The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, presents “Resistance,” works by Don Holladay, opening with a reception from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019, and continuing through February 24.
New hours for The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, beginning with this exhibit. Admission is always free.
In his artist statement for “Resistance,” Don Holladay tells us that “Paul Tillich once wrote about the danger of modern man losing his humanity and becoming a thing amongst the things he produces. Creating art using non-traditional materials—burlap, string, house paint, joint compound, sand, collaged photographs, gravel and the like-- gives me a sense of resisting such fate. Tillich’s philosophic statement may also explain why I have trouble re-creating what I consider a successful painting. When I try to do the same image a second time, it almost never works. The spontaneity that created the original piece has disappeared.”
“Working with alternative materials also allows me to mentally connect with inspirational artists of the past, ones who resisted traditional methodology and chose to experiment with new materials. Alberto Burri and Jackson Pollock are two such artists. One created with burlap, the other with house paint.”
“The show also contains figurative images created in different ways. Several were done as monotypes using the etching press... The common aspect of the figurative pieces is a resistance of the images to easy identification. Most are isolated, ambiguous figures without an obvious narrative. Most figurative art begins as negative expression, signaling something’s not right in the moment. Mine is no different.”
Don Holladay has been painting since 1973. In the early 1990’s he studied printmaking at the University of Oklahoma under Dan Kiacz. His studio includes an etching press and many of his images originate from the printmaking process. His pieces are found in university, private and corporate collections. His work has been selected in regional and international juried competitions; and has been displayed in art publications and magazines. He is Board Chair of the Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation. He and his wife Kay reside in Norman. He holds a law degree from the OU College of Law.
Exhibits at The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by individual donors.
Poet and writer Carol Koss will read from her recent work at Second Sunday Poetry on January 13, 2019, in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. All are welcome.
By birth a New Yorker, Carol Davis Koss has lived in Oklahoma City for over forty years. In her many years of teaching English, Creative Writing, and Remedial Reading, she has taught students from middle school through college; and in venues that range from wealthy suburbs to the South Bronx, from churches to prisons. A graduate of the City College of New York, Koss has a masters in English from Purdue University and has done post masters work at Teachers College (Columbia University), and the University of Oklahoma
Koss is the author of three chapbooks: Chapter and Verse (1997), Camera Obscura (2001 Oklahoma Book Award finalist), and Painted Full of Tongues (2002). In addition, her poetry has appeared in the following publications: Best Minds, Best of MAP (Map of Austin Poetry): Featured Poetry Vol. II; Bomb: A Collection of Poetry by Oklahoma Poets, Broomweed, Crosstimbers, Fishbones:Poems and Other Things that Get Stuck in Your Throat; Full Frontal Poetry, Living Out Loud, Long Islander Newspaper: Walt’s Corner; Midtown News, New Orleans Coffee House Poets, Nimrod, Poems for the New Decade, Poets Against the War, Poets Bite the Bullet, Sugar Creek Review, What About War?, and 911: Poems for an Emergency
Koss retired from Bishop McGuinness High School, in Oklahoma City, having taught there for eighteen years. She continues to write, publish an occasional poem, do the 'every-now-and-then' reading, and relishes her monthly poetry groups and frequent walks in the zoo. She finds truth in Plato's words: "The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings."
Programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Cletus Smith's passion is the landscape. “Nature offers an unlimited choice of colors, shapes, textures and lighting.” he says. “I need to feel something about the subject, a collection of darks and lights, or a special feeling of atmosphere . . . perhaps even a certain recollection of a time or a particular place.” Smith feels equally comfortable working in watercolor or oil.
A professional artist and educator, Cletus has spent his life in the studio or the classroom surrounded by his paints, brushes, and interesting photos taken where the roads lead him in his travels. A native Oklahoman with an art degree from Oklahoma City University, Cletus taught painting at the University of Central Oklahoma for 18 years.
