Over the years, there have been many lovely art exhibitions in Norman featuring talented “Ladies of Norman.” Bringing a group of these creative ladies together to remember and celebrate their work is the pleasure of the Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones. Pamela Lenck Bradford, Norma Brown, Carolyn Faseler, Beverly Herndon, Dore’ Hill, Julie Klopfenstein, LaVon Scanlan and Betty Wood are all accomplished artists whose work has been shown widely.
The Depot exhibit of their work will open on Friday, March 13 with the 2nd Friday Art Walk and will continue through April 24. A second reception will be held with the Art Walk on Friday, April 10. Both receptions will be from 6 to 9 pm and will provide an opportunity to chat with the artists as well as view their work and enjoy refreshments.
Pamela Lenck Bradford, M.F.A., taught art at Columbia College, Stephens College and the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows at the Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, St. Louis and New York, Neiman-Marcus in Dallas and more, and is in collections across the U.S. and Austria. Her illustrations appear in seven books. Locally, Bradford painted murals at the Museum of Natural History, First Christian Church, Lakeview Elementary and Thunderbird Clubhouse. She owns Gingko Tree Fine Art Studio and Gallery, which features her fine art tile and mosaic “Diversity of Life on Earth”inside and out.
Working in both oils and watercolors with a style leaning toward impressionism, Norma Brown traveled solo for many years in England painting tea rooms and landscapes. Those paintings are featured in Loaves and Hyacinths, a book on tea rooms in East Anglia. With numerous awards to her credit, Norma Brown’s paintings are in private and public collections in the US and several other countries. She has been a resident of Norman for 45 years and active in the arts community most of those years. She has a degree in Education and Art and has studied with nationally known artists.
Carolyn Faseler acquired a teaching degree and a BA in Art from Kansas Wesleyan University. She later received a M.A. from Fort Hays Kansas State. She has traveled to many countries and visited great museums all over the world. “With all of that exposure to great art, I have discovered that my personality and experience had determined my direction earlier. That is, toward gesture making where speed and concentration are the dominating forces. I try to make my paintings look effortless by working the painting over and over—sometimes as many as twenty times.” Faseler says.
Sparkling color and a flair for vivid interpretation mark the artistic style of Dore’ Hill. A wide range of subject matter and ongoing experimentation in diverse mediums add the challenge she enjoys. A Michigan native, she earned a BA degree at Michigan State University followed by art history and fine art studies at Cleveland Institute of Art. She has received awards in numerous juried competitions and is represented throughout the US in corporate and private collections. “The love of drawing and painting has brought so much adventure and enjoyment into my life.” Hill says.
Beverly Herndon was introduced to the art of Chinese Brushwork in 1979 when she took a class with internationally known artist Dr. Ming-fai Yu. Enchanted with the beauty of this art form and the peace she felt when painting in this manner, her dedicated study of the traditional brush strokes and familiarity with the subjects has allowed Herndon’s personal style to emerge. Her paintings have been exhibited in the annual exhibitions of the Oriental Brushwork Society since 1991 and in the national shows of Sumi-e Society since 1997. Her work is also in private collections across the nation and in Europe.
Julie Klopfenstein started painting in 1970. Moving to Oklahoma City in 1971 she enrolled in classes at the Oklahoma Art Center and, finding painting to be such an enjoyable pursuit, she started taking workshops, entering art shows and competitions and teaching art classes. Julie studied in Italy for 6 weeks in 1984 and in China for 3 weeks in 1987 with Doug Walton, one of her most significant teachers. She continued to take workshops from nationally recognized artists throughout her career of more than 40 years. Her work has been shown in several galleries and at the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City.
A native of Wisconsin, LaVon Scanlan moved to Oklahoma in 1969, where she became an Artist in Residence for the Prison Arts Program, instructor at the Firehouse Art Center, private teacher, and actively involved in numerous other art related organizations and projects. Scanlan received her B. A. from Carroll College where she minored in art. She also studied at the Artists School in Scottsdale, and with such known artists as Tony Van Hasselt, Ben Konis, Daniel Greene, Albert Handel and William Reese. Her award winning work in oil, pastel, and watercolor has been shown in several galleries and in numerous juried and invitational shows.
Betty Wood holds a bachelors degree in art, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma, emphasizing printmaking and design. Her work has been exhibited in nearly 500 juried and invitational shows across the country and internationally. She has been the recipient of numerous juror’s awards. Her prints are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. As Adjunct Professor, Ms. Wood taught printmaking and drawing at Oklahoma City University and printmaking at the University of Oklahoma.
Gallery hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge. For additional information about this and other Depot events and programs, phone 405 307-9320.
Exhibitions at The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, and by individual donors.