A second reception for “Remembering Regina Murphy” will be held from 6 to 9 pm, Friday, August 9, 2019, with live music provided by classical and jazz guitarist Tate Slatton from 7 to 9 pm. The retrospective of Murphy’s work, spanning several decades, remains in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, through August 31. Regular gallery hours are 9- 2 Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 10-1. There is no admission charge.
Regina Felder Murphy (1921-2018), born in Mississippi, spent most of her 97 years in Oklahoma City where she was a treasure of the Oklahoma City art community for many decades. She was well known for her involvement with the Paseo Arts District having served as an active director and treasurer for many years of the Paseo Arts Association. In 1994, Murphy was one of the founders of Studio Six on the Paseo along with five other female artists. The Studio continues to this day at the gateway to the Paseo’s historic district.
She also worked tirelessly to support visual arts statewide. As a director and officer of the Oklahoma Watercolor Association, a director and officer of the Oklahoma Art Guild, a member of the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition and involvement with many other arts associations, she had a large impact on art in Oklahoma. She was also a generous donor by sharing her art with many non-profit organizations.
A prolific artist, Murphy continued to work until not long before she passed away Christmas Day 2018. Having mastered many techniques with enviable skill, she is perhaps best known for her varied landscapes in several mediums. Once in her 90’s she began working in earnest in abstractions with great critical acclaim.
Regina Murphy’s work is found in many private and corporate collections all over the country. In Oklahoma her art is found in the permanent collections of the Oklahoma State Capital, Oklahoma History Center, University of Science & Arts, Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art, Bethany City Hall, and in Oklahoma City: Presbyterian Hospital, Merrill Lynch, Baptist Medical Center, Dean Witter Reynolds, and many others.
Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in both group and solo shows from California to New York. Currently the Oklahoma State Capital is featuring Murphy’s work in memoriam.
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, by The City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by generous individual donors.