2nd Friday at The Depot will be an event filled evening including: a World Literature Today Launch Party for it’s Music and Literature Issue from 6 to 8 pm; a Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Ticket to Ride Pop-Upto promote their upcoming exhibition Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, And Western Railways; and the opening reception for The Depot Gallery’s new exhibit, “The Garden Chronicles, Plus,” paintings by George Bogart.  It’s all free at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, September 14, 2018,  from 6 to 9 pm, with music and refreshments to make the evening complete.

George Bogart PaintingGeorge Bogart (1933-2005) was a brilliant and prodigious painter with an innate feel for color and space. His work was exhibited all over the United States throughout his career and is included in numerous private and public collections. Bogart was born in Fond du Lac, a suburb of Duluth, Minnesota.  After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota at Duluth in 1956, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he did his graduate work, receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1959.  He then spent eight years in Austin, Texas, teaching at the University of Texas.  Moving on from there, he taught for three years at Penn State University before landing at the University of Oklahoma. In 1978 he took a year’s leave to accept a Visiting Artist position at the University of California, Berkeley. Returning to Norman, he continued to teach at OU until his retirement in 1997.  As Professor Emeritus, he was twice asked to return to teach drawing classes.  Between his retirement and his death in 2005 he enjoyed doing what he’d always wanted to do: be a full-time artist.  The Depot Gallery is privileged to offer a showing of Bogart’s work, curated by his widow Elyse, opening September 14 in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Walk, and continuing through November 2.  

WLT Launch PartyAlso on 2nd Friday, World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, will host a launch party from 6 to 8 pm at The Depot to celebrate its forthcoming music issue which features Leontyne Price, Ethiopian jazz poetry, rock operas, and a city profile of Prince’s Minneapolis.  Rob Vollmar, WLT’s book review editor and a seasoned veteran of the local music scene, will play an acoustic guitar set.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served, and discounted copies of the issue will be for sale.  Now in its tenth decade of continuous publication, WLT has been recognized by the Nobel Prize committee as one of the “best edited and most informative literary publications” in the world. For additional information, contact the WLT offices at 405-325-4531.

Ticket to RideA further highlight of the evening will be the FJJMA Ticket to Ride Pop-Up, an installation by Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in the south room of The Depot promoting the upcoming exhibition Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, And Western Railways which runs from Oct. 5 –Dec. 30, 2018 in the Nancy Johnston Records Gallery.  "Prior to the widespread availability of the automobile, artists experienced and explored the American West by train. This exhibition features paintings, studies, posters, and graphics, from artists such as Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon, that emerged from the parallel relationships between artists and commercial designers with Western rail companies between the late 1880s and early 1930s, which were key decades in passenger travel.”  For additional information, phone museum offices at 405 325-5990.

Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.