• Dutch rabbit Miffy and Matisse side-by-side at Rijksmuseum

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Miffy is hanging with Matisse at the Rijksmuseum. A new exhibition highlighting the significance of Dick Bruna, the Dutch artist who created the cute white bunny, puts his work alongside that of the artists who inspired him, including Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger and members of Dutch art movement De Stijl. The exhibition, which opened Thursday and occupies one room of the landmark Amsterdam museum, has a title as simple and minimalist as Miffy herself: "Dick Bruna. Artist." Bruna, 88, stopped working in 2011, but Miffy remains immensely popular around the world. The Rijksmuseum says it wants to present his work in an art historical context.

  • Support for arts runs through 5K to Monet in Edmond

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    5K to Monet is a fundraiser for the Edmond Fine Arts Institute.

  • Sam Noble Oklahoma museum in Norman plans reception for exhibit on indigenous arts

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will hold an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday for "Collision & Creation: Indigenous Arts of the Americas 1890-2015."

  • Conservatives target bust of Planned Parenthood founder

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are demanding that a Smithsonian Institution art and history museum remove its bust of the founder of Planned Parenthood in their latest offensive against the organization. But the National Portrait Gallery says it won't remove its bust of Margaret Sanger, an early leader of the birth control movement. It has been displayed since 2010. Sanger, who died in 1966, also supported eugenics, a now-condemned effort to discourage reproduction by criminals and others with undesirable traits. Brent Bozell, chairman of the conservative group ForAmerica, and a group of black pastors say Sanger favored using eugenics to limit the population of blacks, a claim that some Republican lawmakers have echoed but

  • Setting it straight

    Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The set designer for "Always... Patsy Cline" at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie was misidentified in Wednesday's editions of The Oklahoman. The set designer's name is Michael James.

  • Make splashy garden and other keepsakes with mosaic stones

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Anne Marie Price taught herself mosaic art, creating intricate designs and portraits with cut pieces of stained glass. Recently, she began balancing her usual large projects with smaller ones: She turns her mosaic touch to smooth stones that she picks up on beachcombing and mountain hikes near her Huntington Beach, California, home. "I've always been a collector of things, of small objects, of rocks," says Price. Now, "I've found a use for all those little things I've picked up." Price combines tesserae — mosaic-speak for the glass and ceramic pieces — with other materials, including pebbles, shells and glass beads. On the stones, she keeps the design simple with a single, vivid flower shape, spiral or leaf. The wor

  • ASU art gallery to get new name thanks to gift

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An art gallery at Arkansas State University will get a new name and a new look thanks to a gift from a Little Rock couple. The university says the Bradbury Gallery will now be known as the Bradbury Art Museum. The 5,200-square-foot exhibition space has been redesigned to create five separate galleries where collections of artwork will be shown on a rotating basis. The change at the facility is thanks to a $500,000 matching challenge gift from Curt and Chucki Bradbury of Little Rock. Curt Bradbury is chief operating officer of Stephens Inc. in Little Rock, and Chucki Bradbury is the 2014-2015 chairwoman of the Arkansas Arts Center's Board of Trustees.

  • Governors Island Art Fair expands with more art and space

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The annual Governors Island Art Fair opening next month will feature 100 emerging artists from around the world. Organizers say this year's fair also will feature works in six underground chambers at Fort Jay that once housed ammunition in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The magazine spaces will feature video and sound installations that will take advantage of the arched ceilings and underground acoustics. There also will be more outdoor exhibitions, located between Fort Jay and the historic homes of military officers at Colonels' Row. The eighth annual fair opens Sept. 5 and will run every weekend through Sept. 27. Admission is free.

  • As 'Always,' Patsy Cline tribute at Guthrie's Pollard Theatre showcases late singer's greatness

    By Elizabeth Hurd  For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Theater review: Fans of Patsy Cline will be ecstatic over “Always … Patsy Cline” at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

  • Glittering 'Chicago' takes the stage at Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City

    By Anna Holloway  For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Theater review: A brassy, sassy take on the classic musical "Chicago" opened the 58th season at Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival brings tales to life

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Organized by Arts Council Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival will mark 35 years of celebrating the ancient art of storytelling Thursday through Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center.

