Cassie-ChickenShit

Natalie Kent GEM2

may 8 // cassie stover + natalie kent

We have two female artists in the gallery for May. Cassie Stover has created a series of 8″x10″ paintings inspired by animals with comedic and human qualities while adding a bit of her own humor. Natalie Kent’s work is comprised of various forms of symbolism and dream imagery which is meant to spark a question in the viewer and leave the meaning behind the work up to interpretation.

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Artist Questions

Cassie Stover Lost In The City

Cassie Stover

What is your medium/process?
Acrylic on canvas.Where are you from?
Oklahoma City, OK

How would you describe your latest body of work?

After realizing how often I post animal photos on my Instagram, I thought to myself, why am I drawn to them and what do they all have in common?  I discerned that they were mostly comedic and took on some form of personification.  As humans, it’s pretty fun to see ourselves in other creatures.  So I made a conscious effort to paint animals versus humans and insert a bit of my own humor.

In the past I have worked primarily on large scale pieces.  This time around, I decided to restrict myself to an 8×10 format, which offers up it’s own challenges and rewards. Large scale paintings just have that immediate impact, the size alone draws in viewers. Yet working with the 8×10’s I have found they feel more intimate, and I can be as bold with color as I please.

Overall, my work has underlying narrative qualities, but only snippets. I want to know where this monkey is going, and why is he lost in the city? Hopefully they viewer will finish the story for his or herself.  That’s the fun part. Or at the very least be amused.

How did you get started?
I’ve always been an artist, since I could hold a crayon I suppose.  I’ve been one of the lucky ones, with a family that encouraged and supported me from childhood to adulthood to pursue the arts.

What are your goals for the future?
Stay motivated.

Natalie Kent The Sage

Natalie Kent

What is your medium/process?
I work in a variety of mediums ranging from graphite pencil, pen and ink, or Prismacolor pencil to large acrylic paintings. Lately I’ve enjoyed focusing on small drawings and illustrations.

Where are you from?
Houston, Texas, living and working in Edmond.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
This latest body of my work relies heavily on symbolism and dream imagery. I enjoyed creating these pieces with a lot of unanswered questions so that- like dreams- the meaning may vary from viewer to viewer. I think one of the most powerful elements in art is the power of interpretation. Good art doesn’t just give you the answer, it lets you find it on your own.

What inspires you?
Dreams, metaphors, Renaissance & Surrealist art, and nature. I’d say 99% of my work usually falls in one of those categories. I bring my sketchbook everywhere I go and it’s filled with notes of last night’s dreams, doodles, urban sketches, ideas for future paintings… we live in an amazing world full of the most fascinating things. It’s hard not to be inspired.

How did you get started?
I began creating art when I was very young. Some kids would sell lemonade in the neighborhood and I would sell art for 5 cents, setting up shop on a little table at the end of my driveway and busting out one-of-a-kind Picasso-esque Crayola marker pieces. My parents were very supportive of my interest in art and enrolled me in oil painting and watercolor classes throughout middle school and high school.

What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the near future are to transition into developing larger paintings. Working on a large scale is out of my comfort zone and honestly a bit intimidating for me, but as an artist I think it’s imperative to challenge yourself and push your limits on a semi-regular basis to improve yourself. There’s no growth in the comfort zone.

As far as long-term goals, I plan on continuing to create art and show my work in Oklahoma City.


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The Little Bubble

meet your maker // the little bubble

Our May Meet Your Maker is the one and only Bella Corrente of “The Little Bubble” –  Bella is the brain behind the fun and magic that is put into each and every bar of soap she makes.  She is 11 years old this year and she started making soaps at 9 years old.  Since that time, her business has grown tremendously.  Bella and her mother, Tawyna, set up at H&8th, Industry Flea, Deluxe Winter Market and stay busy in between shows with her booming Etsy shop.  All the while, they keep our store stocked with tons of smell goods.  People often pop in the door and ask “Where are the Little Bubble soaps?”  We are pleased to share a little bit more about Bella with you.  She is an inspiration to all around her. We are so proud of you, girl!! Keep doing your thing.

