Bert Seabourn, internationally recognized abstract expressionist artist whose work is in The Depot Gallery through October 29, will discuss and demonstrate his painting techinques during a free afternoon Art Chat beginning at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 17, in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones. All are welcome.
On Thursday and Friday, September 21 and 22, from 9:30 am to 4 pm, explore the bridge between realism and abstraction while painting alongside renowned artist Bert Seabourn in an Acrylic Painting Workshop offered by the artist at The Depot. This workshop focuses on creating exciting fresh works through the fusion of design, color, form and composition. In addition to painting techniques, an introduction to transfers and collage will be tailored to fit works of your choice. All students receive individual attention. Tuition is $120. Contact The Depot at 405-307-9320 to enroll.
Primarily a painter of Native American subjects, Seabourn paints figures, landscapes, and other subjects as well. As an abstract expressionist, he uses the technique of dripping, smearing, and splattering the paint, working in acrylic, oil and watercolor. For over 50 years, Seabourn has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. His paintings are in prestigious collections all over the world.
The recipient of several notable honors, Seabourn was designated a Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in 1976. In 1981 Oklahoma Governor George Nigh awarded him the Governor's Art Award. In 1988 his sculpture, 'Wind Walker', a 23-foot tall bronze was unveiled in Oklahoma City, and in 1997 Oklahoma City University honored him with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2004 Seabourn received Oklahoma's Living Treasure Award and in 2009 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and was named Artist of the Year by the Oklahoma City Paseo Art Association.
The Depot is pleased to offer these educatinal opportunities with the assistance of grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
The 2017-18 Winter Wind Concert Series opens on Sunday, October 1, with singer-songwriter Ari Hest performing in the intimate listening room atmosphere of The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Music begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.
“What started out as an occasional creative outlet is now my way of life” says Hest. “I've been making music and touring the planet for about 15 years... played in every state in the U.S. and toured extensively throughout Europe. I've had the honor of playing with a slew of incredible musicians wherever I've gone. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to sing and play music for a living. I wanna keep it going for as long as possible. It's good for my soul, and I love knowing that what I create can have a real impact on people.”
In 2016 Ari co-wrote a number of songs with Judy Collins and, after two years of on-and-off touring together, the two released an album of duets entitled Silver Skies Blue. The album was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017, earning Hest his first Grammy Award nomination and Collins her first nomination in 40 years.
This was not Hest's first collaboration - he has two other projects: The Open Sea with Rose Golan, and more recently, the Brazilian guitar inspired Bluebirds of Paradise with Chris Poland.
Hest’s ninth LP, Natural, was released in March of this year. His music has been heard on TV and movies The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Hest also scored music for Dreamriders, a documentary film which won several independent film awards.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council and by Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Keri and Hugh Young; The Montford Inn; and Native Spirits Winery. Additional support comes from Friends: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Nancy McClellan; and Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin.
The October 8 Second Sunday Poetry will feature Larry Bierman reading from his recently published collection titled Unexpectation. The free reading begins at 2:00 PM in The Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, Norman. Light refreshments will be served.
Larry Bierman is a native of Oklahoma who began writing poetry in high school and published his first chapbook in 1971. Since then he has published five full-length collections of poetry and eight chapbooks. He is included in the 2014 anthology Oklahoma Poems and Their Poets, edited by former Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown. He writes imaginative lyric poetry, sometimes with a sarcastic edge.
A 1974 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and long-time resident of Norman, Larry completed requirements for a Secondary Teacher Certification and spent two years as Poet-in-the Schools for the Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council. While there he edited four tabloid anthologies of student poetry.
Active in the Contemporary Arts Foundation both as a poet and performer, Larry is a founding member of IAO (Individual Artists of Oklahoma.) He has been a featured reader at the Full Circle Bookstore, The Everett Family Poetry series at the University of Oklahoma, and was twice honored to be the keynote reader for the Paseo Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City. He has participated in poetry readings in venues around Oklahoma and Texas. Bierman is a dynamic and engaging reader of his work.
View the paintings of Bert Seabourn in the Depot Gallery while attending the Bierman reading.
Programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.
The Depot will soon move our concerts inside to the intimate setting of our Depot home at 200 S. Jones. Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts will follow close on the heels of Summer Breeze beginning in October and continuing into March.
