JULY 12 // BEST IN SHOW

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Featured in our gallery for the month of July are three artists that were voted Best in Show from our Oklahoma Inspired group show. After counting hundreds of votes from our patrons, we are excited to exhibit the work of the winners, Colby Bowers, Erin Curry Art, and Holly Wood.

Join us Thursday, July 12th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm.

Learn more about these artists at:
http://colbybowers.bigcartel.com/
http://erincurryart.storenvy.com/
https://www.instagram.com/hollyhorsebrowns/

Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception: Thursday, July 12th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza: Friday, July 13th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs July 12th - August 5th

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COLBY BOWERS //

What is your medium and process?

My medium is acrylic and ink. Once I have an idea or image that I want to create I’ll do an initial sketch to get my composition worked out then do another drawing onto the board or canvas before putting down my first layer of color for an underpainting. I enjoy layering pigment to achieve a desired hue building an image from the underpainting until finishing with ink. The ink is employed to sharpen the focus of the piece or perhaps to give it a narrow depth of field.

Where are you from?

Originally from Duncan, OK, living in the Oklahoma City are since 1998.

How did you get started?

The earliest I can remember drawing was elementary school. I really wanted to be a pilot and astronaut so I would draw fighter jets. Also, liked to draw sneakers outfitted with rockets or blasters.
It wasn’t until after I graduated from the Art Department at UCO that I really began to explore what I wanted to do as a painter and artist.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

My latest body of work are impressions of dreams. It started with the Bruce Whallis piece. In part of this dream I was adrift on the ocean, blue-green waves against a golden sky, tired and treading water, until a humpback whale gently lifted me from the sea. It’s one of my favorite paintings that I’ve done because the color is so true to the dream.
Sometimes I’ll have an idea and try to work it out as I’m falling asleep while other images are purely dreamt up.

What inspires you?

I’m constantly daydreaming of the universe, our place in it, and what I call “exponential relativity”. I want my art to remind you that we live on an amazing planet full of wonders, to encourage you to explore the mysteries of the world, and to dream of the magical forces that govern the unknown.

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

If I had to pick one piece of art it would be The Monk by the Sea by Casper David Freidrich. But, most recently I’m really into the photography of Reuben Wu.

What are your goals for the future?

I’d really like to push my work further into surrealism and to go big and get back into doing murals.

What advice do you have for artists?

My advice would be to do it your own way. Find a medium or process that keeps you hooked. At the same time I think it’s important for artist to continue exploring mediums to learn how new methods will influence how you perceive your old ones.

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ERIN CURRY //


What is your medium and process?

My process consists of starting with an ink and colored pencil sketch (NanoLiner and Prismacolor) on watercolor paper.  I mostly prefer Strathmore watercolor paper but sometimes use Bristol.  I then hand cut out my pieces using Xacto blades.  Next, I push needles through the paper in order to elevate them above the final process which is collage.  I absolutely love collage.  My favorites are star maps but I adore cut ups from old biology books.  

Where are you from?

I am from Deep Ellum, TX.  As the arts and entertainment district of downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum is an artist haven.  I have lived as a local artist for 5 years here.  My studio along with my local gallery are located all within blocks of each other.

How did you get started?

Starting off with a degree in Organismal Biology from ACU, I knew my affinity for the natural world was something I needed to pursue.  While working for the Dallas Zoo, I discovered that I was to be a biologist turned artist.  Self taught,  I picked up illustration techniques about 5 years ago and now I am showing my work all over the country in galleries and art festivals.  The subject matter is inspired not only by my biology background but for my love of anything oddly beautiful.  I want my work to inspire and bring peoples attention to the underlying beauty and marvelousness of the world around them!

 

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

My latest body of work is inspired by pushing the ideas of what the animal world looks through the eyes of a believer.  I have always believed the animal world is magical.  I would day dream I was a spirit rabbit finding little caves and secret spaces in the forest.  Or maybe I was a spirit fox trying to guide my one true love to me.  There are stories attached to each of my spirit animals, but I like for the viewer to make up their own.

What inspires you?

Honestly, other artists.  I am always amazed by the talent of art within the world.  I think everyday about how I want to push myself, my mind and my skills to truly become the artist I hope I will one day become.

