OCTOBER 12TH // ASHLEY DAWN + TANNER FRADY

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Featured in our gallery for the month of October is the work of Oklahoma artists Ashley Dawn and Tanner Frady.

Learn more about these artists at:
https://www.instagram.com/vikingashley/
https://www.instagram.com/fradycatsigns/

Join us Thursday, October 12th from 6-9pm for exhibition opening and artist reception preceeding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.

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Artist Preview Reception: October 12th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: October 13th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs October 12th - November 5th

 

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ASHLEY DAWN + TANNER FRADY

What is your medium/process? 

Enamel & acrylic

Where are you from? 

Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

Inspired by hand painted grocery store and bodega signs

What inspires you? 

The craft and appreciation of hand painted signs and lettering

How did you get started? 

Being inspired by other sign painters and realizing that someone needs to fill a need for a dying craft and keep it going. 

What are your goals for the future? 

Continue to grow as sign painters and educate those who are not familiar with it that it is important to keep the craft alive. 

What advice do you have to artists? 

Don’t compromise yourself to please others. 

SEPTEMBER 7TH // JON-MICHAEL FRANK

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Featured in our gallery for the month of September is the work of Jon-Michael Frank.

Join us Thursday, September 7th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.

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Learn more about this artist at:
https://www.instagram.com/jonmichaelfrank/

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, September 7th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza: Friday, September 8th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs September 7th - October 8th

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JON-MICHAEL FRANK  // ARTIST INTERVIEW

What is your medium/process? 

Ink and watercolor or gouache. 

Where are you from?

I live between Philadelphia and Austin.

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How would you describe your latest body of work? 

Better, but maybe not as good. 

What inspires you?

Haiku. 

How did you get started?

On the floor of my friend's apartment. And then in Emily's hotel. 

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What are your goals for the future?

New stuff and different stuff. I'm finishing up a book about a woman bodybuilder and a butterfly. 

What advice do you have to artists?

Do it more than you do things you don't like. 

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Marissa Raglin + Isaac Diaz

Featured in our gallery for the month of August is the work of Oklahoma artists Marissa Raglin and Isaac Diaz.

Learn more about these artists at:
https://www.instagram.com/marissabozrag/
https://www.instagram.com/uoqaus/

Join us Thursday, August 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.

Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, August 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Friday, August 11th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs August 10th - September 3rd

 

Isaac Diaz//  Artist Questions


What is your medium/process?

I use ink, watercolor, and acrylic the most, and sometimes graphite. I typically just start drawing in my sketchbook when I have an idea and then see if I would like to go through with it.

Where are you from?

Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?

All of the pieces in the show are expressing who I am and what I love, things like flowers and dreamy visuals.

What inspires you?

Nature, music, and my Salvadoran heritage.

How did you get started?

I always drew as a kid, and I always enjoyed it and over the years it became my passion.

What are your goals for the future?

To graduate from OU with a degree in interior design, and travel to places like Greenland and Japan.

What advice do you have to artists?

To always go with their gut with what they want to express, who cares what people will say at the end of the day not everyone will love what you create but those who do will be impacted in some way.

MARISSA RAGLIN  //  ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?

I create ethereal, whimsical collage works of art. Creating with images delicately removed with a cutting blade from vintage magazines, books, and postcards, I favor the endless assemblages of collage imagery. Using original, unaltered imagery and basic design elements, the images are compiled and become unified, telling one story. I emphasize negative space in my works to allow the selected images room for conversation. Using these elements, I focus on the story that develops between the images. I determine color and forms that complement the primary figure and communicate the narrative. I use matte medium as glue for my work, and then finish the piece with resin.

Where are you from?

I am originally from Bossier City, Louisiana and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 10. I received my BF from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. I am an Oklahoman by choice and have lived in Oklahoma City for four years now. 

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

My latest body of work features modified landscapes, altering landscapes to create my own world. Again, using found imagery I compile and create my own landscape often featuring ethereal, other-worldly components. This new body of work also has a southwest vibe, often using cacti. Not only is this a favorite scenery of mine, but it is symbolic within the work. Cacti are resilient, stubborn, and thrive under harsh conditions, this latest body of work champions the unexpected and unusual.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the Oklahoma artist community and have felt so supported in my craft and as a creative through art organizations, opportunities, and friendship, and I think that is important. After participating in OVAC's Artist Inc. OKC Live Fellowship, I had the fortune of meeting my small group and since graduating two years ago, we have continued to meet on a monthly basis. We call ourselves the Intenionalists and we are deliberate in our craft and friendships, and these people inspire me- Gayle Curry, Heather Clark Hilliard, Josh Vaughn, and Brendon Williams.

 

How did you get started?

