2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is a free celebration of arts & creativity held monthly from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Walker Arts District of Downtown Norman.

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is made possible by the Norman Arts Council and a collection of sponsors, including Republic Bank & Trust, Fowler Automotive, The City of Norman, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Kirkpatrick Foundation.

EVENT LISTING

A wide variety of shops, restaurants, offices, bars, concert venues and more team up to produce dozens of free, fun arts events for the Norman community to enjoy each month and celebrate the creativity within it.

CONCERTS

There are free concerts each month held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk with everything from folk to jazz to indie to hip-hop in every sort of setting you could imagine. Preview this month's shows.

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Participate

Are you a business, organization, painter, sculptor, vendor, maker, balloon artist, musician, charity or mad scientist that wants to participate in a 2nd Friday? Here's what you need to know and who to get in contact with. 

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk Returns Friday, May 10, 2019!
Lineup of events coming soon!

EVENT LISTING FOR APRIL 12, 2019

GALLERIES, SHOPS, STUDIOS & MORE:

Artful Inlets (along Main Street) will see five local artists transforming street drains into artwork! Derrick Adams, Jazmin Crawford, Laura Nelson, Ginna Dowling and Rachel Stout will begin installing their works that day, and art walk patrons will be able to watch the artists in action as they create artworks that will educate and raise awareness that pollutants that go down storm drains have a devastating impact on our local water quality!

A Small Vintage Affair (106 E. Main) will be open with snacks on hand and several vendors set up with special merchandise.

Artifactory (313 E. Main) will be open with some exciting things for Spring! 

Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will have a celebratory ten year anniversary special, in-store festivities event. Helen Grant will be featured with her natural affinity for surrealism, magic realism, and anyone making work that plays with perspective, reality, branching paths, reflections, self deception, the subconscious, and hidden worlds. She’s an artist who thinks of 2-D media, 3-D media, new media, and performance art as mediums that can be blended in complementary ways to serve a narrative. She appreciates the collage of form. It’s unusual. It’s artistic. It encourages creativity. It’s not a story you’re going to forget very easily, because it’s challenged you and shown you another way to “read.” Her work at Bigfoot Creative for the month of April will blend elements of installation, photography, and printmaking.

The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) will host Caleb McGee followed by Raina Cobb. The show is free and venue is non-smoking for the evening.

The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will host a second reception for the Melrose Sessions, a collaboration between Douglas Shaw Elder and Skip Hill, from 6 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk. The collaboration which resulted in the “Melrose Sessions” was conceived in 2018, when the two artists were convening regularly in Elder’s studio on Melrose Street in dedicated sessions to discuss art, life, and the world we live in.  The two began to merge Elder’s sculptural woodcarvings and Hill’s colorful drawings, fusing their individual styles to create complementary pieces, resulting in the works in this exhibit. 

Gabriel Bird, DDS (227 W. Main) will host their Grand Opening at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Norman Chamber of Commerce! They will be open until 9 p.m. so stop by and check out the new building!

Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) will be showing the work of Alan Hatcher. He describes his current body of work this way: “A painted series of geometric patterns inspired by: The diligence of a 3D printer. Using drum sequencers to layer different time signatures. Choosing a lineup of colors like you're casting a movie. Repeating a pattern enough times to see a second pattern emerge. Making a decision knowing you'll have to repeat it.”

GreenLove Compassionate Care and Wellness Center (112 W. Main) will host Tyson Meade’s (Chainsaw Kittens) multi media art extravaganza for the last time before he brings in GreenLove’s next featured artist of 2019.  Make sure to swing by for a chance to meet the master and check out some of his work. The GreenLove house band will be performing throughout the evening.  Stop in for a chance to catch any or all of your favorite budtenders serenading patients, customers, and passers by alike.  

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) opens with the always exciting OU MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring work from 2019 MFA candidates Kylie Anderson, Mayumi Kiefer, Camila Labarca Linaweaver, Stephanie O’Donnell and Sean Mueller. The opening reception runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and exhibit runs through late April. 

Michelangelo’s (207 E. Main) will have The Dead & Steady – an early ’70s rock-style band.

Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the 2nd Friday Concert Series each month at Opolis (113 N. Crawford). This month features exciting new indie rock talent Mad Honey, Gloom Cruise and Brooding starting at 9 p.m. The concert is free and all-ages. 

Resonator (325 E. Main) hosts Sentimental Lady, an art and music event featuring artwork by Melissa Jacobs and performances by Bee’s Booty Jams, Maura McAndrew, Penninsula, Verbose, Brother Gruesome, Lacey Elaine, Lust, Tim Buchanan, Blake Burgess, Don Data and Pigments. 

Robinson’s Repurposed (114 S. Porter) will be joining in on the festivities with a variety of eclectic and super cool art works.

Roots Salon (104 S. Porter) comes alive on the street corner! There’s a drag show from The Kings and Queens of Main, live music from LEZ JAAAM and Kite Flying Robot, bar by Scratch and a variety of local makers, artists and vendors, including featured artist Lauren Reed.

Rusty’s Custard Factory (301 E. Main) will have 405 Brewing Co. will be here offering Beer Floats, along with some live, local music.

Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will have The Ladies at Play during the Norman 2nd Friday Art Walk from 7 to 9 p.m.  They are a genre-bending outfit, playing their own spicy and cosmic original tunes, inspired by folk music traditions from around the world. 

Sea Shanty Scuba & Swim (116A E. Main) will be hosting the band Lost Cosmos!

Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) will have Marco Tello from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Social Club (209 E. Main) will serve free treats and hosting 405 Brewery slinging beer during Art Walk! Their featured artist for the month is Allison Dunham with her installation of pressed florals. "My love of gardening and flowers led me to begin pressing. Being a former frame shop owner led me to framing my treasures. Many of my pressings are sweet reminders of special people & places. And, they are my way of sharing and preserving nature’s beauty."