 

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

My girl Mab Graves is killing it right now.  She is an artist from Indianapolis and has a “DinoKitty” series right now in which she needle felts cat sized dinos and places them in hand assembled terrariums.  Film wise, I am a Tarantino girl.  I can pretty much get in a drawing mood when I am watching (more like quoting out loud) Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2.  Literature spectrum:  my favorite book is Vurt.  A futuristic world in which low life adventurers do drugs by dropping feathers into their throats.  Very cool.

What are your goals for the future?

My goals for the future are simple: keep pushing.  I will keep pushing my skills and ideas to become the best artist I can.  I will continue to do art festivals and work with galleries for a few more years, but my real goal is to own my own gallery in Dallas, TX and fill it with the artists I admire the most  (including some of my work too wink wink).  I want to unwrap pieces from artists from all over the world and say “Wow, can’t believe I’m holding one of these!”.
 
What advice do you have to artists?

Practice.  I know everyone thinks artists are born with this immense talent, which can be true, but its really about practice.  I draw everyday.  Everyday.  The greats were great because they practiced.

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HOLLY WOOD //

What is your medium and process?

I like to start off by making a light pencil sketch on a Strathmore mixed media vellum surface paper.  Then I ink over the sketches with Micron pens, erase the pencil and color in using Prismacolor brush markers.

Where are you from?

I was born on Clark AFB in the Philippines and left when I was 1 year. Since I was a military brat, we moved around a bunch but I settled in OKC in 1996.

How did you get started?

Ive been drawing since I was a little kid. It was something my parents thought would be cheap and keep me busy. As a teen, I did a lot of realistic portraits using oil pastels or acrylic paints but cartoon illustrations were always my favorite.

 

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

Lately, I have really been in to drawing full figured women. My most recent work has 3 women of different shapes unite over some pastries. I'm not making any kind of statement, but I can just see how sweets could be a common ground that brings people together. (This work is not one of the images attached)

What inspires you?

Colors, conversations and unique looking people.

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

Peewee's Big Adventure was my all time favorite movie as a kid, which makes sense because the colors were so bright and the characters were so out there yet relatable.

What are your goals for the future?

I would love to illustrate some articles one day but really I would like to just continue making people laugh with my comics.

What advice do you have to artists?

Always stay true to your style. Sometimes its easy to get lost by trying to create something for other people and making it how you think they want it. If people are in to your art, always make it yours.

JUNE 7TH // OKLAHOMA ILLUSTRATORS

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Featured in our gallery for the month of June are OKC illustrators Arjan Jager, Jeff Sparks, and Greg White.

Join us Thursday, June 7th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm.

Learn more about these artists at:
https://www.instagram.com/jagerarjan/
https://www.instagram.com/jeff__sparks/
https://www.instagram.com/tightywhite/

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

 

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GREG WHITE //


What is your medium and process?

I work in multiple mediums. For example, my Oklahoma series constitutes a mix of screen prints and digital prints, while my other paintings are acrylic or latex paint on wood or canvas. I begin all of my work as a digital sketch, refining the composition and color scheme until I'm ready to either have it printed digitally, transferred to silk screens for screen prints, or used as reference for hand-painted pieces.

Where are you from?

I'm from Bethany.

How did you get started?

I've been doing art for as long as I can remember. I was enrolled in art and oil-painting classes at an early age, studied graphic design and art in college, and continued to develop my skills as a book illustrator at a publishing company before exploring commercial art.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

Though I'm submitting pieces from two separate series, a common stylistic theme is my use of extreme color for emotional impact. For my Oklahoma pieces, it's about taking the everyday landmarks that we may take for granted and using color and composition to elevate them to a kind of fantasy. My other paintings take that fantasy element to an extreme, combining surreal or fantastical imagery with bright neon or saturated color schemes. My aim is to elicit a greater sense of joy or drama from the viewer.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by music. My fantasy paintings, for example, were all conceived and painted while listening to indie pop or classical music. Different art eras inspire me a lot too, particularly art nouveau, art deco, and even mid-century advertising and comic books.

