Inaugural dinner: Kraettli Epperson, the 97th president of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City, and his wife, Kay, were honored at a dinner at the downtown Petroleum Club. Kyle McLain was host and master of ceremonies.
Formal honors: The symbol of power, the Big Stick, was passed to the new president. Speaker and former club President Fletcher Williams performed the honor. The Big Stick, originally an ax handle, has carved and stamped names of the club presidents since 1918. It has been extended in size and looks like an oar.
Occasion: Artist Denise Duong was at the JRB Art at the Elms Gallery where her artwork, themed “Hello Goodbye,” was shown. It is a three-part series of paintings telling the story of an imaginary couple who could have migrated to California in search of fame and fortune.
Seen: Betsy Hyde, Nick Berry, Kelly Pearson, Robin Nauman, Beth Hammack, Rick Krause, Elaine and Frank Parker, Julie and Greg Johnson, Jeary and Mike Seikel, Thomas Batista, Helen and Pat Dailey, Amy Young, Bonnie and Bert Seabourn and Laurie and Jim Keffer.
Event: Members of the Studio Gallery had a fall art exhibition at the gallery. Artists are Joelene Barber, Sally Burpee, Anne Dalton, Beth Hammack, Bette Jo Hill, Dodge Hill, Alice Jay, Nancy Junkin, Phebe Kallstrom, Claire Kennedy, Virginia Lynn, Susan McPherson, Dana Powell, Lacy Saak, Mary Lee Smiser, Kay Smith and Jane White. They showed their original art in oil, acrylic, Oriental brush stroke, watercolor and photography.
Guest artist: Linda Warren showed her clay figures.
Reception: Students from several Oklahoma City public schools had “Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead” artwork on exhibit at the Gold Dome on 23rd and Classen Blvd. and a reception was held following the exhibit. The schools represented were Cleveland, Coolidge, Stand Waite, Prairie Queen, Southern Hills, Pierce, Hayes, Taft, Jackson, Southeast, Britton, Capitol Hill High School, Classen SAS, C Chavez, Fillmore, Heronville, Kaiser, Lee Parks, Sequoyah and Van Buren.
Other artwork: A “Day of the Dead” exhibit is also hanging at the Oklahoma Museum of Art and it will be in place until Nov. 30. Schools represented there are Britton, Capitol Hill High School, Classen SAS, C Chavez, Fillmore, Heronville, Kaiser, Lee, Parks, Van Buren.