2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: May 2015
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) debuts From Earthsea to Fantasy: A Literary & Visual Exploration of the Genre. The exhibit is a collaboration between Norman Arts Council and The Pioneer Library System, in celebration of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read selection: A Wizard of Earthsea. Featured artists A.K. Westerman and G. Patrick Riley will be joined by Earthsea Art Submissions from a contest held earlier this year. Youth Art activities will take place through the evening, with the art contest award presentation set for 7 p.m.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) has partnered with the faculty of Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s art department to present an exhibition featuring their multi-disciplinary work, include artists J. Bryon Test, Brent Shoulders, Larry Wiggins, Yvonne Sangster and David Elder.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) debuts 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.
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.
Firehouse Art Center is collaborating with Visit Norman (309 E. Main) to showcase the work of Firehouse photography students.
The Loaded Bowl and MT Express will be parked out front of STASH (412 E. Main).
The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park in the LoveWorks Lot (corner of Main & Santa Fe) will feature a variety of Oklahoma food trucks offering up all sorts of delicious street food.
BOLD Multimedia (215 W. Main) will have a food truck out in front of their awesome space.
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
STASH (412 E. Main) is excited to present the work of featured artist Felix Blesch, a printmaker and interdisciplinary artist focusing on the realm of imagination. She creates scenes from her mindspace using vivid colors and layers of textures around the themes of myth, religion and nature.
Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford) is open with a new exhibit from artists Eli Casiano and Blake Stewart. Stereolitho and HOG will be joining in as musical entertainment.
BOLD Multimedia (215 W. Main) will be open with a live DJ and beverages!
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) invites you in to view new works by Bobby Atkins.
Studio Ink (220 W. Main) presents works by Charles “Caleb” Burgess, a collection using a non-traditional color palette to show us the richness in everyday life. Refreshments will be served.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) welcomes featured artist Amy Sanders, a talented maker of things who works mainly in ceramics and sculpture, exploring 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) will have a special showing of former Gallery 123 artists, so come up to see what the gallery’s old friends have created!
Artifactory (313 E. Main) is open with unique finds and art for your viewing pleasure.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will host a trunk show with Bajra Imports, featuring handicrafts from Nepal.
Coredination Pilates (128 E. Main) is happy to present the work of featured photographer Mary Thomas.
The Artist Studios above MAINSITE (122 E. Main) have new works by Bill and Juanita Williams.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) is showcasing a variety of local artists and more!
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.
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This edition indie/R&B singer Sudie out of Dallas, along with Oklahoma hip-hop duo Deus Eyeslow, dream rap crooner Jimi Wonder and electronic artist Boare. The show takes place at Opolis (113 N. Crawford). Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show 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 features krautrockers Calabar along with experimental songwriter sun riah. It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9!
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) is alive with slam poetry by the Red Dirt Poetry Team and a performance by Kierston White.
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) has Brian Kelly playing from 7-9 p.m., followed by karaoke at 10 p.m.