Sales, Marketing Executives Continue Arbuckle's Work

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Each week for a number of years, when I came to The Journal Record to write a weekly column, I would have the pleasant opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with Ken Arbuckle, civic leader, publisher, ambassador of good will, etc. He died last year, and I miss those chats.

Especially, I miss them this time of year. Ken inaugurated and was deeply committed to the Sales and Marketing Executives International Academy of Achievement and its annual awards dinner. He worked two or three years ahead on each dinner, wanting to be sure those honored were truly outstanding as entrepreneurs representing various categories of business.

It's a joy, indeed, and evidence his work has not been for naught, to know that for the fifth year the Formal Induction Banquet will be held. The 1994 dinner is scheduled Saturday, April 16, at the Marriott Hotel. Former Gov. George Nigh will share master of ceremonies duties with L. Bryant Barry, SMEI International Association chairman, at the dinner, which is being co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

The dinner is open to the public, and tickets are priced at $100 per person. Information is available from the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

Up in heaven, Ken must be pleased at the continuation of his endeavor to make Oklahoma City the center of recognition of free enterprise. I know he'll be at the dinner in spirit. . . "Four Friends" is the title of the exhibit opening Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art at the Fairgrounds. The friends are Eric Fischl, Ralph Gibson, April Gornik and Bryan Hunt, all heavyweights in the New York art scene. The exhibit, which will be on display through June 12, includes paintings, sculpture and photography.

Fischl does expressive, realist paintings, and Gibson is the documentary photographer, working in black and white and, more recently, in color. Gornik's large landscape paintings capture nature's awesome presence, while Hunt does bronze casting of architectural forms. He also is represented by prints and paintings in this show.

Sponsoring the exhibition are Cox Cable of Oklahoma City, Dowell-Schlumberger, KATT, KMGL, KTNT, the Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation, Verner Associates and the Allied Arts Foundation.

A public reception for "Four Friends" is planned June 4.

Members of OCAM's Friends organization also will want to circle May 19 on the calendar. That's the date of the next Friends' dinner and lecture.

And on April 7, Collaborations VII will open at ArtsPlace, 20 W. Main St., OCAM's downtown location. A free reception open to the public is planned from 5-8 p.m.

And on April 9, the OCAM Volunteer Association will have its second annual artist recognition for professional advancement. The dinner will be at 7 p.m. at the Waterford Hotel, and tickets are $25 per person.

Those folks at OCAM really stay busy, don't they? ? ? More than 45 specialty dishes will be offered by local chefs at the annual Taste of the Nation benefit Thursday, March 31. The annual Share Our Strengths event, presented by American Express and benefiting the Oklahoma City Food Bank, will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Air Space Museum in Kirkpatrick Center, 2100 NE 52nd St.

Tickets, priced at $40 per person, include admission and all the food desired, plus fine wine, cognac and other beverages. Entry 5 will offer acoustical music, and two airline tickets will be given away.

What makes this benefit unique is that it is staged by the chefs themselves. I can remember back when Michel Buthion and Kurt Fleischfresser were working for the Skirvin Plaza in the mid 1980s, before it went downhill and finally closed. They came to Skirvin management with the idea of participating in this nationwide effort to help needy people in Oklahoma and around the world and were encouraged. …