I studied painting in college and after graduating in 2012, I lost the desire to continue creating and so I stumbled across The Jealous Curator blog by Danielle Krysa and her latest publication at the time, Creative Block. This book challenged me to create for the sake of creating, so I went to a couple thrift stores to pick out books, and picked up a cutting blade and started my first attempts at the collage medium.  I found a lot of freedom in this medium and haven't turned back.  While my techniques and usage of mixed media components may change the direction of my work, I still have a passion for working with found imagery and creating new from old. You can see the subtle transitions in my work at mraglinart.com.

What are your goals for the future?

I have several. In addition to showing work throughout Oklahoma, I'd like to continue showing work nationally. I have my first solo show at Mainsite Contemporary Gallery in June 2018, and it is my goal to create an entire new body of work; preferably featuring larger works. I have a 10-year goal of showing work internationally, and playing a part in bringing artistic awareness to the state of Oklahoma and its contemporary artist community; I'm just not sure what my role looks like for that just yet.

What advice do you have to artists?

My advice for artists is to explore new media, processes, and techniques with their craft. Don't tie yourself to one method, express your creativity in whatever means necessary. Create, to simply create. 

Alicia Saltina Marie Clark + Joshua Garrett

Featured in our gallery for the month of June is the work of Oklahoma artists Alicia Saltina Marie Clark and Joshua Garrett.

Learn more about these artists at:
http://www.aliciaclarksart.com/
https://www.instagram.com/deadfeather/

Join us Thursday, June 8th th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.

Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, June 8th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Friday, June 9th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs June 8th - July 9th

 

JOSHUA GARRETT  //  ARTIST QUESTIONS

 

What is your medium/process? 

My medium is pretty basic and simple. Oil pastel over acrylic with the occasional spray paint thrown in.

Where are you from?

I was born in Florida. But Edmond Oklahoma is treating me pretty well at the moment.

 

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

My latest body of work is the same body of work I've been working on since around 2012. It's a concept concerning cultural isolation, conflicted spirituality, obsessive consumption and generational genocide.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by Muscogee Creek/Native American history and language. Symbolism in every day products and how these symbols influence how much and how quickly we consume these products. Freemasonry. Occult practices. The Church and Christianity and how the traditional beliefs of the American Indian have been wiped out or altered generation by generation. My deafness. These things are somewhat influential to one degree or another.

 

How did you get started?

I got started sometime in 2012 making collage type pieces then eventually sticking with oil pastels. Before all of that business I was writing poetry. At least trying to. One day I just picked up a can of spray paint some oil pastels and cut out some models in a magazine then glued them to a piece of board. The process has been going on since then.

What are your goals for the future?

My future goals? Well, I've been kind of feeling the writing bug again. Learning about Muscogee Creek history every now and then gets me pretty hyped up. I can see myself attempting another poetry book concerning the 9 deities of the Muscogee Creek or something of that nature. I can also see myself sculpting in the future. For someone who is self taught, I think sculpting has been very nice to me. And of course painting is in the future. But, I'm no prophet. We'll see.

What advice do you have to artists?

As far as advice for other artists, I don't really have any. I guess I would say go with your instincts. Keep doing what you do if it feels right. And screw any cliques that come your way. Be your own clique. Everyone has their own agenda and 97% of the time it won't involve you. Oh, and meditate and give thanks.. I think that's about it.

ALICIA SALTINA MARIE CLARK  //  ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?  

I love to play with different mediums and see how I can make them work together, but my main mediums for this body of work are acrylic, latex, and charcoal. Sometimes I will go back over the charcoal with a wet brush almost working it like a watercolor, and it seems to bring out more contrast. 

Where are you from? 

I was born in Manassass, Virginia but fully raised in Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls, Texas.

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

I take inspiration from stories told by my ancestors. Such as The Old Lady Who Kept All the Pecans, and The Buffalo Woman told by my Great-great-great Grandfather. I also play with modern elements like pixels. This idea came to me while I was looking at the bead work of some regalia and how it resembles pixels of a computer image. I've also taken embroidery patterns and used them in the back ground of some of the paintings. Embroidery is often on shawls. I like patterns, and bright colors and old photos and enjoy mixing these into a visual that honors my ancestors and an endangered culture. 

What inspires you? 

Life, layers, patterns, colors, people, events.

How did you get started? 

I've been an artist since I was small. In college I played mainly in contemporary ideas with a focus in ceramics and printmaking. Not until about five years ago did I start incorporating the Native American portrait and contemporary ideas. After long spouts of traveling and wondering I've decided to connect back with my roots. 

What are your goals for the future? 

To keep embracing an endangered culture, and shedding light through other endangerment's through my art. My purpose is to have a brush in hand and tell a visual story of emotion.

What advice do you have to artist? 

Keep throwing arrows, express yourself, and make what YOU think is beautiful.

