Michael Fracasso, an Austin singer-songwriter who sings in a high tenor that evokes the "high lonesome" sound of early country, will take the Winter Wind stage in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, at 7:00 pm on December 6, 2015. Tickets are $20.
Fracasso has slowly built a national following for his literate, beguiling songs and captivating vocal style. He has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan. "In a city renowned for it's original music, Michael Fracasso has distinguished himself as an artist of uncommon brilliance." says Robert Fraser, Texas Monthly. The Austin Chronicle declares that Michael Fracasso “remains one of Austin’s most distinctive voices."
Upon arriving in Austin in 1990 from New York City, Fracasso was promptly voted Best New Artist in Music City Texas ‘Insiders’ poll and was able to record his first CD, Love & Trust, which features a duet with Lucinda Williams. He has made two albums with producer/guitarist Charlie Sexton (World in a Drop of Water and Back to Oklahoma) and also collaborated with Charlie to write and record the music for the movie Monster Hunter. His 2004 album, Pocketful of Rain featured a duet with Grammy winner Patty Griffin.
His 2007 release, Red Dog Blues went to #1 on the Americana Chart in Europe. For his seventh CD, Saint Monday (2011) Fracasso returned to a harder-hitting sound of a full rock band. He was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement in 2011 and was on the “Best of 2011” list for several publications including Third Coast Music, San Antonio Express News and Austin Chronicle.
To purchase concert tickets click the buy tickets link above or stop by The Depot M-F 8am - 2pm. For more information on programs at The Depot, phone 405-307-9320.
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of The Depot Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate and Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Friends include Nancy McClellan; Danna Primm; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
The December 13 Second Sunday Poetry Reading at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, will feature Jessica B. Isaacs. Isaacs was recently awarded the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry for her first full-length book of poems, Deep August (Village Books Press, 2014). The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. All are welcome.
Isaacs has presented her writing at several regional and national conferences, and has published her poems in various journals and anthologies, including Cybersoleil Literary Journal, All Roads Lead Home Poetry Blog, SugarMule’s Women Writing Nature, The Muse, Elegant Rage, Short Order Poems, September 2014, and Scissortail Commemorative CD, 2014. She is a member of the coordinating committee for the Woody Guthrie Poets, and she is also the founder and co-editor of Dragon Poet Review, an online literary journal, www.dragonpoetreview.com
An English professor at Seminole State College, Isaacs serves as the director of SSC’s annual Howlers & Yawpers Creativity Symposium.
Second Sunday Poetry is a program of The Depot, hosted by Carl Sennhenn, past Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner for Poetry. For information on this, and other programs of The Depot, phone 405 307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.
The Depot continues the tradition of a showing of small works by Norman and regional artists with “Small Works V”, this year featuring artists Carol Beesley, Almira Grammer, Tony Grider, Don Holladay, Marilyn LeFlore, Brad Price, Corazon Watkins and John Wolfe. The exhibit, at 200 S. Jones, runs from November 9 through December 23, with an opening reception featuring an art chat and demonstrations by several of the artists from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on November 13.
A second reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on December 11 beginning at 7:30 pm featuring entertainment by Cimarron Opera singers. Admission is free.
Carol Beesley, well known Norman artist, says that “From about the middle of this last July I decided to try to work at home. I purchased 24 8" x 8" canvases and went to work! What I discovered was very liberating. How much investment in time do you ever have in an 8" x 8" canvas!? What you see in these paintings is a "pause" from the behemoths I usually produce. I still love flowers, intimate places, small moments of wonder. Enjoy.”
Almira Grammer says “I create art because there is nothing else I would rather do. I try to reveal the essence of my subject through rich color and the elimination of details. Primarily my subjects are barns and other vintage structures, but I do paint a landscape now and then. The fluid properties of acrylics enable me to paint layer upon layer of transparent color to achieve the luminous effect that I want.”
