An opening reception for “Remembering Regina Murphy” will be held from 6 to 9 pm, Friday, July 12, 2019. Her family has graciously agreed to share a retrospective of her work in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, through August 31. Regular gallery hours are 9- 2 Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 10-1. There is no admission charge.
Regina Felder Murphy (1921-2018), born in Mississippi, spent most of her 97 years in Oklahoma City where she was a treasure of the Oklahoma City art community for many decades. She was well known for her involvement with the Paseo Arts District having served as an active director and treasurer for many years of the Paseo Arts Association. In 1994, Murphy was one of the founders of Studio Six on the Paseo along with five other female artists. The Studio continues to this day at the gateway to the Paseo’s historic district.
She also worked tirelessly to support visual arts statewide. As a director and officer of the Oklahoma Watercolor Association, a director and officer of the Oklahoma Art Guild, a member of the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition as well as involvement with many other arts associations, she had a large impact on art in Oklahoma. She was also a generous donor by sharing her art with many non-profit organizations.
A prolific artist, Murphy continued to work until not long before she passed away Christmas Day. Having mastered many techniques with enviable skill, she is perhaps best known for her varied landscapes in several mediums. Once in her 90’s she began working in earnest in abstractions with great critical acclaim.
Regina Murphy’s work is found in many private and corporate collections all over the country. In Oklahoma her art is found in the permanent collections of the Oklahoma State Capital, Oklahoma History Center, University of Science & Arts, Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, Bethany OK City Hall, Presbyterian Hospital Oklahoma City, Merrill Lynch Oklahoma City, Baptist Medical Center Oklahoma City, Dean Witter Reynolds Oklahoma City along with many others.
Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in both group and solo shows from California to New York. Currently the Oklahoma State Capital is featuring Murphy’s work in memoriam.
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, by The City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by generous individual donors.
Constance Squires will read from her newest work, Hit Your Brights, at the July 14, 2019, Second Sunday Poetry reading. The free reading, in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, begins at 2:00 pm.
Hit Your Brights, is a collection of 13 short stories that fuse humor and tragedy. Squires’ characters are often caught in tough spots of their own making. Danger lurks, the needle skips, the bomb goes off, and the empties pile up. Outcomes are unpredictable, but the car always starts, and, sometimes, love wins.
Squires has been referred to as “a master of the short story,” by noted author Rilla Askew, and Hit Your Brights has been cited as “a well-crafted collection focusing on Oklahoma and southern characters in a universe full of questions” by author Brandon Hobson. He says, “Constance Squires writes prose with startling precision and beauty. At times humorous, at times sad, her stories are always profoundly moving.”
In addition to Hit Your Brights, Squires is the author of the novels Along the Watchtower, which won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and Live from Medicine Park, a 2018 Oklahoma Book Award finalist. Her short stories have appeared in Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Shenandoah, Identity Theory, Bayou, the Dublin Quarterly, This Land, and a number of other magazines.
Squires’ nonfiction has appeared in Salon, the New York Times, The Village Voice, World Literature Today, The Philological Review and Largehearted Boy, and has also been featured on the NPR program Snap Judgment. She is a regular contributor to the RollingStone500: Telling Stories in Stereo and wrote the screenplay for Sundance fellow Jeffrey Palmer's 2015 short film, Grave Misgivings.
Squires holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She lives on an acre at the northern edge of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, with her “husband, daughter, two dogs, four cats, a lizard, and too many books.”
Second Sunday Poetry is hosted by former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn, and has been a program of The Depot since 2004. Depot programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Elegantly emotional vocalist Seth Glier and his group come to Summer Breeze on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Bring seating and refreshments and enjoy this free concert in Lions Park, Flood and Symmes. Music begins at 7:30.
“I’m a songwriter and I believe that the way in which we tell a story ultimately has the power to change the story” says Glier. “I think that when someone lets a song into their heart it becomes a spirit. To me, songs are mediators between the spiritual and sensual world and I think that this world is in desperate need of them.”
“I’m very excited to release what I’ve been calling Birds into the world. It’s a collection of 11 songs that I’ve written and recorded by myself in my apartment. Some songs are about the death of my brother while others are about the life I see all around me since he passed. Some are about the birds I’ve become friends with in Massachusetts and many are my best attempt to say something useful about the time we live in.”
Seth Glier (pronounced “Gleer”) recorded his new album, Birds, in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roost just outside those windows, on the roof of the converted mill building where he lives, and they 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.” The songs range from personal to political, and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place.
Described by USA TODAY as a “Singer with an exquisite tenor echoing Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel,” Glier continues a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and touring with artists such as Ani DiFranco and Marc Cohn.
Free Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, with in-kind support from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Norman Smile Center is a Summer Breeze Sponsor. Contributors include: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; The Mont; Hugh and Keri Young; Peggy Doviak, DM Wealth Management; Hitachi; Republic Bank of Norman; Edward Jones Investments; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; Bob Schlegel; Bluebonnet Bar; and The Montford Inn. Friends include: Laurel Group, LLC; The Baked Bear; The Winston; Frank and Suzy Lawrence; and Monty Kapunkle. Becca Hewes, Yogalife is a Neighbor.
The Depot is proud to announce the schedule for the 2019 Summer Breeze Concert Series. This will be the 19th 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, and the US.