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

I'm in love with the films of Guillermo Del Toro. His use of color, his mix of fantasy and realism, and the themes he injects into his films inspire me. I'm also obsessed with the works of Igor Stravinsky. He was a true visionary. I listen to "The Rite of Spring" and "The Firebird" a lot when I'm developing ideas for art pieces. I hear new things every time I listen to them, and they never lose their allure for me.

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What are your goals for the future?

My goal is to develop my illustration business alongside my art career. I would love to do gallery pieces full time someday, but I also love collaborating with others, so becoming a full time illustrator and commercial artist with the ability to develop more consistent output is the dream for me.

What advice do you have to artists?

My advice to other artists is to just keep working at your craft. Never stop exploring new mediums and never stop pushing yourself to do better. Don't be afraid to put your work in front of an audience, and don't be afraid of constructive criticism. Stay true to who you are as an artist, expressing your unique viewpoint. If you fail to do that, the world will be missing out and your passion for art won't sustain itself.

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JEFF SPARKS //

What is your medium and process?

In theory I start with a general idea and then sketch with pencil. Once I have an image I am okay with I will move on to inking. Although I usually get ahead of myself and start working with the ink before I have a full image mapped out. It doesn't always work out for the best but I get lots of practice altering an image midway through. Most of the time, regardless of what the original plan or sketch was, things change as I am going anyway.

Where are you from?

Oklahoma.

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How did you get started?

There isn't a specific point or event that got me started, it's something that I have always done.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

Skulls and kitties per the usual.
The imagery isn't dramatically different from past works but I am practicing with and getting more involved in line-work and hatching, whereas my past work has mostly been stippling. The stippling is still in there, I am just combining the styles and trying to develop some more traditional illustration work.
I started working on some images and layout for a tarot deck, of which a few pieces are included in the current show, but it is going to be a while before that is complete so I won't speculate on a date for that. Plus, I get distracted by drawing unrelated pictures of kitties and skulls.

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What inspires you?

I like to keep up with a the work of a few contemporary visual artists and illustrators as well as returning to favorites like Berni Wrightson, Virgil Finlay, Richard Corben, Arthur Rackham, etc. It can sometimes feel overwhelming when looking at the greatness they have achieved, but it is good to stay humbled and have their accomplishments in which to aspire.
In terms of process I have a fairly specific ritual that I like to perform whenever I go to the drawing table to work in earnest. It involves transformation of the environment, primarily through elimination of light beyond the necessary, and surrounding myself with images, books, and sounds from which I draw creative energy as well as practically using the material for cues and reference. The major component in attaining the proper inspirational atmosphere is the sound/music, of which most frequently I employ Nordvargr, Current 93, Arktau Eos, Sphiroth, Emptiness… if I am feeling more upbeat I might throw on some Youth Code or Nitzer Ebb.

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

À rebours the novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans is an absolute all-time favorite.

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What are your goals for the future?

I want to complete and publish the aforementioned tarot deck. Additionally, I have been planning a fully illustrated Key of Solomon for the past decade and a half. So, I want to make that a reality.

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What advice do you have to artists?

Try not to judge yourself or your work too harshly in comparison to other artists and their successes.
Play with cats, they're good people. You should probably ignore most everyone else.

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ARJAN JAGER //

What is your medium and process?

I mostly use micron and sharpie pens on paper, but also have made a piece on canvas and another on a coffee to-go cup.
I always start the design process with finding or creating a place where I can focus. This is sometimes a quiet terrace downtown, but mostly I clean up the large table at home and make a coffee. Then I basically think about striking or interesting urban scenes I have seen lately, and see which one choose to draw. First I have to find the right composition and often I take a break and let it all sink in. The final part is deciding what patterns, details and negative spaces are needed. These elements are key to add a happy, gloomy, relaxing or another emotion to my illustration.
 
Where are you from?

The Netherlands. I lived for three years in San Francisco before moving to OKC in 2015.

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How did you get started?