The Little Bubble

Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

Bella Corrente // The Little Bubble

What is your process?
I find the fragrance I like first then I think about colors & designs… next I have to decide on the ingedients, everything is made with different stuff.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

What inspires you?
Sometimes I can watch a movie or hear a song and know that I want to make a soap that goes with that! Or I can see a fabric or pattern that I like…

How did you get started?
I started making soap and scrubs as a homeschool project! It helped me learn about fractions and measuring, & science! And I just loved doing so I kept making!

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally?
I sold my soap when I was 9 at Wiggle Out Loud

What are your goals for the future?
I want to be a photographer or work for Vogue and I want to have my own soap shop.

How much time a week do you spend with your craft?
I spend about 3 hours a day filling orders and making stuff.

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future?
First you have to have guts… and not be afraid of other people and putting your stuff out there.  And you need to learn as much as you can about your craft… research a lot.  What ever you want to make or do just try it! Because you won’t know if you like it or good at it if you don’t try!

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to sculpt! I make polymer clay donuts, & ice cream cones and other food things for jewlery! & I like to draw food with funny faces

What music are you currently listening to?
I love Welcome Little Stranger & David Bowie… and Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash… but I listen to lots of other stuff too! I love my record player!

The Little Bubble


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Amber Black

Lauren Miller

april 10 // amber rae black + lauren miller

This month’s 2nd Friday features the improbably elaborate drawings of local artists Amber Rae Black and Lauren Miller. We particularly enjoy the way the individual artist’s themes of duality intertwine with the similar use of materials to directly compliment one other. Amber’s work portrays hauntingly hopeful depictions of “life and growth out of pain and loss”. Lauren Miller’s latest series of graphite portraits on birch panel is similarly themed in it’s emphasis on “freedom from deeply rooted lies” and putting faith in the unseen.

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ARTIST QUESTIONS

Amber Black

AMBER RAE BLACK

What is your medium/process?
I like working in mixed mediums but I usually start with drawing. Drawing is my home. In general, I am in love with a tactile process and being swept up in that moment when the work just flows.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
All of my current work has, in some way, been inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. It began as catharsis and is intended to express both the moment of death and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss. I hope the pieces communicate a life and growth that is born out of pain and loss.

What inspires you?
Memories, dreams, personal experiences. I am inspired, in the most part, by personal experiences and tend to work somewhat autobiographically. My art is often an attempt to hold onto or relive a moment or feeling.

How did you get started?
I always made art as a kid and felt most like myself when making art. My parents and grandparents also always encouraged me to keep going. I just never stopped.

What are your goals for the future?
I just want to keep making art and to get better at it. I would also possibly like to do some form of art therapy with children or women someday.

Artists Statement:
The body of work ‘Bright Crossing’ was inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. The work began as catharsis and continued out of a desire to linger in the threshold between life and the moment of death. The mixture of mediums is meant to draw a contrast between the frailty of ephemeral flesh and the bright intangibility of the spiritual. The colors symbolize the spirit but also the life and growth that is born out of pain and loss. The work is intended to express both the moment of a souls departure and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss.

 

Lauren Miller

LAUREN MILLER

What is your medium/process?
Graphite and acrylic paint on birch panels.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My collection is about finding freedom from deeply rooted lies I’ve believed and what it is to place my hope in the unseen God who I’ve given my life to.

What inspires you?
The beauty that comes with struggle.

How did you get started?
I’ve been creating most of my life.

What are your goals for the future?
To continue to dig deeper and create art that inspires and moves.

 


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OKC Lindsay Harkness

meet your maker // lindsay harkness

April’s Meet Your Maker is local photographer Lindsay Harkness.  Lindsay is a lifelong resident of OKC.  She is incredibly passionate about Oklahoma and capturing the history of our state and changes to local buildings.  Lindsay says “The nostalgia of my images often overwhelms people as they reminiscence about favorite memories.  It makes me happy to know i have captured images that are sentimental to my fellow Oklahomans.”

