NORMAN — An “art chat” with eight abstract painters from the metro area will be featured from 6 to 9 p.m. July 18 at the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave.
The artists will paint and talk about the process as they work, and visitors will be encouraged to ask questions.
Featured artists will be Bert Seabourn, Skip Hill, Hunter Roth, Corazon Watkins, Caroline Faseler, Betty Wood, Tim Kinney and Rick Fry, who also is executive director of the Performing Arts Studio, which is sponsoring the event. The artists will demonstrate their individual brands of abstract/impressionist painting skills.
Completed original paintings from the artists will be available for sale throughout the evening. Light refreshments will be served. A silent auction featuring the paintings will be held, with bids closing at 8:30 p.m.
Visitors may come and go or stay for the entire program, Fry said.
A portion of the proceeds from paintings sold will support the Performing Arts Studio's gallery and programs. Admission to the event is free.
“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,” Fry said.
Impressionism seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than achieve accurate depiction, he said.
“This is 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,” Fry said.
The Performing Arts Studio is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create and present excellent and innovative fine arts programs for the enrichment and education of the community.
The studio 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.