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What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 1, 2012: See Trent Lawson's "Pareidolia Series," opening tonight at Oklahoma Heritage Museum

by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 1, 2012
Trent Lawson's "Blue Sabine"
Trent Lawson's "Blue Sabine"

Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, OK

Today’s featured event:

See Oklahoma City artist Trent Lawson’s new exhibit “Pareidolia Series,” opening tonight at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Drive.

The opening reception for the exhibit is set for 5 to 7 tonight in the museum’s Tulsa World Gallery. Admission is free for Association and Museum members; $5 for non-members.

“Pareidolia” is the psychological phenomenon in which one perceives significance in random images; a common example is the man in the moon. This philosophy is at the heart of Lawson’s artwork and the theme of the exhibit.

“I start a painting by randomly laying various strings into the wet gesso. The lines created from the string form the basis of my imagery. I stare and turn, and stare and turn until I see something I want to bring out,” said Lawson in a news release. “Whether or not the viewer recognizes my particular imagery is not important. I encourage the viewer to become a part of the creative process by finding his or her own meaning/imagery in each work.”

Lawson graduated with his BFA in Studio Art from Oklahoma City University in 2002 and is an active part of the arts community. He works with the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Individual Artists of Oklahoma and City Arts Center. Apart from his artistic endeavors, Lawson also works at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as a preparator. Visit for more information about the artist and his work.

“Pareidolia Series” will be on display through Jan. 5 at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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