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 food truck, vendor, maker, balloon artist, mime, 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 FEBRUARY 8, 2019

GALLERIES, SHOPS, STUDIOS & MORE:

A Small Vintage Affair (106 E. Main) will be open as usual with new art vendors!

Artifactory (313 E. Main) will be open! Loaded with great gifts for your Valentine, you will want to be sure to stop by and see all the new “treats” we have in store! 

Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will feature Robbi Fox, a migratory artist who celebrates the human condition through acrylic and mixed media portraiture. She studied Anthropology and Psychology at the University of North Texas. Her work has been exhibited in D.C., Texas, and Oklahoma. Her work explores the full scope of human emotional expression and celebrates individuals who embrace their authentic selves. 

Bill & Juanita Williams (122 E. Main, above MAINSITE) feature new paintings & fabric works, along with complimentary treats!

The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) presents Resistance, works by Don Holladay continues through February 24th. A closing reception will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Music will be provided by classical/jazz guitarist Larry Hammett from 7 to 9 p.m. 

EMBER (318 E. Gray) presents the Afendras, Barbour, Kolarik and Lee families with First Impressions. The families believe we are all designed with a creative spirit and feel it’s important to instill a value for art at an early age. As the culminating event for a unit study on art, their children are showcasing some of their favorite original pieces at the 2nd Friday Art Walk. It is their hope that this experience grows a hunger in the children’s hearts for more! Come take a look and celebrate art with them!

Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. for the 2nd Friday Art Walk. 
They are a cooperative art gallery of 12 artists an art includes paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, sculptures, folk art, and glass. Come on UP above Syrup.

Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) is showing the work of KT Murray. They are a printmaker, from Norman, using bright imagery and pattern, creating pictures of both wide expanse as well as the minutia of amoebic shape. Together these pieces reveal themselves more and more over time as shapes, words and colors emerge with each viewing.

GreenLove Compassionate Care and Wellness Center (112 W. Main) is excited to be hosting Tyson Todd Meade (of Chainsaw Kittens fame) and his provocative art for the first quarter of 2019. As many pieces have already been sold, Tyson will be bringing in new pieces weekly. Make sure to swing by and catch his ever-evolving art exhibition. Tyson will also be curating all of our art for 2019 so stay tuned! They will also be joined by singer-songwriter Abbigale Dawn to capture hearts and minds with her soundtrack to the evening. 

Guestroom Records (125 E. Main) will be hosting Colourmusic for an in-store performance celebrating their latest album release.

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) opens with a new exhibition Echoes & Resonance,featuring works by Latvian artists Liena Bondare and Paulis Liepa. Bondare's work seeks to reveal hidden meanings in everyday objects, actions, and rituals. She uses common social structures such as playgrounds and characters from popular culture to challenge her viewers, and herself, to look beyond their attachments and bring fresh analysis to the otherwise overlooked details of their world. The more interpretations her work generates, the better she feels about its effectiveness. The graphic work of Paulis Liepa bridges the space between fine art, printmaking, and graphic design seamlessly and leaves viewers questioning exactly how to quantify what they are seeing. Blending the domestic with the fantastic, Leipa utilizes shape, object, color, type, and texture equally to build images that seem simultaneously contemporary and timeless.

Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival present the 2nd Friday Concert Series each month at Opolis (113 N. Crawford). This month features a Red River exchange of Oklahoma and Texas indie rock talent, including Husbands, Pearl Earl, Hall Johnson and Lacey Elaine.  The concert is free and all-ages.  

Oil & Clay Studio (410 E. Main) will host a make-and-take Valentine's activity for the community. This is a donation based activity and begins at 6:30 p.m. until supplies last. 

OU Fine Arts Library (500 W. Boyd) is hosting The Phenomenological Library: Sculpture students from the School of Fine Arts explore the experiential and architectural features of the Fine Arts Library to imagine and create sculptural situations that animate the site.  In conjunction with sculpture coursework taught bu Assistant Professor in Sculpture, Daren Kendall. They are open 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Resonator Institute (325 E. Main) welcomes Latvian artist Vilnis Putrāms, who makes his Oklahoma debut with the installation "Grey Shades of Eastern European Identity." An exhibition designer by trade, Putrāms will transform their humble space into a multi-media spectacle exploring personal identity and its relationship to the world at large.

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

Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) will have Marco Tello, an outstanding accoustic guitar player from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Social Club (209 E. Main) will be continuing their Community HeART Installation this month's Art Walk. Help fill our heart mural and bring our community together one love letter at a time this Valentine's season! Share the love with a simple act of kindness by sending someone a note of encouragement, inside joke, or just let someone know you are thinking about them! Then wait patiently until Valentine's Day. It will sit with all the other notes as part of the installation until the week of Valentine's Day then we will be sure to drop them in the mail so they make it to your loved ones in time! 

Studio Ink (220 E. Main) is featuring Amber Webb in February with her series on the modernization of Catholicism through art.

STASH (412 E. Main) hosts Flower Power Market featuring new and favorite vendors selling hand-crafted and vintage items. Locals are invited to participate in “Love Notes to Norman.” STASH encourages friends and families to come out on art walk and to write a valentine to Norman. “Tell our city how you feel—what do you hope for and love about Norman?” asks STASH’s owner, Rebecca Bean. “We’ll have handmade valentines and supplies on hand. Come help fill our featured wall with your thoughts for Norman.” Come hungry; Midway Deli and HOLEY ROLLERS return to EDO for our February Art Walk. The Brewhouse will serve fresh craft beers including their signature IPA, amber, and wheat varieties.

TOLY Food Truck Park (227 W. Main) will have Middle Earth Kids Art and Craft Table. The bar will be open, and they will have food trucks! Park opens at 5 p.m.; join them before Art Walk and stay late with heat lamps to keep you warm!

Paulis Liepa at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Paulis Liepa at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

KT Murray at Gray Owl Coffee

KT Murray at Gray Owl Coffee

Vilnis Putrāms at Resonator

Vilnis Putrāms at Resonator

Don Holladay at The Depot

Don Holladay at The Depot

LIVE MUSIC ON FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Pearl Earl at Opolis

Pearl Earl at Opolis

Pearl Earl (garage rock): 9 p.m. at Opolis (113 N. Crawford)

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

Hall Johnson (indie rock): 9 p.m. at Opolis (113 N. Crawford)

Colourmusic (indie rock): 7 p.m. at Guestroom Records (125 E. Main) 

Lacey Elaine (indie rock): 9 p.m. at Opolis (113 N. Crawford)

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.