May 11th // MIND BENDER

Join us Thursday, May 11th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.

 

Featured in our gallery for the month of May is the work of Oklahoma city artsts from Mind Bender Tattoo.
 

Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, May 11th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Friday, May 12th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs May 12th - June 4th

APRIL 13TH // CASSIE STOVER + PEGGY WHITE

Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma artists Peggy White and Cassie Stover


Join us Thursday, April 13th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.
 

PEGGY WHITE // ARTIST QUESTIONS

 

What is your medium/process? 

I start with small doodles. Then after a few adjustments and cleaning up my line work I project them onto birch wood. I then paint the outline with acrylic, cut them out with a jigsaw and hand sand them. Lastly, I use a watered down acrylic paint to color them in so the wood grain remains visible. 

Where are you from? 

I'm originally from Edmond, OK but after several years of moving around I finally settled in Tulsa in 2015.

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

Humorous and silly. I never take myself too seriously.  

What inspires you? 

I'm inspired by things that make me laugh or smile. Things that I find visually pleasant. I'm rarely inspired by any of my other senses. 

How did you get started? 

For as long as I can remember I was taking art classes and making my own sketch books out of plain white copy paper. After taking every art related elective middle and high school had to offer I went to The Kansas City Art Institute. Several years later I started my greeting card company and it has afforded me, not only the opportunity to sell my commercial products, but it has allowed me to work on a few bodies of gallery work. 

What are your goals for the future? 

I hope to be on the same trajectory I've been on. Coming up with new bodies of gallery work and moving my commercial products into other states while maintaining my relationships here, in my favorite state.

What advice do you have to artists? 

Get out there and be seen. Do things. Talk to people. Meet like minded individuals who have helped to pave the way. And be thankful for those that paved. I wouldn't have the opportunities like these if it weren't for the people that had spent so much of their time cultivating such a unique artistic space for others. 

CASSIE STOVER // ARTIST QUESTIONS

 

What is your medium/process?

For this series, I used acrylic paint on woodcut outs.

Where are you from?

OKC but my hometown is Claremore, OK

How would you describe your latest body of work?

I obsessively started following bird photography on Instagram. It dawned on me that the feathers, wings, and colors of the birds seemed to get all of the attention. But I liked the little heads, those tiny brains, creepy beaks, and beady eyes. I could just put them in my pocket.

Once I decided on the bird heads only, I wanted to emphasize the shape, I achieved this by using a jigsaw to cut MDF boards. I depicted the birds using acrylic paint in a monochromatic color scheme. I did this to take away from the vibrant colors some of them naturally boast. By using primary color-groupings my goal is to create relationships between different birds, and see how they interact with each other. Ultimately leaving me and the viewer wondering what the birds are saying to each other.

What inspires you? 

...BIRDS, Dogs, people, lyrics....I could go on and on. I always recommend a visit to an art museum/gallery to get those creative juices flowing, that always works for me.

How did you get started?

Since I could hold a crayon I suppose. I was lucky to be surrounded by people that encouraged me my entire life to pursue art. Thanks Dad, Grandmother, and Mary. 

What are your goals for the future?  

To do more and give back.

What advice do you have to artists? 

Try new things even if you fail. Get out of your comfort zone. Participate in as many art happening as you can. 


Artist Preview Reception: April 13th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: April 14th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs April 13th - May 7th

FEBRUARY 9TH // STAINED GLASS SHOW

Featured in our gallery for the month of February is the work of Oklahoma stained glass artists Kalee Jones WLana Riverol & James Rogers King.


Learn more about these artists at:
http://jamesrogersglassworks.com/
http://kaleejonesw.com/?page_id=675

Join us Thursday, February 9th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.

Artist Preview Reception: February 9th // 6pm - 9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: February 10th // 6pm - 10pm
Exhibit Runs February 9th - March 5th

KALEE JONES W.  //  ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process? 

I use the copper foil stained glass method and found objects to produce sculptural Wall hangings,  light catchers, windows, and jewelry. My design process is on the spot, working with the materials I have at hand.  The grain of the glass and physicality of found objects challenges me to portray how they talk to each other.

Where are you from?  

Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma and steeped in Colorado.

How would you describe your latest body of work?       

Sculptural. Textural. Shadow and light play.

What inspires you? 

Looking and seeing.  Creating objects that indulge this. 

How did you get started?  

I went into Zee's Stained Glass and said, "my mother used to do stained glass.  I think I'd like to give it a try. What do I need?" 

What are your goals for the future?  

I see a series of paintings in my near future.  

What advice do you have to other artists? 

Embrace your artistic blocks and down time. There are creative forces gathering energy in there dormancy.

 

JAMES ROGERS KING  //  ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?

Stained glass. I like to combine shapes and colors that make your brain stop and say "Oh cool!"

Where are you from?

