Poet and cosmologist Yun Wang will present a special reading of her poetry at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, on Sunday, April 30, 2017 beginning at 7:30 pm. The reading is free and open to the public.
Yun Wang is the author of two poetry books: The Book of Totality (Salmon Poetry Press, 2015) and The Book of Jade (Story Line Press, 2002) the winner of the 15th Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her two poetry chapbooks are Horse by the Mountain Stream (Word Palace Press, 2016) and The Carp (Bull Thistle Press, 1994). Wang’s poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including the Kenyon Review, Cimarron Review, Salamander Magazine, Green Mountains Review, and International Quarterly.
Also the translator of Dreaming of Fallen Blossoms: Tune Poems of Su Dong-Po (White Pine Press, forthcoming 2018), Wang's translations of classical Chinese poetry have been published in Poetry Canada Review, Willow Springs, Connotation Press, and elsewhere.
Wang, an OU professor on indefinite leave, is currently a senior research scientist at California Institute of Technology where her research focuses on exploring the nature of dark energy, the mysterious cause for the accelerated expansion of our universe. She is the author of the cosmology graduate textbook Dark Energy (Wiley/VCH, 2010). In 2012 she was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Yun Wang grew up in rural southwest China. Her father was a political dissident and her mother was a teacher. She began writing poetry when she was 12. At 16 she majored in physics at Tsinghua University. She came to the United States for graduate school in Physics in 1985 and earned her PhD in physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
For additional information on Wang, visit https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/yun-wang
All programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Art Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
“Landscapes in Fiber,” works by Pamela Husky, will open on Friday, May 12, 2017 with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in association with the 2nd Friday Art Walk. The Depot Gallery hosts this beautiful and unique exhibit through June 30.
The artist will discuss and demonstrate her techniques on Sunday afternoon, June 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There is no admission charge for the exhibit or the talk.
A second reception, featuring live music, will be held in association with the June 9 2nd Friday Art Walk from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Husky explains that “felt forms when wool fibers are treated with heat and pressure: hot water plus pressing, rolling and squeezing. People have made felt into coats, mittens, boots, blankets and nomadic yurt homes for thousands of years. I love the history of fiberart and its continuance through many cultures.”
“My process includes dyeing, carding, spinning and felting. Using silk, mohair, wool, ramie, raffia, I try to convey light, patterns, space and the sense of a place in nature. I build 'strokes' of fiber color and texture in the wool using the same thought as a painter applying pigment. But, there is no canvas. I construct the blanket and its surface from the raw fiber. My fascination with the beauty and character of the materials, and with the experiment of the design process grows every time I work with fiber.”
Husky's work in tapestry and feltmaking has received state and national awards. A twenty-year teaching career included OK Arts Council Artist-In-Residence and University of Central OK Art Department faculty. Her work is included in the Oklahoma Permanent Collection, State Capitol, and in numerous public and private collections. She is represented by M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa.
Pamela Husky earned a Master Liberal Studies degree from OU in art education and art history. She has been a fiberartist for 40 years. Her home and studio is located on Lake Eufaula. To view examples of her work, visit http://www.pamelahusky.com/HOME
Gallery hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge.
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by donations from individual supporters.
The Depot Gallery is pleased to offer a second two day “Wonderful Watercolor” workshop, taught by artist Connie Seabourn. More people were interested in participating in the March workshop than we were able to accommodate. Connie has agreed to provide this second opportunity on Wednesday and Thursday, May 17 and 18, 2017 in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Tuition is $120.
Whether you're just beginning watercolor painting or you want to add some powerful paint manipulations and techniques to your personal bag of watercolor tricks, this workshop is for you. An experienced teacher, Connie studied art at Oklahoma City University & Central State University before receiving her B.F.A. at the University of Oklahoma.
Connie works in acrylic, watercolor, pastel & prints, but is perhaps best known for her delicate watercolors. “Most of my work is ethereal, dreamy and narrative” says Seabourn, who became a full-time artist in 1980. Her watercolors were featured in The Depot Gallery in “Haunting the Mind: Beings that Fly”, in January and February 2016 and also appeared in Small Works VI in late 2016. She has exhibited extensively, is in many notable collections and has won numerous awards. See examples of C. Seabourn artworks on Facebook: connie seabourn art
The workshop will begin at 9:30 each morning and continue until about 4:00 pm in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Connie suggests bringing a sack lunch so participants can work through lunch if they wish. Tuition is $120. Contact The Depot at 405 307-9320 to enroll.
