Norman art walk will feature open studios, tribute to veterans

A behind-the-scenes look at artists' studios and a tribute to veterans are among activities planned for the monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art in Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: May 10, 2012
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— Watch artists at work and tour their studios as part of the Norman Arts Council's Open Studios event, which starts Friday night as part of the Second Friday Circuit of Art.

Participating artists also will open their studios to visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

An opening reception will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery, also home of the Norman Arts Council, at 122 E Main St. Visitors can view MAINSITE's “Fabric of Sky” exhibit featuring artists Asia Scudder, George Oswalt, Eyaken Gulilat and David Simpson and watch a demonstration by artists Christian Pitt and Joshua Pitt.

The Public Arts Board will unveil two duck sculptures planned for installation at city parks, and author N. Harold Donley will be on hand to autograph advance copies of his new book, “Outworld.”

The open studios will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look into the artistic process, said Norman Arts Council Executive Director Erinn Gavaghan.

Gavaghan said at least 27 artists are participating at about 22 locations. To get a list of participating studios and addresses, go to www.normanarts.org.

A slate of other activities is planned for Friday night's monthly art walk, including a multimedia concert sponsored by Groovefest of Norman in honor of veterans.

“Aquarian Exposition, a Woodstock Experience” will begin at 8 p.m. at Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St. The event is part of a “Welcome Home Weekend,” a benefit for the Creative Art Therapies Program at the Veterans Center.

The multimedia concert is a touring event that explores the memory of the turbulent social and political climate of 1969, the “summer of love” and the music of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair.

The event is co-sponsored by the city of Norman, American Legion, local veterans of four wars, the Firehouse Art Center, Thompson Patio and Pool, Spirit Shop and Fowler Volkswagen. Admission is free, but VIP tickets are available for $20, and donations will be accepted. VIP tickets include refreshments, best seats in the house and backstage passes.

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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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