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Written by David Tamez on Friday June 7, 2013

Gourd Art featured on OETA's Gallery

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Lawton resident, John Hernandez passionately creates an uncommon work of art made from gourds. Hernandez turns a common gourd into a colorful creation. Gourd art is an artistic tradition that began ten thousand years ago. It is an ancient tradition among the indigenous peoples of the Americas, notably the central highland people of Peru, the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo nations of the American Southwest. Gourd art is also a tradition in Africa and Asia, and the Nuxálk and Haida nations of British Columbia.

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Hernandez uses paint and pine needles to make these organic gourd pieces. To help carry on this artistic tradition Hernandez also teaches gourd art classes at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton where he is the museum director. In addition, he travels around Oklahoma to teach classes to those who are eager to learn. As the Director of the Museum of the Great Plains, Hernandez continually promotes history and Oklahoma Culture.

Don’t miss Gallery 1307 airing June 13th featuring this unique artist.

Reduxion Theatre Company to Perform “Love Labour’s Lost”

Written by David Tamez on Thursday February 7, 2013

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Reduxion Theatre Company to Perform “Love Labour’s Lost”

 Reduxion Theatre Company (RTC) in Oklahoma City opens their production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Reduxion Theatre takes Shakespeare’s comedy and incorporates period music, comedy and romance. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is set in 1953 Spain and explores the idea of love and loss.

 Erin Woods, the director of the show and RTC managing director says that if you’ve never heard of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” you are not alone; “It is a lesser performed comedy by William Shakespeare, but a dynamic and very romantic show perfect for the Valentine holiday.” Woods said, “This show is one of Shakespeare’s brightest and liveliest, and audiences will love seeing something they’ve never seen before. I can’t wait for our patrons to see it.”

In addition to the performance, RTC hosts an Opening Night Gala directly following the opening show on February 8th. The Gala is free of charge for anyone who attends the opening night performance, and includes food, drink and fun. A “Couples Package” is available throughout the run of the show and includes preshow champagne and couple’s cupcakes at intermission.

The show starts February 8th and continues through March 2nd. For tickets, or for more information about this date night and family night event, visit: www.reduxiontheatre.com.

Written by Oeta Gallery's: Janna Smith

"The Poet" on Gallery

Written by David Tamez on Thursday December 27, 2012

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It’s been a week filled with poetry for the Gallery staff as we work on the upcoming show about poetry in Oklahoma. On Monday, Oklahoma City Actor Jeff Burleson helped us out by playing the role of a poet from the past. We shot the scene in the OETA studio. Charles Kennedye our resident lighting expert began lighting the set early to make the set look just right. All his hard work paid off and the lighting looked exceptional! Members of the OETA Production crew: Mark Alexin, Chuck Dutrow, Carlos Manzano, and Holly Basey were also essential in making the video look appealing. They helped with everything from the aesthetics of the set to the props; we couldn’t have done it without them. I am the newest member of the Gallery team and this was my first time getting to shoot in the studio. It was the best first studio experience possible; the lighting and set looked great, we had an actor in full costume, and it was an uplifting experience to collaborate with many of the skilled people who work at OETA. There are several different ideas represented through this video like showing the setting in which poetry used to be written, and illustrating how some people view poetry even today. In addition, we wanted to reveal how the artistic styles and the tools used to create poetry have evolved. That is why our room and actor transformed into the modern era complete with jeans, a ball cap, a laptop, headphones and a lava lamp. These ideas came straight from the mind of reporter Susan Miller, who organized this whole shoot. The video we got from this shoot will add extra flair to the Gallery piece and I am excited about editing it.

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On Wednesday, Susan and I arrived at Sauced in the Paseo Arts District for the Red Dirt Poetry Slam. At this State competition scores were tallied and the winner goes on to represent Oklahoma on a National level. We met many talented poets including Melissa May, who is currently ranked as the third best spoken word poet in the world. At the slam, I felt a medley of emotions as each person spoke powerfully about their desires, struggles and joys. The characters told their stories with such passion that they drew me in; and before I knew it I was feeling what they were feeling, or at least I identified with their words. It was a pleasure to see this community of artists cheering on their peers. It’s been a fun week gathering this video and partaking in the beautiful words of these writers. I’ve discovered that I quite enjoy spoken word poetry and I hope you will like it too when you watch the Gallery show airing in February.

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Photo courtesy of: LZ Photography  (208) 739-6120

-Janna Smith

Photojournalist

Upcoming Art Events

Written by David Tamez on Tuesday December 18, 2012

The Unexplored: Emerging Artists.

“The Unexplored: an Emerging Artists” show started last Friday December 14 and continues through January 19th. The show is hosted at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main in Norman and offers fresh faces to the Oklahoma Art scene. “The underlying concept of this exhibit is to feature artists, at various stages of their young art careers, who are each approaching their successes via very divergent paths,” said Erinn Gavaghan, curator of the show and Executive Director of Norman Arts Council. The show is highlighting the work of six early career artists including: Zach Burns, Krystle Brewer, Christie Owen, Amy Coldren, Cindy Coleman, and Tim Kowalczyk. Patrons can expect to see a variety of different art forms including: photography, sculpture, jewelry design, mixed media and illustrations. A closing reception is scheduled for Friday January 11th from 6 to 10pm.

 

http://www.normanarts.org/2012/11/emerging-artists-converge-at-mainsite-contemporary-art-for-the-unexplored/

 

 

Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) debuts the inaugural exhibition “Concept/ OK: Art in Oklahoma.” Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma welcomes the public for free gallery hours now through February 16, 2013 at the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa’s Hardesty Arts Center, 101 E. Archer St, Tulsa. The gallery is open from 1-5p.m. The exhibition features 44 different artists including 38 Oklahoma-based artists and 6 artists from out of State. Every Artist whose work is displayed in the Gallery was selected through the competitive process. 144 applicants submitted entries and the artists who were selected are vying for a cash reward of $15,000 provided by OVAC. The executive director of OVAC Julia Kirt said, “We began planning this exhibition more than six years ago to give artists direct financial support and encourage regional artistic exchange. Besides helping the participating artists, we think it is appropriate that an exhibition featuring Oklahoma artists will mark a growing arts district benefitting the whole community.” Several different art mediums will be on display and throughout the exhibition, the artists will lead educational programs about creating and brainstorming ideas.

 

http://www.ovac-ok.org/Events/events_conceptok.cfm

 

 

Paseo Gallery Walk

Written by David Tamez on Tuesday October 30, 2012

Friday November 2nd The Paseo Art District will host their monthly First Friday Gallery Walk. The Gallery walk opens Friday at 6pm and last until 10 pm. The walk continues on Saturday from 12-5pm. More than 60 artists from 17 galleries display their work for the public to enjoy or buy. Four to six Art Opening Receptions on Friday night showcase the new work of the gallery/studio owners or the work of guest artists.