coredination Pilates (128 E. Main) will be featuring the photography of Emily Kaplan. She will exhibit photography for children and children’s rooms.
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) will be hosting Stillwater-born, Los Angeles-based, award-winning graphic designer, tattoo artist and street artist Codak Smith. Check out his unique mixed media approach to subtle uses of color and line work in his paintings, illustrations, collages and t-shirts. Ashley Primm will be offering specially discounted Valentine’s Day themed tattoos, DJ Timmy B will be spinning jams, and refreshments for all will be provided!
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 hosting artist Sharon Burchett. Her abstract paintings are created using mixed media and cover a variety of subjects. All are beautifully framed and are original and dramatic in design. Be sure to come view Sharon’s works as well as the works of the other artists of Gallery 123. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, glassworks and textiles are showcased in the gallery.
Carol Whitney’s Open House (429 S. Flood) finds the longtime Norman artist opening her family home to the public to share decades of her own creations in clay, potter, sculpture, paint and canvas. A founder of the Firehouse Art Center and Jacobson House, Whitney’s own artwork and collections focus on the Oklahoma landscape and its native people.
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 Oklahoma’s favorite hip-hop artist Jabee, who is prepping to release his latest album Black Future, along with electronic sweetheart duo PVLMS and dynamic singer-songwriter Carter Sampson. 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 LTZ and Cooki Turner! It’ll start shortly after 7 p.m. and wrap up before 9.
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) will have Ali Harter and Camille Harp, starting at 10 p.m. The show is smoke free!
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) has musical guest Freddy & Francine, an Americana/Soul duo featuring singer songwriters Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. Freddy & Francine has be described as “Americana Soul, complete with tight two-part harmonies, engaging songs that will shoot deep into your heart, and a musical chemistry that is second-to-none in the L.A. Americana scene.” Karaoke will follow at 10 p.m.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) hosts live music and local artists.