Red dirt crooner Greg Jacobs will bring his easy goin’ style to the Winter Wind Concert stage on Sunday, October 19 at 7:00 pm. The concert, the second in the 2014-15 ten-concert series, will be held in the intimate atmosphere of The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Tickets are $20.
Greg Jacobs is the smoothest of all the red dirt troubadours, laying down a solid Okie groove on songs that are both historic and personal. One of the more original of all singer/songwriters working in America today, Jacobs more than most delivers on the promise of Woody Guthrie who said ‘ all you can do is write what you see’.
As part of a group of “red dirt” musicians who migrated to Stillwater in the late 1970’s – including Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers and the Red Dirt Rangers – Checotah singer/songwriter Greg Jacobs helped set the standard for great Okie songwriting. His landmark CD Reclining With Age brought Jacobs to an audience far beyond his Oklahoma home, and his new recording, Lucky Live, a mostly best-of live collection, promises to be his most successful collection.
Lucky Live features Travis Linville, John Fullbright and Terry Buffalo Ware assisting Jacobs on most of his best known songs including: Farmer’s Luck; A Little Rain Will Do; Okie Wind; Enjoy The Ride; I’m Not Afraid Of The Blues; and Patient Man, as well as newer songs: C Chord; From Here To Tulsa; and The Eyes Of A Child.
Jacobs’ recent appearance at the Red Bull Songwriter festival impressed the mostly youthful crowd putting him back in the conversation, back at the forefront of Oklahoma singer/songwriters. "Jacobs is the sweet voice of Oklahoma 'Red Dirt' - not quite the grevious angel, but maybe the mischievous angel" says Tulsa World’s Thomas Conner.
Winter Wind concerts are made possible in part, by grants from The Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, with additional support fromTom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion; Brad and Lisa Raley; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Nancy McClellan; Farrel Droke; Danna Primm; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
The 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.