2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: June 2015
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) debuts group exhibition Illuminate and studio1409’s ALTERNATIVE. 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 — will show new works in the Library Gallery.
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.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) hosts a closing reception for As Yet UnNamed, an art exhibition centered around the sketchbooks of the late Oklahoma artist O. Gail Poole as curated by Jonathan Fowler with guests Dr. Neil Chapman and Nicole Poole. An exhibition catalog and limited edition coloring book are available for purchase at the reception.
Dreamer Concepts: A Community Art Space (428 E. Main) presents Dreamer 57: The Hope Camera Project, a joint venture between the Absentee Shawnee Meth-Suicide Prevention Program and the Urban Indian 5 Association working with American Indian children and teens to promote self-esteem and healthy living through creative expression. 19 students aged 6-17 were handed disposable cameras to take pictures of what hope looks like them, with selections from each student on display in this exhibition. John Soap, Gordon Emhoolah & Warren Quoetone and Hudson Roar will all perform, as well.
Pioneer Library System is beginning a new, monthly 2nd Friday program! The 2nd Friday Adult Story Time will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Room of the Norman Public Library (225 N. Webster) with snacks and drinks provided. June’s theme is Fractured Fairy Tales, so expect to enjoy familiar story lines with surprisingly adult twists, as seen in the Stephen Sondheim musical/hit film Into the Woods.
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) showcases a variety of different local artists with free refreshments, which you can enjoy while learning about their food, energy and water-focused programs.
The Loaded Bowl, Mutt’s Hot Dogs, MT Express Tacos and Hall’s Pizza Kitchen will be parked out front of STASH (412 E. Main).
The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park at the LoveWorks Lot (corner of Main & Santa Fe) will feature a variety of Oklahoma food trucks offering up all sorts of delicious street food.
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) invites you in to view new works by Douglas Gordon, joined as always by musical guest Frank Lawrence.
STASH (412 E. Main) — in coordination with Robinson’s Repurposed — is transforming East Downtown (EDO) into Flower Power Market, a farmer’s market pantry with food trucks, live music, art and fresh food & plants ready for purchase. STASH will also showcase the dried and pressed leaves of Allison Dunham, and DJs will spin in the STASH lot later that night.
Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford) is open with Julia Curran’s exhibit The World Is Yours!, satirizing sinister and absurd socio-political currents throughout Western history with colorful and chaotic scenes of domination and destruction.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) welcomes featured artist Amy Sanders, a talented maker of things. Sanders focuses on ceramics and sculpture, which explore the themes of light v. dark and transformation. The salon is launching a new hair product line, and there will be special treats and drinks to celebrate their debut!
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!
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) is excited to showcase the art of Norman’s (and The Diner’s) own Bonnie Amspacher.
Coredination Pilates (128 E. Main) is happy to present the work of glassblower Kyle Cooper.
The Artist Studios above MAINSITE (122 E. Main) have new works by Bill and Juanita Williams.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) welcomes featured artist and printmaker Logan Sweetwood, with beverages provided by 405 Brewing Co.
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:
Opolis (113 N. Crawford) has grunge legends The Melvins in town, along with Le Butcherettes. Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $18 day of show.
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This edition features red dirt legend Randy Crouch and Flying Horse. The show takes place at The Bluebonnet (321 E. Main). The show starts at 10 p.m. It’s free, but 21+ only!
Jazz in June is presenting a pair of performances at 2nd Friday ahead of the 32nd annual festival happening June 18-20. A Blues Jam featuring Wess McMichael & The Ravens from 6 to 9 p.m. will take place at Dreamer Concepts (428 E. Main St.) while a Jazz Jam featuring Culture Cinematic will go down over at The Depot (200 S. Jones). Each performance will include a 45 minute set, followed by an open jam (anyone with an instrument can join!) and a closing 30 minute set.
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 krautrockers Calabar along with experimental songwriter sun riah. It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9!