For the 26th year, Arts Festival Oklahoma will take place during
the Labor Day weekend on the campus of Oklahoma City Community
College. Admission to the family-oriented festival is free. Parking
fee is $3 per vehicle. Festival hours are 3-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-
10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.
Headlining the entertainment this year will be country music star
Ty England who will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday. Formerly with Garth
Brooks' band, England has several albums available. The most recent
one, Highways and Dance Halls, reunites England with old friend
Traditionally, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic concert has been a
highlight of Saturday evening and this year is no exception. The
musicians will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. And, again following
tradition, the evening will conclude with a dramatic fireworks
display. Brasil Brazil will bring a Carnival mood to the festival as
this group of performers, featuring singers Ana Gazzola and Sonia
Santos, provide popular Brazilian music on opening night at 8 p.m.
A variety of other entertainers also will perform throughout the
weekend. The festival also will feature some 260 visual and
performing artists on six stages, food booths and a children's
activity tent which will have a $1 admission fee.
Sponsors of Arts Festival Oklahoma are the Central Art
Association, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, OKCCC and
Women of the South. For more information, call 682-7536.
A jazzy evening
'Twas a swingin' evening at the Dallas Museum of Art's late
Friday night. Jazz music prevailed throughout the halls in
recognition of the major exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden, who
is considered one of the most important African-American artists of
the 20th century. Interestingly, the exhibition has an Oklahoma City
At the entrance is this statement made in 1968 about the artist
and his art by Ralph Ellison, Oklahoma City prize-winning author who
made his adult home in New York City. Ellison said about the artist:
Bearden's combination of techniques is eloquent of the sharp breaks,
leaps in consciousness, distortions, paradoxes, reversals,
telescoping of time and surreal blending of styles, hopes and dreams
which characterize much of Negro American history.
Indeed, the exhibition includes nearly 150 paintings, collages,
collotypes, monotypes, watercolors and sculpture by Bearden (1912-