Master mask maker shows Norman teens how to create them

Norman teenagers participated in a mask-making workshop Tuesday, featuring artist Patrick Riley, who has spent decades creating masks.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: June 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: June 6, 2012
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Mask maker Patrick Riley brought his art and skills to the Norman Public Library on Tuesday. Riley led a workshop for teens on mask-making, allowing each teen to create and execute a design.

Riley has decades of experience in mask-making, traveling the world to study the art form and perfect his craft.

“You look at our own faces, and we are a mask,” he said. “I see some of the kids I've taught at schools, and the only part you can recognize as they get older is the eyes. The rest of the mask is always changing,” he said.

Riley is part of the Oklahoma Arts Council's Artist in Residency Program. He has created masks for the Oklahoma City Ballet and the Prairie Dance Theatre in Oklahoma City. He has been featured in an exhibit in the Kennedy Center in Washington and had an art gallery in New York City in the 1970s. For 10 years, he served as fine arts director for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

The workshop was held in conjunction with the library's Summer Reading Program, which launched last week and will continue through July, featuring various activities, workshops and book discussion groups.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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