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“Instrumental Art,” a visual band of banjos created by Norman painter Dixie Erickson, will be on display June 11 – July 31 at The Performing Arts Studio, located in the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.

An opening reception for Erickson will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. June 11, in conjunction with the Second Friday Circuit of Art. There is no admission charge for the exhibition or reception.

“Making art is the way I satisfy my curiosity, investigate the world around me, find answers to my puzzlements, discover what I believe or who I am,” Erickson said. 

“Instrumental Art” began with an old banjo rescued from her father-in-law’s attic.  “The skin was torn, it was dirty and scratched; but the strings were still attached and it could still make a sound,” she said. “There it was in the bedroom leaning against the wall, and ultimately it began to speak to me -- how it looked now and how it used to be, all the music it had made, how many musicians had strummed it, all the different styles of playing. This banjo was the director of my band; I played the variations.”

Erickson has shown in group exhibits throughout the United States. She also has had solo exhibits in Dallas as well as Oklahoma City, Chickasha, Ada and Norman.

A Norman resident since 1985, Erickson holds a bachelor's degree in studio art and art history and a master’s degree in studio art from the University of Oklahoma. She has been active in numerous local arts and humanities programs and taught at both Oklahoma City Community College and Rose State College.

PAS gallery exhibitions are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and patron donations.

For more information on PAS and its programs, call (405) 307-9320.