NORMAN — Four arts groups are teaming up to present Norman's third annual “Luncheon on the Grass” picnic, scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 20 in Lions Park, 450 S Flood. This year's event is being held in conjunction with the Summer Breeze Concert Series and will feature Grammy Award-winning group Brave Combo at 7 p.m.
Pooling their resources for the “Luncheon on the Grass” event are the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the Firehouse Art Center, the Jacobson House Native Art Center and the Norman Arts Council.
Two new pieces of public art will be unveiled at 6 p.m. May 20. Based on a design of the Firehouse duck by Douglas Shaw Elder, the two 4-foot tall ducks were painted by local artists Chris McDaniel, Christian Pitt and Joshua Pitt. Following the dedication, the sculptures will be installed in their respective new homes at Andrews Park and Colonial Estates Park.
To help celebrate the public art dedication, Norman's Public Arts Board is giving away rubber ducks to the first 100 children who submit their own designs of a “ducky” drawing that will be distributed in Norman Public Schools' Thursday folders prior to the event. Two entries will be chosen in a drawing to receive models of the original “ducky” sculpture that inspired the duck sculpture next to the Firehouse.
Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, food and drinks to the “Luncheon on the Grass” picnic. The collaborating organizations will provide hands-on art activities, American Indian performances, music and snow cones.