2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: September 2015
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
The Moore-Lindsay Historical House (508 N. Peters) will be exhibiting 16 quilts from as early as 1862 of various patterns, colors and sewing styles. All quilts have been created by early Cleveland County residents and offer glimpses into friendships, family histories, organizations and traditions. Guests can also create their own paper quilt square to keep or contribute to the community quilt that will hang for the duration of the quilt show.
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) will host the closing reception for a pair of solo exhibitions from Douglas Shaw Elder and Craig Swan. Elder’s work takes an abstract perspective, his latest series of SCAPES demonstrating the force of creativty, growth, destruction and erosion with raw, dark forms. Swan — like Elder — works in sculpture, wood carvings, paintings and sketches. Journey of a Survivor — a partnership between Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs — spotlights artwork from incarcerated young women in the Library Gallery space. The results of July’s teen analog photography workshop with studio1409 will be on display in the Water Closet Gallery. Singer-songwriter duo Heartbreak Rodeo will provide the musical backdrop to the evening as well.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) is showcasing the talent of its adult students during the opening reception for 2015 FAC Talent. The exhibition celebrates the significance of creativity and the arts across all facets of life through recognition of the self-expression of these skilled artists.
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) welcomes Norman’s own Debby Kaspari, a representational artist with a naturalist bacgkround who brings her News from the Woods to the gallery with plein air drawings and acrylic paintings portraying how time and nature transform abandoned places. The opening reception will coincide with the annual Terry Shaw Memorial Hootenanny that invites everyone to come along to sing along!
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. September’s theme is young adult fiction.
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 serving locally made refreshments and displaying art by local artists. Producers Shmoke Shalmon, MGBz, VillalvaRaptor and Bonafide AF will also be entertaining you with their bass and house music, while Hannah Leggett will live paint.
The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park (Peters between Main and Gray) will feature a variety of Oklahoma food trucks offering up all sorts of delicious street food in Downtown Norman, including Mim’s Bakery & Nosh, Odie May’s, St. Paddy Cakes, Healthy Hippo, Snow S’more (pictured) and La Gumbo Ya Ya.
The Loaded Bowl, MT Express Tacos, Pinky’s Rolling Fresh and Big Truck Tacos will be parked out in East Downtown (300+400 blocks of E. Main).
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) presents Culture Shock: Plains Visionaries. They will feature Native American/Oklahoma artists, musicians, dancers and performers with live painting by Steven Grounds, a round dance singing competition and social dance. Includes featured artists Brian Frejo, Khyjuan Mansker and Brent Greenwood.
STASH (412 E. Main) — in coordination with Robinson’s Repurposed — is transforming East Downtown (EDO) into the Flower Power Market, a farmer’s market party with food trucks, a maker’s market, live music, art, fresh food and plants ready for purchase. Musical guests Felina and Bowlsey will both perform, as will Kelsey and Jeremy Philo, who will also be making custom hula hoops on the spot. Lauren J. Reed will be the featured artist inside STASH’s shop, showcasing a series of colorful works centered around bison.
Shevaun Williams & Associates Commercial Photography (221 E. Main) brings Welling Court Mural Projects: Wish You Were Here! To Norman. Artists from around the world have participated in the WCMP in the Queens borough of New York City. This powerful urban aesthetic comes to town in the form of photographs and art work from Oklahomans like Alison & Garrison Buxton, Kris Kanaly, Marcy R. Cordell and Rick Sinnett and a wide array of famed national and international graffiti and mural artists like Lady Pink, John Fekner and Don Leight.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) presents Birds, Belle’s and Other Tales, the art of J.J. Bradford. J.J.’s art features photography and mixed media, including various birds, flowers and other beauties of nature. She incorporates thread, sand and a few other forms of mediums in her photographs. She likes each piece to tell a story and provoke a sense of wonder. Musical guest violinist Gus Weaver will be there to perform from 7 to 9 p.m.
Adam & Eve (218 E. Main) is happy to join the art walk by hosting author Eli Grant — with her new book The Adventures of Starla Cascade: The Labyrinth of Desire — and the novel’s cover illustrator Rachell Young in celebration of its release. Mixed media artist Salvador Jasso will also be creating striking scenes from the book, live.
Dope Chapel (115 S. Crawford) presents the last exhibition at their current location before re-opening in a new location this winter. While I Breathe, I Hope showcases the work of Beaumont, Texas printmakrer Xenia Fedorchenko.
Artifactory (313 E. Main) is, by popular demand, bringing coke floats back and will have Jack Baldwin on hand, singing his heart at. Preview upcoming classes at the shop is hosting as well.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) has the work of Norman artist Bobby Atkins. Frank Lawrence will be outside to provide the musical backdrop for the evening as always.
The Social Club (209 E. Main) proudly presents work by Corrie Alvaro, who will be showing a series of miniature flower portraits that contrast life and death. Bites and beverages will also be on hand!
Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) invites you up for the last chance to view works featured in the gallery stairwell by former and current gallery members. The main gallery has many new and exciting artworks created by its resident artists.
Scissortail School of Art (123 E. Main) will have a display of their student’s Minion art, as well as Groovefest posters, stickers and t-shirts for sale.
Coredination Pilates (128 E. Main) has the work of artist Pat Shurden.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) spotlights featured artists Justin Zajac and Mico Solorzano.
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.
BOLD Multimedia (215 W. Main) showcases the work of Judy Vass Artography.
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
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 dark indie rock of Oklahoma City band Tonne and bittersweet pop of Sensitiv Southside Boy. It’ll start at 7:15 p.m. and wrap up before 9!
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This edition features two separate free shows. Americana act North Meets South will play at the Brewhouse (108 W. Main). They’ll play from 8 to 10 p.m. (21+ only!). You can also catch folk duo Heartbreak Rodeo over at MAINSITE Contemporary Art (122 E. Main) from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) hosts a free show with local favorite Camille Harp that starts at 10 p.m.
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) welcomes The Michael Updegrove Band, a blues rock band hailing from Oklahoma City. Karaoke will follow at 10 p.m.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) will host a performance by pop-soul singer Jane Mays, who has graced the stage at Midsummer Night’s Fair, Groovefest and Bricktown’s Rock the Boat Fest. Julie Robertson will also be on hand doing live painting.
Opolis (113 N. Crawford) is hosting Art Walk Karaoke at 10 p.m. with its 18,000 strong songlist of indie and pop favorites.