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DEEP ROOTS: SCULPTOR DAVID PHELPS
His work rises from the earth giving the illusion that there is more beneath the surface, more of a still life left unseen. That is the hallmark of internationally known sculptor, David Phelps. Phelps uses the earth as part of his creation. A man leaning back in repose, a woman lounging in a bath, a snake slithering along a floor…all partially submerged below ground.
Childhood on a California farm gave Phelps a deep familiarity with the earth. He became acutely aware of cracked ground and cool ponds. As an adult artist in Oklahoma, those childhood impressions became entwined with his renowned sculptures.
Join Gallery in October as we meet David Phelps, an award-winning, internationally collected sculptor exploring the deep connections between humanity and the notion of place and landscape, an Oklahoma artist who’s artistic roots run deep.
Originally broadcast on October 11, 2012
ON THE FRINGE
THEY are the women of “Fringe”, Oklahoma’s latest arts organization made up entirely of female artists. Born from the late night musings of an Oklahoma City metal sculptor, Fringe has assembled 25 talented team members, all submitting to a strict application process. The scrutiny paid off. The first two Fringe exhibits saw hundreds of patrons and now, one year after it’s conception, the group has its own gallery.
From paintings, to mosaics, to metal and wood work, the ladies of Fringe cover all mediums. Join Gallery on OETA to meet the founder and talk to the women who are driving this new endeavor to nurture female artists On The Fringe.
The Subjective Horse She is an Oklahoma artist who’s work is well known nationwide. Jean Richardson paints the horse in abstract, though say it is impressionism. Her paintings are large and subjective. For Richardson, her horses are not horses, they are a metaphor for the human spirit. A wall covering work can be about a single word, power, freedom, solitude or exhilaration. But no matter what the word is, the work is ultimately about Richardson, who she is and where she is in her life.
Originally broadcast on June 29, 2012
DESMOND MASON: A NEW DAY
AN OKLAHOMA STAR ON THE BASKETBALL COURT IS BECOMING A STAR IN THE ART WORLD HERE IN OKLAHOMA AND ACROSS THE NATION. DESMOND MASON PLAYED BASKETBALL FOR THE OSU COWBOYS BEFORE SPENDING TEN YEARS IN THE NBA WHERE HE PLAYED IN SEATTLE, MILWAUKEE, OKLAHOMA CITY, AND SACRAMENTO. THE SLAM DUNK KING RETIRED FROM THE HARD WOOD IN 2010 AND IS NOW TURNING HIS FULL ATTENTION TO THE CANVAS. AN ARTIST SINCE HE WAS 13 YEARS OLD, MASON GOT A DEGREE IN STUDIO ART FROM OSU AND PAINTED THROUGHOUT HIS NBA CAREER. HIS EXHIBITS IN HIS VARIOUS HOME TOWNS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR CHARITIES. NOW HE’S RAISING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR CHARITIES IN HIS NEW HOME STATE. JOIN GALLERY IN MAY AS WE SPEND A NEW DAY WITH DESMOND MASON, MEET HIS FAMILY, SEE HIS NEW HOME AND FIND OUT WHY THE STATE IS LUCKY HE DECIDED TO PUT DOWN ROOTS IN OKLAHOMA.
Inclusion in Art
Oklahoma born Nathan Lee’s talents bloomed in the hip hop culture on the streets of New York City. Now he’s back home and doing all he can to add color to Oklahoma’s creative tableau. African American artist Nathan Lee has a lot of brushes in the palette. Besides his own creative works, Lee runs an outreach program for minority artists and he mentors talented teens. This former rapper teaches us why sometimes our biggest obstacles to “Inclusion in Art” can be our own fears.
Originally broadcast on April 30, 2012
Musical minimalism is hitting a high note in Oklahoma thanks to the dedication of one man and the allure of a single chair.
Two years ago, Casey Friedman founded Acoustic Oklahoma. With a white room, empty except for a single Singer Sewing chair, Friedman planned to capture musicians in their simplest essence on video. He posted those videos online and soon, had a line of his own…right out the door. Musicians from all over the state and beyond wanted to sit in the single Singer chair, strum a few notes and sing a few tunes.
Gallery visits Acoustic Oklahoma in April to see what all the fuss is about and why the entire country might follow Friedman’s lead and discover that sometimes, less is more.
Originally broadcast on April 10, 2012
Sense of Self
Do you know your culture? That is the question sparked by the new Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma. 20 years in the making, this sprawling monument to a people celebrates the culture of the Chickasaw Nation. From a distant past that began in the Mississippi region of the United States where the Chickasaws lived more than one thousand years ago to relocation to Indian Territory by an American Government that wanted their home land to today, a time of Renaissance that finds the tribe investing in a future that remembers and honors the past. The Chickasaw Cultural Center tells a story of perseverance and of a people who, despite great odds, always manage to maintain a “Sense of Self”. Join Gallery as we explore the importance of culture with the vibrant Chickasaw Nation.
March to the Stadium
With a drum line downbeat thousands rise to their feet, cheering for the great marching bands of Oklahoma’s top universities as they take the football fields in Stillwater and in Norman, their mission, to build excitement, honor traditions and sometimes, to actually make an impact on the outcome of football games. In Oklahoma, when you’re talking football, you’re talking big money for the schools and the state. Gallery goes behind the scenes with The Cowboy Marching Band at Oklahoma State University and The Pride of Oklahoma at the University of Oklahoma to talk to students, alumni and the band directors about what leads up to The March to the Stadium.
