You don't have to go to New York to "gallery hop," which is
what they call an evening of visiting art galleries.
Oklahoma City has a slew of art galleries and museums which
are joining to participate in a gallery hop, or as it's being
called, "Art About Town."
On Friday, May 20, several Oklahoma City galleries, museums
and artists' studios will join with local performing arts
organizations to create an evening of visual and aural pleasures.
The arts tour can begin at the Fairgrounds at City Arts Center
and Oklahoma City Art Museum, or it can begin downtown at
Oklahoma City Art Museum at ArtsPlace, 20 W. Main St. In between
these two galleries are Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) in
French Market Mall, 2850 NW 63rd St.; Kirkpatrick Center, 21 NE
52nd St.; Norick Art Center/Hulsey Gallery on the Oklahoma City
University campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder; and The Paseo Artists
Association in the Paseo Community Center, 2909 The Paseo.
Collaborations VII, a juried exhibition of works by artists
collaborating with other artists, is at ArtsPlace, which
exhibits, sells and rents art by local and regional artists and
crafts people. ArtsPlace also offers tours of downtown and
scheduled classes. Providing laughter and craziness will be the
improvisational team Funny Floats.
In historic Paseo Village, home to more than 25 artists and
their studios, artists such as B.J. White, Donna Berryhill and
Mike Larsen will open their studios to the public. For
entertainment, StarDanceSwan, a dance theater troup made up of
children and adults, will offer contemporary dance works on the
At the Norick Center, which emphasizes education in the arts,
members of the OCU School of Music will be performing, and
paintings by White and Suzanne Randall will be on display.
Recent works by Shelby Stone will be featured in the
Kirkpatrick Gallery for Oklahoma Artists. Visitors also may view
the Oklahoma State Art Collection, which includes works by
artists who are native to Oklahoma or who have lived and worked
in the state. Throughout the evening, Prairie Dance Theatre,
housed at Kirkpatrick Center, will perform short segments of
modern dance theatre.
At IAO, an alternative gallery which showcases contemporary
art in all media, will offer works by Rom Barczak and John
Brandenberg. Visual performances also will be presented.
An exhibit titled "Four Friends" will be featured at OCAM at
the Fairgrounds, where the entertainment will be provided by
Wendy Ooley, creator of Garage Sale Theatre and a one-woman song,
dance and drama performer. OCAM has more than 3,000 works of 19th
and 20th century art, which includes the Washington Gallery of
Modern Art Collection, a focus on contemporary American art of
the 1950s and 1960s.
City Arts Center has an exhibit called "Works on Paper:
Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Contemporary Russian
Art. Oklahoma Children's Theatre will perform excerpts from "The
Snow Queen" throughout the evening.
All of the galleries and studios will be open free of charge
to the public. Gallery hoppers may register at each location for
free gifts from local merchants. A grand prize awaits one of the
gallery goers who makes it to all of the facilities.
What a wonderful evening of visual and performing arts. And
right here in Oklahoma City! ! !
And, speaking of the arts, the 20th annual May Fair Arts Festival
is due at Norman's Reeves Park on Saturday. The day of art,
family fun, entertainment, children's crafts and tasty treats is
a project of the Assistance League of Norman.
More than 140 artists and crafts people from Oklahoma and the
region will be on hand from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to display and sell
their wares. The scheduled entertainment begins promptly at 10
a.m. and ranges from jazz to tap dancers and cloggers to the
Norman Choral Society singers. …