Born and raised in Oklahoma, Ebony Iman Dallas spent her first 23 years of life separated from family on her late father’s side. Her father was born in Hargeisa, Somalia while her mother and adoptive father are from Oklahoma. Her biological father’s untimely death and a long, bloody civil war prevented her from knowing him, her cultural heritage and family. But that all changed when Ebony unexpectedly met someone in San Francisco who knew that they were searching for her too.
“Through Abahay’s Eyes” is a painting series that highlights this journey and is over a decade in the making.
Ebony’s path to discovery has spanned across 7 countries and many cultures. Over the years, she has worked to process the tragedy of war, police brutality and her search to find out who her father was through art.
This series of paintings share cultural similarities and differences discovered between Oklahoma and Somalia, stories revealed along the way and the internal dilemma of finding her place within it all.
The show will showcase Native artists whose work is influenced by the world of comic books and pop culture. People often hold a stereotypical view of Native peoples as stoic and always being relegated to history. This exhibit will show that we are still here, we love pop culture, and we are Indigenerds.
Confirmed artists include Tom Farris(Otoe/Cherokee Nation), Keli Gonzales(Cherokee Nation), Kindra Swafford(Cherokee Nation), Johnnie Diacon(Muscogee Creek Nation), and Roy Boney(Cherokee Nation) with more to come.
The art and subversion of zine culture is celebrated with a group show featuring some of the metro’s most active and ambitious zine creators. Humor, confessional, and political—zines are free to chase ideas in ways traditional comics don’t and are often perfect peepholes to the counterculture. On First Friday, zinemakers will be on hand to sell their zines and creating the next big idea.
During the month of October, artists who are experiencing homelessness will display their work in an art show at The Paseo Plunge. The exhibit is free and open to the public with an opening reception being held during Paseo’s first Friday art walk.
The featured artists participate in “Fresh stART,” a program of the Homeless Alliance and City Care designed to provide people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City with a supportive environment for creating art.
In addition to providing a potential source of income, open studio art programs enable people experiencing homelessness to express themselves creatively, manage emotional issues, develop social skills through positive interaction with a peer group, and develop confidence and skills transferable to employment.
“I like to make art,” said Lee, a Fresh stART artist. “It takes my mind off everything else going on in my life. It is nice and peaceful here.”
Lee took an art class with her mom in high school and realized that she loved to paint. After getting married and having children she didn't paint for some time until she experienced homelessness. She found her way to the Homeless Alliance’s Day Shelter where she began attending the Fresh stART studio and has been painting ever since.
Fresh stART artwork covers a variety of mediums including mixed media, collage, water color, acrylic and colored pencil.
“Art allows people to temporarily escape their difficult situations and provides an opportunity to interact with peers in a positive environment,” said Dan Straughan, executive director at the Homeless Alliance. “And when an artist sells something that they created, it really helps build their confidence knowing that someone else values their work.”
Fresh stART hosts studio time twice per week at the Homeless Alliance’s Day Shelter located on the WestTown Homeless Resource Campus and relies on the community to donate art supplies and funding to operate the program.
The Paseo Plunge is located at 3010 Paseo in Oklahoma City and open Tuesday through Sunday. Originally built as a public swimming pool in the 1930s, The Paseo Plunge is currently being transformed into a multi-purpose art space supporting a wide array of creative disciplines. More information about the gallery and hours of operation can be found at www.PaseoPlunge.com.
The Homeless Alliance, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, works to end long-term homelessness in Oklahoma City by building the capacity of the community through collaboration with other agencies, identifying and filling gaps in homeless service, bringing nationally-recognized best practices to the community, and working to build a system that is more efficient, rationale and caring. The Homeless Alliance operates several housing programs for families with children, coordinates a community effort to house veterans and people who are chronically homeless and publishes The Curbside Chronicle. The Homeless Alliance owns and operates the Westtown Homeless Resource Campus which includes a Resource Center with offices for multiple nonprofit and government agencies, a Day Shelter that serves an average of 300 people each day and a housing complex. For more information about how to help, visit www.HomelessAlliance.org.