Smith will teach a Watercolor Workshop at The Depot on Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18, 2019, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. Taking a class with Cletus is an exercise in learning about color and point of view and perspective. It's about personal attention, hands-on instruction and specific techniques. It’s also about laughing and new friendships and developing the creative gifts of the students.
A Cletus Smith class is alive with conversations, demonstrations and technical pointers that help the students improve their skills in a relaxing comfortable atmosphere. Students may paint the class demo or work on their own inspiration, while taking advantage of the advice, expertise and abilities of an educator and painter who has made a successful career with his talent and by expressing his creative side.
Numerous awards and recognitions have been given to Cletus Smith for his paintings and his work as an instructor. He is represented by galleries in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. His work is included in the State of Oklahoma Art Collection.
Workshop tuition is $125. Call 405-307-9320 or visit The Depot, 200 S. Jones, Norman, to enroll. For additional information about Cletus Smith, visit www.cletussmithart.com.
Programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsorships from generous individuals and corporations.
Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg.
Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”
Eliza’s latest album, SECULARIA, is out now and the reviews have been fantastic. “Now nearly a dozen records into a fruitful tenure with renowned folk label Red House, Gilkyson is producing the best music of her career,” says the Austin Statesman.
Gilkyson’s music, in the classic folk music tradition, has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in. SECULARIA, the long-awaited follow-up to The Nocturne Diaries, is a collection of spiritually charged songs that don’t fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs and challenge us to embrace a more inclusive perspective, to respect all life and to be accountable for our actions in these divisive times.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. Additional support comes from Contributors: Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Keri and Hugh Young; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; The Montford Inn; and by Neighbors: Tom and Mary Cay Woodfin; Danna Primm; EB Dancer; Rachel Adams, Nature’s Healing Art - Clinical Massage; and Hitachi Computer Products.
American Songwriter proclaims that “If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent, then look no further than Griffin House.” It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey.
With Griffin House’s latest album, So On and So Forth, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. It is an album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story.
House is now a young family man and artist who is choosing sobriety and celebrating the path to his success, through songs which share his perspective on how people remember the past with rose-colored glasses, how we grow up and realize what we deeply need, and how we must find happiness in ourselves in the present.
Recording and performing for over a decade, House has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. He received early critical acclaim on the CBS Sunday Morning, and his songs have since been featured in countless films and television shows such as One Tree Hill, Army Wives, and Brothers and Sisters. He has also appeared on Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Most recently, CNN Newsroom invited House to perform “Paris Calling,” from So On and So Forth, live on the air, and the song has been picked up by radio.
House has released ten albums and continues to headline his own national tours. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jane and their two daughters.
Griffin House website
Video: Yesterday Lies
Video: The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind
Video: Go Through It
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased on-line (see links below), by visiting The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405-307-9320.
Online tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=depot
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 7:00pm - $20
Amber Rubarth, moving fluidly between genres, has performed her music far and wide, touring solo across South Africa, Europe, Japan, and all throughout America. After many years of solo touring, Rubarth lights up these days with collaborations in both film and music. Amber was recently cast alongside Joe Purdy to star in the feature film 'American Folk' which won numerous festival awards (and was shown at the Depot earlier this year.) Rubarth has excellent mastery of the guitar, is equally impressive on piano... and has a soaring voice that can belt out any tune.
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 7:00pm - $20
Kyshona Armstrong, a music therapist gone rogue, began her career working in mental health hospitals and correctional facilities, writing music with her patients and using music to redirect behaviors and emotions. Kyshona soon found the need to write music independently to help her process her daily experiences with her clients. Audiences will often find a common thread of overcoming, hope, and empowerment in her songwriting and storytelling. She uses her emotional intelligence to create her unique bluesy and soulful style of music. Her latest album, "The Ride", shows off vocal stylings that are reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Al Green.
