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.