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Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

What is your process?
I am a photographer. I use a process of sandpaper, paint, glue and water on my photographs to achieve my aesthetic.

Where are you from?
I am born and raised in Oklahoma. I graduated from Edmond Santa Fe in 2000 and The University of Oklahoma School of Art in 2004.

What inspires you?
Doing something that no one else can do the exact same way inspires me. Creating something that puts a smile on someone’s face inspires me.  I got my start on my Oklahoma Landmark Series with a challenge from an out of stater. He claimed there was nothing special about Oklahoma, nothing that we should be proud of.  He was just a customer, but his one off the cuff statement challenged me to prove him wrong, and I feel pretty confident that I’m doing a good job!

How did you get started?
My parents gave me a camera for my high school graduation gift. Going into college I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew I loved my high school photography classes and I had a new camera….Art school here I come. As for my mixed media process it has been a long line of mistakes that I had to find solutions for. I’ve have found that a mistake is often times the universe telling you to look or approach the original concept differently.  So many good things have come from me saying, “Oh shit, what do I do now”, that I embrace the challenge to think different.

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally?
2004ish….I can’t remember if I sold stuff at the original Blue 7 and then made it into the second Girlie Show, or if because I was in The Girlie Show I was chosen to sell stuff at Blue 7. Either way let’s say 22.

What are your goals for the future?
A dream come true would be :  I would have a studio with a dark room.  My photographs would be in such high demand that I would never run out of work or money.  For reality purposes I would love to continue my photographic journey of my Oklahoma Landmark Series and expand beyond just the OKC metro area.  And if I play my cards right pick up the title of Oklahoma Souvenir Connoisseur.

How much time a week do you spend with your craft?
That varies on my other job.  I am photo assistant as well and travel with a photographer all over the country.  Each week is different and more often then not I take my supplies with me on the road and work in hotel rooms.  Any free time I have I am sanding away.

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future?
I would say make sure you love doing what you do.  Chances are especially at the beginning you will have to work another job to support your craft.  There’s never a day off, you will always feel like you should be doing something, and most of your money you make will have to go back into your business. All that said you are your own boss, if you want to work until 3am and wake up at noon you can.  Making stuff and seeing others enjoy it is an amazing feeling. I’ve been working on this Oklahoma Landmark Series for almost 10 years now and I still never tire from hearing stories of what the buildings mean to them, or how excited they are to send one of the images to a loved one who no longer lives here.

What do you do in your spare time?
What is spare time?  Just kidding….when I do finally decide to take a break I love being with my friends.

What is your favorite place to grab a coffee?
I’m not really a coffee drinker, but I do love a good patio and a glass of wine.

What music currently inspires you?
Music..hmmm I have a mix on my pandora that ranges from the 60’s, 70’s, & 80’s to Enya to Warren G. I’m not too picky but I do know that heavy metal makes my brain and body shut down.

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march 13 // nicole moan: hunting down my childhood

In this new series Nicole Moan documents many of the creative 2 dimensional characters that inhabited her youth by building them into 3 dimensional clay sculptures. The idea for this series struck her as she watched her kids watch “new” television shows and realized how much of it now overlaps with shows of her youth. Nicole decided to take a trip down memory lane and bring these characters to life in a way that is both humorous and original.

Come out to the opening Friday March 13th from 7-11pm at DNA Galleries.

Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

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Artist Questionnaire

What is your medium/process?
My medium is mostly clay but I love working with so many. I make all of the skirts that go with my ceramic corsets. I also create jewelry and accessories of mixed mediums. As far as process goes, when I get an idea for a creation I turn it over in my head for a while until I can see how it can be made before I attempt to bring it to life.

