The Depot Gallery will host a closing reception for “AS YET UnNAMED, The Sketchbooks of O. Gail Poole” in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on June 12. The reception, at 200 South Jones from 6 to 9 pm, will also feature a jazz jam on The Depot north portico and lawn, made possible by Jazz in June and hosted by Culture Cinematic.
Culture Cinematic, a collaborative mix of such varied genres as electronica, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul and funk, is slated to open for Jazz in June headliner Bill Evans’ Soulgrass on June 20 at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws Street, at the 32nd annual Jazz in June festival. Musicians are encouraged to join in.
With a career spanning half a century, O. Gail Poole influenced generations of Oklahoma's artists and is gaining recognition as a rediscovered American Master. Untamed and unpredictable by his own description “Poole,” as he was affectionately known, successfully managed to transcend easy and traditional classification. He was an artist's artist, quietly and steadily creating a diverse and inspired body of work – a master’s portfolio eagerly collected and highly respected by his peers across the country.
“Dad’s sketchbooks were his visual diaries” says daughter Nicole Poole, to whom the artist left the entirety of his remaining work. “They are in many ways more personal to me than his paintings, primarily because they embody moments in time that he just let his mind wander.” Curator Jonathan Fowler adds “In these books his legacy lives on, giving us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.”
There are framed and unframed limited edition archival giclees and a show catalog available for sale during the exhibit. “Listen My Child”, a limited edition coloring book, will also be available.
Depot Gallery hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge.
Gallery exhibitions in The Depot are made possible in part by grants from Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council and by individual donors.