Hand drawn illustrations have always been an important part of my work as an urban designer, but it wasn't until I read about Inktober, the challenge to do one ink drawing a day the entire month. I decided to give it a try. It was just very relaxing to draw, but also exciting to see illustrations slowly come together on the paper in front of me. My friends' were excited about my work and I decided to continue making illustrations and exploring what more I could do with it.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

I experience cities and landscapes as an endless collection of movie scenes. I walk, bike or drive through them and observe. With my latest illustrations, I try to capture those scenes in simple drawings. I work mostly with simple black lines and abstract patterns. A few black lines should narrow down the essence of an urban scene, while the patterns and negative spaces bring a certain focus or dynamic to the illustration. I hope that the eyes of those who see my work will move through my illustration as if moving through a city, with changing perspectives, different emotions and discoveries.

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What inspires you?

Moving through a city or landscape. I enjoy just looking around when I walk, cycle or drive. There are always surprising moments when I suddenly see a fantastic combination of historic and new homes, skylines covered in fog, tall and proud standing trees on hills, or mind-blowing cloud configurations. All these images come back sooner or later in my illustrations, often as a fusion of beautiful moments.
 
What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

I love Lurie Garden in Chicago by Piet Oudolf. It feels like walking through a living painting, no matter what season it is. Winter Park by Christoph Niemann and Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh are incredible art pieces.
 

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What are your goals for the future?

I would like to experiment more with making illustrations on different materials and objects. Recently I teamed up with Clarity Coffee and I developed the concept and designed the first artwork for on their coffee to-go cup. We had so much fun. It would be great to do more collaboration projects, explore together and see where it will go.

What advice do you have to artists?

Keep exploring. Keep doing what you enjoy most, but also explore the unknown, make mistakes, ask for advise, talk with others about it and improve. And don't forget to enjoy the never-ending learning process, which probably will be full of great surprises and experiences. Of course only if you go explore.

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MAY 10TH // SUPPORT LOCAL ART GROUP SHOW + RELEASE PARTY

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Featured in our gallery for the month of May are 27 Oklahoma artists. Our Support Local Art group show is curated by OKC artist Sean Vali.

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The goal of DNA Galleries from the beginning has been to celebrate, support, and foster the creative minds of our community. Oklahoma is brimming with artists and artisans, and we love to partner with them.

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing a new Support Local Art artist series design. Each year a new artist will be chosen to create a Support Local Art design to be featured on apparel, limited edition art prints, and more. This year Sean Vali is our featured artist!

Coinciding with the release of the new design, our featured art exhibition this month is a group show curated by and featuring the work of Sean Vali.

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Group Show Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception:
Thursday, May 10th // 6pm-9pm

Support Local Art Release Party during LIVE On The Plaza:
Friday, May 11th // 6pm-10pm

Exhibit Runs May 10th - June 3rd

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APRIL 12TH // DYLAN BRADWAY

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Featured in our gallery for the month of April is the work of Oklahoma City artist Dylan Bradway.

  Join us Thursday, April 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.  Learn more about this artist at:  http://www.dylanbradway.com/


Join us Thursday, April 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.

Learn more about this artist at: http://www.dylanbradway.com/

Join us Thursday, April 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.

Learn more about this artist at: http://www.dylanbradway.com/

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Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, April 12th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Friday, April 13th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs April 12th - May 6th

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MARCH 8TH // HOLEY KIDS + ANTHONY FREEMAN

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Featured in our gallery for the month of March is the work of Oklahoma artists the Holey Kids and Anthony Freeman.

Learn more about these artists at:
Holey Kids
https://www.instagram.com/anthonywx/

Join us Thursday, March 8th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm.

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

 

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HOLEY KIDS

 

What is your medium and process?

Our latest body of work is acrylic on loose canvas. We collaborate on every piece, attempting to create as one. We paint interchangeably in the moment with no preconceived concept in mind, as a way to document and further our sense of connection.

Where are you from?

OKC

How did you get started?

We started all of this around 10 years ago as a way to simply spend more meaningful time with each other.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

Following the passing of our adored cat, we found ourselves working on an entirely new body of work for this show. Sylvia was there for the beginning of our art endeavors. She studied our processes and always inserted herself into them. Creating these works has given us the opportunity to provide documentation of losing her, the absence felt, and the quiet spaces left.  

What inspires you?

Everyone we've ever met, known, lost, & observed.

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

"In Watermelon Sugar" by Richard Brautigan

What are your goals for the future?