Born in OKC, grew up in Norman & Meeker. 

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

Weirder and weirder, onward ho. 

What inspires you?

Emotions 

How did you get started?

My family has always been crafty, so about 20 years ago my mom and I were checking out a craft mall/antique store and they had a stained glass booth. I thought "wow, someone does this?" and bought one of their panels. After looking at that for a couple weeks I finally bought some supplies and taught myself the basics. 

What are your goals for the future?

To build out and stock my new studio so I can create some bigger pieces and offer classes.

What advice do you have to other artists?

There are no rules, lots of guides but no rules. Just go for it, make mistakes and go for it again.

 

LANA RIVEROL  //  ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process? 

Most of my art consist of both clear and stained glass. You will also find an assortment of colored stones in my art work. However I am always looking to try new things to get my hands on. As or right now all my pieces are using the “copper foil” method; it is great for smaller pieces and uneven thicknesses.

Where are you from?

I have lived in Oklahoma City all my life, and now I live in Yukon with my family. I love to travel other places, but Oklahoma is home and I could not imagine my life being any other way… plus Oklahomans are the best people, although I might be biased.

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

I’m so indecisive it is really hard for me to stick to just one specific theme. So my current body of work is kind of a mix up of all my favorite pieces and what ever struck me with inspiration that week.  

What inspires you?

I look to past art for inspiration for my ideas, and then I put my own spin on it. Most of my art is a mix of old and new. Lately, I have loved the art deco patterns but I also don’t think you can go wrong with doing a classic antique style.

How did you get started?

I have always been “artsy”. I started in ceramics, dabbled in some other art mediums but glass has always been something special to me. As a child I watch my father work on small stained glass projects, and few years ago I decided that I wanted to take a jab at it too. I found out that it was my favorite way to put my creativity to work.

What are your goals for the future?

Like most artists, I would love to keep doing what I love, making stained glasses, and increasingly become better at it. I hope that it takes me to great places, and helps me meet some more amazing people.

JANUARY 12TH // JIM TROSPER + ANNIE DOAN

Featured in our gallery for the month of January is the work of Oklahoma artists Annie Doan and Jim Trosper Photography.
 


Join us Thursday, January 12th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.
 


Artist Preview Reception: January 12th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: January 13th // 6pm - 10pm
Exhibit Runs January 12th - February 5th

 

JIM TROSPER // ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?

My process entails a long exposure technique that allows me to connect feelings to my photos that draw my viewers in. From vivid colors to dynamic lighting, my series of photographs allows me to instill a sense of adventure in my work. That feeling is amplified by seeing this series live. My work is presented on aluminum metal that gives a high gloss reflection that requires my viewers to look past themselves to experience the photos in full. That personal connection to the moment in the photo is what I aim to get across to my viewers.

Where are you from?

I am from Edmond, Oklahoma and studied photography at the University of Central Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

My latest body of work is a series of photographs showcasing the purest forms of nature. The connection that a lot of people have with nature is rooted in a desire for the unknown that further drives human thought and innovation. I hope to translate that same desire to my viewers.

What inspires you?

As an artist I am driven to create more powerful images and work on new techniques each time I shoot. The support I receive from my family and friends inspires me to continue to pursue a career in what I love to do. The work of other local artists plays a huge factor in my inspiration as well. Oklahoma City has top-level artists continuing to push each other to stand out as one of the most diverse and talented areas for art in the country. I am privileged to be a part of this community.

How did you get started?

I have always enjoyed photography and taking snapshots on family vacations; I never saw photography as a career option until I arrived at UCO. While in school I gained a new love and appreciation for the art of photography.  Connecting people to a sense of wonder allows me to tell a story in a way that is truly unique.

What are your goals for the future?

My number one goal has always been to enjoy the work that I do. As long as I have a passion for what I am doing my goals are within reach. I hope to be able to expand and develop my artwork throughout my life.

What advice do you have to other artists?

My advice to other artists would be to have an appreciation for the work you do while never losing the desire to grow as an artist. I am very happy to be able to have a series of work that I am proud of but I am always looking forward to what I can do next!  

 

ANNIE DOAN // ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process? 

My choice of meduim is mixed but primarily watercolor. By using water color, it allows me to create a blended flow between the colors, as if they’re holding each other together within the space. Although I describe myself mostly a painter, drawing is the core to most of my work, whether I begin with a sketch, or work with incorporating different mediums within a piece. 

Where are you from?

I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

My non-representational style allows the viewers to engage and challenge themselves with my choice colors and lines to evoke emotion. Using gestural, organic lines within my works allows the viewers to get a sense a motion. A majority of my work is often created from curiosity and is initially inspired though spontaneity. 

What inspires you?

Colors seen in nature. 

What advice do you have to other artists?