Where are you from?
I’ve spent all of my adult life living in Oklahoma City, with the exception of a brief stint in Lancaster, California, but I spent most of my childhood moving around the country with my artist parents.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Lately I have been very inspired by cartoons and characters from my childhood. The characters themselves are fairly self-explanatory. Placing their heads on plaques as trophies is that feeling of wanting to keep that youthful place and preserve it as a hunter would. They are the memories that framed my youth. Not just MY youth, several generations of youths. As we grow older, we all search for ways to hold on to our feelings of being young. I think this is something most everyone can identify with.

What inspires you?
The thing that inspires me the most is developing and learning new techniques. Finding something that no one is doing and building on it.

How did you get started?
Both of my parents are artists, so I grew up around a lot of creativity. Both were painters but they also owned a business creating and sculpting props for businesses. I had the opportunity to see and learn many techniques as well as learning to think about projects in engineering terms as well. This still influences almost every aspect of my work.

What are your goals for the future?
My current goals are to have a space for teaching ceramic techniques that other places don’t give lessons in, as well as to bring in other artist to host and teach other types of work. I would love to see my work carried in galleries all over the country, and my corsets on runways in the major fashion cities.


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William R. Struby - Mandala

feb 13 // william r. struby + claire deveney

William R. Struby uses digitally created mandalas mixed with hand cut digital images. Inspired in his own words by “imagined stories and encountered mysteries.” His latest works Mandalas and Mysteries attempt to represent “a fuller consciousness—the circle of interconnected life and death.”

Claire Deveney is our special neighbor friend who works just next door. Upon meeting her in person doing public art, we stumbled across her incredible metal works not long after on social media. These pieces are 3-d representations of her 2-d characters and have to be seen in person. Each character changes it’s features as the piece moves freely on a wire and alternately casts these outlines on surrounding surfaces.

You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Claire Deveney


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meet your maker // crafty allie

As most know, 98% of our store is made locally.  This year we wanted to spotlight one local artist in the store each month so that everyone may get to know them a little better.  February’s “Meet Your Maker” is Allie Kuehn.  She is 22 years old with a nursing degree from OU.  Whenever Allie is not working overnight shifts as a nurse, she is knitting wonderful works for our store and other’s like us. We had the opportunity to sit down with Allie at Cuppies & Joe to ask her a few questions.  She knitted an entire scarf over two lattes and gave us great insight to what it’s like to be crafty allie.

Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

Allie Kuehn // Crafty Allie

What is your process?
I have 2-3 gigantic books of pattern swatches. One of them my grandma gave to me when I was 8 and she was teaching me to knit. I skim through those pages and stop at the first one I think looks pretty. I don’t make a swatch, I just go all in casting on the for whole scarf right away. When I’m thinking of a new sweater idea, I’ll sketch it out in my journal, and figure out what stitches and yarn I want to use. I have a little moleskin journal that I keep jotted down patterns in, and I actually bought a PERFECT leather journal from DNA last september for me to put all my final patterns/photos in. Every day I go in to my studio and pull out all the colors I want to use for the day…and honestly I just like grabbing a bunch of yarn at once and carrying it to my couch..it’s satisfying. Then I plop down on my couch and start working while watching some netflix series…right now I’m on Friends…but that will just as soon turn in to Scrubs (for the 3rd time). Once I finish crocheting or knitting something, I fold it up and toss it in a pile. I hate weaving in yarn ends, so I save it all for the end so I can just get all the unpleasantness over and done with in one sitting.

Where are you from?
Originally from NW OKC. I went to Putnam city schools, and after graduation I moved to Norman for school. I just graduated in May with my nursing degree, and I work at the Norman Healthplex now.

What inspires you?
Nature, being surrounded by colors, other makers on Instagram, & my pets. I name some of my pieces after my cats. My first cat, Binx, got really sick in January of 2011 and I wanted to knit him a chunky blanket to sleep on to make him more comfortable before he died. That’s how I came up with the Binxy cowl. It is a chunky knit garter stitch cowl that is knit in a rectangle and joined at the seams. Whenever I’m designing something, I try to think if my kitties would like to cuddle up on it.