Workshops and other programs at The Depot, a non-profit arts organization, are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and The Oklahoma Arts Council.
The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 2017 Summer Breeze Concert Series. The eight free family-friendly Sunday evening concerts, taking place in Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes in Norman, are all scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments (no vendors are allowed) and enjoy these relaxed “easy-breezy” musical evenings in the park.
May 21, Jabee
Jonathan Blake Williams Jr, better known by his stage name Jabee, is an Oklahoma City hip hop artist and actor who began to rap at age seven. Jabee has performed at SXSW where, in 2014, he met Sway Calloway and was offered a spot on Sway In The Morning. He earned a regional Emmy in 2014. His album "Black Future” was released in August 2016 with the first performance at the grand reopening of Oklahoma City's historic Tower Theatre. Jabee was recently awarded Best Rap / Hip Hop Artist of 2016 by the Oklahoma Gazette.
June 4, Terry "Buffalo" Ware and the Shambles
Norman's own Terry “Buffalo” Ware and The Shambles bring their distinctive brand of instrumental surf/rock/r&b/Okie Twang to Lions Park. The Shambles include: Ware, guitar; Bob French, guitar; T. Z. Wright, keyboards; Marlin Butcher, bass; Michael McCarty, drums; and Gregg Standridge, guitar. Their sets feature many of Ware's original compositions as well as selected covers. Ware performed with Jimmy LaFave from 1997-2000 and Ray Wylie Hubbard prior to that. Since 2000 he has been a freelance guitarist backing established artists including Eliza Gilkyson, Wanda Jackson, Don Conoscenti and numerous others, including John Fullbright on the 2013 Grammy pre-telecast.
June 18, The Railsplitters
Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives The Railsplitters got busy touring the US. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying on the tradition of breaking boundaries with their high energy bluegrass sound. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the ‘Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre,
June 25, John Calvin Abney
Oklahoma-based songwriter John Calvin Abney has, in the past two and a half years, played over 400 shows, driven over 100,000 miles and released his critically acclaimed debut album Better Luck, plus two EPs. Abney approaches his music with a fresh innocence and tuneful confidence that propels his melodies and delivers heartfelt emotion. An accomplished musician and great performer, Abney has risen toward toward the top of the Oklahoma musical landscape.
July 9, The Crane Wives
The Crane Wives is a female fronted indie rock group who feature three-part vocal harmonies, narrative lyricism, and a passion for songcraft that creates organic music that is equally accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves. The grand Rapids, Michigan band formed in late August of 2010 and has released four full-length albums.
July 23, The Cave Singers
Former Pretty Girls Make Graves member Derek Fudesco teamed up with Pete Quirk (of Hint Hint) and Marty Lund (of Cobra High) and began playing in the Seattle area as The Cave Singers. Given the rising popularity of meditative, folky indie acts in the early 2000s, forming a twangy, rootsy folk trio was probably the least surprising move Derek Fudesco could have made. Following he band's first full-length LP, Invitation Songs, the band was joined by former Blood Brothers bassist Morgan Henderson. The Cave Singers released their crowd funded fifth album, Banshee, in February 2016.
August 6, Boyd Street Brass
Boyd Street Brass, a 7 piece horn band based in Norman, OK, formed in winter 2013, was modeled after traditional New Orleans street bands, but has since developed a unique and diverse sound, blending funk, swing, Latin, and pop music. In April 2015 their debut album Sup Sucka, was released featuring 14 original songs. The Boyd Street Brass perform a mix of instrumental and vocal tunes featuring Jay Wilkinson, including original songs by Jay as well as covers of other brass bands.
August 20, John Fullbright
Okemah native John Fullbright's 2012 debut release, From the Ground Up, propelled him to the musical forefront. "... a killer debut, pairing sharply worded stories that resonate with confident performances that pop." said The Washington Times. The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top Folk Albums chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Americana Album. The Wall Street Journal review of Songs, Fulbright’s 2014 release, says “Songs is a warm, winning and plainspoken Americana album that builds on the authority and charm of From The Ground Up by its clarity and simmering intensity.” Fullbright was selected by members of The Depot as the “Members Choice” Concert for 2017.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan, Sooner Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, and Neighbors Bob Schlegel and Becca Hewes of Yogalife. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.