That every experience is an oppourtunity to creativity.

DECEMBER 8TH // SEAN VALI + HEIDI GHASSEMPOUR

Featured in our gallery for the month of December is the work of Oklahoma City artists Heidi Ghassempour and Sean Vali.

Join us Thursday, December 8th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.


Artist Preview Reception: December 8th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: December 9th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs December 9th - January 8th

Artist Questions//  Heidi Ghassempour

What is your medium/process?

Wood doubles as both my substrate and primary medium. I create intricate stencils using tape which are layered with acrylic and removed to expose stained wood. I combine this process with mixed media elements including mylar and string to create stylized nature scenes.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. I attended UCO in Edmond and I have now been an OKC resident for almost two years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

My current body of work focuses primarily on our relationship with Earth and the wonders it possesses. Comments on our relationship with the universe are still present, much like my past work, as seen through my representation of space. However, I have chosen to focus more on the earthly elements in this series, making my trees and mountains more visually stimulating. To me this represents how astonishing  and wonderful our home planet is, as opposed to focusing solely on the wonders of the universe as a whole.

What inspires you?

First and foremost, nature is my muse and inspiration. Nature to me encompasses all things natural including the universe, animals and humans, plants, even consciousness and emotion... I am constantly in awe of what this earth can create and sustain. I try to look at things through the eyes of someone or some thing that has no prior knowledge of the subject. From a tiny leaf on the sidewalk to a beautiful sunset, I am constantly witnessing the unimaginable and we have the Earth to thank for that.

How did you get started?

I can recall putting serious effort into drawing as far back as I can remember. We found these thick rolls of paper in the basement of a house we bought when I was 5. I would start drawing at the end and just keep unrolling as I went. I was in a constant state of doodling. It wasn't until high school that I realized that making "actual art" was a possibility for me. I decided to enroll in art class and never looked back. I would then go on to get my BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma while discovering my passion for nature and the universe.

What are your goals for the future?

My main goal is to see and appreciate as much of this earth as I can before I'm gone. I will continue to make art and further my concept through my experiences. Always thinking, always changing, always growing...

What advice do you have for other artists?

If you are struggling, look around you. Look within you. It's all the same, it's all connected, and it's all beautiful. None of us can fully understand how lucky we are, but try to. Try as hard as you can. And if you can't, do it anyway. You have something divine within you and within all things, find it and let it out.

november 10 // ashlyn metcalf

Ashlyn Metcalf

Featured in our gallery for the month of November is Tulsa artist Ashlyn Metcalf.

This body of work is inspired by the renaissance of thought we are now experiencing when it comes to mind altering plants. She is figting specifically for the medical legalization of marajuana here in Oklahoma. She created a few pieces inspired by State Question 788 and the battle between political forces and citizens trying to get medicine. This exhibition is colorful, cerebral, and has grit.

Join us Thursday, November 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

Artist Preview Reception: November 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: November 11th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs November 10th - December 4th

Ashlyn Metcalf

ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?
I am a painter and I prefer acrylics, markers, and pens. I like painting on surfaces that have a history like discarded library books, scrap material, things that I find etc. I started painting on books a few years ago and I really enjoy seeing the bits of life, story, and marks left by others inside the pages.

In terms of my painting process, I usually have an image in mind before I start and I get a lot of ideas while hiking, being outside, or flipping through the books I might paint on. Part of my process is taking reference photos then working from photos to gain an element of realism. Once I start working on the painting I like to move fast. A lot of my painting technique is intuitive, I don't like thinking too much about laying the paint down, and once it feels finished I leave it alone.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Catoosa, OK. I now live in Tulsa.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I wanted to create a body of work that was colorful, cerebral, and had some grit. Many of my pieces are messy if you look close up on the surface. I like the layers and mess.

What inspires you?
For this show I was inspired by the renaissance of thought, we are now experiencing, when it comes to mind altering plants. Specifically marijuana, we must fight for its medical legalization here in Oklahoma. I created a few pieces inspired by State Question 788 and the battle between political forces and citizens trying to get medicine. I believe we should have the ability to choose what we put in our bodies.

How did you get started?
I grew up in a rural area with not much to do but explore and create things to entertain yourself. So in a way I never stopped playing and creating.

What are your goals for the future?
I'd like to just keep painting. I would some day like to be able to live off my work-but I am happy to just paint if that does not happen.

What advice do you have to artists?
Make as much art as you can. Constantly create and evolve. Journal and write about your process. Plans will fall into place quite nicely if you make creation your focus.

october 8 // anniversary skull show

Smitty Skull

Help celebrate DNA Galleries 8th anniversary! Join us Saturday evening for the opening night of our newest exhibition, a skull themed group art show, featuring over 60 artists. Catered by our neighbors at Saints Pub!

