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. 

EVENT LISTING FOR MAY 10, 2019

GALLERIES, SHOPS, STUDIOS & MORE:

2nd Friday Art Walk Vendors found along Main Street include: 1971, Baba Bags, Bikes & Bugs, Kiss My Glass, Knot Yours Truly, Norman Creativity Camp (offering kids activities), Trep Hetherington and Two Unravelled Chicks & A Llama.

2nd Friday Art Walk Performers found along Main Street include Hill School of Irish Dance Troupe and Like Before.

A Small Vintage Affair (106 E. Main) will be open with several vendors set up with special merchandise. Snacks, too!

Artifactory (313 E. Main) will be open with bells on! Come out and check out their new studio space and all the exciting changes taking place! They’ll have fun Mother’s Day gift items arriving daily!  

Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) is open with featured artist Olivia Harris and a Mother’s Day-themed art walk shirt!

Bill & Juanita Williams (upstairs, 122 E. Main) will be open during Art Walk with new work. Treats will be served.  

The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) hosts an opening reception for Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters, the fiber art of Julie Marks Blackstone and Sue Moss Sullivan, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sullivan creates new forms in fiber and metal, whether two-dimensional, sculptural, or functional, often weaving with copper, wire, metal, papers, and other embellishments, pushing traditional techniques to become innovative art. Blackstone teaches a variety of mediums at OBU, but is perhaps best known for her textile/fiber art, with her "Knotty Girl" works created using a French Knot embroidery technique with embellishments.

D. M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) has artist Ashley Lewis for the month of May, who calls herself an accidental abstract artist because art was something she just kind of fell into in 2014. Her art is an array of bright intricate shapes and lines that build patterns accompanied by some of her favorite inspiring quotes. All of her art is intuitive and without plan. She simply picks up a pen and lets her hand go to work. To her, art is like meditation. As always, Frank Lawrence is their musical guest.

Fusion Fitness & Yoga partners with R&J Complete Auto Care (corner of Main & Porter) to bring art walk patrons a free bellydance show at 7:30 p.m. by Marjan & Mystical Hips in the parking lot! Join them for a fun, free show!

Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) is a cooperative art gallery with 12 members. They feature paintings, jewelry, stone carvings, metal art, photographs, and fiber arts. This month they will also feature a new up and coming artist, Brooke Madden-Jones. She received a BFA from PU and her current works include both jewelry and watercolor paintings. The jewelry is made from a mix of leather, metal, stones, beads, wood, and paint. Her paintings are abstracted contour portraits of people she knows. Come see her beautiful work and visit Gallery 123. They are located above Syrup.

GreenLove Compassionate Care and Wellness Center (112 W. Main) will be celebrating their first anniversary the weekend and are proud to announce their next artist installment of 2019 in the Tyson Meade Presents Series: The Art of Aaron Frisby. They will also have performances throughout the evening by their very own bud tenders, The GreenLove house band. 2nd Friday activities will spill over into Saturday with events happening all-day long, speakers, classes, giveaways, in addition to a performance by Stafre and The Hitones.

Main Street Event Center (300 E. Main) is featuring Elizabeth Wise performing Blues Jams presented by Jazz in June.  She will perform 7 to 9 p.m., and they’ll have a full bar and open patio!

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) ushers in The Skies Have It, a three-month exhibition and artist residency with painter David Holland. Known for his cloudscapes, Holland’s impactful works capture the majestic nature of stormy skies across Oklahoma and the greater region. Holland will hold studio hours at MAINSITE from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday, where you can watch him in work. 

Opolis (113 N. Crawford) features a free performance from festival favorite Peelander-Z, presented by Norman Music Festival. The pop-punk band blends Power Ranger, Japanese and American pop culture images of sci-fi and pro-wrestling into their zany, livewire performances that have landed them on stages across the world and some of its biggest festivals. The concert is free and all-ages, but arrive early to guarantee entry! Doors open at 6 p.m. for food and the show will begin around 9 p.m. 

Resonator (325 E. Main) opens with Rock, Paper, Sissors featuring new work by artists Sarai Raven Huber, Margaret Kinkeade and Ruth Loveland, three very different, but extremely complimentary artists. Huber, whose intricate mixed-media creations combine assemblage, weaving, quilting, knitting, and sewing, makes work that calls upon her memories of growing up, surrounded by the quilts and hand made objects her family lovingly utilized and displayed. Kinkeade's obsessively beautiful ceramic work brings to mind the roots of American folk art and the generosity of family and community that inspired it. The amazingly prolific Loveland works primarily in drawing and painting. Her new series "cloud of rainbows" combines compulsive mark-making with charm, innocence, and strident economy.

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

Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will host the 10th Annual Himalayan Imports Trunk Show. Enjoy the hand crafted Decorative Arts of the Himalayas from 6 to 10 p.m. and continues Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Annual Trunk Show features hand crafted jewelry, statuary, wall hangings, Tibetan singing bowls, shawls, masks and much more imported direct from Nepal. Special guest musicians Chris Christos and Jahruba Lambeth will set the mood with their amazing Retro Vibes for an awesome evening in downtown Norman.

Sea Shanty Scuba & Swim (116A E. Main) will host rock band FIRE BAD! starting around 8 p.m for the May Art Walk. 

Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) will have the Gentlefolks playing gypsy jazz during Art Walk. Join them for dinner! 

The Social Club (209 E. Main) will be hosting 405 Brewery and serving up a delish "beer-tail" (beer + cocktail) and slinging free treats. Their featured artist this month is Norman native, Jessica Skinner. She is a mom to three and wife to another creative soul. Jessica spends her days creating art and chasing kids. Her business, Loveleigh Creative, was established in 2012 and is living her dream job, creating beautiful pieces for people to display and enjoy daily, all the while raising a family in the country. 

STASH (412 E. Main) hosts their ever-popular Flower Power Market featuring new and favorite vendors selling hand-crafted and vintage items. Come hungry; Smoke N Oak Pizza, The Loaded Bowl, Midway Deli and HOLEY ROLLERS return to EDO for our May Art Walk. Our neighbors Lazy Circles Brewing will serve a variety of their fresh craft beers.Be sure to swing by the 400 East block of Main Street for makers, food, art and fun from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

TOLY Food Truck Park (223 W. Main) will have Boardwalk Burritos Food Truck back and a few others will join them. They will also have children’s activities. It will be fun for the whole family, including your four-legged ones! Bring the whole family out and start and end your Art Walk with TOLY Park! They have a full bar with great drink specials and local brews, too! 

Stephanie O’Donnell at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Stephanie O’Donnell at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Jessica Skinner at The Social Club

Jessica Skinner at The Social Club

Ashley Lewis at DM Wealth Management

Ashley Lewis at DM Wealth Management

Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters  at The Depot

Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters at The Depot

LIVE MUSIC ON MAY 10, 2019

Peelander-Z at Opolis

Peelander-Z at Opolis

Peelander-Z (punk): 9 p.m. at Opolis (113 N. Crawford)

Elizabeth Wise (blues): 7 p.m. at Main Street Event Center (300 E. Main)

Jahruba (reggae): 6 p.m. at Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. 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.