Call for entries: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is seeking entries for its 52nd annual Western Heritage Awards to be held on April 20, 2013. The competition recognizes the best in Western literature, music, television and film. Artists can compete in 16 different categories in the Western genre. Entry deadlines are Nov. 30 for literary entries and Dec. 31 for entries in music, television and film. Winners will be honored at an April awards ceremony. For more information about guidelines, call 478-2250 or go to www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
Annual auction planned: The Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W Sheridan, will hold its annual Red Dot Art Auction from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. The event features works by nearly 100 Oklahoma artists, all of which will be sale via silent auction. Proceeds benefit the gallery and organization. For more information, call 232-6060 or go to www.iaogallery.org.
Up close and personal: On view through Dec. 4 at Visions in the Paseo Art Gallery, 2924 Paseo, is “Color and Shape: Macro Photography by Michael Wyman.” The Missouri artist shoots closeup images of flora and fauna. For more information, call 557-1229.
On view: Helen Boren is the featured artist for the Summer Wine Art Gallery's November exhibit. The Oklahoma native is known for her oils of Oklahoma and Southwest landscapes. Works that feature fall colors is the theme of the exhibit, which will continue through Nov. 30 at the gallery, 2928-B Paseo. Boren will present a demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18. For more information, call 831-3279 or go to www.summerwinegallery.com.
Fall/winter exhibit: GUTHRIE — Kristen Vails is the featured artist in an upcoming exhibit at the Gallery Grazioso, 301 W Oklahoma. Titled “Bring Forth the Horse,” the exhibit opens Saturday with a 6 to 9 p.m. reception and will remain on view through Jan. 10. Using the horse as a means for expression, Vails' work captures the spiritual aspects in nature that relate to the human condition. For more information, call 282-6467 or go to www.thegallerygrazioso.com.
Gift gallery opens: NORMAN — The Firehouse Art Center, 444 S Flood, will open its 41st annual “Holiday Gift Gallery” Friday. Featuring one-of-a-kind artisan creations, the gift gallery will be open through Dec. 22. Among the offerings are paintings, pottery, jewelry, blown glass and sculpture. Assorted Christmas ornaments are also available. For more information, call 329-4523 or go to www.normanfirehouse.com.
Artist lecture: NORMAN — Joseph Traugott, curator of 20th century art at the New Mexico Museum of Art, will present a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm. Traugott's illustrated lecture is titled “It's About Time — to Rethink the Art of New Mexico.” For more information, call 325-5939.
Student exhibit on view: STILLWATER — “Open Waters: Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition,” an exhibit featuring works by Oklahoma State University seniors, will be on view Wednesday through Nov. 21 at the Gardiner Art Gallery, 108 Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts. An opening reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11. For more information, call (405) 744-4143 or go to http://museum.okstate.edu.
Celebrating Van Gogh: SHAWNEE — Steve Hicks, an Oklahoma Baptist University professor of art, has paid tribute to Vincent van Gogh with an exhibit inspired by the celebrated Dutch master's series of self-portraits. Among Hicks' images are “Day-Glo Van Gogh,” “Arapaho Van Gogh” and “Bass Pro Van Gogh.” The exhibit is on view through Monday.
Touring exhibit: WEWOKA — Opening Saturday at the Seminole Nation Museum, 524 S Wewoka, is “The Combat Paper Project,” an international traveling art exhibition created by combat veterans and citizens, primarily those associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit will remain on view through Jan. 30. Also planned is a lecture focusing on the history of “Arts, Military and Healing” at 11 a.m. Nov. 12. A “Combat Paper Art Workshop” is scheduled Nov. 12 and 13. The lecture and workshop will be held at Seminole State College, 2701 Boren Blvd. in Seminole. For more information, call (405) 382-9218, (405) 257-5580 or go to www.combatpaper.org.
Concert series continues: The Kemp Concert Series at Oklahoma City's First Presbyterian Church, 1001 NW 25, continues with a 4 p.m. concert Nov. 11 featuring the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and the Tulsa Children's Chorus. The program will feature John Rutter's “Mass for the Children” and Ralph Vaughan Williams' “Hodie.” Tim Sharp will conduct. For more information, call 525-6584 or go to www.fpcokc.org/kemp-concert-series.
Arts at Messiah: The Oklahoma Choral Artists will present a free “Brahms & Broadway” concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 Northwest Expressway. Conducted by John Blackwell, the concert will feature Brahms' second set of “Liebeslieder Waltzes” and the “Zigeunerlieder.” Also programmed are selections from Lerner and Loewe's “My Fair Lady.” For more information, call 751-1392.
Faculty ensemble in concert: EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma's Faculty String Quartet will perform with guest pianist Ryan Malone at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. For more information, call 974-5004 or go to www.uco.edu/cfad/events