Corazon Watkins PaintingThe Depot Gallery will feature “Essence of a Man”, an exhibit of paintings by Norman artist Corazon Watkins. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk on March 10, 2017, from 6 to 9 pm, with the artist discussing her concept for the work displayed beginning at 7pm. A second reception will be held on April 14, 2107, from 6 to 9 pm, during which live music will be a feature. The exhibit continues through April 30, 2017.

Born in the Philippines, Corazon became a naturalized citizen in 1976. After earning her MFA at The University of Oklahoma, she taught ceramics as an adjunct professor there for three years before deciding to become a full time studio artist, which she has now been for over 20 years. Her passion in arts is evident through her works in oil painting, sculpture, assemblages, mixed media and installation projects.

“This exhibit represents people with different personalities - some negative and others positive. Whatever type or make-up we represent, we have something to share with others. We not only make the world we live in interesting but we also learn from each other and, most importantly, we get to know ourselves." Watkins explains. She made the images in the exhibit faceless, she says, with the hope the viewer will interact with them by imagining themselves, or others, with the personality traits the artist has expressed in the individual paintings.

Watkins has done numerous regional, national and international exhibitions, both in the U.S. and in Europe. One of her proudest achievements is having her name registered in the Art for Embassies Program, with four of her paintings having been purchased by the U.S. Department of State for their permanent collection. Her work has been shown in U.S. Embassies in Europe, Africa and the Philippines. Locally, Corazon was named winner of the Norman Arts Council's Individual Artist Award in 2015.

To learn more about programs at The Depot, 405-307-9320. Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by donations from individual supporters.