Editor’s note: Personal stories and images will help our broader community better understand the experience of homelessness. If you would like to visit a class or be connected with artists in the program or a representative of the Homeless Alliance, contact Kinsey Crocker at the Homeless Alliance (405) 415-8439 or (580) 402-5269.
Okla-Topia: an Exhibition of Paintings from the book Transmorphing Utopia. (Not a Cult press,2017)
Los Angeles art scene is predictable as a long functioning part of the city’s culture for many years. Paul waddell was feeling stagnation in Los Angeles cycles of short periods of innovation followed by long periods of derivative work.
Paul w Waddell had heard that something was happening in OKC. It was a movement to build up the Contemporary culture,including the art. Oklahoma Contemporary’s plans to build a new and beautiful building, seemed to be a beacon of possibility that Paul could follow. He believed it was a wonderful thing to see a community making choices and building their art culture up and Paul would love to be part of something unpredictable.
Encouraged by friends who live in OKC and inspired by the new generation of Oklahomans who have traveled the world and have brought back beautiful things to their people, Waddell came to Oklahoma for a three month stay to focus on a new line of art.
Waddell has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has performed in North America, Europe and Asia. Recent exhibitions include Town Hall (ltd, Los Angeles 2017) Transmorphing Utopia (ltd, Los Angeles, 2017) Thus Spake The Fungus (Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles 2016), Synesthesia (Five Car Garage, Santa Monica 2016), Ponding Purple Grass (Night Gallery, Los Angeles 2012); Move In Again (Honor Fraser, Los Angeles 2013), Openly Ceremonial (Know More Games, Brooklyn 2012), Moving In (Honor Fraser, Los Angeles 2012), Grand Re-opening (Human Resources, LA 2011), I like Massachusetts... (MEME Gallery, Cambridge 2010), The life of a house cat (Waterloo Centre for the Arts, Waterloo, IA 2010). Waddell was a 2015 Fellowship recipient at Lighthouse Works. He received his BA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005), and taught at the Idyllwild Arts Academy (2008-2012) and UCLA (2015). Paul is the founder and curator of the performance series TEST (Various locations, Ongoing) and FREE CLINIC (Human Resources 2011, 2012). His first publication Transmorphing Utopia (NOT A CULT, 2017) includes writings and images from his recent works about Los Angeles . Waddell’s work has been written about in LA Weekly, Artslant, Notes on Looking, A Righteous Transfer!, Time Out Boston, The Dig, and Art Papers among others
The classic horror story, The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1890, was inspired by horrible advice that women suffering from depression were given by male doctors and enforced by husbands. The story still strikes a chord with women today.
The Yellow Wallpaper Art Show at The Paseo Plunge will showcase art that features women dealing courageously with mental illnesses, learning to trust their own inner voice despite louder (and usually male) voices of authority.
The HFAA Fall Juried Art Show displays selected works from the upper level visual art classes held at Harding Fine Arts Academy. Harding Fine Arts Academy is a free and public charter school in Oklahoma City founded in 2005 with the vision of preparing students for college with an arts integrated education. HFAA students come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds, resulting in a highly diverse student body, which can be seen in the artwork they produce.
The artistic expression can manifest it self in many forms: painting, printing, sculpting. These two artists chose to not only paint, print and sculpt, but to also curate art exhibits. Martin and Tiger have independently curated Return From Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art. The exhibit is currently traveling the nation. The title comes from an interview while seeking funding from the National Art Foundation for RFE, "don't you think the project is beyond your capabilities and experience?"
The 2nd Annual Jean Genie Jean Jacket Art Show showcases the creativity and originality that comes with customizing your favorite jean jacket. Denim is special in that, if you have a jacket long enough, it'll eventually become a part of you. Either its patches, buttons, pins, paint, or even a certain stain or a rip, jean jackets have always been a form of art and self-expression. From the 1920's workers to 1950's greasers. From 1980's Punkers to today's rappers and pop stars. This show will feature jackets customized by some of the most creative and original Oklahoma City artists. The jackets will be accompanied by other art/ media by the featured artists.
Kris Kanaly, Cody Lanphier, Michael Walters, and Tony Thunder will be returning with a new denim work along with Studda Budda, the custom-clothing-king of Oklahoma City. We are also happy to announce we have brought on the mysteriously masked creative two-some, The Holey Kids along for the ride as well. Their DYI art fits in perfectly and we couldn't be happier to have them.
