2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: July 2015
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) holds its FAC Faculty Art Show, an annual multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing the recent work of Firehouse faculty members. It’s a great opportunity to interact with these artists and instructors and discover whether you might want to learn from them yourself.
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) closes out group exhibition Illuminate and studio1409’s ALTERNATIVE with a closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. with artist talks happening at 6:30 p.m. Illuminate features the work of artists Lindsey Bochniak, Jessica Craddock, Mary James Ketch and Sarah Day-Short. ALTERNATIVE is comprised of portraits of “alternative models” shot using “alternative” (ambrotype) photography. The show includes vintage, large-format glass slides and gallery-sized prints. Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner Kim Rice — previously seen in the latest OU MFA Thesis Exhibition — has new works in the Library Gallery.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) hosts an opening 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.
Cimarron Opera presents a production of The Pirates of Penzance at The Nancy O’Brien Center for the Performing Arts at Norman North High School (1809 Stubbeman).
Dreamer Concepts: A Community Art Space (428 E. Main) hosts Dreamer 58: Splash of Color, a collaboration of three Norman artists — Leslie Dallam, Ashley Primm and Carla Waugh — whose styles are different from each other but share an embrace for vibrant hues to create colorful combinations.
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 sees local author Ashley Setzer reading selections from her latest works, which includes the five book series The Flute Keeper Saga.
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) is a new nonprofit focused on expanding awareness and education of sustainable practices in food, energy and water production. This month, they’ll feature the works of artists Kevin Wise and Angie Hardy, along with free, organic fruits & veggies.
The Loaded Bowl, MT Express Tacos and Big Truck Tacos will be parked out front of STASH (412 E. Main).
The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park will feature a variety of Oklahoma food trucks offering up all sorts of delicious street food.
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford) debuts What’s A Girl Supposed To Do, an exhibition of new works from Oklahoma City artist Melissa Jacobs. She draws and paints pictures of women, inspired by their representation in popular culture, music, fashion and self-representation in social media.
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. STASH also hosts Tornados & Textures, pottery by Lynda Parnell Shell that is inspired by the tornados that have swept through Oklahoma with succulents already planted inside.
First Fidelity Bank (131 E. Main) will host a kid’s art event in partnership with the Center for Children & Families. Let your kids create their own art before taking in even more across Downtown Norman. Snacks provided.
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) is thrilled to showcase the whimsical steel-i-gami pieces of Salvador B. Jasso. They’ll also have a variety of local artists set up shop out front with refreshments and giveaways from Order Up while suppplies last.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) invites you in to view new works by Sue Frueh, joined as always by musical guest Frank Lawrence.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) welcomes Native Creative, a group of local artists supporting each other in their creative endeavors. They’ll be serving snacks and drinks from some of the culinary artists who are apart of the group.
Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) invites everyone to come up to see their jewelry, fused glass, stained glass, metal art, sculpture, paintings and fabric art from members present and past.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will host special guest artist Beverly Herndon. She’s an aficionado of the Chinese Brush Stroke and has long been a teacher of Asian Art techniques and form at the Firehouse Art Center.
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.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) has work by local artists on display and music in the air.
Artifactory (313 E. Main) is open with unique finds and art for your viewing pleasure.
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This edition features garage rockers Cherry Death — fresh from a national tour and feature on Noisey — along with the solo project of James Hammontree (Sex Snobs, Power Pyramid): Sensitiv Southside Boy. The show takes place at Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford). It’s free and all-ages!
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 the return of surf rockers Poolboy along with Joey Powell’s experimental solo project Holy Hills. It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9!
Opolis (113 N. Crawford) has Norman’s own Calabar and Michael Loveland on stage for your listening pleasure. Cover is $5.
Dreamer Concepts: A Community Art Space (428 E. Main) hosts free performances from Speak, Memory, Brother Rabbit and The Lonelys starting at 6 p.m.
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) comes alive with the raucous music of Love Cobra and The Disposables. Cover is $5.