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Artists prepare for Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City

The Festival of the Arts starts Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City
by Nathan Poppe Modified: April 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

It was curtains for the Festival of the Arts setup Monday morning in downtown Oklahoma City.

Clear, plastic shower curtains to be exact. Armed with zip ties and a step ladder, Broken Arrow-based artist Rebecca Mannschreck hung curtains to make sure her acrylic paintings would be safe from any rainy weather. Mannschreck said she made sure to bring along a fan and a heater, too, because she’s had a booth at the Festival of the Arts for three years and knows what to expect.

“Rain, sleet and snow I think is what they say,” she said with a laugh. “And then a lot of sunshine. A lot of good people, too.”

As the sound of rain slowly let up Monday morning, the clank of hammers in the festival’s sculpture park took its place. Dozens of artists were lined up along Hudson Avenue preparing for the 11 a.m. Tuesday opening of the Festival of the Arts. A few artists didn’t have to worry about the weather nearly as much as others.

Ron Schmidt’s artwork is made of nails. The Florida-based artist walked from his truck to his booth carrying a metallic palm tree.

“If you can’t see it, you can’t sell it,” he said.

Schmidt said the weather for the setup was a lot better than last year when it was below freezing. That didn’t stop him from returning this year though, and he’s looking forward to sales and the entirety of his seven weeks of touring with his art across the country.

Moore-based artist Mukesh Patel also didn’t let the weather slow him down either.

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by Nathan Poppe
Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor
Entertainment Writer and LOOKatOKC Editor Nathan Poppe, is a documenter of all things entertaining. The Middle of Nowhere is his blog and a depository of everything that makes the Midwest unique. The coasts have a massive amount of influence on...
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Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: In Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Admission: Free. Pets are not allowed.

Information: 270-4848 or


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