KATELYNN NOEL KNICK + BROOKE ROWLANDS

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Featured in our gallery for the month of February is the work of Oklahoma artists Katelynn Noel Knick and Brooke Rowlands.

Join us Thursday, February 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 here:
Katelynn Noel Knick //
https://www.instagram.com/katelynnnknick/
Brooke Rowlands //
https://www.instagram.com/brookerowlandsart/

Exhibition Opening + Artist Reception:
Thursday, February 7th // 6pm-9pm

LIVE On The Plaza Opening:
Friday, February 8th // 6pm-10pm

Exhibit Runs February 7th - March 3rd

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BROOKE ROWLANDS // @brookerowlandsart

What is your medium and process? 

Mixed Media mostly. My process is based on intuitive feelings of color. I’ll start out with a color palette in mind and let the paint move freely. After a couple layers have shown themselves I like to accent the flow and direction with detail.

Where are you from?

Originally from Trenton, NJ but I’ve lived in OKC for the last 15 years on and off.

How did you get started?

I started playing with Art when I was young through my Grandmother’s influence. Throughout the years I’ve honed my creative side and continually explore through different mediums. I’ve been showing locally for over 12 years and have had exhibits and group shows nationally.

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

I wanted to create a body of work that focused mainly on color and the enjoyment by just letting the paint makes its own way thru the canvas. This work focuses on allowing things to happen the way things are meant to. Allowing the paint to move freely on the surface and then adding details to accent the work’s genuine movement.

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What inspires you?

Everything can be inspirational but for me color is the main driving force behind the wheel. The world is one big color swatch. I can see inspiration in nature as well as a decaying brick wall.

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

One of my favorite Artist’s is Georgia O’Keefe. The piece Oriental Poppy is one of my favorites. The contrast between the red and black always move me in a way that sparks a fire. I can look at that piece and immediately want to create art.

What are your goals for the future?

I recently was accepted as an artist in the OKCARTS mural pool for 2019-2022. I’d love to do more murals for the OKC community. I’m working towards creating artist classes to be able to offer to people all over the US thru online workshops.

What advice do you have to artists?

Practice art everyday, even if only for a short amount of time. Don’t stop creating just because you’re busy and always help other artists find their way. Staying focused and determined is a necessity, and always find new ways to make art.





KATELYNN NOEL KNICK // @katelynnnknick

What is your medium and process?

I am primarily a painter, who often explores sculpture and installation based work. I use colored pencils, markers, and acrylic paint to create my 2D works. For my 3D works, I like to experiment with recycled, found, and non-traditional materials. This has included melting and sewing plastics, fabric, Mylar, Tyvek, spray foam, and other materials.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I came to Norman for art school, then moved to Oklahoma City a few years ago.

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How did you get started?

I came from a family of artists, so I grew up in a creative environment. My sister and I attended art camps and workshops when we were young. I loved making things and inventing my own methods. At one of the art camps we learned how to make our own paper. That summer my sister I used our mom’s blender to shred up all of our school assignments from the previous year and pressed it on to an old window screen we found in the house. We made so many sheets of paper we gave it away as Christmas gifts.

In high school, I was fortunate to have an amazing art teacher who really pushed her students to research, explore mediums and ideas, to actually go see art IN REAL LIFE, and to keep trying when things got hard. I always knew I loved art, but that’s when it became real that art was going to be a huge part of my life – no matter what.

How would you describe your latest body of work?


This body of work is a continuation of an exploration into space and how painting can extend beyond the flat panel, visually and physically. It’s bright and expressive, it pulls you in and carries you through the space. This series of paintings and sculptures are about movement and color that is playfully filling and occupying the space around us.

It’s also about being honest and telling a story, through color and mark making. I feel that every piece is an extension of myself, my thoughts, memories, jokes between my friends and I and serves as a way for me to document those things while also sharing them and connecting with others.

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What inspires you?


I’m inspired by other female artists like Judy Pfaff, Lynda Benglis, Phylidia Barlow – all women who push materials, have confidence in their visual language, and demand space through their work.


I’m also inspired by the everyday and our way of understanding, capturing, and sharing it. Journal entries, pictures, tarot cards, music choices… anything that documents and communicates how a single piece can come together and create our larger, unique and complex personal stories.

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


One of the first artists I discovered and researched was Henry Darger and his illustrated books, “The Realms of the Unreal”. It beautifully blended reality with fiction. Darger collaging homemade stencils together to create mystical worlds centered on the adventures of a group of girls. It’s weird and fantastic and I love the imagery so much I have it tattooed on my leg.

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What are your goals for the future?


Ooh, I love goals. I have too many to list. But my biggest goal is to keep pushing my work in new directions, keep creating, and keep falling in love with art every day.

What advice do you have to artist?


1. Find a community of artists with similar goals/needs as you, share resources and ideas, and be there for each other. 
2. Keep a sketchbook and try to spend time working in it every week. Make lists, draw thumbnails, journal your feelings, glue and tape scraps and images that inspire you, try out new paint - use your sketchbook as a place for you to freely explore and document your ideas. 
3. Don’t stop.

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