Tony Grider is a self-taught fine art still photographer who resides in Norman. Tony prefers using available light whenever possible and is drawn to the beauty of objects and landscapes photographed during his travels. His goal is to capture and process a unique image that transports the viewer to another place and time. His photographs have sold to collectors around the world.
Don Holladay's studio includes an etching press and many of his pieces originate from the printmaking process. “I alternate between figurative painting and non-objective abstract pieces.” Holladay says. “I am drawn to the solitary figure, particularly because of my printmaking background. My non-objective pieces almost all originate off the printing press. Composition is the most important element, although in many instances my hope is for a look of controlled carelessness.”
Marilyn LeFlore likes to be challenged by reflections and shadows, gestures, postures and expressions. “I was attracted to watercolor because of the looseness of the paintings I had seen -- but my paintings are far from loose.” Watercolor is an adventure, she says, “a process of trying to control the uncontrollable.” In the past five years Marilyn has also begun to paint in oil which is “a very different journey.”
Brad Price's expressionist works are inspired by the Southwest landscape and its rugged beauty. His work is a rebirth of the sense of style of early Taos painters and the Post-Impressionists, emotive and colorful with strong directional lines used to guide the viewer into the world that he has seen and experienced. According to Price, “Art is experience and the sharing of experience. It is creating something new and beautiful for the world, and then sharing that moment with others.”
Corazon Watkins paintings in Small Works V are all imaginary images – not taken from photographs nor from an actual environment. “My intention is to create images that evoke a sense of peace and serenity” she says. “The choices of colors, the simplicity of images, hopefully, instill some kind of emotional response from the viewers.” Corazon Watkins, winner of this year's Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Award, has exhibited internationally.
John Wolfe believes that “creating a successful piece of art depends solely on that painting/sculpture being able to evoke a response without written clues that might guide the viewer to a predetermined conclusion. It should speak for itself.” Since retirement after 30 years teaching art in the Midwest City-Del City School System, Wolfe continues to create sculpture and paintings in his Oklahoma City studio His work is shown in numerous galleries.
Executive Director Shari Ransley Jackson says “The Gallery Committee has selected eight outstanding Norman and regional artists for Small Works Show V providing visitors to The Depot Gallery the opportunity to purchase an original work of art perfect for their own home or for gift giving. Original art brings enjoyment for years to come, even for generations.”
Gallery exhibits at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. For additional information about programs at The Depot, phone 405-307-9320.
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 September and continuing into March. The Concert Schedule is as follows:
Sept. 9, Whistle Stop Concert, The Honey Dewdrops, 7:00 pm, $15
Oct. 4, Winter Wind, Jimmy LaFave, 7:00 pm, $20
Oct. 25, Winter Wind, Rebecca Loebe, 7:00 pm, $15
Nov. 1, Whistle Stop Concert, Annie Oakley, 7:00 pm, $10
Nov. 8, Winter Wind, MilkDrive, 7:00 pm, $20
Nov. 10, Whistle Stop Concert, Heather Maloney, 7:00 pm, $15
Nov. 22, Winter Wind, Peter Bradley Adams, 7:00 pm, $20
Dec. 6, Winter Wind, Michael Fracasso, 7:00 pm, $20
Dec. 13, Winter Wind & Jazz in June, Sisters of Swing, 7:00 pm, $15
Dec. 20, Winter Wind, Claudia Schmidt, 7:00 pm, $20 (Member’s Choice)
Jan. 10, Winter Wind, Victor & Penny, 7:00 pm, $15
Jan 17, Winter Wind, Horseshoe Road, 7:00 pm, $20
Jan 31, Winter Wind, Carrie Newcomer, 7:00 pm, $20
Feb. 14, Winter Wind, Eliza Gilkyson, 7:00 pm, $20
Feb. 28, Winter Wind & Jazz in June, Watermelon Slim, 7:00 pm, $20
Mar. 6, Winter Wind, Ellis Paul, 7:00 pm, $20
More Winter Wind & Jazz concerts will be announced soon!
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.
Tickets for individual concerts may be purchased on-line by visiting www.normandepot.org/events, by visiting The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405 307-9320.
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.