Written by David Tamez on Wednesday August 11, 2010
Oklahoma soil has never been as beautiful as it is when brushed onto a canvas by Narda Caton. This Oklahoman and Native American artist has gone back to her roots and is using the earth’s raw materials in her work. Soil provides virbrant blacks, browns and reds. Marigolds her yellows and Iris her blues and purples….leaves give her all the green she’ll ever need. No acrylics or oils need apply for the job of gracing Narda’s canvases. Mother Nature’s bounty is all this artist need. Join Gallery as we travel to Bartlesville to watch Narda turn Oklahoma dirt and flowers into paints for her pallet and blank canvases into rich and colorful portraits of Oklahomans from days gone by. If that’s not enough, the long time artisan also works with metals from the earth to create a distinctive type of jewelry you won’t find anywhere else. Narda shows us how she does it, just like she did 20 years ago when she had her own nationally aired arts and crafts television program. Don’t miss Gallery in September.
Written by David Tamez on Thursday June 17, 2010
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday June 1, 2010
On the Next Gallery, June 10th & 24th @ 8pm
He’s known as The Amazing Dave May by Oklahoma audiences who’ve seen his vaudeville-esque ventriloquist and magic road show. He’s known as May Day in the Morning on KLOR 99.3 FM in Ponca City. He’s known as the Executive Director of The Poncan Theatre and he’s known as the man who discovered the world’s largest collection of hand painted movie theater poster art in the world.
Gallery traveled to Ponca City to meet Dave May and spend an entire day with him. He started the day by pumping up listeners in the morning and ended the day rallying 70 child actors before a big performance at The Poncan. He’s a renaissance man with boundless energy and we found out why Ponca City and Oklahomans around the state can’t help but stand up and cheer for The Amazing Dave May.
Written by David Tamez on Wednesday April 14, 2010
On the Next Gallery..
Remember the fine hand painted china your grandmother would proudly display in her home? The plates carefully kept in cabinets? The lamps on end tables and nightstands? The China dolls in the guest bedroom? They can seem like momentoes from a bygone era, but the fine tradition of china painting is alive and well in Oklahoma. The World Organization of China Painters Headquarters and Museum in Oklahoma City draws enthusiasts from around the globe and home grown artists continue to create phenomenal master pieces. Gallery in May visits the museum and travels to Ada to visit one of the state’s most prolific china painters to see how it’s done. Fine china Painting isn’t just something for your grandmother to enjoy. It’s an artistry that is still alive and well today and ready for a new generation of innovation and appreciation.
Watch Gallery May 6th @pm for this story and more!!
Written by Susan Miller on Thursday March 11, 2010
Platt College School of Culinary Arts
I didn’t know what to expect when we decided to go to Platt College Culinary Institute in Oklahoma City to begin work on our April show focusing on the culinary arts, but I certainly didn’t expect to find so many respected chef’s who’ve worked all over the world. I intended just to have a segment on Platt showing how they teach the culinary arts to students. But let me tell you, this is a full blown, all out, high level culinary school. It is accredited by the American Culinary Federation and as such, must adhere to the industry’s highest standards of teaching.
The Oklahoma City campus is headed up by Chef Mark Cochran, a chef with so many levels of achievement that any fine restaurant would be thrilled to have him at the helm, but after 38 years of working in virtually all aspects of the food industry, Chef Cochran has returned home to Oklahoma to share his knowledge with the next generation.
12 chefs, all tops in their respective fields work under Chef Cochran teaching everything from knife skills to pastries, to international cuisine to restaurant management
Platt Culinary Students in Class
The classes are full of students, some fresh from high school, and some fresh from finishing up their first careers and looking for a new start. All of them share a single interest…passion for cooking. In every class we saw nothing but serious dedication. This is no cooking school, this is truly an institute that is training students to be the best and while some of the chefs told me “It’s nothing like you see on television”, it is just a little bit. There is a high level of respect, but there are high expectations as well and the chefs don’t let students get away with a single error. The students are like soldiers, the chefs are drill sergeants, colonels and generals keeping an eye on all. “Keep your station clean!” “Yes, chef!” “You overcooked your protein! Do better next time.” “Yes, Chef!” “Are you sending out that plate with food on the edge?” “No, Chef!”
Chef Travis Williams
With more than 150 students, top level chefs, a full restaurant lab that is open to the public AND a competitive culinary team that will represent Oklahoma in the ACF Regional competition in late March, we found a full show for our viewers at the Platt College Culinary Institute. If you want to see the culinary arts in action in Oklahoma, be sure to watch Gallery on April 1st at 8:00pm.