So throw on your denim and come enjoy the night with us.
Native Pop is a show that will showcase some of today's top Native American street, progressive, contemporary, and pop artists from around the country. This show will highlight a new path for Native American Art featured in Indian Country as well as continue the dialogue that "we" as Native people are still here. As society changes, art is musing of that change, this will be evidence of how Native Americans also change with the times.
Finding words that heal in times of pain is difficult. The Non-Prophet Book of Common Prayer is a collection of blessings not connected to any religion that began as a series of emails between friends working through darkness and suffering.
These blessings focus on empathy, strength as time passes, the greater human experience, and a growing compassion for all those who suffer.
The Oklahoma artists working on the project brought these ideas to life. Each of them adopted a blessing and created art to illustrate the emotions and ideas behind each blessing.
Our hope is that it will be a strength and help to others who are hurting.
The Paseo Plunge will be showing the original artwork of the participating artists in coordination with the release of The Non-Prophet Book of Common Prayer.
Kerri Shadid is a poet, artist, and freelance writer. She creates books as art, including An Eclection: A Handmade Book of Poems, and writes spontaneous poems for visitors to her Poetry Stand. She received a Momentum Tulsa 2014 Spotlight Artist grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to create The Tao of Lost Syntax series. Kerri was the 2014-2015 SPACE artist-in-residence at The Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Before returning to Oklahoma City, she studied UN peacekeeping as a Fulbright student at McGill University in Montreal, and received her Master’s in the Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Learn more at kerrishadid.com.
Can a cup be revolutionary? In this turbulent time in our society, what is subversive to one may not be to another. Ceramics are often viewed as utilitarian, and not considered political art. When given the mission to create cups that either subvert the form, or provide subversive messages, what will appear?
Clay is more than just dinnerware and coffee mugs, it's a medium of dissent as well. Contemporary ceramics are increasingly confronting societal issues and becoming more rebellious in nature. Oklahoma artists are rewriting narratives of power, questioning gender norms, and creating commentary on this supercharged political environment.
Mariah Addis, Stuart Asprey, Juan Barroso, Krystle Brewer, Lydia Cheshewalla, Chase Kahwinhut Earles, Dan Harris, Kathleen Hazelton, Mandy Messina, Katie Pendley, Amy Sanders, David Stevens, Nissy Tarver, Jarica Walsh, Tim Walsh
"Paintngs From Indian County"" by: Johnnie Diacon, J Nicole Hatfield, Kai Humyestewa, Bj Stepp, & Ed Hoosier. The artists bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary art in their respective works. The underlying message is remembering the past and using it as a model to renew the present in order to learn patience for what lies ahead. One hope is to nuture an understanding between cultures. Their art addresses the challenge of meeting demands to "make it new" while honoring and appreciating the unchanging spirit in all things as well as traditional tribal values.
We are asking longtime residents of Oklahoma City to come share their memories of our bizarre building so we can start piecing together the history and answer such important questions as:
1. Was this really a rock venue at one point?
2. Why did they put a roof on an open air pool?
3. What's with all the spent bullet casings?
There will also be a group show featuring art from some of the current residents, all inspired by the mystery of The Paseo Plunge.
For February at the Paseo Plunge, Joshua Garrett is featured in an exhibit titled “Catching Shadows: Interpreting the Works of Edward S. Curtis” by Joshua Garrett”. The exhibit will include more than thirty paintings by Garrett responding to the work of photographer and ethnologist, Edward S. Curtis whose work in the 19th and 20th century helped illuminate the Native American experience to the outside world. The exhibit will also include a number of vintage photogravures from the volumes and portfolios that make up Curtis’ epic “North American Indian“ document. Each of the 20 volumes contains 75 photogravures and each of the 20 portfolios contains 35 large format photogravures. Following is a statement from Garrett regarding the influence of his life experience on his approach to the canvas with paint brush in hand.
"My work is based on my experiences regarding conflicted spirituality, cultural isolation, over consumption and being deaf.
