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 SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

Artifactory (313 E. Main) would love for you to join them! Stop by to see all the new goods they have in store.

Ashtanga Yoga Studio (120 E. Tonhawa) will showcase artwork by Kylie Andreson.

Bigfoot Creative (315 E. Main) is hosting a collaborative show by Oklahoma City Community College's art students. They'll be running their art walk t-shirts and have snacks and drinks from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The Crucible Foundry and Gallery (110 E. Tonhawa) is having a Back-to-School Art Walk all about the creative kids in Norman this month. They will feature artwork from Little Blessings in the gallery. They will also have sidewalk chalk, a lemonade stand, bubbles, and jump rope!  As always, they will have refreshments for the grown folks, courtesy of Success Vodka and Prairie Artesian Ales.

D.M. Wealth Management (201 E. Main) will host artist Vikki McGuire and musical guest Frank Lawrence. McGuire has painted murals, still life, animals and abstracts. She also makes greeting cards, and jewelry. Her mediums are oil, acrylics, pastel, colour is her inspiration. Vikki has shown in several galleries in Hot Springs, banks and even winery's. Vikki is now at the contemporary art gallery in Paseo art district.

The Depot Gallery (200 S. Jones) will host an opening reception of BERT SEABOURN: Abstract Expressionist, an exhibit of the work of Oklahoma City painter, print maker, sculptor and teacher Bert Seabourn, from 6 to 9 pm. Seabourn, an internationally acclaimed American Expressionist, is known for his stylized and nonrepresentational neo-expressionist art. Primarily a painter of Native American subjects, Seabourn also paints figures, landscapes, and other subjects. As an expressionist, his technique includes the layering of texture with drips, smears, runs and splatters, working in acrylic, oil and watercolor.

Earth Rebirth (325 E Comanche) will have live music, concession, games and collecting donations for school gardens this fall. 

Gray Owl Coffee (223 E. Gray) will be showing Carla Kennedy. A lifelong portrait photographer from Oklahoma, Kennedy was changed by a trip to India. She captured a vibrant and generous people in her work. This collection, she calls REVERIE (सपना) & was all shot with film and developed in some questionable conditions during her trip to India. They are presented in a form as rough and ancient memory.

Greer Inez Photography (123 E. Main #2) be painting on her photos and serving drinks.

Main Street Event Center (300 E. Main) celebrates their first anniversary of their opening with a fine wine tasting, the Farris Collection Art Show, Rockin Rotelo Lasagna Rolls Catering, $4 drink specials, and the local artist The Smash, who will be playing indie soul music on the inside stage in the Downtown Ballroom.

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E. Main) plays host to the second part of the Cultural Connections art exchange with Clermont-Ferrand, France. Cecile Gambini, Hervé Bréheir and Anne-Marie Rognon will showcase works developed onsite, inspired by both their hometown and experiences in their American sister city of Norman.

The Mercury (428 E. Main) is a new event center in Downtown Norman and will be hosting a performance from Camille Harp with Fatt Boys Smoke House Food Truck parked out front.

OU Fine Arts Library (500 W. Boyd) will host An Oblique Evening. Join the New Century Ensemble for a set of spontaneous compositions inspired by Brian Eno's Oblique Strategy cards. They are located in the Lower Level Catlett Music Center.

Resonator Institute (1010 N University) is hosting an art exhibition by Katy Seals entitled Diamond in the Wilderness, featuring a collection of drawings and prints that focus on lowbrow American culture through folklore during Art Walk at 8pm.

Seniors Moving Forward will recognize our outstanding community senior citizens. September is National Senior Center Month! This is a great time to raise awareness and profile of our existing Senior Citizens Center along with outstanding community senior citizens.

The Silk Road Weaving Studio (123 E. Main, Studio #3, above Syrup) will have weaving demonstrations, classes, and handwoven items for sale 6 to 9 p.m.

The Social Club (209 E. Main) is hosting artist Kayli Lyons of Created and Found. They will be showcasing her embroidery work on items ranging from wall hangings to clothing and more. They will also have a cocktail and treats as usual, from 6 to 10 p.m. 

STASH (412 E. Main) is hosting “Premier Salsa Festival Takes Over East Downtown Norman: Supporting Shelter Pets.” Lovers of dance and furry friends can get behind a fundraiser that joins both, Dancing with the Strays, happening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dancing with the Strays will combine salsa performances and lessons, auction, and more while raising awareness and funds for The Norman Animal Shelter. Tickets include admission to the festival and specialty cocktails from Opolis. The cost of tickets is $8 in advance, and $10 day of, and a special VIP opportunity for $15 each/$25 for two.

Studio Ink (220 E. Main) will feature local artist Amber Webb in the gallery along with Melissa Johnson from Clean Life Clean Home to share her journey. Food and drinks will be served.

Syrup (123 E. Main) is hosting another group of local artists that will be painting live! Join them for this great art experience!

Urban Alley will showcase Charles "Caleb" Burgess who will be in from Tulsa to paint a large mural in his unique style! A live DJ will provide a backdrop for the live paint, as well!

The 2nd Friday Food Truck Park (Peters between Main and Gray) returns with a variety of Oklahoma food trucks boasting all sorts of street eats!

Katy Seals at Resonator Institute

Katy Seals at Resonator Institute

Vikki McGuire at D.M. Wealth Management

Vikki McGuire at D.M. Wealth Management

Carla Kennedy at Gray Owl Coffee

Carla Kennedy at Gray Owl Coffee

Cecile Gambini at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Cecile Gambini at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Salsa Festival at STASH

Salsa Festival at STASH

CONCERTS FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

Chainsaw Kittens at Opolis

Chainsaw Kittens at Opolis

Norman Arts Council presents the Opolis 15th Anniversary Party from September 7 through 9. Performances on Friday, September 8 include a special reunion performance from Chainsaw Kittens, Helen Kelter Skelter, Rainbows Are Free, Costello, Wildings, Locust Avenue and more! The festival takes place at Opolis (113 N. Crawford) across an indoor and outdoor stage and is all-ages. Three day-passes are available for $15 at opolis.org, and $1 of each ticket goes on to support NAC Arts Education Scholarships.

Bluebonnet (321 E. Main) will be hosting Steve Stapler from 7 to 9 p.m. and The Wight Lighters from 9 p.m. to midnight.  

Bison Witches (211 E. Main) welcomes Norman ska favorites The Big News and singer-songwriter Ali Harter to its new concert stage.  

Michaelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar (207 E. Main) will have the local singer-songwriter duo Heartbreak Rodeo performing. Their sound is a blend of acoustic, folk, Americana and country music.

Red Brick Bar (311 E. Main) will have live music at 7 p.m. and karaoke at 10 p.m. Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit from Austin TX will be playing a high energy show full of rock n’ roll, roots, blues and soul. Over the past three years Sam has been peppered throughout the Austin Music Awards annual Top 10 lists. 

Sergio’s Italian Bistro (104 E. Gray) will have Harumph playing 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.