ArabesqueArabesque will be playing their unique blend of Irish and world folk music at the Performing Arts Studio in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm during the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art in Downtown Norman on October 12.  Also enjoy the impressionist paintings of Stephen Smith which remain on view in the Depot Gallery through October 31.  The artist will be present to discuss his work.

Miranda Arana and Steve Vanlandingham formed Arabesque in 2004 when they splintered off from the long-standing Oklahoma Irish band, Banish Misfortune, to explore their own creative expressions.  They performs a mixture of Celtic, Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, Turkish and other world folk traditions.  Miranda plays a variety of flutes and whistles, while Steve  plays guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, oud (a middle eastern lute) and a wooden slit drum.  Both Miranda and Steve live in Norman where Miranda teaches World Music at the University of Oklahoma and Steve works as an archeologist. Their performances are an intelligent mix of storytelling, history, humor and fun.

Arabesque has performed regionally at schools, public libraries, art openings, private functions, and folk festivals, including the North Texas Irish Festival (Dallas, Texas), the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair (New Mexico), the Four Winds Faire (Tyler, Texas), the Oklahoma Celtic Music Festival (Stillwater), the International Festival (Lawton, OK), and the Norman Medieval Fair.  They are on the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Program Artist Roster.

Oklahoman native Stephen Smith has been painting full time for over 20 years. His style has evolved from impressionistic to more expressionistic during that time, featuring bold colors and textured impasto in each of his paintings.  His work remains on view in the Depot Gallery through October 31.  There is no admission charge.

For more information on Performing Arts Studio programs phone 405-307-9320.  PAS office and gallery hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.  The gallery is also open by appointment.  Exhibits are funded, in part, by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.