Although I am of Muscogee/Seminole heritage, I was raised in a Baptist household for the most part. My grandfather was a preacher. He was forced to learn English while attending a boarding school. My mother used to speak Muscogee but has forgotten how to speak the language as time goes on. Therefore, I was never really exposed to my traditional culture. This results in me feeling isolated at times. Mostly because I feel I am a part of the Church’s systematic attempt at killing off any sense of cultural identity generation by generation.
I feel certain religions have taken over traditional beliefs and practices. I do not subscribe to any particular belief system but I do feel all things are connected somehow some way. Call it magic. Call it energy. Call it what you want.
My aunt used to read my palms, tarot cards and horoscope growing up. Somewhere along the way I became fascinated with Freemasonry and its symbols and how they tie into the Church and today's modern media and how these symbols influence how much I consume as well as how society consumes as a whole.
I am a product of my surroundings and all of these elements and experiences tie in and connect in one way or another. Even though I am aware of my surroundings, at times I still feel like a dead feather amongst the debris”
This exhibit is co-sponsored by: The Corridor, Gallery of Fine Art; the Oscar Jacobson Foundation; the Melton Art Reference Library; and The Paseo Plunge. It is curated by Amena Butler and Daniel Brackett.
Strange Worlds is a print exchange based around the Science-Fiction pulp art of the 1940's-60's, who boasted such titles as "Wonder Stories," "Amazing Stories," "Zap Comics," "Marvel," "Weird Tales," and "Strange Worlds." The original Sci-Fi pulps were created in a time when the world was still so new and the cosmos was unexplored. Even then artists felt drawn to create their own realities and explore beyond Earth.
In light of the current glorification of "Low Art," comic books, cartoons, zines, and the relatively newfound respect for Sci-Fi literature like that of Kurt Vonnegut, it seems as though we are in a pulp revival. It is important to acknowledge the strangeness of the real world in which we live.
All eleven, limited run prints are sold as a single collection and come with a custom-built wooden box. This is part of the two month Print! Print! Boom! series at The Paseo Plunge.
Print Print BOOM!
OKC & Norman International Print Festival
Opening December 2, 2016 and featuring Derrick Adams, Ross Adams, Jenna Bryan, Cullen Curtis, J.T. Felix, John Hancock, Melissa Jacobs, Curtis Jones, Tyler Krasowski, Eric Piper, Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz, Michael Wilson, Kristi Wyatt, Gaétan Larant.
The Paseo Plunge in collaboration with artist collective Resonator will be exhibiting work from printmaking artists from all over the world.
Limited edition prints produced in a variety of fine art print techniques will be on display and for sale in a two-part showcase at the Paseo Plunge, 3010 Paseo OKC, OK, 73103.
The exhibition is the first in a series of printmaking events, showcases, and live performances that happen in the month of December each year in Oklahoma.
This is the third annual Print Print BOOM! The event allows artists from all over the world to network and showcase art together. Through years of international touring, trading, and working together to organize shows, Resonator invites all the artists they’ve worked with to gather in Oklahoma and celebrate the medium the love, Printmaking!
Resonator is located at 1010 N University Norman, OK 73069 - Contact for this event series is:
Paseo Plunge is located at 2010 Paseo OKC, OK 73103 – Contact for this gallery is:
Charles Martin // 405.315.6224 // firstname.lastname@example.org
Norman OK, December 9, 2016: Print, Print Boom’s main event will be hosted at 426 E Main St. Norman, OK 73071. Artists from across the country and as well as several international artists will be present. International Printmaker and performance artist Anonymous Boh will be exhibiting a solo show in the front gallery while a huge table top printmaking market will be running in the back gallery. There will be experimental performances throughout the night as well from Brooklyn based performance group Wild Torus, radical international collective Non Grata (EU), Bath Consolidated (KS), andContraktor (KS).
7-10pm Friday, October 7
Angie wrote a book that bleeds. Short, brutal poems about a dark secret from a religious family. She wields words with a beautiful economy, cutting through the lies and facades, exposing the horror beneath.
We are proud to have Angie as our poet-in-residence and are proud to present her work in the Literati Press Book Shop.
The Paseo Plunge will be working Oklahoma Zine Fest to throw a one day event to help celebrate American Craft Week.
