Written by David Tamez on Wednesday January 22, 2014
above: "Born of the Sun" by Benjamin Harjo Jr.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens hosts free public art to visitors in the lobby of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. They call their displays “Fine Art Series” and the works of Benjamin Harjo, Jr. are on display. The latest “Gallery”, Gallery 1405 features Benjamin Harjo Junior. If you have seen the show and would like Benjamin Harjo's works to come to life even more now is a good time to check out his colorful portraits at the Gardens. You can watch the show on OETA on January 23rd at 7:00pm or this Sunday January 26th at 11:00am. You can also watch the show online at www.oeta.tv/video/3741.html
The Myriad Botanical Gardens exhibit is on display starting January 23rd through Febuary 22nd and is free to the public during regular Crystal Bridge hours. All art will be available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Gardens.
Considered one of the nation’s leading American Indian artists, Benjamin Harjo, Jr. is a Seminole and Absentee Shawnee whose professional career began with a formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and a BFA from the Oklahoma State University in 1974. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Harjo has received many prestigious honors and awards. His work is highly sought by private collectors and can be viewed in public collections at the Fred E. Brown Collection at the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Red Earth Center, Gilcrease Museum, Wheelright Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian.
For more information about the exhibit visit http://oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/myriad-botanical-gardens-fine-art-series-to-feature-benjamin-harjo-jr/#sthash.m7blv7WQ.dpuf
Written by David Tamez on Friday January 17, 2014
Where can you find a glass blowing studio, an art gallery, glass fusion, and an artist’s loft all under the same roof? The place is called Urban Art and it is a work place for several artists in Oklahoma City. The building on North Western is a blend of creative spirit; including: the Istvan Gallery, Blue Sage Studio, and Art Fusion Studio. Istvan Gallery ran by Stephan Kovash is a gallery venue for artists and art patrons. The gallery hosts exhibits and events regularly. Blue Sage Studios is home to some of the finest glass blowers in Oklahoma. Andy Boatman and his partners create blown glass in everything from bowls to sculptures and they offer demonstrations and lessons. The Art Fusion Studio operated by Rick and Tracey Bewley specializes in fused glass and produces decorative glass pieces, light fixtures, jewelry, custom furniture, and more. Rick and Tracey Bewley are also the owners of the Urban Art building. They bought the building in 2006 and immediately had the vision to host all of these artists in the building. After years of renovation the Bewley’s now live upstairs in a beautiful loft space. Get to know these artists on Gallery in April.
written by Janna Smith
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday January 7, 2014
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday January 7, 2014
Artspace At Untitled opens the exhibit “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Art of Social Commentary” on January 10th. The exhibit focuses on how visual artists comment on social issues in their work throughout time. “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” contains 35 prints by Oklahoma artists to represent one year between 1810 and 1843; the exhibit also vividly addresses complex problems and issues in recent American history, culture and society. The prints commenting on social issues include a variety of approaches like: satire, humor and a serious approach.
An installation by Bryce Brimer will also be displayed. His 12 foot tall piece highlights homelessness in Tulsa. Brimer wants to express that regardless of our location, our cities are “home to many who don't have a permanent structure to call home."
The opening reception is this Friday January 10th from 5-8pm. “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” will continue through February 15th, 2014. Admission is free and open to the public.
Written by David Tamez on Friday December 20, 2013
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, (OVAC) has supported Oklahoma artists for 25 years. OVAC hosts major events like: Momentum, 12 x 12, and the Tulsa Studio Art Tours to showcase and encourage Oklahoma Artists. OVAC further assists artists through their workshops, education seminars, and grants for artists. Visual artists from all over the state are grateful for the support of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Okmulgee artist Anne Spoon recently painted 100 portraits of Okmulgee residents; OVAC helped support her project through a grant. She said, “OVAC was instrumental in helping me take this small idea that I thought, can I pull this off on my own and they were a huge support.” Peter Dolese of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City said, “I think the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is the lynchpin that holds the arts community together.” Find out more on how OVAC works to keep the arts in Oklahoma thriving on Gallery, premiering January 9th.