2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: September 2014
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The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will feature Places … Spaces Between, the work of Almira Hill Grammer. She just recently showed work in the Oklahoma State Capitol Governor’s Gallery and is happy to present her newest richly colored paintings depicting barns and landscapes in The Depot. There will also be live music by Harvest Reserve (Mark McClellan, Misti Prior and Brad & Lisa Raley).
Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) debuts Concepts & Models, the inaugural exhibition by the Nowhere Medium, a collective of individuals collaobrating in multimedia. The show features a variety of experimental pieces that were created as concepts for future artworks currently in production for Nowhere Medium’s next scheduled shows, evolving with each showing, no two experiences destined to be the same.
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) closes out Elise Deringer’s A Softer Storm and Mohammad Javaheri’s Line of Flight with a closing reception and special Artist Talk starting at 5 p.m. The two solo exhibitions were finished in the artist studios located above MAINSITE over the course of the past year. Deringer’s work is centered on loose recollections of landscapes created through a variety of materials like paint, ink, dyes, salt, stone and sand, while Javaheri creates large scale oil paintings showcasing movement with layered, kinetic brush strokes. The Library Gallery showcases new work by James Hammontree, an Oklahoma City artist and musician who performs with bands like Power Pyramid and Sex Snobs. Printmaker and illustrator Tiffany McKnight will have pieces on display in the Water Closet Gallery.
Medieval Fair is presenting a free lecture on historical swordsmanship at the Norman Public Library (225 N. Webster)in the Lowry Room. “Revival of Traditional Germanic Long Sword Fencing is presented by Master of Arms Jerry Benson of Redlands Fencing Center, along with instructor Dustin Reagan and assistant Chad Unruh from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Norman Downtowners Association is brightening downtown with lights on the base of all the trees lining the streets on Main, east of the railroad tracks. There will a special lighting ceremony on the corner of Main & Peters at 7:30 p.m., so come witness even more life being breathed into the ever growing Downtown Norman and Historic Arts District!
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
Dope Chapel (115 N. Crawford) has a massive evening in store. There’s a sneak peek at Dope Chapel’s Anti-Spectacle Fundraiser Phenomenon, with features work from underground artists from across the country and local resident creative geniuses alike, including Curtis Jones, Elliott Robbins, Sean Starwars, Tyler Krasowski and more. There will also be free, early entertainment from musical guests Ben Hill and Celadon City. At 9 p.m. the evening will transition into a special experimental music showcase, featuring Norman’s own noise harbingers L O O M and OKC’s Lavaluxe along with touring aritsts Black Pillar, Aqua-Eroticum and Fecal Dam.
STASH (412 E. Main) has got the work of artist Aaron Stark, a Norman native, photographer and maker who will be selling his bold, colorful, handmade planters. Big Truck Tacos and The Loaded Bowl will be serving up their respective Tex-Mex and vegan fare out front!
Red Room Event Center (114 W. Main) presents brief artist workshops by artist Drace Face, who will teach his unique pen sketching technique to participants. It’s a come and go event featuring music and refreshments.
Third Eye Gallery and Ashtanga Yoga Studio (120 E. Tonhawa) is presenting a new exhibition from Oklahoma favorite Skip Hill, pieces that fuse Hill’s signature international soul style with yoga motifs, poses and inner peace. There will also be live magic and music, along with free body work/massages, plus snacks and refreshments.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 & 324 E. Main) is expanding! Please join them as they celebrate this exciting new venture with OKC native and award winning mosaic artist Arisha Burlingame.
The 419 Art Room (131 E. Gray) features new works by Oklahoma artist Aaron Quinn. Quinn works in India ink and brush, painting nature scene from local areas in black and white, emphasizing the structural complexity of nature.
Joy’s Palace (300 E. Main) presents a Funk Party, a free show featuring the music of Sapphire and DJ Adam.
Studio E (220 E. Main) is housing pieces by Bjorn Bauer this month. Bauer’s work represents an emotional, visual response to life and the world we live in. They’ll have snacks and refreshments on hand, as well!
McMichael Music is having a student showcase at Dreamer Concepts (428 E. Main), also premiering the McMichael Music Faculty Quartet during the show. Dreamer Concepts is also hosting an array of Pop Up Shops and Finding Meaning: The Art of Recovery.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) welcomes featured artist Amyie Kao of Mariposa Coffee Roastery. Mariposa will be serving up one-of-a-kind coffee drinks that night (and doing a pour over bar on Saturday morning), and 15% of art sales on Friday and Saturday go to fund water wells in coffee communities.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) is open with featured artist Aaron Martin, along with a live paint by Tom Farris and the duo of Hoka Skenandore & April Holder, both of whom will auction of their creations at the end of the night. There’s also live music courtesy of DJ Micah Wesley.
Ball and Morse (111 N. Peters) asks you to join them in celebrating the work of talented artist Nora Hall, stone carver Bill Boettcher and work by members of the Firehouse Art Center’s carving class. An assortment of beverages and refreshments will be provided.
The Studios at 420 Main (420 E. Main) is hosting guest artist Barry Mangin this month and invites you up to see what their resident artists have been creating in the past month. Bring a blank t-shirt or tote bag to screenprint or create something of your own to take home up in the studios.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) invites you to see the work of featured mixed-media artist Melanie Lyon and enjoy live music from the always entertaining Frank Lawrence.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) will have live music in the air and the work of local artists on the wall for you to take in.
Ahimsa Yoga & Beads (219 W. Main) is offering Pre-Art-Walk Candelight Slow Flow Yoga at 5 p.m. for $5. They’ll have an earring making table setup and the Super Juice Vegetarian Food, Smoothies & Juice Truck to grab a meal or beverage from, too!
Bell’s Mystical Beginnings (207 W. Main) will be open late with Tarot and Oracle Readers available. There’s free Healing Touch Energy Therapies, art from local artists on display and a drum circle that the community is invited to participate in.
405 Dance & Fusion Fitness (323 E. Main) is showing the work of Megan Miller out front!
Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) asks you to come up and see all the new work their resident artists, like Sylvia Miller, have created!
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the first installment of the 2nd Friday Concert Series, a yearlong collection of free concerts showcasing a variety of artists and genres across venues in Downtown Norman each 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk. This month features OKC psych-folk favorites Horse Thief, Chelsey Cope-fronted indie outfit Elms and Norman’s own Kyle Reid in a free show at Breathing Rhythm Studio (315 Comanche) starting at 7 p.m. It’s all-ages and open to the public!
Opolis (113 N. Crawford) invites you up to take a crack at your favorite song with Tone Def Parade Karaoke. Doors open at 8 p.m. and cover is free.
Guestroom Records (125 E. Main) is hosting a free show with singer-songwriter and violinist Sarah Reid at 7:30 p.m.!
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) hosts a song swap featuring Oklahoma singer-songwriters Dave Broyles and Jenny Richelle.
Sooner Theatre (101 E. Main) present The Second City’s 55th Anniversary Tour at 8 p.m. Second City is one of the foremost improv comedy collectives in the country, their storied program helping start the careers of Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and many more. Tickets are $40-$50.