To continue

What advice do you have to artists?

Stay genuine, never stop

 

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ANTHONY FREEMAN

 

What is your medium and process?

i shoot my photos on a canon ae-1 with 35mm film and get them developed and scanned at bedford's camera. i don't edit my photos or anything like that.

Where are you from?

i grew up with a dad in the military so I moved around quite a bit growing up, but I was born in the great city of austin, texas. i also spent time living in arizona, germany, washington d.c, and then oklahoma city.

How did you get started?

taking pictures everyday. i got a camera in highschool and fell in love with the idea of documenting my life. i got my first canon ae-1 at 18 and really fell in love with shooting film and it made me really start to take photography serious. i've had probably 8-9 canon ae-1's at this point, every time one breaks (which is often with some of these old cameras) i simply find another ae-1 to buy. i'm definitely a person of habit.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

it's really a culmination of the work i've shot over the past four years or so. i really enjoy shooting older things that have some history behind it, and finding classic cars became a hobby in itself. after being used to moving every few years growing up it was definitely an adjustment being here in oklahoma for so long, and i used to really hate living here until i started exploring a little more and i started to really appreciate what oklahoma has to offer. i enjoy finding things with some history behind it, whether it be midcentury architecture or driving around oklahoma towns finding old cars. majority of the images i selected were actually shot around oklahoma exploring, with some other shots being in other states on vacation.

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What inspires you?

i find myself easily inspired. we live in a pretty visually stimulating world and I can find inspiration through music, movies, or simply seeing other photographer's work. traveling to new places has always inspired me as well. my dad is a big reason for my drive in life as well, and he loved to document his life and travels. he grew up a military child and then joined himself, so he traveled all around the globe a few times. i have a crate of photos he's taken from around the world and it always inspires me. i want to be able to leave something like that behind for my kids one day.

william eggleston and stephen shore's work... go to google, type their name in, and go to images. they documented the changing american landscapes they seen during a time when photography wasn't considered a real art-form and wasn't taken serious in galleries. They both changed that with their unique approach to photography and both are considered the grandfathers of color film photography and their classic images always leave me inspired when I see them. i got the chance to see both of their work in person, and that really was quite an experience. it reminded me to focus on creating good work that could be in that setting one day. i don't want to create images to throw on instagram and get forgotten about, i want to create images to document my time living on this planet and hopefully they're interesting enough to be hanging up in a gallery somewhere one day.

stephen shore's "cutoff places" book is a big source of inspiration, a photo book where he documented his road trips during the 70's on color 35mm film and large format film exploring the not so typical places in america like i find myself doing so many generations later. books like that remind me to be more patient with my work, and to keep making good photographs even if i'm not sharing them or putting them out there at the time.

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

I always say one day I'd love to be a filmmaker, and the coen brothers (ethan and joel coen) are two of my favorite directors. 'no country for old men' is definitely my favorite film of theirs and one of my all time favorite films. It is filmmaking done right in every aspect, from the cinematography to the writing to the acting and everything in between. they call being filmmakers being able to "play in the sandbox" as adults, a place they can escape and be happy and do what it is they love, and I think photography has definitely been that for me in my life so far.

What are your goals for the future?

to continue to travel and take photos and build my portfolio. i want to continue to have shows to make my prints accessible to people, at the end of the day i just want to have my photos hanging up any and everywhere. it's always good to remind yourself of your end goal and remind yourself why you're taking pictures, otherwise your work can get lazy and feel uninspired. i want to continue to make interesting photos that are worth looking at, and i want to continue documenting the america as i see it before they replace all the cool old things i find so fascinating with boring new coffee shops.

What advice do you have to artists?

to never give up! being in a creative field of any sort can get so overwhelming and can feel overcrowded at times but i think persistence and confidence in one's self can go a long way. so many artists we look up to are no different or better than us, they just never stopped.

February 8th // Tawnya Corrente + Claire Smith + Sarah Day-Short

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Featured in our gallery for the month of February is the work of Oklahoma artists Tawnya Rene CorrenteSarah Day-Short, and Claire Smith.

Join us Thursday, February 8th from 6-9pm for the exhibition opening and artist reception. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm. This exhibit runs through March 4th. 

