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 MARCH 8, 2019

GALLERIES, SHOPS, STUDIOS & MORE:

A Small Vintage Affair (106 E. Main) will be celebrating their third birthday/anniversary during art walk! Stop by and join the celebration.

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

Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) will feature Bre Cable, a professional artist who specializes in bright colored abstract animals and abstract paintings. Bre is the owner of Kolour Salon where she expresses art every day as a hair stylist making people feel amazing about themselves. She is a graduate of Lindsay High School in Lindsay, OK and has lived in the Norman area for 10 years. Bre has always had a passion for art ever since she could pick up a pencil. From designing football program covers for her high school team for five years to designing a Christmas bulb for the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce in 2005. One of Bre’s greatest achievements was a leopard painting that was showcased at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa in 2006. 

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

The Bluebonnet Bar (321 E. Main) will be having a Drag Show from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by The Dirty Little Betties. The performances are free and non-smoking.

The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will host an exhibition of new work by Oklahoma artists Douglas Shaw Elder and Skip Hill beginning during 2ndFriday Norman Art Walk. Melrose Sessions opens with a public reception on March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The work exhibited is the culmination of a three-year collaboration between the two, merging Elder’s sculptural woodcarvings and Hill’s colorful drawings. While both artists work with elements of nature, including birds and landscapes, they fused their individual styles to create complementary pieces while working together in Elder's studio on Melrose Street. 

D. M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) will feature internationally recognized photographic artist,  Gay Pasley. Pasley captured images of participants at the 2019 Women’s March in Oklahoma City. The artist has created customized posters reminiscent of 1960’s protest art. 

Gallery 123 (123 E. Main) invites you to stop by and visit them, above Syrup! They are a cooperative art gallery of 12 artists featuring paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, glass, photography, jewelry, and wonderful sculptures made from found objects.This month, they are also featuring “K”! He is painter who splits his time between New York, Bulgaria, and Oklahoma City and will be showing at Gallery 123 through April. Come meet him!

Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) will be showing the work of Alan Hatcher. He describes his current body of work as: “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) is proud to welcome back The New Tribe’s very own Adam Sarmiento as their featured musician of the month.  They are honored to have Tyson Meade of The Chainsaw Kittens as our resident artist. Swing by for eventful evening of sights and sounds!  

Main Street Event Center (300 E. Main) is hosting an open house for Vision For Norman.  Come learn about the practical and fiscally responsible funding solution comprised of two general obligation bonds and a utility that will address community-wide issues of traffic congestion, flooding and water quality caused by Norman’s aging infrastructure.

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) hosts the closing reception for 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.

Michelangelo’s (207 E. Main) will have The Dead & Steady – an early 70’s rock style band. Stop by for wine, coffee and music!

Norman Arts Council and Norman Music Festival presents the free, all-ages 2nd Friday Concert Series each month at Opolis (113 N. Crawford). This month features dream pop acts Smokey Motel and Burl, along with indie rockers Bad Jokes. Doors open for food and drink at 6 p.m., and music begins at 9 p.m.  

Oil & Clay Studio (410 E. Main) invites you to stop by and CREATE! They will provide a free art activity for the community. Stop by and see what is happening this coming spring!  

OU Fine Arts Library (500 W. Boyd) is hostinglocal artist and OU alum, AnnaVittoria Conner. She will create an interactive exhibit that represents the culture that inspires her. It will include a comfortable furnished area with enough books to drown in.  Visitors are encouraged have a seat, relax, read, and find their own inspiration.They are open 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Resonator (325 E. Main) hosts Sonic Bloom with Spaced Out Arts. A variety of local artists will showcase their work, soundtracked by musical performances

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

Rusty’s Custard Factory (301 E. Main) will have the Winter Creek Kids playing inside the store and a guest vendor on the patio.  

Sandalwood & Sage (322 E. Main) will host it's 10th Annual Art Rock featuring the beautiful works of Mother Nature for the March Norman 2nd Friday Art Walk.  Students from the Imagine Music and Arts Studio will entertain guests starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sea Shanty Scuba & Swim (116A E. Main) will be featuring artist, Christopher Shuert. He calls himself a junk artist. His medium is found, scavenged and reused items which he uses to create sculpture. 

Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) will host jazz musician Maurice Johnson from 7 to 9 p.m. 

The Social Club (209 E. Main) presents Never Forget How Wildly Capable You Are. This year, March's Art Walk lands on International Women's Day. The Social Club invites you to celebrate how wildly capable women are. We gathered a group of women - local artists and makers - that we feel have a strong voice and a beautiful medium for sharing that voice. This women-lead installation will hang all month long and 50% of the art sales will go towards the Women's Resource Center.

STASH (412 E. Main) hosts their ever-popular Flower Power Market featuring new and favorite vendors selling hand-crafted and vintage items. They are also happy to host the Paul Mitchell Design Studio and their Braid & Bun Bar to EDO. They set up a "bar" where people can come and get their hair made up. The featured artist for March is a self-taught, Oklahoma based, expressionist painter, Sheree Greider. Sheree loves all things Oklahoman, from the many diverse peoples, wild weather extremes and far ranging landscapes. All can be found as frequent subjects captured in bold, vivid strokes. Also, come hungry; Smoke N’ Oak Pizza, Midway Deli and HOLEY ROLLERS return to EDO for our March Art Walk. The Brewhouse will serve fresh craft beers including their signature IPA, amber, and wheat varieties. Be sure to swing by for makers, food, art and fun 6 to 9:30 p.m.!

Studio Ink (220 E. Main) will host Haley Bell and her new series, Desolate Vacancies. We will have refreshments and some other amazingly cool stuff!

TOLY Food Truck Park (223 W. Main) can help you start off Art Walk early with Pops Pockets' famous Indian tacos, Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Fried Bologna Sandwiches, and so much more! We 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) welcomes artist and musician Joel Melton, who will show his art and also play his guitar. Kathy Shumate will have new alcohol Inks, and Irmgard Geul will show her non-objective art. The gallery artists will always have some work in the gallery. Kevin Stark, Enoch Kelly Haney, Eric Speigel, Bob Rapp (potter), and Peggy D. Farris, owner, will have her Surrealistic and Representational art in the gallery. 

Paulis Liepa at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Paulis Liepa at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Sheree Greider at STASH

Sheree Greider at STASH

AnnaVittoria Conner at OU Fine Arts Library

AnnaVittoria Conner at OU Fine Arts Library

Douglas Shaw Elder + Skip Hill at The Depot

Douglas Shaw Elder + Skip Hill at The Depot

LIVE MUSIC ON MARCH 8, 2019

Smokey Motel at Opolis

Smokey Motel at Opolis

Smokey Motel (dream pop): 9 p.m. at Opolis (113 N. Crawford)

Dirty Little Betty’s (bluegrass): 9 p.m. at Bluebonnet (321 E. Main)

Maurice Johnson (jazz): 7 p.m. at Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray)

Adam Sarmiento (The New Tribe) (folk): 7 p.m. at GreenLove (112 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.