How did you get started?
My grandma taught me when I was 8, but then I kind of forgot about knitting until I was about 17. I didn’t start selling products until freshman year of college when I was 18. I made harry potter scarves because the premier was that summer. My grandma gave me her knitting machine from the 90s and I just went to town making scarves for everyone. That’s how this all started.

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally?
I started my Etsy shop in 2012 just after I turned 20. In 2013, I started making things for DNA. I could not be more grateful to have found a place like DNA that I can thrive in. I’m constantly creating, thinking, trying new things.

What are your goals for the future?
This year specifically, I want to rebrand completely. New cards, new look, new tags, even a new shop name! Long term, I’d love to quit my day job. But I don’t see that happening for years and years. I do love nursing. I can work 3 days a week, and that’s full time. Then I get my other 4 days for knitting. It’s a great combination right now.

How much time a week do you spend with your craft?
During my busy season, 40 hours a week at least. During my off season, around 20.

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future?
Just start doing it. Do what you love and allow yourself to be inspired by your surroundings.

What do you do in your spare time?
Visit my family, play with my cats or have a date night with the boyfriend.

What is your favorite place to grab a coffee?
My house.. I just got a keiurig so I use that religiously now!

What music currently inspires you?
Band of Horses, Iron and Wine, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, City and Color.  And if I want to just JAM OUT in the car… country music is my weak spot.


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Colby Bowers

Jamie Pettis

january 9 // colby bowers + jamie pettis

This month, we are showing Oklahoma based Colby Bowers and former native Jamie Pettis. Both artists blend their bodies of brilliantly prismatic work for our 2nd friday artist feature.

Colby has drawn inspiration from the natural world for his recent body of work. His vibrant high contrast subjects, both animal and insect, contrast against a vibrant singular colored background. Jamie’s works are inspired by her roots in Oklahoma. Expanding on her recent series of cityscapes, she has created her own vision of downtown Oklahoma City while blending a cast of her signature portraits to bring together a feel of “coming home.”

Make sure to come out to the opening Friday,  January 9th from 7-11pm.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

We are also releasing a limited edition t-shirt/print combination this Friday. Dylan Bradway’s trademark bunny character from his 2008 series is making a re-entrance for a limited time. Print and shirt combination will be available this month while supplies last for $75, a savings of $20.

Colby Bowers

Artist Questions

Colby Bowers
What is your medium process?
I am currently working in spray paint and acrylics with bright and distinct pallets.

Where are you from?
Born in Duncan, OK. Currently living in Choctaw, OK.

What inspires you?
For this group of paintings I wanted to have some fun with the creative process drawing inspiration from the patterns and shapes of the animal and insect world. My inspiration begins with a strong desire to be creative and curiosity of the natural world.

How did you get started?
I’ve been doodling, drawing, and playing music most of my life but my passion for art really began while studying art at UCO.

What are your goals for the future?
I hope to continue to develop my skills as a painter, further explore color and composition in order to define my style, and ultimately inspire others to be creative.

Jamie Pettis

Jaime Pettis
What is your medium process?
Currently, I predominantly use oils on canvas. Often on larger scale pieces, however, I will base the canvas (first coat of the painting) with acrylics. For some reason I feel freer and more okay with using a ton of acrylics to get the canvas covered. After that, everything is done in oils. Oils are the best.

Where are you from?
I grew up in a town called Holdenville in southeast Oklahoma. My freshman through junior years of high school I moved to Norman. My senior year of high school I moved back to Holdenville and graduated there.

