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jan 7 // tessa raven bayne + vinton bayne

Kicking off the new year we are featuring artists Tessa Raven Bayne and her husband Vinton Bayne. This local creative couple has been collaborating on a new series of photographic prints on panels which have been embellished with painting and wood burning. To accompany the new body of work, the dynamic duo also created a zine which includes additional photography, mixed media and writings by the artists.

Join us Thursday January 7th 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: January 7th // 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: January 8th // 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs January 7th – February 5th

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Artist Questions

What is your medium/process? The pieces in this show are a mixture of digital and film photographs taken by Vinton that were printed onto wood. Tessa then altered them using acrylics and wood burning.

The zine is a combination of Vinton's photography, Tessa's mixed media pieces and both of their writings.

Where are you from?
 We are both Oklahoma born and raised. Proud to be Plaza District residents.

How would you describe your latest body of work? We have been married for over two years, working on art alongside each other. We decided to pursue the goal of putting our art together as a way to express our unity in life and creativity. We want to tell stories that encourage people to think, question and dream, further exploring stories of their own.

What inspires you?
 We inspire each other in our respective mediums. We both look up to creative masters such as Jim Henson, James Jean, Bill Watterson and Farel Dalrymple, as well as the hard working artists in our community. With the zine specifically we were inspired by the weird, thought provoking media we love like the Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, X-Files, Welcome to Night Vale, Ray Bradbury, and HP Lovecraft.

How did you get started?
 Tessa grew up in a creative family and community and has been actively showing and making drawings and mixed media paintings for around five years.

Vinton started doing photography and graphic design in high school, loving the way he could alter the world with the lens and combine images with design to create a fuller picture.

What are your goals for the future?
 To grow together, create, discover, encourage and inspire.

More specifically we'd love to continue to produce zines, podcasts, paint some murals, make some graphic novels, and construct more big sculptures from cardboard (Like the one Tessa made for DNA Galleries window)

What advice do you have to artists? Go do the thing, be encouraged, be true to yourself, we believe in you.

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Tessa Raven Bayne + Lauren Miller

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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.

tessa raven may 13th

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tessa raven: may 13th

Tessa Raven is a young emerging artist whose works first caught our eye at Momentum last year. Like most of our other local artist friends, she enjoys working in non formal mediums, putting her art on accessories and other things. With a mixture of collage, painting and ink work Tessa brings a fun and somewhat distorted life to her work. Make sure to come out and show your support for this talented young female artist.

This month, we have also merchandised the front table with items from our local artists who are helping support relief work in Japan. We have special kimono lantern shirts from Ohm space and prints, bags, and jewelry by Lactose Intolerart. Velvet Monkey is having their 10 year anniversary/fashion show which undoubtedly will be spilling over into our front yard. Good times. See you then!