“As I See It,” the paintings of Oklahoma Artist Steve Hicks will be featured in the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, from January 12 through February 25, 2018. A reception for the artist will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on January 12 from 6 to 9 pm. A second reception will be held on February 9 from 6 to 9 pm. Regular gallery hours are from 9 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge.
Steve Hicks recently celebrated his retirement after 35 years teaching art at Oklahoma Baptist University. “I think I enjoy painting and drawing more than anything else,” he says. “Images can live on in our mind’s eye long after they have passed. Painting is a way to analytically think about that order of things and how they change – what falls away, what emerges.”
Hicks goes back and forth from abstract to the very normal landscapes. “It’s nice to have this type of variety,” he says. “One day, I may sit back and paint a portrait and the next day do an abstract where I can concentrate on color and form.” Even in paintings considered realistic, Hicks says he also looks for the abstract qualities. “Marks themselves can have their own beauty - one that slips from the literal into the abstract.”
Hicks received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, A Master of Studio Arts from Murray State University in Kentucky, and a Master of Fine Arts degree for the University of Arkansas. He taught in universities in Arkansas and Louisiana, prior to coming to Oklahoma.
He has served on the editorial advisory board for “On Drawing”, a text from the Collegiate Press, as well as the editorial advisory board for Kappa Pi (a national honorary art organization). Hicks has twice been selected as a fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and has been listed in Outstanding Artists and Designers, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in America’s Teachers.
Hicks’ artwork is in the Louisiana State Collection in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Eberhard-Faber Company in Crestwood, Pennsylvania, the Beaumont Art League Collection in Beaumont, Texas, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia and the Arkansas Collection of the First National Bank of Little Rock, as well as in various private collections throughout the United States.
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.
The Depot and Jazz in June welcomes jazz organists, Garrett Jacobson and Jeremy Thomas, to the Winter Wind stage on Sunday, January 21, 2018, for a rare and intriguing evening showcasing one of the most expressive instruments in jazz – the Hammond organ. Music begins at 7:00 pm in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Complimentary refreshments are served and wine samples are available for purchase from Native Sprits Winery. Tickets are $20.
A relatively ‘new’ instrument in jazz, the Hammond organ was but a curiosity when Fats Waller and Count Basie brought attention to it in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until a young Jimmy Smith came along in the 1950’s when the instrument was fully embraced in jazz for its extreme utility and unique and expressive sound. Smiths’ work, and that of Charles Earland, ‘Brother’ Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith and others, inspired two young and gifted musicians from Oklahoma to take up the Hammond.
Despite the instrument’s increased popularity and very common usage in all walks of contemporary music, true jazz organ luminaries remain relatively few and far between. “That’s what makes Garrett Jacobson and Jeremy Thomas such a treasure for us in Oklahoma,” says Jim Johnson, Program Chair, Jazz In June. “To have both of these killer organ grinders trade licks on the stage together is something that I’ve wanted to see and hear since my musician friends first bragged to me about a similar (now legendary) occasion a few years back.”
“Expect a ‘conversation’ between Jeremy and myself”, says Jacobson in response to this event’s billing as a so-called ‘duel’. “We’re each just happy to be carrying the torch of the powerful and expressive instrument… and with our own (individual) flavor added.”
For this January 21st engagement, Jacobson and Thomas will be accompanied by fellow Oklahoma jazz greats, Lee Rucker (trumpet) and Dave Bowen (drums) for a truly swingin’ and Okie-fueled mainstream jazz showcase.
Collaborative Concerts produced by Jazz in June and The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from The Norman Arts Council, The Oklahoma Arts Council, and by the numerous sponsors of and donors to both Jazz in June and The Depot. Both are non-profit organizations serving the people of Norman and surrounding communities with great musical programming.
The Depot, located in the historic Santa Fe Train Depot, produces Summer Breeze, Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts, Gallery Exhibitions, Second Sunday Poetry Readings, and manages the rental of the Norman Depot for weddings, meetings, parties and other events. The Depot is dedicated to creating and presenting excellent and innovative fine arts programming for the enrichment and education of the community.
Jazz In June Inc. is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and perpetuation of jazz and related musical forms. Jazz In June was founded in 1984 by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera. The Jazz in June festival has since developed into a much-anticipated annual event, featuring three evenings of outdoor concerts, related artist clinics, public radio programs and public jazz and blues jam sessions attended by a total of some 50,000 people per year. Past performers include David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione, the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Duke Ellington Small Band.
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 1, 2018, 7:00pm||Christopher Williams*||$15|
|Feb 11, 2018, 7:00pm||Susan Herndon and The Bella Counsel*||$15|
|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|
|Mar 18, 2018, 7:00pm||Emily Scott Robinson, Katie Williams*||$15|
* 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.