2nd Friday Norman Art Walk: March 2016
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will feature the work of Oklahoma City artist Stacey Dianne Miller with an opening reception for her exhibit Natural Impressions – Evolved. The works are impressions of her youth, using natural plant materials and a printmaking embossment technique similar to calligraphy, adding layers of color and collage to close each composition.
MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) hosts Public Narrative: Story of Self, Us & Now, as presented by The Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship put on by Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. It’s a three-part exhibit that focuses on the idea of public narrative and its movement from our internal psyche, to the collective group, to the present and future of our communities. Kara Hearn, Hope Esser and Creighton Baxter will all perform as a part of the exhibition’s closing reception.
The Firehouse Art Center (444 S. Flood) has been transformed into a dual-purpose working studio space and evolving gallery exhibition featuring the work of internationally exhibited artist Skip Hill. Skip Hill: Works on Paper demonstrates Hill’s contemporary drawing and mixed media practices, and will feature new drawings for a reception during the 2nd Friday Art Walk, along with a silent auction. Hill has been creating new artwork in the gallery space throughout the exhibition’s duration while interacting and engaging with visitors to the gallery.
The Norman Public Library is going on the road this month! Stop by their special location at Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) to enjoy a selection of readings performed by staff of the Pioneer Library System. This month’s theme is art and materials related to the “Goth Pop” art display at Bigfoot.
The Norman Public Arts Board’s latest initiative — The Mosaic Project — comes to the Scratch Annex (428 E. Main), when the public will have the opportunity to meet the artist behind the mosaic mural going up at Lions Park this summer, as well as view sketches of the design, create a small section of the mosaic in PAB’s open studio and learn about how to donate to the project.
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.
The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park (Peters between Main and Gray) will feature a variety of Oklahoma food trucks, depending on weather conditions.
Galleries, Shops, Studios & More:
The Social Club (209 E. Main) will be celebrate their fourth birthday with art from Kathryn Wakefield, a textile artist and founder of Confetti Riot. She creates handmade home goods from textiles she designs and prints herself. This installation is an exploration in monotype printmaking. Drinks will be provided from 405 Brewing Co., Mariposa Coffee, and Cellar Wine & Spirits; treats from Crimson & Whipped Cream; a photo booth; music; and 4 amazing giveaways to celebrate each year!
STASH (412 E. Main) will host artist Kalyn Barnoski, who creates works based within the realm of graphic design and printmaking. The goal of her work is to create beauty through structure and to raise awareness for social issues, primarily those of Native Americans. The Loaded Bowl and Midway Deli will be joining them for food.
North Wind Studio (422 E. Main) will be showcasing a one-of-a-kind secret chainsaw carving. They also will have brand-new live edge slab furniture.
Robinson’s Repurposed (325 E. Main) is showcasing work from a variety of local artists.
Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will have two artists doing a joint show, Derrick Adams and Shae Dickinson. Their show is called Goth Pop. There will also be Susan Sylvester and friends performing “Adult Story Time” readings. All-ages are welcome.
Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) is hosting Fusion — a kaleidoscope of color and sound — featuring art works that fuse 20th century modern styles with the 21st century feminine in Mixed Media by Ashley Primm. She experiments with all kinds of mediums, and is drawn to working in a fusion of semi-cubist, semi-abstract styles. Musical guest The Celtic Jazz Odyssey, a trio of well-known prolific locals, will share their fusion of Jazz and Celtic style, as well.
The Loop (225 E. Gray) will feature otherworldly photography by Paige Rains and Richard Jazzar and art work by Brittany Harper.
D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) will host 2 artists. Norman artist Sue Frueh will be in the offices. Sue worked with the US Postal Service as an illustrator. David Rainbow will be in the Financial Center Lobby. Rainbow works in drawing, painting and sculpture. Musical guest will be Frank Lawrence.
Artifactory (313 E. Main) is very excited to showcase their very first artist during Art Walk! Chris Thomas, a pottery artist will be coming all the way from Texarkana, Texas to pedal her wares. She first took a ceramics course in 2009 and now has a thriving business producing functional pottery.
Studio Ink (220 E. Main) will showcase the works of Mario E. Winston, an artist and photographer from Oklahoma City. Rachel Brown will be continuing a live drawing in the front of the store, and Studio Ink will be teaming up with a surprise local restaurant for refreshments!
The Artist Studios above MAINSITE (122 E. Main) will showcase new works by Bill and Juanita Williams. Each will have new items.
The Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) resident artists have been busy! There are new works are available in all media: Stone and wood, steel sculptures, stained glass, fused glass, oil on canvas, textiles and jewelry.
Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) will have photographs by two Norman-based artists: Becky Rice and Amy Sanders. Both artists exhibit work that conveys the out of doors as it is seen through the viewfinder of self. Sanders work is influenced by travel and conversations with both strangers and loved ones while Rice, in this body of work, focuses on the details of the whole, referencing motherhood and the desire to capture her own feelings in a tangible way.
2nd Friday Concerts & Performances:
Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival team up each month to present the 2nd Friday Concert Series. This edition features Norman favorite Carly Gwin and The Sin along with the Chelsey Cope-led dark pop band Elms. The free show takes place at Opolis (113 N. Crawford). Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show scheduled to start at 10 p.m.
Norman Arts Council and Guestroom Records (125 E. Main) has Random Noise starting around 7 p.m. and will feature garage rockers Cosmostanza, electropop act Slime Girls out of California and electronic duo PVLMS.
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) will have Peter Erickson playing from 7 to 9 p.m. Erickson is a singer/songwriter from Norman and has been performing original songs with many bands over the years.
The Bluebonnet (321 E. Main) will have 5 AM Rumble Strip, along with Choctaw-based singer-songwriter Ryan Lawson. The show will start at 9 p.m.
Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) will have Tulsa-native Dan Martin, a singer-songwriter whose folk/Americana music rings true to the land he is from and the places he has been. They will also have David Harris, a singer-songwriter out of Texas. Music starts at 7 p.m., karaoke will follow starting at 10 p.m.