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 APRIL 13, 2018

The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park (Main & S. Jones) features fun bites, dinners and treats from a variety of Oklahoma food truck favorites.

Bill & Juanita Williams (upstairs, 122 E. Main) will have new work on display. Bill has new American Indian oil paintings, and Juanita will have spring knitted items. Juanita does special orders for knitted and crocheted items. Stop by!

D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) is hosting artist Rebecca Wilson, a longtime resident of Norman, where — as the child of a musician — she developed a lifelong love of the arts, including music, theater and visual arts. Her friendship with artist O. Gail Poole led to Rebecca’s interest in painting. She began studying watercolor and then oil under Carol Armstrong at the Firehouse Art Center in 2012. As always, Frank Lawrence is their guest musician.

The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will feature My Wildest Dreams by Broken Arrow artist Michael W. Jones with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m., with the exhibit continuing through April 27. 

Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) will celebrate their 8th anniversary this 2nd Friday! Come celebrate with in their new, larger space just next door to the old space! They have many, many beautiful hand-made art pieces including beautiful paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, unusual wood, stone and metal sculptures, exquisite photographs, silk and felt textiles, and brilliantly colored kiln-formed glass objects. Join them UP at Gallery 123 above Syrup and next to Abner Ale House.

Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) will be showing the work of Brittany Benson. A new style developed by the artist — that of Saccadism — explores how the initial movements of they eyes on an image may appear before the mind can sew them into a continuous image.  Though she works both in oil and in gouache, this will be the first time her gouache paintings will take the spotlight on the walls. 

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) hosts the annual OU MFA Thesis Exhibition. The show features MFA candidates AnnaVittoria Conner, Danielle Weigandt and Mark Scott, presenting installations and works that represent the culmination of their art studies to date.

OU Fine Arts Library (500 W. Boyd) is hosting the event: Getting to Know Us: Art by OU staff from 5 to 7 p.m.

Puebla Tacos y Tequileria (305 E. Main) will have the fabulous music. Join them for great food and drinks!

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

Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will have music and art for your entertainment.  Stop by and see what they have in store!

Shevaun Williams & Associates Photography (221 E. Main) will be hosting April's Art Walk to Bridges, a program dedicated to assisting students up to the age of 21 in need of safe living spaces. Their motto is "Empowering high school students in family crisis to pursue education without obstacles." The show will involve sentimental photographs captured by those who have benefited from being a part of Bridges. These images are a representation of each individual's story. Refreshments and information about the program will be provided.

The Social Club (209 E. Main) will host Jamie Stevens. Jamie is a self-taught oil painter living in Norman, Oklahoma.  She began painting in 2015 when her husband bought her art supplies as a Christmas gift.  The Daily Painting movement is especially inspiring to her.  She believes that painting small and often will help her grow as an artist.  Every day is a new adventure, giving her the opportunity to experiment and try something new.  Her greatest driving force is her relationship with God.  It helps her keep perspective both when she likes how a painting turns out and when she doesn’t.  She believes He is the ultimate creator and painting is an opportunity to reflect something about Him.  She finds inspiration in many places, though primarily focuses on still life for now.  Her current goal is to complete 500 paintings. Stop by for cookies and cocktails, as well!

STASH (412 E. Main) hosts local makers + vintage market with live music by Tripsitters, along with Flower Power Market featuring new and favorite vendors selling hand-crafted and vintage items. Come hungry; The Loaded Bowl, Midway Deli, Holey Rollers and Crepes & Tater Cakes return to EDO for our April Art Walk. The Brewhouse will serve their original craft beers. STASH presents local artist, Eric Piper, "Works on Paper," featuring original ink washes, watercolor paintings and serigraph mixed media, woodblock relief prints, and variety of affordable giclée reproductions. They will also host the Water's Worth It poster contest art show. Be sure to swing by 6 to 9:30 pm!

Studio Ink (220 E. Main) will feature local artist, Jawn Babbitt. His work invites you into a bizarre world of animated weirdlings that you can't help but fall in love with their in house tattoo artist, Jimmy Nation will be their gallery hall feature and every purchase made will enter you in to win a gift card to the studio! PLUS, food! This will be a very colorful event!

TOLY Park (227 W. Main) will debut its permanent food truck court to downtown Norman with a grand opening reception at 4:30 p.m., followed up with food trucks like Gaberino's Homestyle Italian and Pops Pockets serving through the evening!

Whispering Willows Art Gallery (226 E. Main) will feature book signings by N. Harold Donley with his book Outworld and Kenny Harmon with his book The Sad Papaw Series. Also, featuring our art exhibit by Pen Brady, Peggy D. Farris, Irmgard Geul, Gayla Hollis, Kat Marie Shumate, and Kevin Stark. Come meet the authors and artists!

 

 Jamie Stevens at The Social Club

Jamie Stevens at The Social Club

 Flower Power Market at STASH

Flower Power Market at STASH

 AnnaVittoria Conner at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

AnnaVittoria Conner at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

 Rebecca Wilson at D.M. Wealth Management

Rebecca Wilson at D.M. Wealth Management

CONCERTS FOR APRIL 13, 2018

 PennyP at Guestroom Records

PennyP at Guestroom Records

Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival team up each month to present the 2nd Friday Concert Series, featuring a diverse range of performers from across the state and region in the lead-up to NMF. This month features North Texas hip-hop artists Lil Durt, LVL9 and J3's Journal along with Norman's own Stafre and the Hitones with a closing dance set from Ecchi Beats at Opolis (113 N. Crawford)

The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) will have Ben McKenzie and Issac McClung from 7 to midnight. It will be smoke free. 

Guestroom Records (125 E. Main) will feature Labrys (solo) and they will be playing two sets. Show starts around 7 p.m.!

Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) will have Wess McMichael Duo from 8 to 10 p.m.

ADD YOUR SPARK TO 2ND FRIDAY ART WALK!

 

For Businesses OR Organizations:

Awesome! So glad to have you participating in our 2nd Friday Norman Art Walks. 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 special 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 and open to the public … and preferably awesome (we’re sure it’s awesome!).

For Food Trucks:

Tacos, pizza, salads, drinks, sandwiches … if you serve it out of a truck, our patrons will (probably) eat it. We love having food trucks at 2nd Friday Norman Art Walks and have just recently formalized the 2nd Friday Food Truck Park on Peters between Main & Gray. Contact Lacy Jo Burgess with Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) at Lacy@VisitNorman.com. She’ll help coordinate a spot for you, when available. Just remember to be permitted through the City of Norman!

For Outside Vendors:

If you are selling shirts, prints, baked goods, books and just about anything else you can name or think of, you’ll need to fill out a Vendor Application, which you can find here. There’s a $20 fee to setup shop and sell on the street during a 2nd Friday.

For Artists, Musicians, Performers OR MAKERS:

To showcase your work or perform at a 2nd Friday, please contact participating organizations, businesses and venues directly. Norman Arts Council does not handle booking and placement of artists, outside of MAINSITE Contemporary Art. If you want to setup on the street to display your work with the intention of selling anything, you’ll need to fill out a Vendors Application.

If you aren’t sure who to reach out to, come to a 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk and see which place would suit your stuff best. Then contact them after!

 

 

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