Death By Pizza - Yeehapizza

ARTIST RECEPTION AND ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Saturday, October 8th // 6-10pm

LIVE ON THE PLAZA
Friday, October 14th // 7-11pm

PLAZA DISTRICT DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 30th, 1-8pm

Exhibit runs October 8th - November 5th

Skull Screenprints by DNA Galleries

september 8 // street pop group show

Tanner Frady

Street Pop or Urban Pop is the September focus at DNA Galleries with a combination of artists that is sure to please a crowd. Even with a wide variety of subjects matter and style, the bright colors and attention grabbing works work well as a group.

Featuring the artwork of Ashley Smith, Cassie Stover, Tessa Raven Bayne, Tanner Frady, Dusty Gilpin, Jake Beeson, Sean Vali, Tony Thunder, and Jason Pawley.

Show runs September 8th - October 4th

Jason Pawley - Night hawk

august 11 // lunch box group show

Join us Thursday evening for the opening night of our newest exhibition, a Lunch Box themed art show, featuring over 50 artists.

Featuring a diverse spectrum of artists working with a common theme, this exhibition showcases the different ways each artist celebrates this nostalgic medium.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, August 11th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, August 12th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs August 11th - September 4th

We are also excited to team up with SISU Youth for this exhibition. DNA Galleries is donating 10% of the proceeds from all Lunch Box art sales to help pay for meals and necessities at the shelter. Patrons may also donate cash directly to the organization at DNA Galleries beginning August 11th through the end of the month.

Sisu Youth is an OKC nonprofit utilizing the power of volunteerism to affect change in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness in our community.

Learn more about SISU here:
https://www.facebook.com/SisuYouthOKC/?fref=ts
And here:
http://sisuyouth.org/

Klair Larason

july 7 // dylan bradway

Dylan Bradway - Warming Up

Join us the evening of July 7 for the opening night of our newest exhibition featuring the work of Dylan Bradway.

This exhibition will be in part a retrospection featuring works, largely unseen, created over a span of eight years. This show will also include many new pieces created in 2016.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, July 7th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, July 8th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs July 7th - August 7th

Dylan Bradway - Blue Flower

june 9 // tattoo group show

Ashley Smith

Join us Thursday evening for the opening night of our newest exhibition, a Tattoo themed group art show, featuring 30 artists.

Showcasing a versatile range of artists working with a common theme, this exhibition explores the different ways each artist pays homage to this beloved art form.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, June 9th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, June 10th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs June 9th - July 3rd

may 12 // lindsay harkness, steffanie halley + jeremie infelise

Lindsay Harkness

Lindsay Harkness is an Oklahoma photographer who works in mixed media to achieve her aesthetic. Her latest body of work is an animal series that she has been working on for a couple of years, and is an ongoing project. Lindsay describes this project as her happy place. Doing something that no one else can do the exact same way, and creating something that puts a smile on someone's face inspires her.

Steffanie Halley is a photographer currently residing in Oklahoma. Her imagery as a whole is an observation bearing whitness to life; her own and others. Intrigued by the indulgence of our imaginations as well as physical surroundings, and the relationships that coexist in both worlds. Steffanie's work represents fleeting moments of calmness and quiet intensity and the vulnerability of our imaginations and memories.
 

Jeremie Infelise

Jeremie Infelise is a photographer from California. His latest body of work he describes as the visual translations of the moment. He seeks to find truth in a place that clings to smoke and mirrors. Summer trips with his grandmother as a child planted the seed of an urge to see everything he could and the importance of documenting it to relive those moments.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, May 12th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, May 13th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs May 12th - June 5th

april 3 // kelly rogers, sarah k. coffman + reagan kloiber

kelly rogers

Featured in our gallery this month are three artists, Kelly Rogers, Sarah K. Coffman, and Reagan Kloiber.

Kelly Rogers is an Oklahoma City based artist who creates embroidered paintings. Her latest body of work is “Sketches from a Family Album,” inspired by both her collection of antique family photos, and sketches of her family as it is today; these images connect her current family’s story to its historical roots.

Sarah K. Coffman works with a wide variety of mediums, including ink, paint, paper, wood, thread, leather, and found objects, and loves experimenting with woodburning. Although she grew up in Austin, and spent most of her adult life in Brooklyn, she currently resides and works in Oklahoma.

Sarah K. Coffman

Reagan Kloiber uses watercolors and ink on fabric placed on embroidary hoops, then adds stitching to the final work. She describes her latest body of work as beautiful faces with too many eyes, wide open toward truth, wearing tiny crowns of Earth (flowers, insects, spiders) to represent all the simple things that are right in front of us that few people take the time to pay attention too in the hustle and bustle of the media age.

reagan kloiber

Join us Sunday, April 3rd during our regular business hours, 11am-5pm for our special art preview, preceding our regularly scheduled Artist Reception on Thursday, April 8th from 6-9pm, and the 2nd Friday LIVE on the Plaza from 7-11pm.

