Small Works Show III Continues at Depot Gallery
The third annual Small Works Show continues at the Depot Gallery, 200 S Jones, Norman, with a reception in conjunction with 2nd Friday Circuit of Art from 6 to 9 PM on December 13. Enjoy refreshments, jazzy holiday music by A Shade of Blue, and the work of nine local visual artists. The Small Works Show continues through December.
Small Works participating artists are Carolyn Faseler, Rick Fry, Skip Hill, Don Holladay, Tim Kenney, Brad Price, Bert Seabourn, Corazon Watkins and Betty Wood.
Norman mixed media painter Carolyn Faseler will display impressionistic floral paintings in the Small Works exhibit. Her award winning work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Oklahoma, including the Leslie Powell Gallery, Governor’s Gallery, the Philbrook Museum, and Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Long time Norman artist Rick Fry is experiencing great success with his abstract paintings, a new direction for him, with a focus on color and color design, He will be exhibiting his new work, which is being featured in shows throughout the region.
Skip Hill’s art bursts of international flavor with strains of folk art, jazz, graffiti and East Coast urban motifs in captivating collage works held in collections in the US, the UK, France, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
Don Holladay’s work alternates between figurative painting and nonobjective abstract pieces. He is drawn to the solitary figure, particularly because of his printmaking background. His nonobjective pieces almost all originate off the printing press, and are widely collected. He has exhibited throughout Oklahoma.
Using a palette knife, Norman impressionistic painter Tim Kenney tries “to create the emotional response he feels when rendering the landscape”, expressing himself “in a way that makes the scene come to life in an exciting and colorful way.” He shows his work throughout the country.
Norman impressionist Brad Price has a style emphasizing contrast and bold complementary color with bold brush strokes directional in nature. The landscape is his central focus. Price is represented by galleries in Santa Fe and Oklahoma and was the cover artist for the Santa Fe Visitor’s Guide in 2012.
Bert Seabourn, internationally acclaimed Oklahoma City expressionist painter and printmaker, has experimented extensively with graphic media, gouache, watercolor, acrylics and oils for over fifty years. “My art is like the Oklahoma winds...ever changing, growing and finding new directions.” Seabourn says.
Norman multimedia artist Corazon Watkins, MFA, enjoys creating work that “attracts the viewer’s attention and curiosity,” often using found objects. Her work has been shown and collected extensively in Oklahoma and beyond. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.
Betty Wood, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with an MFA in printmaking, has had work exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows around the country with prints in collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Wood is an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.
Depot Gallery hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. For information about the Depot Gallery and other Performing Arts Studio programs, phone 405-307-9320. Exhibits are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by individual donors.
Norma & Jerry Wilson Return for Depot Poetry Reading
Norma and Jerry Wilson will be featured at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading in the Noman Depot, 200 S. Jones, on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm, reading from recent work. All are welcome. There is no admission charge.
Norma and Jerry met as graduate students in English at the University of Oklahoma. They married in 1973, taught at O.U. and at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, and completed Ph.D.s in American Literature at O.U.—Jerry with a dissertation on Steinbeck’s novels and Norma with a dissertation on Native American Poetry. Norma’s first book of poetry, Wild Iris, was published by Point Riders Press in 1978.
The Wilson’s moved to Vermillion in 1978 to teach at the University of South Dakota, built a geo-solar house on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River Valley in 1982, and moved there with their children, Walter and Laura. They are caretakers of 140 acres of woods and native prairie surrounding the home where they live and write.
Norma was born and grew up in Clarksville Tennessee. At USD, she taught a variety of courses in literature and writing, while specializing in Native American Literature. Her book The Nature of Native American Poetry was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2001. Since her retirement in 2005 as USD Professor Emeritus, she has devoted herself to writing poetry. Recent poems have appeared in Paddlefish, Caduceus, South Dakota Review, and the anthologies Travelin’ Music and Elegant Rage—poetic tributes to Woody Guthrie. With artist Nancy Losacker, Norma received a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council for their collaborative exhibit of visual art and poetry, “Rivers, Wings and Sky.”
After three years at USD, Jerry taught English and journalism at Mount Marty College in nearby Yankton, SD, then worked as managing editor of South Dakota Magazine. He is the author of three books: American Artery is a travel book down the 5,000-mile Pan American Highway from Canada to Panama. Waiting for Coyote’s Call is an environmental memoir of life on the Missouri River bluff. Blackjacks and Blue Devils, published by Norman’s Mongrel Empire Press in 2011, is a collection of short stories set mostly in Jerry’s native Oklahoma. He will read a story from this collection at the Depot.
Second Sunday Poetry is a program of the Performing Arts Studio hosted by Oklahoma Book Award winner and former Oklahoma Poet Laureate Carl Sennhenn. For further information about this and other PAS programs, phone 405-307-9320.
Sisters of Swing Sing in the Holidays at the Norman Depot
Sunday Jazz at the Depot will feature The Sisters of Swing Holiday Jazz Concert at the historic Norman Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, with two performances on December 15, 2013: an afternoon performance at 2:30 and an evening performance at 7:30. Refreshments will be served and good times will abound. Tickets are $10 for each concert ($7 for students) and are available at the Depot. Get yours early. Seating is limited and this concert always sells out!
Sisters of Swing features Mary Reynolds (bass, guitar, vocals), Louise Goldberg (piano, accordion, vocals), Elyse Angelo (drums), Mary Freeh (vocals), Joanne Trombley (vocals), Christine Freeh (vocals), Rosalind Cravens (vocals), and special guest Terry “Buffalo” Ware (guitar).
According to Mary Reynolds, the members of this musical collective have “always enjoyed singing Christmas music: ancient and beautiful, modern and fun, some of it just plain silly. We just concentrate on giving our audience a fun time” with “as much good will toward men -- and women -- that we can possibly generate! We’ll do numbers from the swing era, the rock and roll years, and ancient times.” Mary Freeh and Mary Reynolds arrange all the music.
The Performing Arts Studio Gallery and office in the Norman Depot are open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phone 405-307-9320 for additional information about PAS programs.
Sunday Jazz Concerts at the Depot are made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council. Additional funding comes from generous individual and business sponsors.
Jimmy LaFave Winter Wind Concert Sold Out!
Many people think of Jimmy LaFave as being from Oklahoma because of his strong musical ties to the state. LaFave crafted the musical style called Red Dirt music years ago while living in Stillwater. His popularity here has resulted in a sell out of his December 8 Winter Wind Concert at the Norman Depot.
Upcoming Winter Wind Concerts include Carrie Newcomer on January 5 and Anne and Pete Sibley on January 26. Tickets are available for these concerts at the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, 405-307-9320, or online at TicketStorm. Early purchase is recommended. Seating is limited!
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of the Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Mike Goodman & Karen Furman. Friends include Danna Primm; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.