Today’s featured event:
As part of Automobile Alley’s monthly Shop Hop, Verbode, a real estate brokerage at 415 N Broadway will showcase works by artists Courtney Struttmann, Michael Hatcher and A.K. Westerman, curated by Stephen Kovash of Istvan Gallery.
The artists’ opening and reception is set for 6 to 10 tonight. There will also be live street art painting by artists Ashley Smith and Tanner Fradey.
Historic Automobile Alley’s Shop Hop occurs the Third Thursday of every month featuring open house events at local shops, extended shopping hours at retailers, live music, Street artists and performers, Kids’ activities, Great food from Automobile Alley restaurants and discounts, freebies and giveaways.
Courtney Struttmann recently received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK with a Major in Photography and Minor in Art History. Struttmann has shown across Oklahoma including OU, the Brookside Gallery in Tulsa and at the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum. Her photography is innovative, edgy and multidimensional. She creates scenes using books, vintage film and other found objects and photographs these creations using non-traditional lighting and composition to challenge and entertain the viewer. Her works incorporate themes including family, history, lineage and memories.
Her recent projects have been an exploration of light and shadows using dioramas portraying childhood memories. The dioramas are created using cut out dictionary book pages in the shape of people or objects that represent the scene depicted from her childhood. A single artificial light spotlights the diorama but also casts another layer or dimension in the shadow that the book page silhouettes create on the background. The final images created contain two portrayals of the same memory.
Michael Hatcher, a painter and sculptor also received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Oklahoma. Hatcher has shown regionally at OU, Kansas City and at the Oklahoma Visual Arts Momentum. His current body of work consists of paintings on canvas as well as “paintings” sculpted from wood, acrylic and resin. The color, form and composition are reminiscent of work by Oklahoma pop artist Edward Ruscha.
Always looking for beauty in the world, A.K. Westerman is a favorite in Oklahoma galleries. Westerman is an OKC artist, graphic artist and designer. She has shown regionally and designs custom skateboard decks and tattoos. Discovering Photoshop about 15 years ago, Westerman was fortunate enough to be offered various opportunities to learn and grow within that field. She spent the past 10 years working as a graphic and web designer before becoming a full time visual artist. She employs a variety of materials, including acrylic, ink and watercolor to pastel and oils, scratchboard, cradled board and canvas. She enjoys working in large scale, building up layers of paint to form an almost 3-D effect. Her work is often dark, evoking otherworldly fantasy. Despite the dark themes, the artists feels her work incorporates the theme of life, color and light.
For more information on Automobile Alley’s Shop Hop, go to http://automobilealley.org.
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