Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

A Change of Scenery: Art Gallery to Undergo Transformation in Move to Plaza District

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

A Change of Scenery: Art Gallery to Undergo Transformation in Move to Plaza District

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Artist Brett McDanel has shown his mixed-media sculptures at Paseo Originals Art Gallery for three years. His work has sold well, but it hasn't been a gallery top seller. With pieces featuring skeletons and birds, McDaniel's works seem more progressive than the landscapes and horse paintings hanging on the walls in many of the Paseo Arts District galleries.

"I've had people ask me why I don't have any work in the Plaza (District)," McDanel said.

Starting in September, McDanel's work will be in that area when Paseo Originals Art Gallery moves to the district. The gallery will close at the end of June and will reopen at 1706 NW 16th St. by Sept. 12. The 1,500-square-foot space is home to Paula and Co. Realtors, which will leave the district at the end of July.

"(Paula and Co.) was one of our original tenants. The district has just changed," said Aimee Struble, who owns the building with her husband, Jeff Struble.

The change in the district attracted soon-to-be Paseo Originals Art Gallery owner Tony Morton to the district. He lives near the Plaza and has seen it evolve. He will take over the gallery from Karen Orr this summer.

"I feel like in a lot of ways the niche we've developed in the Paseo is pretty progressive," Morton said. "We've met a lot of people over there. I want to grow the number of people in the community that see us."

Morton said some interior build-out in the new space will likely take up the month of August, and he'll be ready to open in September. A new name and branding for the gallery are still in development.

"I have no hard feelings for anyone in the Paseo," he said. "I really like my neighbors over there. It has nothing to do with anything other than being more business-savvy."

He said he looked at other districts, including Uptown 23rd, but the Plaza just seemed like the best fit. …

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