Written by David Tamez on Monday December 7, 2009
He trained on stages in Oklahoma, then took to stages around the world starring in national Broadway tours and headlining in theatres in all 50 states. Now Jonathan Beck Reed has come home to start a family and to give back. Reed and his old college friends operate one of only two union theatres in the state. He teaches acting at Oklahoma City University and runs a private studio for younger students in Edmond. He was born to be onstage and Oklahoma is lucky he was born here because after being away for 12 years, The Thespian has come home.
THE ART OF PRESERVATION
He’s a national leader in his field attracting patrons from near and far. Choctaw‘s Danny Keener is just one of two Master of Master taxidermists in Oklahoma. The retired Oklahoma City police officer of 28 years has a knack for stuffing and mounting animals for display and outdoor enthusiasts keep him busy. Keener mounts 175 deer each year…and that’s just deer. To practice taxidermy one must be familiar with anatomy, sculpture, painting and tanning. To be a master of masters in the field? Well, let’s just say Keener is an expert in all the skills required to engage in The Art of Preservation.
Learn more: Oklahoma Wildlife Department
Gallery Episode # 1005
Original Airdate: Jan 7th @ 8pm