May Fair art pops with color in Norman

The annual May Fair Arts Festival in Norman featured more than 100 artists and provided food, live entertainment and crafts activities for children.
BY SARAH LOBBAN Modified: May 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: May 7, 2013

Andrews Park came alive with activity as stone carvers, jewelers, painters and other artists assembled to show off and sell their wares during the two-day May Fair Arts Festival.

Visitors could indulge in fair food, climb a rock wall or listen to live music during the Saturday and Sunday event.

Michelle Coleman, of Moore, took her children, Lauren, 6, and Ethan, 2, to visit the artists' tents and participate in free arts and crafts activities for children.

“They're excited for the pony rides, and we've looked at several of the artists' booths,” Coleman said. “The fair is awesome, and the kids love it.”

Painter Tim Kenney, of Norman, was this year's featured artist. His landscape paintings are inspired by the scenery of Colorado and New Mexico, where he regularly goes fly-fishing. His abstract, impressionist-style work netted him the fair's Best in Show award.

Kenney began painting four years ago. In addition to his work as a contractor, he spends about five hours a day painting in his home studio. His wife, Deborah, a teacher at Norman High School, has been his best supporter, Kenney said.

“My work is a blast,” he said. “I get better with every painting I do.”

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