Merriam-Webster defines a mover and shaker as a person who is active or influential in some field or endeavor; a person who sets things in motion.
Twisted Root Gallery owner Adam Shelton is making a living by personifying precisely this; through his regular interactions with artists, business people and every day folks.
Shelton doesn’t create art, in the traditional sense. This fact doesn’t cause him to question his chosen work or lessen his aptitude for the arts because he possesses an alternative gift; the ability to make things happen.
“I am more of a mental artist,” he said. “Any interesting idea that comes my way, I want to push because I always try to make sure when an idea comes up that I can be the one to motivate people to make it go to the finish line, because most people just can’t do it.”
Recently, a friend of Shelton’s thought to gather scraps left by the May 20 tornado, and to transform them into art. Shelton, resident mover and shaker, embraced the idea and will display the pieces in an art show benefit next month to aid in tornado relief efforts.
“Everyone will get something out of it,” he said. “It’s not for me, it’s for everyone.”
Shelton’s gallery has been nestled in Oklahoma City’s historic Paseo Arts District for nearly 15 months. Offbeat visual artwork from 35 artists adorns the walls, wooden displays and rustic furniture of the gallery, 3012 N Walker.
“I don’t look for any particular type of art, I am more focused on finding the right personality then the art comes second to that,” Shelton said. “You have to be able to put your time and energy into this place, and I will put my time and energy into you.”
Shelton lives in the gallery, literally, and spends the bulk of his time around Paseo businesses; so he can comfortably call out to almost every soul passing by his window.
Through constant social, educational and philanthropic events, Shelton provides people with a several venues of expressing themselves and surrounding themselves with expression. Comedy shows, concerts and yoga classes are just a few of the events held at Twisted Root.
“The business isn’t what it can or what I want it to be but through the events income comes in to stay alive here,” he said.
He caters to what people want; in some circumstances he will reorganize the gallery to accommodate events. Shelton once owned an underground music venue, so he channels his musical talent through the events as well. After all, Twisted Root was founded upon his idea of fusing music and art.
“I want you to be able to come in and when you leave go home and create something; also I just want you to feel like you are in a dream and be happy,” he said.
Shelton said he isn’t trying to one up anyone or separate himself in any way from the many galleries in the area.
“I don’t think that way,” Shelton said. “I just do what I do, and try to hope that others do their best.”
More information on tornado art benefit:
What: Silent auction of art made from tornado scraps; proceeds will help a school build an underground shelter
Where: Twisted Root Gallery, 3012 N. Walker
When: Saturday, July 13
More details to come.
For more information on Twisted Root events or artists, visit the gallery on Facebook.
RACHAEL CERVENKA, Staff Writer