The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, Norman, will feature “This is Our Oklahoma Land,” a solo exhibition of photographs by Kim Baker, from July 7 through August 29. Receptions for the artist will be held in conjunction with 2nd Friday Circuit of Art on both July 11 and August 8 from 6 to 9 pm. There will be live music and refreshments.
A collection of Baker’s favorite landscape images of Oklahoma, “This is Our Oklahoma Land” is a visual journey across Oklahoma into the most remote locations and off the beaten paths. From high desert in the northwest to cool clear rocky mountain rivers in the southeast and from the granite mountains in the southwest to the lush green country in the northeast, Kim’s photography will inspire the intrepid traveler in all of us.
A native Oklahoman, Kim Baker was born in Muskogee and raised in Shawnee. She grew up taking black-and-white photographs with her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic 104. Her affinity for the landscape over other subjects became apparent in a look back at her childhood photos of family vacations. This connection to the land still inspires Kim in her life and her photography. “I love to make images and I enjoy sharing the beauty I see in the Oklahoma land with others”, Baker says
Kim has used her photography in defense of nature in her conservation photography initiatives including her Oklahoma Rivers project, the Illinois River Survey and her book The Illinois River Survey: A Visual Record. Oklahoma’s environmental communities including state, federal, and nonprofit groups have utilized Kim’s work as a visual reminder of the land we love and want to protect.
A longtime contributor of photography for the Oklahoma Tourism Department and Oklahoma Today Magazine, Kim’s other clients include Ackerman McQueen, Jordan Advertising, S Design Inc., the Chickasaw Nation, Corporate Art Group Inc., Epoxy Films and others. Her most recent work involved shooting stills photography for the filming of the 2014 Oklahoma Tourism Commercials. Her next project will be the publication of a photographic book set for release in November 2014 entitled Unforgettable Oklahoma published by Far Country Press with photography by Kim Baker and John Jernigan.
Today Kim lives in the rolling hills of southwestern Lincoln County.
Exhibitions in the Depot Gallery are made possible in part by grants to the Performing Arts Studio from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Depot hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. The Depot Gallery is free and open to the public. Art on display is available for sale. Phone 405 307-9320 for additional information.
Two time Oklahoma Book Award Winner Carl Sennhenn will read from his new book in progress, Trespassing: Songs of Love...Coals of Kindness, at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, on September 14. Light refreshments will be served at the free reading which begins at 2:00 pm.
Sennhenn was given the 2013 award for his fourth book of poetry, Nocturnes and Sometimes, Even I, at the 24th Annual Oklahoma Book Awards program. His Travels Through Enchanted Woods received the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award. Sennhenn was Oklahoma Poet Laureate for 2001 and 2002.
Benjamin Myers, 2011 Book Award winner, calls Sennhenn “an elder statesman of Oklahoma poetry,” and of his work says “Carl Sennhenn refuses to resemble anything but Carl, boldly delicate and as casually elegant as a Bill Evans number. By turns confessional and coy, these poems make a lovely music from longing and stillness.”
“Sennhenn’s work reveals the ‘true voice’ of a poet and the vulnerability that is essential if poetry is to touch the reader’s heart.” says Dorothy Alexander, Editor, Village Books Press.
In retirement after more than fifty years as a professor of English and Humanities at Rose State College, Sennhenn continues to teach creative writing classes for senior adults and will be part of William Bernhardt's Short Course in Writing at Rose in September.
Born in Baltimore, Sennhenn has called Oklahoma home since 1951. He has served as host of Second Sunday Poetry at The Depot for more than ten years.
For additional information on this and other Depot programs, phone 405 307-9320.
The Handsome Devils take the stage at 7:30 pm on Sunday, August 24, in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes, as part of the Summer Breeze free concert series presented by The Depot (formerly known as the Performing Arts Studio).
The Handsome Devils blend a love of folk, rock, blues, R&B and jazz into a wholly Americana sound. Whether it’s their rootsy southern rock hooks to their laid back blues grooves to their heartfelt storytelling, their many fans love their honest, catchy tunes and fun live shows.
Beginning as a trio, Derek Paul (guitar, lead vocals), Derek Carothers (bass), and Devon Carothers (drums) released their debut album, The Show, in the spring of 2012. Zane Russell (guitar, vocals) joined the group soon after that to further expand the sound, and the group released the EP Live at The Deli 1-9-13 in 2013.
Contact The Depot at 405-307-9320 for additional information on Depot programs.
Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park filled with great music!
The Depot’s Summer Breeze concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and from businesses and individuals including Backwoods; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Michael Miller; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks, and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Becca Hewes, Yogalife; Republic Bank and Trust, Norman Parks and Recreation Department; David Fries Roofing; Sally Little & Dennis McDonald; Brad and Lisa Raley; 2 Green Chicks; Main Street Veterinary Hospital; Montford Inn; and Pepe Delgados.