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.
“Norman is home to many great arts institutions,” said Ghislain d'Humieres, director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “Luncheon on the Grass is a great opportunity to represent this collective vision each year.”
Artists of all ages are invited to make sun prints with the help of museum staff. Firehouse faculty will assist children who wish to create their own painting of a “ducky” adventure on the Children's Art Wall in Lions Park.
The Jacobson House will provide flute music, storytelling and powwow singers and drummers, as well as a traditional tepee erected in the park for visitors. There will be musical entertainment provided by DJ Nexus and free snow cones throughout the event.
“The Performing Arts Studio welcomes the opportunity to join in this wonderful community event and partnership with Norman's premier arts organizations,” said Mark McClellan, Summer Breeze chairman. “It truly represents what is so special about our city.”
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