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During the month of November, artists who are experiencing homelessness will display their work in an art show at The Paseo Plunge to coincide with a month-long supply drive for the Oklahoma Homeless Alliance. 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.
For the supply drive, drop off spots at retailers across the Paseo will be accepting only new items from this list: cleaning supplies, pots and pans, bath towels, plastic plates and bowls, silverware, cooking utensils, can openers, trash cans and bags, coffeemakers, crockpots, microwaves, shower curtains and hooks, laundry bags and baskets, rag mops and buckets. Donations will be rewarded with a coupon for discounts and other items at participating retailers.
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.
Inclusion in Art’s mentorship program is a year long project where artists of color are provided
with the tools and resources to successfully engage Oklahoma’s visual arts community.
Including but not limited to: The opportunity to develop a strong body of work through feedback
and studio visits, identifying resources available to visual artists locally and nationally,
connecting with seasoned artists that inspire them, guidance in writing grants and artist
statements and the opportunity to have their work showcased at a prominent gallery space.
Members -- Amena Butler, Suzanne Thomas, Randall Barnes and Bryon Perdue Jr - guide
mentorship artists based on individual needs in order to give them the best opportunity to
continue accessing the community after the program is complete. The Inclusion in Art
mentorship program is an opportunity held annually for both student and emerging artists of
Inclusion in Art is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts
community through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures.
Inclusion in Art continues to support artists of color by connecting communities through socially
conscious presentations that challenge the mind and embrace progressive thought.
When I first began to travel solo, my journeys were destination oriented. Over time and over countless road trips in Japan, swaying train rides in India, and horrifying ferry voyages in the Philippines, I grew more interested in the people and the objects of every day life. This is when I discovered that my art making and travel have many similarities. Both encompass an exploration of self and are greatly affected by chance. I have little interest in staging a photo, but act more as a quiet observer. I wait for the world to show me its wrinkles, bruises, and blemishes. I engage people with whom I cannot communicate with through a common language. And I open my heart to all people and places, so that I uncover the majestic qualities of this earth. With strong composition and simple subject matter, I take foreign imagery and make it relatable. My art is humanity.
Born in the United States with Costa Rican parents, Maria Chaverri grew up in a household that was not entirely one or the other. Her multicultural upbringing, speaking Spanish with family, English with classmates, and traveling across the international borders between her two homes generated her interest in travel from a young age. Travel was never a choice, but an accepted and cherished part of life. Never fully an Okie, an American, nor a Costa Rican, travel became a means to the discovery of self.
Her journey as an artist took hold at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her BFA in Fiber Arts and a Masters in Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design. For five years, from 2013 to 2018, she lived in Japan and explored Southeast Asia solo. Her most memorable stories come from volunteering at Kuro Coffee Shop in Sakaiminato, Japan. The regulars at Kuro, who were primarily local grandpas, or Ojiichans, were eager to practice their English, teach the local dialect, and learn about the foreigner in their tiny city. Chaverri, engulfed by her new family, turned to
photography and writing to capture their fascinating stories and share her own adventures. Now that she has returned to Oklahoma, she works to capture the fascinating and forgotten stories of the people and places in Oklahoma.
The Paseo Plunge, in the Historic Paseo Arts District, is pleased to present “With Intent,” featuring the Intentionalistfirst official group exhibition with four of the five members including Bee Doublehue, Gayle Curry, Marissa Raglin, and Josh Vaughn.The opening reception is Friday, September 6, from 6:00-9:00pm. The show runs through Sunday, September 29.Motive can be greater than its resulting movement. The intent, once understood, can speak volumes more than action without context, revealing new insight and appreciation to what has been created. This exhibition is much more than a display of the art and talents of a diverse collective of creatives that call themselves The Intentionalists. The common thread woven through this exhibition entitled, With Intent is not a theme or unified message expressed in the individual pieces themselves but is a stitch that is sewn more deeply into the hearts of its co-conspirators. Their commonality is this: “we are here together, for each other”. This artist care group’s intention has grown and morphed from purposefully creating art into intentionally creating life together. While they have shown individually in many shows together over the years, With Intent is the first official group exhibition for the Intentionalists and features four of the five members including Bee Doublehue, Gayle Curry, Marissa Raglin, and Josh Vaughn
Art students and teachers are collaborating on this inaugural show featuring amazing work from new and established artists from across the metro. We will also be taking donations throughout the month that will go art school programs in our local schools.