What inspires you?
Coming home to Oklahoma inspires me; people inspire me. The message in my current works is very much OKC centered. Although I’m known for my obsession of painting faces, recently my fans have taken a huge interest in an ongoing series which I call ‘Growing Cities’. I love painting people, but over the years that is what I have focused on primarily. With some suggestions, however, I decided to break out of the portraiture mind frame, and free up into something else. One day I just picked up a brush, and began throwing down various brush strokes that started to form into a city skyline. Once I realized it could be turned into a city I began to think of OKC, and let that channel through me as my source of inspiration. That particular piece sold to a woman in San Francisco before I could even exhibit it, and ‘Growing Cities’ started it’s journey. People started requesting skylines, and interpretations of their owncities, and suddenly I had commission work in demand like I’d never experienced before. And so what I’ve done with this current show is incorporated my love for faces with the peoples love for my cities which is a ‘win win’ for everyone! In the end, my theme with the DNA exhibit is centered around Oklahoma City, and coming home.!

How did you get started?
I got started in my father’s art studio in downtown Holdenville, Oklahoma. He’s a painter, too, and he would take us to paint with him every Saturday.

What are your goals for the future?
This past year I’ve been working to make painting a more full-time thing which was one of last years goals. I’d say I’m about 3/4 of the way there. This years goals are to achieve that full-time closure, and take my work to the next level. I want to get to a place with my composition where I feel like I’ve truly ‘stepped-up’, and grown. From there, I want more people to see my work by getting it seen in different cities such as Los Angeles, NYC, and Minneapolis.


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Bjorn Bauer

victory in loss by bjorn bauer // dec 12

For December we fill our gallery with “Victory In Loss” a new series of oil painting and individually embellished screen prints by Oklahoma based artist Bjorn Bauer. The series contains a consistent theme but builds a visual contrast between the styles and qualities seen in the paintings and prints.

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Bjorn  Bauer

Artist Questions
What is your medium/process?
Primarily oil painting and screen printing, but I also experiment with mixed media and take on various illustration projects.

Where are you from?
I lived in Germany until I was eight, then lived in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Malaysia, but I’ve lived in Oklahoma for the past fourteen years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
This latest set of pieces is titled Victory in Loss, and these pieces mark somewhat of a shift form my previous work, which has mostly been in a more straightforwardly expressionist style. The new work consists of oil paintings and individually embellished screen prints.  I’ve used a consistent set of symbols and subject matter in the whole set; but the paintings are in a more polished, surrealist style; whereas the prints are more intense and much grittier. I think this will present an interesting contrast visually; and, in a way, the contrast reflects the themes in the title.

What inspires you?
My wife, my students, Gustav Klimt, the Smashing Pumpkins, and anyone who exhibits exemplary creativity or kindness.

How did you get started?
As a kid, drawing was my natural response to anything interesting, so I realized pretty early on that I needed to create images in some capacity.

What are your goals for the future?
I’d like to show my work in Berlin someday. I’d also like to go back to art school and earn an MFA. I want to be the best artist I can be, even if it takes me until I’m 100 years old.


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DNA Galleries Anniverskully 6

anniverskully 6 // nov 14

It’s been a joyous evolution from our humble beginnings in 300 sqf of our live/work space in 2008 to the over 2100 sqf in the former mattress factory where we are currently located. We have a lot going on this year in celebration of 6 years at DNA Galleries!

During the day, we will be giving away 25 free goodie bags to our first customers through the door along with a storewide 10% off from 11-7pm

We have also been working on a new local artist line debuting this friday that includes pencil cases, leggings, sketchbooks and zines! We have choses Norman based artist Ruth Ann Borum to be a part of our limited release on most of our new products.

We will be wrapping up the night with our 2nd “Anniverskully” Group Art Show that will open from 7-11pm. Feel free to come by during the day to check out the work if you can’t make it by for the evening reception.

Thank you for supporting our business and local artists throughout the years. We would not be here without your patronage!

RSVP to the Facebook Invite here!


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    DNA Galleries is an artist made store and urban contemporary art gallery in Oklahoma City. We are located in the historic Plaza district at 1709 NW 16th OKC, OK 73106

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