Learn more about these artists at:
http://tawnyacorrente.blogspot.com/
https://www.sarahdayshortart.com/
https://www.instagram.com/claire.stardust/

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TAWNYA CORRENTE // ARTIST INTERVIEW 

What is your medium and process? 

Can my hands turn it into something? Can I glue it to something else, or squish it into a shape, or throw paint at it? That's my medium & my process. I just jump on in & see if it will work. 

Where are you from?

I am born & raised here in Oklahoma!

How did you get started?

I have been creating all the things for as long as I can remember. 

But I first began painting about 8 years ago. I was having a reoccurring dream in which I was painting, & building a wall with all the art I had created. My husband urged me to grab a brush & get going! (I think because he was tired of hearing me go on & on about that dream!)  

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

I call all my flowers, lady flowers. At first it was to be funny, "My lady flower... ha!" But the inspiration for  these new paintings came from the loss (& the healing from that loss) of one of the most important women in my life, my grandmother... & learning to navigate through a world without her. 

I feel like these florals show the femininity, fragility & strength inside me. 

What inspires you?

I am a sucker for some color. I love it! I can see a color, hear a song lyric or even just a memory will inspire me. 

There is a piece in this collection that is from a memory of when I was a kid, making the beds & singing with my granny. It hit me one day & bam! There was a painting. 

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature? 

Does the floor of Jackson Pollocks studio count? Seriously, it's amazing... Google that shit. 

I'm also obsessed, I mean OBSESSED with Bobbie Burgers piece titled Gravitational Pull. Oy. So good! 

What are your goals for the future?

To keep making art. I want be that cool old lady that you see covered in paint & clay with brushes tucked in her hair, feeding her cats & tending her garden. You always want to sit and chat with chic, right? You just KNOW she has some stories!

What advice do you have to artists?

When you are passionate about what you are creating, it shows... find that passion & jump in!  

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SARAH DAY-SHORT // ARTIST INTERVIEW

What is your medium and process? 

I use an acrylic wash method building up layers of paint, pouring & using spray bottles to get drips & blobs. I then layer gold, silver or copper leaf over the top painting the adhesive on with a brush.

Where are you from?

OKC

How did you get started?

I was always drawing or making friendship bracelets or easy bake creations as a kid. In college I thought I could be an interior designer but soon realized I didn’t have the artistic freedom that I needed. I graduated from UCO in 2010 with a printmaking emphasis. I joined the women’s art group FRINGE shortly after. FRINGE gave me the opportunity to explore my style & different media with a plethora of small group shows. I moved away from small scale highly detailed work & loosened my style with large scale colorful paintings. They started without any real concept & were purely a creative release. I then started thinking about color theory & where I could take this work if used certain colors with more intention. The metal leaf came when I was craving some kind of detail and a way to reflect light. The metallics really tie my work together now.   

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How would you describe your latest body of work? 

This body of work is titled “The Warmth”. It’s a small group of paintings with fiery colors & deepness - a light comes from within. Inspired by some of my favorite music - the bass bump in your chest, the lights at live shows, the colors you feel when you close your eyes. The metallic details represent the sounds as well as the push & pull of the lights. The titles clue the audience in on some of the music that has inspired me.

What inspires you?

Art is all around us & anything can be an inspiration if you let it. It’s interesting to create just for the sake of creating & then be inspired by the creation itself. The pieces in this particular series were inspired by music & light. 

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

In keeping with the music theme of this body of work, my favorite kind of music is instrumental rock. An Explosions in the Sky concert started this whole idea with the way they build up & build up to a climax in their songs. 

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What are your goals for the future?

My passion lies in making custom art. I love creating something that will inspire & bring joy to someone in their home. My goal is to make custom art my focus & create pieces that speak to clients’ styles & stories. 

What advice do you have to artists?

Don’t be constrained by a concept or anyone’s views or ideas of what art should be. Create simply to create. Allow yourself to go out of your comfort zone & find what works for you.