The Paseo Plunge hosts Kingfisher native, Adam Beeby. "Short Dreams & Other People's Stories" is a series of paintings inspired by fragmented dreams, memories of memories, found photos and family photos of unknown relations. Clarity is not always certain as emotional response, and like dreams, emotional responses are ethereal and shifting, allowing interpretation to be more personal. The series focuses on smaller, more intimate pieces measured in inches rather than Adam’s larger scale paintings measured in feet. These small canvases created a challenge for the artist. The limiting size forced him to make more thoughtful choices in strokes, color, and composition and the results are not to be missed.
From the feathers and bones of prehistory to the more modern materials of gold and gemstones, jewelry has been crafted from a vast array of materials for centuries. Come experience what happens when artists step outside the box and explore their art from a wearable perspective.
Breadcrumbs Ink founders Samantha Kickingbird and Justin Stier are organizing a group art show focusing on storybooks and the illustrative arts. Artists usually create art to fit stories already written, but in Storybook, writers will be asked to create stories to fit the art already created. Viewers will also be invited to create their own stories based on the artwork.
Scott Jones will be signing copies of his long-awaited memoir and discussing progressive politics in the American Heartland.
Open is a story of coming out as a gay man while working as a Baptist youth minister in Texas. Open is also the story of a Christian evangelical family living in the American heartland who must grapple with the son who has challenged their beliefs. Set in the front lines of the struggle for LGBT equality in the 21st century, Open explores the universal question of how we as humans live true to ourselves as our network of relations pushes back. Open is the story of how one man succeeded—living openly as a gay man and as a Christian minister in the Bible Belt.
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Aligning Oklahoma’s Tax Code to Our 21st Century Economy
2018 Town Hall Listening Sessions Knowledge Quiz Preface
Over the past several years, The Oklahoma Academy (OA) has preceded each of its Town Hall Conferences by conducting a series of listening sessions across the state. While the primary purpose is to collect input from Oklahomans on a specific topic and share that data with Town Hall participants, the OA also utilizes the sessions to introduce Oklahomans who are new to the Academy’s business model of civic and open engagement of public policy issues impacting Oklahoma.
This year’s Town Hall will focus on how we might modernize Oklahoma’s current tax code, one that combines equity, adequacy, simplicity, transparency, and administrative ease. Our current tax code is an amalgamation of individual legislative actions over the past 111 years … hardly strategic in nature and rarely, if ever, tied to a consensus, long-term vision of where the state is headed.
We hope you will join a listening session in your community/region to help us in gathering information to share with those who participate in the November 2018 Town Hall.
The Listening Sessions this year in advance of the Town Hall will capture critical issues Oklahomans need to know to better understand, discuss, and deliberate how our tax code has developed, the competitive/noncompetitive nature of the system, and where those tax collections (expenditures) flow. The tool for the Listening Sessions is a multiple-choice quiz that attendees will take and submit (no names or means of identification). Then utilizing a second unmarked survey for each attendee, we will provide the correct answers to each question.
Our overall goal is to allow attendees to be better informed about how their tax dollars are raised and to where they are being allocated.
Holey Rollers will be hosting Postpartum Doula: Nest Building 101: Planning Workshop. The workshop will feature basic Ayurvedic postpartum concepts so family can rest more deeply and have more time getting to know baby. *care for the new mother,*nutritious meal plan for each week of healing,*creating rest and routine,*basic infant massage and bathing tips,*building your network, family, friends and professionals to support you at the right time with the right needs,*returning to a new 'normal' and more. Tickets will be $25 for the workshop.
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.
Are you intimidated to talk to your legislators and you're not sure where to start? Would you just like some tips on how to communicate more effectively? Join the OKC chapter of Together Oklahoma for a discuss with Rep. Forrest Bennett on how to make the best of your interactions with your elected officials.
Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/together-oklahoma-okc-meetingmay-2018-tickets-45957582366
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 // email@example.com
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).