The Suitcase Junket
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:00pm - $20
Matt Lorenz [The Suitcase Junket] was raised in Cavendish, Vermont. He learned to sing by copying his sister Kate. Lorenz graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2004, having taught himself to throat-sing, inspired by a South Indian cooking class. On moving day, he pulled a guitar, filled with mold and worse for wear, from a dorm dumpster. He fixed it up and started pulling songs out of it. That was the beginning. Since then, The Suitcase Junket has built a powerful fan base in his native New England and far beyond, playing numerous festivals and winning awards. His music puts him in the company of artists working the border of Americana and rock -- Shovels & Rope, M. Ward, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Sam Amidon, Alabama Shakes, and The Record Company.
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 7:00pm - $20
Since 2013, Andrew Morris and Julie Bates, better known as the Matchsellers, have traveled the US and Europe developing their style of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music. In 2017 they began collaborating with Chad Graves and Betsey Mae, two of the Midwest’s finest musicians. (Graves is one of the country’s top dobro players and Mae is a sought after bassist from Lakin, KS.) Together the 4-piece combines absurdity, authenticity and excellent musicianship to create a performance that is representative of the present age: They are pleasantly stuck between the years gone-by and those to come.
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 7:00pm - $20
Rebecca Loebe, with her “breathtakingly beautiful, delightful and superb” voice (Randy Radic, Huffington Post) has spent the past decade on the road performing in 44 states of the U.S., as well as Canada, Europe, The U.K. and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine’s annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America. She is again touring the world to share the songs of her latest album, Blink, her fourth full-length studio album. The 11-song collection of new originals is equally inspired by soul, folk and southern rock -- and the summer when she was 17.
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 7:00pm - $20
Johnsmith is one of those artists who possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years he has been sharing his music all across America and abroad and has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville. With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences.
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 7:00pm - $20
Eliza Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7:00pm - $20 ($25 day of show)
American Songwriter proclaims that “If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent, then look no further than Griffin House.” It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. With Griffin House’s upcoming album, So On and So Forth, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. It is an album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth that offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story. We welcome Griffin House to his third concert at The Depot.
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 7:00pm - $20
The acoustic-duo, Ryanhood, featuring Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals and Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, together with their airtight vocal harmonies, prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.” Ryanhood was named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards and they were recently named the “Discovery of the Year” by John Platt at WFUV New York City. They were a featured act at Australia’s National Folk Festival in April 2018. And their star is still on the rise. Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, is led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time.
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 7:00pm - $20
Seth Glier’s fifth album, Birds, is the latest entry in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and a pair of Independent Music Awards while touring with artists including Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams. The songs on Birds range from personal to political, and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place that is all the more magical for it. Glier (pronounced “Gleer”) recorded Birds in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roosting just outside those windows, became his sympathetic audience while Glier made the album. “I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the Birds,” he says “I’d check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.” Seth Glier was selected as the Member’s Choice Concert for Winter Wind by vote of Depot Members.
The Brother Brothers
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 7:00pm - $20
“The Brother Brothers have been in this together for life, and their familial connection comes through in the music, harkening back to some of the greatest family harmonies ever made. They tour as an acoustic duo: David on cello and guitar, and Adam on the 5-string fiddle. With individual storied music careers under their belts, the brothers have finally teamed up to bring their experiences together. They approach their poignant and often charming songs with an almost startling sense of ease, and the tight harmonies are enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Often leaning towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk, and bluegrass traditions, their songs are laden with near perfect sibling harmonies or unison singing, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements.
Friday, March 22, 2019, 7:00pm - $20
Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops. Her live show is truly unique - as both an award winning songwriter and interpreter of folk styles, a captivating vocalist, and a world class lap style dobro player, she has an unmistakable sound all her own. Her latest CD, Wishes on a Neon Sign, was released in January 2018, and features twelve original songs, including a co-write with Chris Stapleton. She has opened for Lori McKenna, Hot Rize and Martina McBride.