We are pleased to announce we're continuing our collaboration with Jazz in June, Inc., co-producing five concerts highlighting America's rich musical traditions.
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased on-line, 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
Ticket packages (Pick 5 and Pick 10) available here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?subscription=depot
Our events page has short bios and videos for each artist:
|Oct 1, 2017, 7:00pm||Ari Hest||$20|
|Oct 8, 2017, 7:00pm||Barron Ryan^||$20|
|Oct 15. 2017, 7:00pm||Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines||$20|
|Oct 22, 2017, 7:00pm||Beppe Gambetta||$20|
|Nov 12, 2017, 7:00pm||Goodnight Moonshine||$20|
|Nov 19, 2017, 7:00pm||Davis Coen^||$20|
|Dec 3, 2017, 7:00pm||Harpeth Rising||$20|
|Dec 17, 2017, 7:00pm||Kyle Reid^||$20|
|Jan 14, 2018, 7:00pm||Carter Sampson||$20|
|Jan 21, 2018, 7:00pm||Garrett Jacobson & Jeremy Thomas^||$20|
|Jan 28, 2018, 7:00pm||The Honey Dewdrops||$20|
|Feb 25, 2018, 7:00pm||Don Conoscenti||$20|
|Feb 28, 2018, 7:00pm||Caroline Cotter with Michael Howard||$15|
|Mar 4, 2018, 7:00pm||Opal Fly||$20|
|Mar 11, 2018, 7:00pm||Ellis Paul||$20|
* Whistle Stop Concert
^ Winter Wind and Jazz in June Concert
The Depot accommodates audiences of 100, allowing a more personal interaction between audience and artist. The concerts feature outstanding established artists, excellent sound and complimentary refreshments in a lovely, gallery setting.
Concerts and other events at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous donors and businesses in the community.
"Bert Seabourn, Abstract Expressionist," an exhibit of the work of Oklahoma City painter, print maker, sculptor and teacher Bert Seabourn, will open in The Depot Gallery on September 8 with a reception from 6 to 9 pm in association with Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk. Seabourn, an internationally acclaimed American Expressionist, is known for his stylized and nonrepresentational neo-expressionist art. The exhibit will remain in the gallery through October 29. There is no admission fee.
Primarily a painter of Native American subjects, Seabourn also paints figures, landscapes, and other subjects. As an expressionist, his technique includes the layering of texture with drips, smears, runs and splatters, working in acrylic, oil and watercolor. Seabourn believes "Paintings should contest the creative elements: Order versus chaos; contemplative versus emotional; raw versus refined. I try to make each piece of art a unique fusion of design, color, form and composition. The responsibility of the artist is to make a unique experience for himself and the viewer."
Seabourn’s painting style evolved over the span of his education. He began with cartoon-style works at a young age and kept this style through his high school years. Until he began studying at Oklahoma City University in 1955, his works were naturalistic. While at OCU, Seabourn experimented with abstract painting. Abstract Expressionism has become the style for which he has become known.
For over 50 years, Seabourn has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. A selected listing of locations of paintings in permanent collections includes: the Vatican; China's National Palace Museum, Taiwan; Moscow University, Russia; the American Embassy, London; the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History; the President Gerald R. Ford Library Collection; the George and Barbara Bush Collection; and in Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; the Oklahoma State Art Collection; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Seabourn is the recipient of several notable honors. In 1976 he was designated a Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum. In 1981 Oklahoma Governor George Nigh awarded him the Governor's Art Award. In 1988 his sculpture, 'Wind Walker', a 23-foot tall bronze was unveiled in Oklahoma City, and in 1997 Oklahoma City University honored him with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2004 Seabourn received Oklahoma's Living Treasure Award and in 2009 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and was named Artist of the Year by the Oklahoma City Paseo Art Association.
Bert and his wife Bonnie recently celebrated 67 years of marriage, yet Bert remains active and young at heart and still experiments extensively and with creative vitality. He says "My art is like the Oklahoma winds...ever changing, growing and finding new directions. This stylistic diversity is what keeps my life (and hopefully my art) interesting. I love to paint and I hope it shows."
There is no admission charge to The Depot Gallery. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and, throughout this exhibit, the gallery will be open from 1 to 4 pm on Sundays, as well as by appointment.
Gallery Exhibitions at The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from The Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous individual donors.