 

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CLAIRE SMITH // ARTIST INTERVIEW

 

What is your medium and process?

i use mostly acrylic on canvas and wood panels, sometimes pieces of reclaimed wood doors. as for my process, it’s honestly pretty sporadic and erratic. i never really force art. i usually paint when the desire comes to me. sometimes i finish a painting in one sitting, and in that case the painting has a sense of immediacy, it reflects how i feel in that moment. but other times i spend more time on a painting, coming back to it after a few days, or even months. these end up with more layers of paint and emotion poured into them.

Where are you from?

okc, ok. i’ve lived here my whole life, so the plaza district naturally became like a second home to me :,)

How did you get started?

i’ve been creating art since i was a child. growing up, i had loads of support from my parents, my teachers, and from my aunt, Linda Allen, a professional artist out of Tulsa who has always been an inspiration to me.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

i have recently been focused on creating emotional abstract paintings. when i was younger and less educated, i didn’t really understand or appreciate abstract art. but after experimenting with it myself i’ve realized it isn’t as easy as it appears sometimes. i love to see how color, line, value, texture, and shape interact with each other within a piece. i want to create pieces that will elicit responses from the viewer, even if the way the viewer feels towards a piece is nothing like how i felt making it. i think that’s beautiful.

What inspires you?

other creators. i am most inspired by my favorite artists, composers, musicians, writers, philosophers, film makers. i often paint while listening to music i love, whether that be 17th century baroque, 60s avant garde, or 80s synthpop.

What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

Voltaire’s Candide changed my life about this time last year. i had been feeling really lost in the world, and lost in a search for purpose. this novella helped me realize that i don’t need to have it all figured out right now. Candide experienced suffering. he saw the brutality and hypocrisy of human nature, and he saw through the naivete of his philosopher friend who insisted that this world was the best of all possible worlds, even though there were obvious flaws. but Candide found a way to live contentedly and come to peace with life. rather than excusing the wrongdoings of the human race, he accepted the world as it is, flaws and all, and decided to focus on what he could directly affect. the message Candide gives us in the conclusion is this: we must cultivate our garden. it can be taken literally or figuratively. it’s okay to focus on the smaller things that make us happy, because they remind us of what we’re living for. it’s okay if i don’t know my life purpose at age 17! instead i’ll pick up a paintbrush and focus on something that i can do right now. we can’t save the world if we’re weighed down by the future, or worn down by worry and hate and fear. i think we all need a reminder of that sometimes, and Candide was my reminder.

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What are your goals for the future?

really all i want to do is learn, experience, create. the arts and the ability to gain and share knowledge, these are what keep me both grounded and passionate.

What advice do you have to artists?

do what you love and stay true to yourself -- even if that means only the current version of yourself. i think the self is fluid and formless and temporary. try not to get discouraged if a piece is more difficult than you thought it would be, or if it doesn’t turn out like you imagined, or if you end up disliking it. so many times i have created a piece that i felt represented me, but when looking at it later, i found it alien, as if a stranger had made it. but those works represent who i was in that moment, or at a different time in my life, so it’s
okay. we all change and our art changes too.

RESOLUTIONS

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Featuring a diverse spectrum of artists working with a common theme, this exhibition showcases each artist's interpretation of New Year's Resolutions.

Join us Thursday, January 11th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception for Resolutions. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm.

Artist Reception & Exhibition Opening:
Thursday, January 11th // 6pm-9pm

LIVE On The Plaza Opening:
Friday, January 12th // 6pm-10pm

Exhibit Runs January 11th - February 4th

The Art Market

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The Art Market : Locally Made, Gift Inspired Works

Our December exhibition features ceramics, embroidery, and encaustics. Keeping in mind December gift giving, our featured artists have created smaller works that can be taken home the day they are purchased. 

Exhibition Opening + Artist Reception: December 7th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: December 8th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs December 7th - January 7th


Learn more about these artists at:

Liz Boudreaux // 
https://www.instagram.com/ceramicsbyliz/

Cecilia Otero //  
https://www.instagram.com/blind.hill/

Erin Merryweather //  
https://www.instagram.com/erin.merryweather/

Craig Proper //  
https://www.instagram.com/craigproperhome/

Reagan Kloiber //  
https://www.instagram.com/sweetbabyrage/

Anna Heston // 
https://www.instagram.com/annaleeheston/

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