STASH (412 E. Main) hosts our ever-popular Flower Power Market featuring new and favorite vendors selling hand-crafted and vintage items. They hope you can join them for their monthly Flower Power Market. STASH hosts their pop-up shopping party with art, handmade products all ready for purchase. As part of Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk, STASH hosts their Flower Power Market from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Families, friends, and kids of all-ages are invited to share in this popular event which features food trucks Smoke N’ Oak Pizza, Midway Deli and HOLEY ROLLERS, The Brewhouse serving fresh craft beers (including their signature IPA, amber, and wheat varieties)and a backdrop of live music as well as a celebration of all things local. 

Studio Ink (220 E. Main) is hosting @creepyculture. Sam is a local artist who loves all things weird.

TOLY Food Truck Park (223 W. Main) invites you to start your Art Walk early at TOLY Park with Pops Pockets' famous Indian tacos, fried chicken Sandwiches, fried bologna sandwiches and so much more! They will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. with cold beer, delicious cocktails, water and sodas and music for all to enjoy! Able, a community based organization who supports people with special needs to live meaningful lives, will also be onsite. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun at TOLY Park!

Whispering Willows Art Gallery (226 E. Main) will feature Timothy Navaquaya's loose, vibrant style of Indian art. Enoch Kelly Haney — creater of the "Guardian" bronze statue is on the dome of the State Capitol building — has paintings and sculptures in the gallery. Kevin Stark paints all media including representational paintings that "pop" with color. Gayla Hollis paints whimsical buffalo with a flare. Irmgard Geul, paints non-objective and collages of all sizes. Kathy Shumate's paintings using alcohol ink on glass and other slick surfaces are vibrant and exciting. Robert Rapp, has unique pottery. Peggy D. Farris, owner, artist painted a collection of Representational and Surrealistic oil paintings. 

The Winston (110 W. Main) will have folk musician Cutter Elliott on the patio from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.!

Stephanie O’Donnell at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Stephanie O’Donnell at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Melissa Jacobs at Resonator

Melissa Jacobs at Resonator

CreepyCulture at Studio Ink

CreepyCulture at Studio Ink

Douglas Shaw Elder + Skip Hill at The Depot

Douglas Shaw Elder + Skip Hill at The Depot

LIVE MUSIC ON APRIL 12, 2019

Mad Honey at Opolis

Mad Honey at Opolis

Gloom Cruise (indie rock): 9 p.m. at Opolis (113 N. Crawford)

Lacey Elaine (indie rock): 6 p.m. at Resonator (325 E. Main)

Brother Gruesome (rock/punk): 6 p.m. at Resonator (325 E. Main)

Caleb McGee (roots): 6 p.m. at The Bluebonnet (321 E. Main)

Cutter Elliott (folk): 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Winston (110 W. Main)

ADD YOUR SPARK TO 2ND FRIDAY ART WALK!

 

For Businesses OR OrganizationS:

We are happy to have any business or organization within the footprint of 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk participate. It doesn’t cost a penny to have your event listed in our 2nd Friday promo materials. To have your featured artist, concert, performance or other arts event listed in our listing, guide and poster, please email Cher Duncan at cher@normanarts.org with all the pertinent information and a high-res image if available. To request to be added to our monthly 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk Submission Call and Reminder, please email cher@normanarts.org. Participating in 2nd Friday Norman Art Walks and being listed in any and all marketing materials is totally free. We ask that to be listed, events be free, arts-related and open to the public … and preferably awesome (we’re sure it’s awesome!).

For ARTISTS:

Get your work seen by thousands of 2nd Friday patrons! There are two ways of doing this. 1). Coordinate with a local shop/gallery/studio to feature your work on their walls. Almost all 2nd Friday participating businesses are on the look out for new talent to feature in their location, and we ask that you contact the business that you feel is the best match with your work directly (2nd Friday doesn’t book artists for venues but rather markets the collective efforts from individual businesses as a whole). 2). You can set up as an outdoor vendor, which you can read more about below:

For OUTDOOR Vendors/ARTISTS:

Showcase your work and sell your wares to 2nd Friday crowds! Vendors are permitted to setup on the sidewalks while following these guidelines:

  • A minimum of a 5-foot walkway must always be provided.

  • Please push your display as close to the brick and mortar as possible, even moving chairs to the sides, if necessary, to keep ample walk space available.

  • Vendors are not allowed to set up across from bike racks, trees, trashcans, or anything that will impede or limit the walk space.

  • Vendors must get permission on their location prior from the business or building owner.

There is a vendor fee of $30 due with the submission of the Vendor Application, and applications are due by the first Friday of the month prior to 2nd Friday. Those who miss the deadline can submit a Late Vendor Application for $100.

NAC must approve of all vendors, and those not meeting the criteria of being a local artist/maker will not be approved, and 70% of what is sold must be handmade. NAC reserves the right to refuse any Vendor Application.

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is a rain-or-shine event, and vendor fee are only refundable in the event that Art Walk is cancelled by the threat of severe weather.

For STREET Performers:

Add to the festivities and entertain the art walk crowds! Street performers are permitted to set up on Main Street sidewalks at limited locations with completion of the Street Performer Application. All performers must apply for a permit through NAC, who will assign locations (location preference may be requested, and brick & mortar businesses may coordinate with NAC to facilitate performances outside their businesses) and reserves the right to refuse any application.

For Food Trucks:

Please contact TOLY Food Truck Park at info@tolyfp.com if you are interested in serving food at a 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk!

 

 

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk wouldn't be possible without the support of these wonderful business and organizations.