An exhibit of “Jeff Tabor Recent Paintings” will open in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, with a reception on Friday, May 11, from 6 to 9 pm, and will continue through July 1, 2018. There will be live music in the portico with The Norman Jazz Collective featuring Collin Ferrell, Jonathan Curtis, Collin Spriggs and Andrew Richardson playing a variety of jazz standards, ballads, Latin, and contemporary jazz.
A second reception will be held on June 8, also from 6 to 9 pm. Both receptions are in conjunction with Norman’s 2nd Friday Art Walks. A closing reception will be held from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, July 1. Regular gallery hours are 9 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Jeff Tabor has exhibited extensively in the United States, winning awards for his work in competitions and art shows. His media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache and printmaking.
Tabor’s work “is characterized by his bold colors and his use of broad patterns that simplify his subject matters, infusing them with a timeless quality. His landscapes reflect serenity by his masterful use of light, while his Boston cityscapes portray in their daring hues the dynamics of a busy city,” writes Elizabeth Bradley, owner of the Artdail gallery.
His work has received national and international recognition and is among distinguished private and public collections, including Dr. M. G. Buthelezi, Minister of Home Affairs, Republic of South Africa.
Born in Clovis, New Mexico, in 1951, Tabor spent 17 years in New England and two years in South Africa prior to moving to Santa Fe in 2004. He received his MFA in 1975 from Florida State University where he studied with Trevor Bell and Ray Burgraff. Jeff taught painting, drawing and design for nine and a half years at Abilene Christian University. He and his family spent two years in the Republic of South Africa as missionaries. In February, 2017, Tabor was awarded the “Alumni Artist of the year” at Lubbock Christian University, where he had earlier earned his BS in education.
Tabor is currently the sole proprietor of Artist LLC and owner of the Art Exchange Gallery, with locations in both Santa Fe, New Mexico and New England. He operates both galleries and continues his personal art career from Santa Fe. Jeff says, “I am living my dream”.
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 is proud to announce the schedule for the 2018 Summer Breeze Concert Series. This will be the 18th year for the free concert series, held in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes. These family friendly concerts, all beginning at 7:30 pm, have long been a favorite summer music feature in Norman. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments, and enjoy an easy, breezy evening in the park with friends and family, listening to a wonderful variety of wonderful musical groups from across Oklahoma, the US and Canada!
May 20 - Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
A high-energy "Brass 'n' Grass" sextet from Wichita, KS, this band, whose sound has been described as “...a stagecoach in overdrive”, has brought their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and dixieland to packed clubs, basements, and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007.
June 3 - Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps
Jacob Tovar is a man from a different era, a different time. With a gentleman’s handshake, a booming voice, a contagious smile, and a quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all walks of life through his sincere songs of country, western, and old-fashioned honky tonk. He’s played with Junior Brown, Bill Kirchen, Wayne Hancock and many other respected artists. The Saddle Tramps are Seth Lee Jones - slide guitar and Cooper Waugh - electric guitar, with Jacob Tovar handling acoustic guitar/vocals.
June 17 - Handmade Moments
Handmade Moments is a folk-jazz duo from Arkansas whose music is reminiscent of 20s dance hall hits mixed with current themes. Although modern and fresh, Joel Ledford and Anna Moss’s songwriting contains a subtle and humble vibe that wins over any crowd with its infectious grooves and jazzy rhythms. The Moments, as they are sometimes called, have built a solid reputation for the intricate interplay between their acoustic instruments and their impressive vocals to make an all together new sensation. "Experiencing a Handmade Moments show is kind of like enjoying a spoonful of political discourse wrapped in local organic bacon and deep fried in hemp oil — and it’s all silky." - Nick Brothers, Free Weekly
July 1 - Brandy Zdan
Brandy Zdan has been performing since she was 15 and spent nearly a decade making gothic-folk music as one half of the Juno Award-nominated Twilight Hotel in her native Canada. When she moved to the States, landing in Austin, she joined the all-girl Americana outfit, The Trishas, where she acted as lead guitarist and utility player (lap steel, accordion), before moving on to a solo career. She could now be described as a multi instrumentalist Pop-rocker! "One woman tour de force" - Lone Star Magazine. "Fetching pop/rock melodies" - SPIN
July 15 - The Mulligan Brothers
The band's sound is a combination of familiar genres that ends up not quite fitting in with any of them. The instruments are acoustic and a fiddle is featured, but they're not a bluegrass ensemble. The arrangements are stripped down, but they're not quite Americana. Their lyrics are heartbreakingly intimate, but they're not quite folk. Songwriter Ross Newell contributing lead vocals and guitar, Ben Leininger on bass and vocals, and Greg DeLuca on drums and vocals, together with recently added “sister” Melody Duncan on fiddle, gently weave heartfelt tales of loss and love, blending imagery in their stories as the band easily offers fluid sound.
July 29 - Caleb McGee and the Underdogs
Caleb McGee is a blues singer who approaches his genre with a punk rock ethos. Caleb McGee & the Underdogs, long-time regular performers at the Deli, have traveled to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge, reaching the semi-finals; and have played Norman Music Festival and Jazz In June. Every Monday night, Caleb hosts open mic night at The Bluebonnet Bar in the Walker Arts District in Downtown Norman. The Blues/R&B/Roots Rock & Roll Band Members include Justin Logan - Drums, Vocals, Michael Rose - Bass, David Leach - Keys, Matt Hargis - Lead Guitar and Caleb McGee - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar.
Aug 12 - Delhi 2 Dublin
Delhi 2 Dublin is a Canadian world music group formed in 2006 in Vancouver. They play a fusion of Bhangra, Electronic, Funk, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop, Celtic music and a mash up of other genres. Since 2008 their touring has grown from mostly Canadian dates to a growing US and international presence. Their first tour outside North America was in Taiwan in August 2009. They have since played all over the world while continuing to play larger North American festivals such as Electric Forest (MI), Shambhala (BC), Calgary Folk Festival (AB) and the Santa Cruz Music Festival (CA). The band also keeps up quite a recording pace, producing a new album bi-annually and a remix album alternating years.
Aug 26 - Harpeth Rising - Members Choice
Harpeth Rising is three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique: Chamberfolk.