ART PREVIEW Sunday, April 3rd // 11am-5pm
ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, April // 8th 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, April 9th // 7-11pm

EXHIBIT RUNS April 3rd - May 6th

ARTIST QUESTIONS

Kelly Rogers

What is your medium/process?
I create embroidered paintings, using my sketches as a pattern. I “draw” each piece with a needle and thread, and then finish the work with drawing inks. I am inspired by the colors of Oklahoma’s landscapes and sunsets, and incorporate them into my color palette for these pieces.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work is “Sketches from a Family Album,” inspired by both my collection of antique family photos, and sketches of my family as it is today; these images connect my current family’s story to its historical roots.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by survival stories, human compassion and resilience, and I have a soft spot for the underdog. I work in a non-profit call center where part of my role involves hearing stories of loss, hope, and survival. I am always amazed at what people are capable of- in the best and worst sense of that expression.  In my work, I reach for those stories of hope, true grit, and triumph over adversity.

How did you get started?
I’ve been an artist since I could color and draw as a child; my professional career unfolded while I was in college, through participation in local exhibitions and arts organizations. Volunteering truly connected me with OKC’s arts community.

What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to make art that reflects to its audience the beauty and power of their own survival. I want my art to say, “I know how it feels, and I know you can make it through this.”

What advice do you have to artists?
Don’t stop; reach for what you don’t feel “ready” for. Create your own contribution to what you want to see in your community, and know that our world is crying out for art made from love.

 

Sarah K. Coffman

What is your medium/process?
I work with all kinds of mediums. Ink, paint, paper, wood, thread, or whatever I find lying around. With my woodburning tool for instance, I have found that you can burn more than just wood. I've done leather, vinyl records and even deer skulls.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Austin, Texas, but have spent most of my alleged adult life in Brooklyn.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I don't know that I can answer that well. It's what comes from trying to honestly figure out who you are and taking risks to love people who it turns out could never love you back.

What inspires you?
Willie Nelson, old people, good stories, solitude, trash and abandoned spaces.

How did you get started?
I don't remember a beginning. Since I've known me, I've just been making things.

What are your goals for the future?
To get the hell out of Oklahoma, ride an elephant, and give myself chances to be seen.

What advice do you have to other artists?
Ignore as many rules as possible.

 

Reagan Kloiber

What is your medium/process?
I use watercolors and ink on fabric placed on embroidary hoops. I also add thread and stitching to the final work.

Where are you from?
I am Oklahoma born and raised

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I wanted to create beautiful faces with too many eyes, wide open toward truth wearing tiny crowns of Earth (flowers, insects, spiders) to represent all the simple things that are right in front of us that few people take the time to pay attention too in the hustle and bustle of the media age.

What inspires you?
I am always inspired by opposite things. dark and light, hard and soft, color vs black and white, full and empty, happiness/sadness, and making non­pretty things pretty and vice versa. I am inspired by nature and heartache.

How did you get started?
Ive been an artist since I was little but never took it seriously until the last 3­4 years. A few significant life incidents occurred (thankfully) that led me back to art.

What are your goals for the future?
Never again stop creating.

What advice do you have to artists?
Be open to all things/experiences and practice constantly!

 

march 10 // annavittoria conner, boo boo danger + pearl olsen

Annavittoria Conner

For our March gallery opening we have teamed up with Ross Adams to bring punk to the Plaza District for Everything is not o.k. II "how do you put a price on garbage?" This 4 day event will be filled with art, punk and fun. DNA will host 3 artists on our walls with a wild mix of illustration and screen printing.

Annavittoria Conner brings her take on "fourth wave feminism" to the show through her printmaking techniques. Armors, a series of illustration by Boo Boo Danger, hope to expose past identities and hidden truths seen in the adornments of punk torsos. Pearl Olsen focuses her energy on sumi inks on kozo paper for a series of "Illustrations for a story about escape and survival."

Join us Thursday March 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm. Don't miss the poetry reading by: Joseph Sulier on Saturday afternoon.

Artist Preview Reception: March 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: March 11th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs March 10th - April 1st

Pearl Olsen
Pearl Olsen

ARTISTS QUESTIONS

Annavittoria Conner
What is your medium/process?
Screen printing, intaglio, relief, digital printmaking, fibers, and now I’m getting into ceramics.

Where are you from?
Denton, Texas. An amazing place to be from creativity wise. I went to The University of North Texas there and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. The print program was worth every penny.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Slutty, sexy, and goofy. I’m trying to figure out fourth wave feminism along with a lot of other contemporary creatives. I like to talk about prostitution, sex, gender roles, trans-sexuality, amongst many other issues.

