oklahoma art

trisha thompson adams + hagan billigmeier

Trisha Thompson Adams Trisha Thompson Adams


dec 10 // trisha thompson adams + hagan billigmeier

Finishing out the year in the on the gallery wall we have Trisha Thompson Adams and Hagan Billigmeier. Trisha has created a diverse mixture of oil paintings which bring colorful galaxies to meet celestial portraits. Hagan is influenced by taxidermy and utilizes a mixture of airbrush and sculpting in his grimly themed works.

Join us Thursday December 12th 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.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Artist Preview Reception: December 10th // 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: December 11th // 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs December 10th – January 3rd

hagan billigmeier

Trisha Thompson Adams

hagan billigmeier

meet your maker // crafty allie

meet your maker // crafty allie

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

Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

Allie Kuehn // Crafty Allie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tessa Raven Bayne + Lauren Miller

tessa raven

lauren williams

aug 8 // tessa raven + lauren miller

This month we are highlighting some of the most talented and hard working ladies in the city. Lauren Miller creates her meticulous dream like portraits with graphite on birch panels she builds. Look closely at each piece, and you will see the hours of painstaking handwork that goes into each creation. When she is not doing her art, she is hard at work on her tattoo apprenticeship at Beauty from Pain Tattoo.

Tessa Raven is a Plaza District resident and worker. You can spot her signature characters when you see them. Tessa incorporates creativity in all areas of her life by always keeping a sketchbook handy. When she is not working on her personal art, she is best known for her caricatures. Tessa can draw you up as anything from a monster to your favorite animal.

Both artists have created a collaborative piece that captures the nostalgia of youthful memories that will debut the night of the exhibit.

You can RSVP for the Facebook Event here.

Artist Questions:

Tessa Raven What is your medium/process? Mixed media, but mostly Acrylic, graphite, watercolor, and ink.My process is usually very spontaneous, sometimes jumping in without any sight of the end, just trying to get something out , and stopping when it feels right.Other times I see the picture there before i even start, and I paint what I already see.

Where are you from? Good ol' OK!

How would you describe your latest body of work? A collection of emotions portrayed through mixed media characters on wood.

What inspires you? People, Dreams, Stories, Life

How did you get started I come from a family of artists, I picked it up I suppose.

What are your goals for the future? To inspire other people, to keep creating, to keep changing, to change what art is, to use all of my experiences to create something true, to help cultivate a community of culture and art in OKC.

Lauren Miller What is your medium/process? Mixed media, but mostly Acrylic, graphite, watercolor, and ink.My process is usually very spontaneous, sometimes jumping in without any sight of the end, just trying to get something out , and stopping when it feels right.Other times I see the picture there before i even start, and I paint what I already see.My main go to these days is graphite, with a little water color or acrylic. I've also been building my own panels from birch. Most of my work is quite meticulous. I enjoy the tiny details.

Where are you from? I'm from Norman, but have called OKC my home for the past five years.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Dreamy. I'm trying to capture those quiet moments that are so precious and sing to the soul.

What inspires you? The natural beauty of the world, including the human figure. The holy spirit, who is constantly opening my eyes to the small wonders that surround me. And the most talented group of friends and family.

How did you get started Both of my parents are artists, so it was encouraged and nurtured at a very young age.

What are your goals for the future? I'm currently 9 months into a tattoo apprenticeship. My hope is to continue working toward getting my license and owning my own shop. As well as continue showing my drawings in galleries and local shops.

nick hermes april 9th 2010


nick hermes: friday april 12th

We are very excited about our featured artist this month. Nick Hermes is a highly talented painter born in Norman, Oklahoma that combines a realistic approach with imagery that is very interesting and sometimes odd.

Come out to see his work this month during LIVE on the Plaza where all the business in our district open from 7-11pm with food, drinks and family friendly entertainment. Even though Easter has passed you can bring the kiddos out by 7pm for a Plaza Easter Egg hunt! Kids can search the district high and low for eggs filled with treats, and a few Plaza District merchandise coupons for parents as well!