Zines emerged during the early days of photocopiers as a small circulation, handmade magazine that are sometimes odes to the local punk rock scene, mini-comics, or collage art works. Even with the dawning of the digital era, zines continue to serve as an important marker of a counter-culture scene and celebrate the DIY roots of the music and art underground.
Featured Screenwriter: Terry Mirll
Blurb: A comedy exposing the seedy underbelly of the home shopping retail industry.
Live Read brings together local actors, filmmakers, and scriptwriters for a weekly reading and group critique. Organized by University of Central Oklahoma professor James Daro, this constructive, inclusive, and light-hearted writing workshop is open to all ages and is free.
With Hugh Meade, Romy Owens, Ebony Dallas, Adam Lanman, and Don Rosencrans.
Statement from Curator Jack Fowler:
"I've asked artists to comment on the idea that we, the "progressives" collected down here in the city, are seriously outnumbered in Oklahoma. OKC is big enough to insulate us to the point where we can forget that Trump jokes don't go over everywhere, not everybody believes in women's reproductive rights, gay people don't feel safe everywhere, etc. Does it make you feel combative, hopeless, tired? Is it a fight, or a cooperation?"
Featuring Kristopher Kanaly, Cody Lanphier, Michael Walters, and Tony Thunder
6-11pm Friday, August 19
The Paseo Plunge
3010 Paseo in Oklahoma City
The ageless cool of jean jackets. The energy and exploration of street art. Bring them together and you've got a striking fashion statement that will be celebrated in Tony Thunder's pop-up shop in The Paseo Plunge. Featuring a whose-who in Oklahoma's urban contemporary art scene, the show will be come and go and open to the public. Visitors will also be able to see the current show in the main gallery and explore the Literati Press Book Shop.
A Beastly Affair
Opening 6-10pm, Friday August 5
Closing 6-9pm Thursday, August 25
Original works from sculptor Stephen Schwark and photographer Arlie Mornhinweg
The world is full of beasts, some admirable, others vile. Beasts evoke a fear, deep-seeded and primal in nature. Once crucial to our survival, this fear is now distant as we transition away from our ancestors “survival of the fittest” way of life. The beasts themselves however have not been granted this comfort. We intend to present our modern-day beasts as they are—fearful beings constantly consumed by the fight to survive—in an effort to expose such tendencies in ourselves that have been suppressed.
Stephen Schwark Bio
Born in 1986 in rural South Australia, Stephen Schwark’s childhood was spent surrounded by worn metals of all shapes and sizes. His medium is reclaimed metal and there was no shortage of it growing up on a family farm. Schwark received perfect scores in his visual arts classes during his senior years at school. After graduation he went on to host sold out exhibitions and was commissioned for numerous public sculptures within South Australia.
In 2014 Schwark moved to the US and began showing at Tall Grass Art Gallery and 50 Penn Place Art Gallery in OKC. He won first place at Oklahoma State University in the Student Union Art Prize. His winning piece “Darth Metal” is now on permanent display within the Student Union building. Schwark’s work is collected and bought by many private clients within the US and he has also sold pieces to Singapore, Japan, England and Germany.
Schwark’s work is inspired by the perfection of nature and the unlimited ability of human imagination. His sculptures have been featured on Discover Oklahoma and he will be a featured artist in the Oklahoma Today Magazine in the August 2016 edition.
Opening 6-10pm Friday, July 1
Closing 6-10 pm Thursday July, 28
Native Pop showcases today’s top Native American street, progressive, contemporary, and pop artists from around the country. This show will highlight a new path for Native American Art featured in Indian Country as well as continue the dialogue that "we" as Native people are still here. As society changes, art reflects that change. This exhibit will be evidence of how Native Americans also change with the times.
Artists that will be showing,Brent learned, Bunky Ech-hawk, Debra Pappan, Gregg Deal, Joe Hopkins, J Nico Hatfield, Ryan Redcorn, Steven Grounds, Steven Paul Judd.
My work is in mixed media. Each piece takes the form of a skeletal articulation, which is sometimes paired with found objects. Typically these objects are of vintage, man-made materials, but they can also include other types of organic matter. The result is a unique art object with an evocative story to tell.