What inspires you?
Women. I embrace all kinds of women but I’m mostly inspired by the outcasts and underdogs. Visually I’m inspired by other artists but conceptually I’m inspired by personal accounts and various books that deal with these issues. Of course music and film plays a role in my art as well. After I watched Tangerine I drew for days, after I read Playing the Whore I created my latest print.

How did you get started?
I’ve always made art, even as a child but I didn’t get into printmaking until one of my best friends, Josh Banks, suggested it to me. He is an amazing printmaker and musician and after he suggested my work would translate well within the medium I took the ball and ran with it.  

What are your goals for the future?
I have two more years of grad school at OU and my biggest goal at the moment is to find my voice as a graduate student and make my professors proud.

What advice do you have to artists?
Support the art world. Buy zines, prints, shirts, anything you can afford! Support the arts, go to openings and make friends within the art community. If you don’t support others how can you ask for support yourself?

Boo Boo Danger
What is your medium/process?
I typically work with pen and ink on paper or digital depending on the project. For this body of work I chose ink and gauche on bristol.

Where are you from?
Originally I’m from Boston but I’ve been living in Oakland, CA for seven years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Armors is a portrait series in a sense. As a young punk my friends and I used our jackets and vests to create our identities. Band names, slogans, political affiliations. As an adult I look back on those jackets and I think about the things that I was hiding from the world and myself. Armors is about exposure.

What inspires you?
I try to keep myself open to inspiration at all times. Cities, books, comics, movies, other artists. There is also a constant dialogue running in my head outside of my own influence and sometimes I need to draw out the ideas presented there to visualize and understand them.

How did you get started?
When I was 12 or 13 I got a spiral-bound sketch book and started trying to recreate graffiti I saw in my neighborhood; ads I liked in Thrasher and Propaganda magazines; and record covers by Pushed, Raymond Pettibon, and Mad Marc Rude. Soon I was spray painting around town and making art for my own bands.

What are your goals for the future?
Make more stuff. Do more stuff. I’ve got a lot of irons in a lot of fires right now but there is always room for more.

What advice do you have to artists?
The more you do the easier it gets. Make zines, stickers, buttons, flyers, greeting cards, whatever. Make stuff that you like; someone else is bound to like it too.

 

Pearl Olsen
What is your medium/process?

Right now all I do is draw with sumi brushes and ink, or sometimes watercolor, mainly on translucent kozo paper, because I received the brushes and paper as gifts and so I'm working my way through them until I run out and am forced to spend money on more supplies. I used to draw with pens but they were too familiar and made me too obsessive. Using the long brushes instead of pens helps me move quickly and work with whatever happens on the page. I set up my workspace so I could draw with natural light during the day but I always end up making pieces at 10 or 11 at night under a desk lamp.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I've been living in Saint Louis, Missouri for 6 years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Illustrations for a story about escape and survival.

What inspires you?
People around me who trust themselves without egotism. Things that are just trying to manifest and exist on the margins.

How did you get started?
I practiced drawing constantly while I was growing up, then abandoned it at age 17 when I failed my Advanced Placement art test, then picked it up again in 2014 when people started asking me to do illustrations for zines and flyers for punk shows.

What are your goals for the future?
To work less hours so I can sit around doing nothing more and produce the same amount of work, but the work will be better.

What advice do you have to artists?
Don't be afraid of: idleness, time spent repulsed by art-making, long periods of dullness. These are a part of making things just as much as the active production of work. I consider my 8-year hiatus from drawing to be the most important element to my current work. Things made when identifying strongly as an "artist" will almost always suck. Trust peripheral vision more than trained focus. Don't go to art school or listen to advice from people who did unless it is "don't go to art school."

february 11 // justice smithers

Featured in our gallery this month is Oklahoma City photographer Justice Smithers. This body of work is inspired by the fragility of human existence, focusing on portraits and representing the delicacy of our physical bodies.

Join us Thursday February 11th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

Artist Preview Reception: February 11th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: February 12th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs February 11th - March 4th

ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?
The photographs in the show are a mixture of digital and film photography.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Harrah, Oklahoma, and currently live in Oklahoma City.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I started this body of work, because I had been thinking about how fragile our existence is, specifically our physical bodies. I focused on portraits incorporating objects that I felt were a good representation of the delicacy of our physical being.

What inspires you?
I get inspired by people. I almost exclusively shoot portraits, so people and the human form are usually the source of my inspiration.

How did you get started?
I started taking photos in high school and it just progressed from there.

What are your goals for the future?
I want to take as many pictures as possible. I want to grow and push myself to be, and do better.

What advice do you have to artists?
Do what you love. Don’t care too much about approval, or what people think. Just create what makes you happy, that’s all that matters. Sorry for the generic advice.