What are they thinking? How do they do it? Take part in an art chat and observe the creative process at work as eight abstract artists paint and exchange good-natured banter (and perhaps some serious insights as well) with each other and with those attending from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, July 18 in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones.
Outstanding artists Bert Seabourn, Skip Hill, Hunter Roth, Corazon Watkins, Caroline Faseler, Betty Wood, Rick Fry and Tim Kinney will demonstrate their abstract/impressionistic painting skills as visitors observe and visit with the artists while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Completed original paintings from the artists will be available for sale throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction of the paintings completed during the evening with bids closing at 8:30 pm.
Abstract art does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures aimed at subjective emotional expression with particular emphasis on the creative spontaneous act. Impressionism seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction. Watch paintings develop and reach completion before your eyes!
Wine and cheese will be available throughout the evening. Come and go -- or stay throughout this educational and entertaining fundraising event produced by the Performing Arts Studio, Inc., a non profit organization with a mission to create and present excellent and innovative fine arts programs for the enrichment and education of the community. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds from paintings sold will go the support gallery programs at the PAS.
PAS Executive Director Rick Fry says “It’s a perfect opportunity for the casual viewer of art to get to talk to abstract artists, asking questions about what inspires their work and how it is executed. Having been a representational artist for most of my career, my newly discovered love of painting the abstract has been a smooth transition because the use of design and color learned in that career are powerful skills needed to paint abstractly.” This will be among the first opportunities to see Fry’s new work, which is garnering a very positive response.
The PAS Depot Gallery offers exhibitions of the work of established regional artists through the year, made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council and individual donors. Gallery and office hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge.