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 Goes to the Movies!

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EVENT LISTING FOR SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

With Norman Film Festival landing on the same weekend, this month’s 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is Going to the Movies! Stop by to catch film screenings and opening night party presented by NFF, along with all the usual art walk fun!

Norman Film Festival events:

Lazy Circles (422 E. Main) will also host the NFF from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Norman Film Fest opening night party! Come join them for film trivia and win prizes, including VIP passes!

BIG Brewing Co. (216 E. Main) will host Norman Film Festival with Adults Only Short Films at 5:45 p.m. and “Lift” (2019) dir. Alexander Kaminer at 6:30 p.m. An unlikely hero finds the strength to overcome his ego and earn money using a ride sharing app that sets him on an ethereal journey where he’ll rediscover himself, find true love and finally realize his dreams. Watch the trailer here!

Bison Witches (211 E. Main) will also host the NFF at 8 p.m. with "Steam Room Stories: The Movie" (2019) dir. J.C. Calciano.  Failing cosmetics magnate Sally Fay will stop at nothing to possess the waters of the Steam Room to help lift her sagging empire. What she doesn't count on is the Steam Room Guys banding together to thwart her evil plans.
Watch the trailer here!

GALLERIES, SHOPS, STUDIOS & MORE:

2nd Friday Art Walk Vendors will be announced soon. 

2nd Friday Art Walk Street Performers will be announced soon.                                          

Artifactory (106 E. Main) will be open at their new location!  They would love to show you around!  Tons of new merchandise, class offerings and much, much more!  

Bigfoot Creative (315 E Main) will feature artist Rai Fordyce.  Introduced at a very young age, her artistry began as a way to escape a traumatic childhood, which lead to majoring in art therapy.  Now, loving all sorts of art, but never having enough room for all the canvases and portraits to hang, there was ultimately a desire to create art that could be utilized. Also wanting to be a part of the upcycle movement to cut down on environmental waste and overproduction in clothing. Have a rip or stain on your favorite shirt? Stitch a little happy healing into the piece so it won't be thrown into the dump!

Bill & Juanita Williams (upstairs, 122 E. Main) will be open during Art Walk with new work. Juarnita will be taking special orders for Christmas for hats, scarves, fingerless gloves and more!  

The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will host an opening reception for Figures & Landscapes: The Art of Carol Armstrong from 6 to 9 p.m. Armstrong is an award-winning Oklahoma artist who has been painting and teaching professionally for over 35 years. The 2016 recipient of the prestigious Oklahoma Governor’s Art Award, Carol is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and is known throughout the Western and Contemporary Art communities for her emotive figurative and landscape oil paintings. “My true love is painting the figure in everyday scenes,” Armstrong says. “I am telling stories of the American West.”

Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. They are a cooperative art gallery of 12 artists featuring paintings, photography, glass work, jewelry, fiber art, sculptures, and whimsical creations. They will also have a new guest up-and-coming artist named Denise Lyon. Her work will feature water colors in a collection called Unnamed Portfolio. Come meet her and come visit us above Syrup on Main!

Gray Owl Coffee (223 E Gray) will be showing quilts by Catherine Raymond. She has this to say about her work:“Many of the pieces I use are hand dyed cloth. They are antique hand woven cloth from Japan. Slow stitching and cheese cloth batting is a method developed by Jude Hill. It is this method I employ to tell my quilt stories.”

GreenLove Compassionate Care and Wellness Center (112 W. Main) is excited to welcome back Adam Sarmiento (New Tribe), who will be serenading patients and passersby alike on their front porch, as the weather begins to cool.  Also, the art of Craig Smith, presented by Tyson Meade (Chainsaw Kittens), will be on display throughout the fall.

GrooveFest can be found at Bison Witches (211 E. Main) with a booth set up promoting their event on Sunday, October 6 in Andrews Park.  They will be will be accepting donations and selling t-shirts. 

Guestroom Records (125 E. Main) will host live, in-store performances from Maddie Razook and Hieronymus Josh. 

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) ushers out two solo exhibitions from Ellen Moershel and Michael Fischerkeller with a closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Moershel is an abstract painter who works in many mediums including gouache, acrylic and oil paint. As an admirer of the anti-form artists of the late 60s, she uses aspects of automatic drawing and abstract sculpture to create depth in her pieces while retaining ambiguity when it comes to defining background and subject. Fischerkeller is inspired by street artists and so, recognizing that the “street” is most often and most severely impacted by social issues, he chose their primary instrument of communication - spraypaint - to deliver his messages. His starting point is always a black canvas, symbolic of the black light referenced in Sufi mystical prose from which the light of our universe emanates, light that seeks to overcome the darkness in our lives. 

Norman Public Schools’ Elaine Fulton Hale Professional Development Center (207 E. Gray) will host their “Off The Clock” exhibition featuring the artwork of employees and their spouses as a part of 2nd Friday Art Walk. The works will be on display at the center as featured on the downtown Norman Ghost Tour. The art show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The 1932 building, which served as Norman’s Post Office until the mid-’60s, is included on the National Register of Historic Sites. Tours of the building will be given at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Opolis (113 N. Crawford) features a free performance from Tulsa garage pop band The Daddyo’s, Texas psychedelic crew Acid Carousel and solo set from singer-songwriter Charlotte Bumgarner, presented by Norman Music Festival.