I have been actively working on my art for the past three years. When I started out, the bones I used in each articulation were found where the animal died or sourced from reputable dealers. Now I am at the point in my career where I will also receive donations from friends and clients, some of whom commission specific pieces. These are people who have found specimens or raised an animal, usually a pet, that has passed. I also pick up roadkill and regularly take nature walks to find materials. Whenever an animal with intact flesh is acquired, I remove its hide and internal organs. Everything else is dehydrated. Then the carcass is placed in one of my Dermestid beetle colonies. The beetles strip the animal down to its bones. Once this step is complete, the skeleton is taken out, sterilized, and whitened. At this point the bones are ready to be reassembled in process is called articulating. Sometimes I will articulate the animal as they are found in nature, but I really like to anthropomorphize these creatures by posing them as if they are engaged in activities normally reserved for humans. Other times I will mix and match bones to create fantastical chimeras, hybrids that call to mind an old folktale, myth, or legend.
The inspiration for each piece can vary based on the materials I source. For example, an idea may come to me while I search vintage or antique stores, consider the display case I have to work with, or when I find something unusual in nature. Many times one little item may launch the construction of a whole scene. I’m also inspired by memorable literary characters, pop culture, everyday objects, and issues associated with living in a modern society.
Often an idea just clicks into place and the story generates itself. This is to say that when I start the articulation, it can take on a life of its own and veer wildly from the original plan. Sometimes it spawns ideas that cannot be portrayed as a single articulation because an involved narrative emerges for the character I’ve created. When that happens, I try not to get overly elaborate with the articulation. Rather, I flesh out the story just enough so that it conjures ideas and feelings with the use of specific objects in the composition. From there I leave it up to the viewer to absorb what is presented in the final scene and envision an entire backstory for themselves. I enjoy the various points of view that arise from taking this lightly ambiguous stance.
My primary goal is to challenge the perception that death and strange materials are too macabre and weird to be funny, whimsical, sometimes somber, and allinall thought provoking. If my art can elicit some kind of response from the viewer, then I achieved my goal.
Opening 6-10pm Friday, May 6
The Paseo Plunge
3010 Paseo in Oklahoma City
There is power in Amanda Bradway's work. Her ethereal craftsmanship creates an otherworldly beauty that elevates paper, chains, crystals, and animal skulls into rapturous shrines and enchanted pendents. Bradway seems to embed within her art a current feeding off a greater, cosmic ocean and any one piece could possess something mystic and life-altering.
Such is the magic of art.
During her residency within the Transient Gallery, Bradway will be creating new work as she enters the next stage of her impressive career which includes large scale installations throughout Oklahoma, solo shows across the country, and the establishment of DNA Galleries which helped turn the Plaza District into one of the most vibrant business communities within the state.
To help fill out the space, Bradway will be featuring a few of her other favorite fellow artists.
The Paseo Plunge will be participating in Open Streets in Uptown. This wonderful event is free and encourages urban hiking and community. Here is their official bio:
Open Streets OKC is a local health and wellness project. We believe active transportation--like biking or walking from point A to B--promotes healthier residents with closer ties to their community.
At our events, we reclaim part of a busy street for a few hours for non-motorized activity. Everyone attending is invited to walk, bike, skate or board while they meet local business owners and celebrate the unique charm of a historic Oklahoma City neighborhood.
There's local food and activities with wellness tips from health professionals. It looks a little like a block party, or a parade. It's purpose, however, is permanent change.
The more residents who choose active transportation, the greater push for more accessible communities. That means healthier Oklahomans, more foot traffic for the local economy and an active interest in shaping the areas we call "home."
It won't happen overnight but, with our help, we hope to create lasting, tight-knit neighborhoods across our city.
Who are "we"? The OKC•County Health Department’s Wellness Now Coalition. We organize Open Streets OKC biannually together with several of our member organizations, including:
Opening 6-10pm Friday, April 1
The Transient Gallery in The Paseo Plunge
3010 Paseo in Oklahoma City
Jaime Pettis is the talent behind the Brazen Wolf Art and Apparel line and is returning to Oklahoma for a one month pop-up studio in The Transient Gallery at The Paseo Plunge. Known for blending various elements of her broad artistic background to create energetic, visceral, and street-inspired work both on canvas and on her clothing line, Pettis has been expanding her professional brand across the country.