May 19 - Byron Berline Band
Summer Breeze 2019 opens with an exciting evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music with three time national fiddle champion Byron Berline and his band; Billy Perry, Thomas Trapp, Greg Burgess, Richard Sharp and Steve Short. After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, Berline soon became one of the most popular fiddlers in the music business. He returned to his home state of Oklahoma in 1995 where he opened the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in the town of Guthrie for the purpose of "visiting, trading and jamming" with folks who enjoy their music. As a natural progression the band was formed to entertain regularly in the Music Hall above the Fiddle Shop. The Byron Berline Band is in great demand around the state, as well as surrounding states, and have extended their music through Europe. We welcome them back to Summer Breeze after too long an absence.
June 2 - Adam & Kizzie
Adam & Kizzie Ledbetter, known as Adam & Kizzie, hail from Oklahoma City. They became friends in high school, rapping, singing, and dancing in and after school. Kizzie went off and traveled the world in Disney performances, while Adam performed at home with his Jazz Quartet New Growth. In 2011 they reunited and soon became husband and wife. Sharing their very different musical interests, Adam’s focus expanded from Jazz to Hip-Hop, while Kizzie’s influences stemmed from Music Theatre to Pop/R&B. Their curiosity and ability to draw from Gospel, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and many varieties of Pop music soon found them charting their own unique path. As a duo, they were pushed by necessity to learn new methods, using live looping and layered vocals to create new music. After two acclaimed records, the duo have found the sublime zone that fully expresses what they do.
June 30 - Making Movies
Singer and guitarist Enrique Chi, founded Making Movies with his brother Diego. Another pair of brothers, Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand, round out the Kansas City Latin band. The group’s second LP, I am Another You, is a bold mix of sounds: psychedelia, experimental rock, son cubano, cumbia and various rhythms descended from Yoruba, an African tradition that slaves carried to the New World as part of religious rites that evolved into Santería. Different styles of music have filtered down from common roots. “We are all immigrants” Enrique Chi says. “That kind of lineage affirms my belief that we’re all connected in spirit,” “We all come from tribal African people, if you go all the way back. So to me, the message of the band is part of this whole continuum: that music itself is a vehicle for truth."
July 14 - Seth Glier
Seth Glier attended Berklee College of Music for a year before dropping out to be able to tour full-time. Since then, he has averaged over 200 shows a year, and shared stages with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe, Edwin McCain and Ani DiFranco during a burgeoning career that has included as a mainstage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival, a Grammy nomination and a pair of Independent Music Awards. Seth Glier’s fifth album, Birds, is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. Grier will return to Norman with some great electronic additions to his recent rave reviewed Winter Wind performance.
July 28 - Kyshona Armstrong
Kyshona Armstrong started out enabling others to enjoy the healing properties of songwriting. When describing the positions she held during her decade or so in the mental health field, she punctuates each chapter with the same phrase: "That got kinda heavy” and "You've gotta know when to tap out.” So Armstrong got on the college singer-songwriter circuit, blending skills of empathizing and entertaining, and then moved to Nashville in January 2014 Armstrong now embraces repetitive internal rhythms that emerge in some of her songwriting — likening them to both gospel spirituals and the viscerally simplistic utterances of her former patients — and she's delivering her roots-soul originals with articulate warmth and newly claimed authority. Kyshona was such a hit at Winter Wind last year, that she has been invited back, with a backup band, for the Summer Breeze crowd to enjoy.
Aug 4 - Levi Parham (rescheduled from original date of June 16)
Levi Parham's music draws on the rich songwriting traditions of Oklahoma, his home state. With influences from the worlds of blues, folk, soul, rock and country music, it's Parham's "soulful, gritty and tender voice” (The Boot) that brings it all together into a sound that CMT described as "enticing" with "a melancholy feel.” In June 2016, Parham released an album titled These American Blues that reached #25 on the AMA charts, and was #1 in the EuroAmericana Charts. In his new album, It's All Good, Parham reminds everyone not to sweat it when faced with the circumstances much out of one's control. "I ain't scared, I ain't worried, I've got friends and they'd be here in a hurry” Parham assures us. Norman friends will without doubt be there for Levi in Lions Park.
Aug 11 - Greyhounds
Rising out of the Austin, Texas music scene, the Greyhounds, a duo comprising guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell, feature a unique sound that mixes R&B, soul, funk, and the Bakersfield country of Buck Owens into a style that has been described as "Hall & Oates meets ZZ Top," and the duo's exciting live shows have earned them a large and loyal fan following. The pair met in the late '90s, and immediately began writing and playing together, placing tunes with artists like Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks while building up a songwriting catalog and gathering new fans with each show. The Greyhounds signed a three-album deal with a reconstituted Ardent Records and released Accumulator early in 2014. Two years later, the group released Change of Pace, a record that emphasized their soulful side.
Aug 25 - Homegrown Volume I
A project inspired by the wealth of musical talent in our own state, Homegrown Volume I will bring together a diverse array of Okie musicians to perform an epic Summer Breeze jam. We've called upon Terry "Buffalo" Ware and Kyle Reid to organize the talent for this show so you know it's going to be good! Stay tuned for more details.