Prepare to travel through space and old-time with one of the most unique and ambitious acts in acoustic music today. November 18, 2018, brings The Matchsellers Bluegrastronauts to the Winter Wind stage at 200 S. Jones. Music from the three piece group begins at 7:00 pm.
The Matchsellers is the unlikely result of Julie Bates, a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, MO, and Andrew Morris, a Chicago blues guitarist from Warsaw, Indiana, meeting in Leipzig, Germany, and forming a bluegrass duo. Since 2013, Andrew and Julie, have traveled the US and Europe developing their Matchsellers style of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music. Those travels brought them to The Depot in a delightful April 2017 Whistle Stop Concert.
Soon after their Depot visit, the two began collaborating with one of the Midwest’s finest musicians, Betsey Mae, a sought after bassist from Lakin, KS.
Together, The Matchsellers presents Bluegrastronauts, the world’s first outer-space bluegrass odyssey. As featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, the now 3-piece group 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.
Dressed as space travelers from the year 2437, the band takes audiences through a musical “history of the future”, including a first-hand account of the Apocalypse of 2137, the subsequent colonization of the moon, and the dangers of playing hopscotch in deep space. The show reaches the heights of absurdity while confronting deeply humanist issues of love, disillusionment, and mortality.
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; and Rachel Adams, Nature’s Healing Art - Clinical Massage.
Each year The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, celebrates the holiday season with an exhibit of "small works" created by outstanding local and regional artists. A November 9 reception, from 6 to 9 pm, will honor the ten Small Works VIII artists: Carol Beesley, Carolyn Faseler, Steve Hicks, Debby Kaspari, Tim Kenney, Brad Price, Bert Seabourn, Connie Seabourn, Cletus Smith, and Betty Wood. Live music will be provided by Nuclear Okra, featuring Larry Hammett and Miranda Arana.
There will be a free Artist Demonstration on Sunday, December 2 from 2 to 4 pm. Several of the artists from the show will demonstrate and visit about their art.
A second reception will be held on December 14 from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk. Jazzy seasonal music will be provided by the popular group Miss Brown to You, featuring Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg.
The Gallery will be open our regular hours of 9 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. The exhibit may also be seen by appointment (phone 405-307-9320). Small Works VIII runs through December 23, 2018.
Unlike our usual gallery exhibits, Small Works paintings may be taken at the time of purchase. Consider giving the gift of original art by one or more of these well known artists --- a gift to be enjoyed for a lifetime.
About the Artists:
Carol Beesley, Professor Emeritus of Art at The University of Oklahoma where she taught for 24 years, is known for her distinctive large paintings of the American landscape, joining photography and painting to produce vibrant landscapes documenting Oklahoma and the Southwest. To capture the sense of place beyond the mere physical presence, Beesley interprets the image in intense color as if caught in a fleeting moment of light. Beesley’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and in France. The paintings in Small Works VIII “represent a ‘pause' from the big behemoths I usually produce,” Beesley says. “Enjoy.”
Norman artist Carolyn Faseler says “I value the unexpected! In fact, I plan for it. I start a painting by splashing different colors directly on the canvas with a big brush. When that dries, I begin to plan sections of the painting depending on my theme. For this show, I planned to concentrate on circles; an ancient symbolic image of protection... I feel that I’m creating order out of chaos and that makes me feel good. I know when a piece is finished when nothing can be added or removed to my satisfaction. I want people who see my work to be surprised by unanticipated color juxtapositions and shape relationships.”
Steve Hicks recently celebrated his retirement after 35 years teaching art at Oklahoma Baptist University. Hicks goes back and forth from abstract to the very normal landscapes. “It’s nice to have this type of variety” Hicks 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. I think I enjoy painting and drawing more than anything else... 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.”
Debby Kaspari is an illustrator and artist of birds, animals and landscapes, mixing scientific illustration with more personal works in mixed media. Drawing from life and capturing imagery in the field is the foundation of her work. Field sketching and plein air work from Oklahoma’s landscapes to the tropical rainforests of the world have resulted in drawings and paintings shown in galleries and museums around the country. Her paintings have been exhibited in Birds in Art (Woodson Museum), Art of the Animal Kingdom (Bennington Center for the Arts) and the Society of Animal Artists’ Art and the Animal. Kaspari’s illustration work includes the Field Guide to Birds of Trinidad and Tobago (Cornell University Press), illustrations for Coyote at the Kitchen Door (Harvard University Press), and numerous covers and illustrations for Bird Watcher’s Digest.
Norman artist Tim Kenney is noted for his thick textured and colorful paintings. His abstract impressionistic style lends itself to the aspens, flowers, and other subjects of his paintings. “I love to paint plein-air in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah. I love to capture the landscapes of the southwest while painting on site or using images from the areas we visit,” says Kenney. The use of thick paints and palette knives create the heavy texture which helps bring out the depth of the scenes he paints.
Brad Price's works are inspired by the Southwest landscape and its rugged beauty. The light in New Mexico has a luminescent quality all its own, Price says, and he seeks to capture its effects on canvas using contrast and bold complementary color. His work is featured this month in Southwest Art Magazine and has been selected by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for “Small Works, Great Wonders” November 3-25 of this year. A resident of Norman, Price is represented by Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe and by other galleries in the Southwest.
Oklahoma City painter, print maker, sculptor and teacher,Bert Seabourn, is an internationally acclaimed American Expressionist known for his stylized and nonrepresentational art. Primarily a painter of Native American subjects, Seabourn also paints figures, landscapes, and other subjects. His neo-expressionist technique includes the layering of texture with drips, smears, runs and splatters, working in acrylic, oil and watercolor. For over 50 years, Seabourn has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
Connie Seabourn, who became a full-time artist in 1980, is perhaps best known for her delicate watercolors and bright, bold serigraphs that demonstrate her interest in strong, rounded, monumental shapes. “Most of my work is ethereal, dreamy, and narrative” says Seabourn. Favorite themes are a mother's love, family unity and living in peace with the earth. Connie has won numerous awards, has exhibited extensively, and is in many notable collections.
Cletus Smith's passion is the landscape. “Nature offers an unlimited choice of colors, shapes, textures and lighting,” he says. Well known for his watercolors, Cletus is represented by galleries in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas and is included in the State of Oklahoma Art Collection. Numerous awards and recognitions have been given to Cletus for his paintings and his work as an instructor. Several of his watercolors will be included in the show.
Betty Wood is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Fine Arts Degree emphasizing printmaking and design. She says that “an interest in Oklahoma history, the environment and natural history provided motivation for the body of work in this show. Monotypes, other kinds of prints, unique papers, fabric, or leather, are cut apart and reassembled to form the background for these images. Vintage Oklahoma state maps, old photographs and other related elements, are used to depict life on early Oklahoma plains.”
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.
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.
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Our events page has short bios and videos for each artist:
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, 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.