Painting by Almira Hill GrammerThe Depot Gallery will feature "Places...Spaces Between", the work of Almira Hill Grammer, from September 8 through October 31. A reception for the artist will be held from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with the September 12, 2014 2nd Friday Art Walk with live music by Harvest Reserve (Mark McClellan, Misti Prior, Brad and Lisa Raley.)  A second reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on October 10, together with the Terry Shaw Memorial Hootenanny.  The Depot Gallery is located at 200 S. Jones, Norman.

“I create art because there is nothing else I would rather do. I try to reveal the essence of my subject through rich color and the elimination of details. Primarily my subjects are barns and other vintage structures, but I do paint a landscape now and then.” says Grammer. “The fluid properties of acrylics enable me to paint layer upon layer of transparent color to achieve the luminous effect that I want.”  

Grammer’s interest in art began in childhood.  In elementary school she won her first award for a pen and ink drawing that her art teacher entered into the state fair art competition.

While living in Florida, Grammer’s art took a professional turn. She completed some commercial projects and participated as an instructor in the St. Petersburg’s Summer Art Program. Taking her art to the next level, she began to enter art competitions with great success. At this point, she was still working primarily in pencil, charcoal and pen and ink. 

To expand her art education, she enrolled at St. Petersburg Junior College where she took art courses and developed an interest in photography.

Grammer completed her formal education at the University of Oklahoma, earning a BA and an MA in English. Putting her professional art career on hold, she taught English at the college level and worked as an editor at the University of Oklahoma. For the pure joy of it, she continued to create art for family and friends.

When Grammer learned about OU’s “Summer in Santa Fe” program, she enrolled in the workshop taught by Dr. Carol Beesley, Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Oklahoma and noted artist. Trying to capture the luminous color and light of the New Mexico landscape using colored pencils and charcoal in a plein aire situation was virtually impossible. She decided to experiment with acrylics and now, it is her medium of choice. 

In 2012, she was invited to exhibit her work at the Oklahoma State Capitol in the Governor’s Gallery. Her show, “Structural Integrities,” opened in March 2013.  Her art is represented in many private collections in Oklahoma. She is a member of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma Artists Guild, and The Paseo Art Association.  She also teaches in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program at the University of Oklahoma.

Almira Hill Grammer has lived with her family in Norman, OK for the past 33 years.  

Depot Gallery and office hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday.  There is no admission charge.  Gallery Exhibitions at the Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from Oklahoma Arts Council and Norman Arts Council.  For information about this and other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320.