  • Right at Home: Decor goes global at the NY Now show

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Today, home decorating can be a game of curatorial discovery. It's fun to find an artisan-forged wall hook, a uniquely carved stool, a cool contemporary art piece or a hand-painted tablecloth, each from some far-flung corner of the world. The NY Now show is one place where retailers can find goods like those all in one place, and chances are you'll see many of them in stores in a few months. The wholesale-only market, which recently concluded its biannual fair at the Javits Center in Manhattan, offers international buyers — large retail chains, museum gift shops, gift catalogs, independent shopkeepers — an opportunity to one-stop shop for everything from gourmet housewares to bedding to furniture.

  • WVU opening art museum after 6 years of planning, building

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's new art museum is opening after six years of planning, fundraising and construction. A dedication ceremony for the Art Museum of WVU is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. The museum is located next to the Creative Arts Center facing Patteson Drive. The university says two exhibition galleries totaling 5,400 square feet will house more than 3,000 works of art. One notable collection is the work WVU alumna Blanche Lazzell, a pioneering painter and printmaker who played a significant role in shaping abstract art in America. Other featured artists include: Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichetenstein, Andy Warhol, Polly Apfelbaum, George Bellows, Thomas Cole, Maurico Lasansky and Grace Martin Taylor.

  • Inclusion in Art and Creative 1219 work to advance cultural diversity in Oklahoma

    By Ebony Iman Dallas Staff Writer edallas@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Nathan Lee, founder and executive director of Inclusion in Art, spent some time discussing its programming and its latest show at the 1219 Creative work space and art gallery

  • Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The Des Moines Register. Aug. 20, 2015 Nursing homes take away right to sue. In January 2013, 80-year-old Esther Brown was found lying in her bed at a Pennsylvania nursing home with blood covering her hands and her pillowcase. A nurse's aide at the home reported that one of her co-workers had hit Esther and then had thrown a can of shaving cream in her face, striking the elderly woman above the eye. The incident was reported to the police, and Esther died several months later. Her family sued the nursing home, alleging negligence and battery. But before the case could proceed to trial, the judge had to rule on whether the family had the right to file such a lawsuit.

  • Exhibit about middle-class art marketer to begin tour

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An exhibit about a gallery that marketed art to middle class American homes beginning in the 1930s is going on display next month at Kansas State University before heading to three other museums. Touted as the first critical overview of the Associated American Artists, the exhibit opens Sept. 15 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The Kansas museum has a large collection of AAA prints, and a curator there helped develop the exhibit. The AAA was known for its mail delivery sales. Regionalist artists Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry were among the painters it promoted.

  • FotoWeekDC festival to include exhibits citywide in November

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of exhibits and programs is being planned for this year's FotoWeek DC festival, along with photographic projections on the outside of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Organizers have announced the annual FotoWeek festival will be held Nov. 7 to Nov. 15. The FotoWeek Central exhibition "Aperture: Photographs" will be hosted at the former residence of the Spanish ambassador in Washington. Headlining events will include a new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum called "Photo Ark," a panel discussion at the National Gallery of Art with photographer Myra Greene and images of persecuted minorities in Iraq projected at the Holocaust museum.

  • BC-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

    Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in North Carolina. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at tmrogers@ap.org. The desk supervisor is Jack Jones. For technical support, please call the AP's Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 919-881-9974. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, al

  • BC-FL--Florida News Digest 1:30 pm, FL

    Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. Matt Sedensky is on the desk. AP-Florida News Editor Terry Spencer can be reached at 305-594-5825 or tspencer@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • New book celebrates theater scene art, conservation efforts

    Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    BROOKFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The most famous landmark in Brookfield is the Floating Bridge, which sits directly atop the water of Sunset Lake in the center of this picturesque Vermont village. It also hangs suspended above the stage at the nearby Town Hall. The latter version is captured in a mural of water-based paint on muslin that can be rolled up or dropped down, and 80 years ago it formed the backdrop for plays, vaudeville acts and other forms of entertainment in the town decades before television and the Internet made juggling and pantomimes quaint memories.