The Transient Gallery is a studio space within The Plunge where artists spend a month creating and selling their work, giving Paseo audiences a glimpse of the growing community of professional creatives thriving within Oklahoma.
Opening: First Friday In The Paseo
6-10pm Friday, April 1
Closing: Evolution Of Oklahoma: A Talk With Historian, William D. Welge
7-9pm Thursday, May 26
The Oklahoma History Center and the Melton Arts Reference Library have teamed up for an exhibit using illustrations from Harper’s Weekly and period maps to examine the infancy of our state.
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act which would lead to a series of forced migrations of tribes located east of the Mississippi. The migrations took place from 1831 to 1894, devastating tribal populations including the Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminole. The 1838-39 removal of the Cherokee people would become known as “The Trail of Tears” after over 4,000 died of hunger, exposure, and disease.
This exhibition focuses on the period following the establishment of Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma to the eventual opening up of the Unassigned Lands through a series of land runs. If a settler could survive on claimed land for five years and add improvements, it would then become theirs, according to the Homestead Act of 1862.
In 1880, after “Boomers” such as David Payne had continually violated Indian treaties by encroaching onto tribal territory, the United States government enacted the Indian Appropriations Act to allow natives to sell their unoccupied land. In 1887, the Dawes Act forced settled tribes to accept individual allotments, which conflicted with their traditional, communal view of ownership. It also reduced tribal lands. In 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation of the second Indian Appropriations Act that opened up the Unassigned Lands and began the first of the land runs.
With the help of historian, William D. Welge, we can retrace the years when Indian Territory diminished and our nation’s 46th state emerged.
Opening 6-10pm Friday, March 4
The Paseo Plunge
3010 Paseo in Oklahoma City
We are debuting our newest space, The Transient Gallery, with Ty A. Kelly's skewed, whimsical, and abstract paintings throughout the month of March. Known for vibrant and lush imagery, Kelly has built a career in Oklahoma City and is a favorite in art festivals across the country.
The Transient Gallery is a studio space within The Plunge where artists spend a month creating and selling their work, giving Paseo audiences a glimpse of the growing community of professional creatives thriving within Oklahoma.
Norman Arts Council brought Italian artists to Oklahoma as a part of an art exchange program between sister cities called Cultural Connections last fall. Those who missed the exhibition - Cultural Connections: Arezzo In Norman - will get a second chance to see the artwork as part of an encore showing at The Paseo Plunge, located at 3010 Paseo in Oklahoma City, OK.
The exhibition will open at the First Friday Art Walk in The Paseo Arts District on Friday, February 5 with an opening reception lasting from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will stay up through Saturday, March 5.
Artists Enrique Moya Gonzalez, Sara Lovari and Massimiliano Luchetti created much of the artwork onsite at MAINSITE Contemporary Art - where the exhibition debuted - in Norman. Thousands of patrons enjoyed the exhibition during its two-month stay in the fall, but this gives art lovers who may have missed the chance to get to know another country's cultural through creativity.
"The program was established in an effort to further the bonds between Norman, Oklahoma and its sister cities, consisting of a series of exhibitions that will bring international artists to Oklahoma and send Norman artists across the globe to share our heritage and history in new places," said Erinn Gavaghan, executive director of Norman Arts Council. "We are thrilled to provide a second chance for people to enjoy this unique opportunity to interact with another country through art."
Oklahoma artists Douglas Shaw Elder, Tim Stark and Nicole Poole (representing the work of her late father O. Gail Poole) will travel to Italy this May and showcase Norman's heritage with Italy at The Universty of Oklahoma's Arezzo campus as the second part of the exchange. The next planned exchange will take place in the near future with Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Cultural Connections is receiving support from the City of Norman, Republic Bank & Trust, Fowler Auto Group, The University of Oklahoma College of International Studies, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Breck Turkington & Theresa Marks, Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.
The Paseo Plunge is a multi-use center in the heart of the state's oldest arts district. Their mission is to offer a home to creative disciplines of all kinds and encourage the continued growth of Oklahoma's vibrant arts community within The Paseo and beyond. Visit paseoplunge.com for more information.