Originally broadcast on January 12, 2012
OETA provides a showcase for the OU Pride of Oklahoma and OSU Cowboy Marching Band during "Bedlam Week", which culminates in a major football game between the two schools. Exposure on TV for marching bands has declined through the years but "Band Bedlam" will allow both bands to share their pre-game and halftime shows in a high-definition production. Viewers will also get to see what goes into the preparation and design of these shows, how the bands get in "game mode" before they take to the performance field, and special small HD cameras will giver viewers the visual perspective of being IN the band.
Originally broadcast on November 30, 2011
THE BROKEN STATUE, An Oklahoma Production
The world premiere of a pure Oklahoma production shines a spotlight on one of this state’s most mysterious women, Lydie Marland. The second wife of Oklahoma oilman and Governor E.W. Marland first captured the curiosity of her hometown, Ponca City and of the state when she married Marland, the man who had been her step-father. Then she captured the attention of a nation when she disappeared for 22 years. Hers is a story of wealth and loss, of love and despair, of hope and of grace. It is a story that is finally being told 14 years after Lydie Marland’s death. Join Gallery as we meet the author of a book about Lydie’s life, “The Broken Statue” and see the characters in that book brought to life by Oklahoma actors on the state’s premier community stage, the Jewel Box Theatre. Gallery in November is a story within a story to showcase a years long effort to unearth the life of an Oklahoma woman who wanted nothing more than to disappear. It is the story of “The Broken Statue”.
OKLAHOMA STAR TREK
He’s explored strange new worlds, sought out new life and new civilizations and has boldly gone where few Oklahomans have gone before and in November, you’ll get to meet him on Gallery. In the late 60’s Oklahoman Russell Bates met Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry at a Writer’s Guild Conference. That meeting would chart the course of his writing life. Bates was asked to write for the new Star Trek animated series where he won a National Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for Best Writing in an Animated Series. The episode he wrote titled, “Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth” that garnered such accolades encompassed his heritage, placing the first Native American crew member on the Star Ship Enterprise. Join Gallery in November for our Oklahoma Trek to Anadarko to meet Russell Bates, an esteemed writer who is still moving at Mach speed.
Originally broadcast on November 2, 2011
SHOOTING FROM THE HIP
He is drawn to a face that tells a story. He is drawn to light that reveals the shadows of a crease. He is drawn to the moment when the shadow and light dancing over a face perfectly align, the split second when all is revealed. J. Don Cook is one of Oklahoma’s most lauded photojournalists, capturing poignant images in black and white that do more than snare the interest, they speak to the heart and mind of the soul you can see in a face. Join Gallery in October as we meet the man behind the lens and take a look at his latest project, a newly published collection of his work called “Shooting from the Hip”.
WRITING WITH LIGHT
Tom Lee was one of Oklahoma’s premier photographers, perhaps one of the best known in the state. His images stirred more than the heart and the mind and he did it all while confined to a wheelchair. This photographer’s body of work is now complete. Lee passed away in 2010, but his art and his story live on. A fine art photographer, traditional black and white silver-based film and paper were Lee’s medium of choice. His art can be found in many public and private collections throughout the United States and through the course of his 25 years as an artist, Lee won several awards and accolades. This October, Gallery remembers Tom Lee, “Writing With Light”.
Originally broadcast on September 30, 2011
PASSAGES, A BIBLE STORY
Ancient manuscript experts from around the world are coming to Oklahoma to examine a massive collection of artifacts, items that are being gathered by an Oklahoma City businessman to tell the story of the Bible. The “Passages” exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is made up of 300 pieces from a newly acquired collection of some very old works. It all started with Hobby Lobby President, Steve Green tried to buy one particular Bible from a Family in Turkey. Less than two years later The Green Collection has more than 40,000 ancient items of religious significance include portions of the Dead Sea Scroll, Torah Scrolls that survived the inquisition, ancient passages of Samuel found in a mummy’s wrappings written in Jesus’ home language within 2 generations of His lifetime. The second earliest text of the Gospel of John, First Edition King James Bibles, one of only 8 so called, “Wicked Bibles” in the world, and the writings and signatures of Martin Luther.
Originally broadcast on August 31, 2011
GREG BURNS “DRAWN IN DETAIL”
Detailed ink drawings provide the foundation for a Greg Burns painting and the power of the places he paints, from Meers Burger Stand to an expanse of African plain, gives his art a heart beat that resonates with those who see it. Burns is best known in Oklahoma for capturing landmarks around the state, the well known and the mundane, passed by every day rendered in near photographic still life. Technique and subject matter alone made Burns’ work a favorite for Oklahomans and others around the nation, but it is the story of the man himself that makes Greg Burns a favorite son and an inspiration.
Rocking Horse Dreams
Remember when you were kid and you got your first rocking horse? Remember climbing on and suddenly the walls and floors of your home melted away and you were in the wild west, a cowboy or cowgirl, galloping across the plain to whatever adventure awaited you? Rocking horses seem almost forgotten in this age of computers and video games, but one Oklahoma artist is keeping the day dream alive. Jackie Wilson grew up with a love for horses and a talent for wood work and as luck would have it, her inner child put those grown up skills to work. Today, Jackie carves rocking horses of every size…yes, even rocking horses large enough for grown ups to ride…if they want to…and if no one’s looking. Hop up in the saddle and hit the trail with Gallery as we travel to Edmond to meet Jackie Wilson, the keeper of “Rocking Horse Dreams”.
Originally broadcast on July 14, 2011