OU Fine Arts Library (500 W. Boyd) will host What Would Goff Do? collaborations across campus. Art and Architecture students engage with Bruce Goff's teaching by collaborating on an assignment he created while teaching at OU in the 1950s.

Resonator Institute (325 E. Main) is featuring a solo show by artist Rachel Stout called Transfixion.  The exhibition is a collection of ink drawings along and personal narratives that explore my creative process and expressions. 

Robinson’s Repurposed (114 S. Porter Ave) will be open with a wide variety of eclectic art.  Stop by and check it out!

Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will host Chinese Brushwork artist Beverly Herndon. In addition, the Merry Sisters and Mayhem will perform live 7 to 9 p.m. Merry Sisters and Mayhem are a Celtic Zen, Balance of Light & Dark group incorporating jigs, reels, murder ballads and so much more. Beverly Herndon has been teaching, selling and creating Chinese Brushwork for many decades, as she explains, "Chinese Brushwork Painting is an ancient art form, originating in China over 2,000 years ago".

Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) will host the Bread n' Butter band from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.! 

The Social Club (209 E. Main) will serve free treats and hosting 405 Brewery slinging a new delish "beer-tail" (beer + cocktail) on Art Walk! Their featured artist for the month is returning artist, Natalie Miller. Natalie is best known for her acrylic paintings’ vibrant use of color on canvas. She explores color combinations through overlapping shapes and pattern. Her use of color and pattern takes you on a journey across the canvas. She draws inspiration from nature, textiles and her background in graphic design.

STASH (412 E. Main) will have the ever-popular Flower Power Market returning for the fall. This market features new and favorite makers selling hand-crafted, home grown, and vintage items. Come celebrate fall with pop-up shopping, art, handmade products, and fresh foods, all ready for purchase. As part of Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk, families, friends, and kids of all ages are invited to share in this popular event which features food trucks and a backdrop of live music as well as a celebration of all things local.  Come hungry; Loaded Bowl, Midway Deli, Loaded Bowl and Whole Latte Pie return to EDO for our September Art Walk. Lazy Circles Brewing will serve their hand-crafted seasonal beers on tap. The event will be held 6 to 9:30 p.m.

TOLY Food Truck Park (223 W. Main) will kick off Art Walk with live music by Like Before! The band will start at 7 p.m. so come out and enjoy awesome food from a food truck, great local beers and fun cocktail specials from our full bar! Gates open at 6 p.m.! 

The Vintage Rose (219 W. Main) will be open with snacks, sales and a festive fall atmosphere, right next to TOLY Park. 

Whispering Willows Art Gallery (226 E. Main) showcases art by Kevin Stark, Enoch Kelley Haney, Todd Jenkins, Kathy Shumate, Gayla Hollis, Irmgard Geul, Eric Speigel and gallery owner Peggy D. Farris.

Natalie Miller at The Social Club

Natalie Miller at The Social Club

Rai Fordyce at Bigfoot Creative

Rai Fordyce at Bigfoot Creative

Carol Armstrong at The Depot

Carol Armstrong at The Depot

Michael Fischerkeller at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Michael Fischerkeller at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

ADD YOUR SPARK TO 2ND FRIDAY ART WALK!

 

MAIN STREET BRICK & MORTAR
Businesses OR OrganizationS:

We are happy to have any permanent, brick & mortar 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 and no fees are required. 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!).

 

ARTIST, MAKER & CULTURAL PARTICIPANTS:

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, tables and shelves. 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, so you’ll need to reach out directly).

2). You can set up as an outdoor participant with an Artist, Maker or Cultural Participant Permit. Showcase your work and sell your wares to 2nd Friday crowds as they travel between shops, galleries and restaurants. Outdoor participants 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.

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

  • Participants must get permission on their location prior to registering from the business or building owner.

There is a permit fee of $30 due with the submission of the Artist, Maker or Cultural Participant Permit Application, and applications are due by the first Friday of the month (a week prior to 2nd Friday). Those who miss the deadline can submit a Late Application for $100.

Participants who have failed to register by 2nd Friday may be asked to leave the special event boundaries.

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

 

NON-ARTS RELATED OUTDOOR PARTICIPANTS:

Non arts-related businesses, non-profits, or other community organizations (including churches, booster clubs, student/youth organizations), as well as political candidates and non arts-related advocacy groups can also apply for a permit to setup on the sidewalks to interact with 2nd Friday guests, given that they follow 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.

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

  • Participants must get permission on their location prior to registering from the business or building owner.

There is a permit fee of $100 due with the submission of the Non Arts-Related Participant Permit Application, and applications are due by the first Friday of the month (a week prior to 2nd Friday). Those who miss the deadline can submit a Late Application for $200.

Participants who have failed to register by 2nd Friday may be asked to leave the special event boundaries.

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

 

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 and reserves the right to refuse any application. Location preference may be requested, and brick & mortar businesses may coordinate with NAC to facilitate performances outside their businesses. Applications for a permit — with no fee — are due by the first Friday of the month. Late applications for a permit will be accepted with a $100 fee.

 

The Norman Arts Council and the City of Norman reserve the right to deny any participant or performer application that they do not believe fits the purpose of 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk.

 

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