meet your maker // the little bubble

The Little Bubble

meet your maker // the little bubble

Our May Meet Your Maker is the one and only Bella Corrente of "The Little Bubble" -  Bella is the brain behind the fun and magic that is put into each and every bar of soap she makes.  She is 11 years old this year and she started making soaps at 9 years old.  Since that time, her business has grown tremendously.  Bella and her mother, Tawyna, set up at H&8th, Industry Flea, Deluxe Winter Market and stay busy in between shows with her booming Etsy shop.  All the while, they keep our store stocked with tons of smell goods.  People often pop in the door and ask "Where are the Little Bubble soaps?"  We are pleased to share a little bit more about Bella with you.  She is an inspiration to all around her. We are so proud of you, girl!! Keep doing your thing.

The Little Bubble

Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

Bella Corrente // The Little Bubble

What is your process? I find the fragrance I like first then I think about colors & designs... next I have to decide on the ingedients, everything is made with different stuff.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

What inspires you? Sometimes I can watch a movie or hear a song and know that I want to make a soap that goes with that! Or I can see a fabric or pattern that I like...

How did you get started? I started making soap and scrubs as a homeschool project! It helped me learn about fractions and measuring, & science! And I just loved doing so I kept making!

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally? I sold my soap when I was 9 at Wiggle Out Loud

What are your goals for the future? I want to be a photographer or work for Vogue and I want to have my own soap shop.

How much time a week do you spend with your craft? I spend about 3 hours a day filling orders and making stuff.

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future? First you have to have guts... and not be afraid of other people and putting your stuff out there.  And you need to learn as much as you can about your craft... research a lot.  What ever you want to make or do just try it! Because you won't know if you like it or good at it if you don't try!

What do you do in your spare time? I love to sculpt! I make polymer clay donuts, & ice cream cones and other food things for jewlery! & I like to draw food with funny faces

What music are you currently listening to? I love Welcome Little Stranger & David Bowie... and Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash... but I listen to lots of other stuff too! I love my record player!

The Little Bubble

amber black + lauren miller

Amber Black

Lauren Miller

april 10 // amber rae black + lauren miller

This month’s 2nd Friday features the improbably elaborate drawings of local artists Amber Rae Black and Lauren Miller. We particularly enjoy the way the individual artist’s themes of duality intertwine with the similar use of materials to directly compliment one other. Amber’s work portrays hauntingly hopeful depictions of “life and growth out of pain and loss”. Lauren Miller’s latest series of graphite portraits on birch panel is similarly themed in it’s emphasis on “freedom from deeply rooted lies” and putting faith in the unseen.

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ARTIST QUESTIONS

Amber Black

AMBER RAE BLACK

What is your medium/process? I like working in mixed mediums but I usually start with drawing. Drawing is my home. In general, I am in love with a tactile process and being swept up in that moment when the work just flows.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work? All of my current work has, in some way, been inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. It began as catharsis and is intended to express both the moment of death and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss. I hope the pieces communicate a life and growth that is born out of pain and loss.

What inspires you? Memories, dreams, personal experiences. I am inspired, in the most part, by personal experiences and tend to work somewhat autobiographically. My art is often an attempt to hold onto or relive a moment or feeling.

How did you get started? I always made art as a kid and felt most like myself when making art. My parents and grandparents also always encouraged me to keep going. I just never stopped.

What are your goals for the future? I just want to keep making art and to get better at it. I would also possibly like to do some form of art therapy with children or women someday.

Artists Statement: The body of work 'Bright Crossing' was inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. The work began as catharsis and continued out of a desire to linger in the threshold between life and the moment of death. The mixture of mediums is meant to draw a contrast between the frailty of ephemeral flesh and the bright intangibility of the spiritual. The colors symbolize the spirit but also the life and growth that is born out of pain and loss. The work is intended to express both the moment of a souls departure and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss.

 

Lauren Miller

LAUREN MILLER

What is your medium/process? Graphite and acrylic paint on birch panels.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My collection is about finding freedom from deeply rooted lies I've believed and what it is to place my hope in the unseen God who I've given my life to.

What inspires you? The beauty that comes with struggle.

How did you get started? I’ve been creating most of my life.

What are your goals for the future? To continue to dig deeper and create art that inspires and moves.

 

meet your maker // lindsay harkness

OKC Lindsay Harkness

meet your maker // lindsay harkness

April's Meet Your Maker is local photographer Lindsay Harkness.  Lindsay is a lifelong resident of OKC.  She is incredibly passionate about Oklahoma and capturing the history of our state and changes to local buildings.  Lindsay says "The nostalgia of my images often overwhelms people as they reminiscence about favorite memories.  It makes me happy to know i have captured images that are sentimental to my fellow Oklahomans."

PlazaDistrict - Lindsay Harkness

Meet Your Maker Questionnaire

What is your process? I am a photographer. I use a process of sandpaper, paint, glue and water on my photographs to achieve my aesthetic.

Where are you from? I am born and raised in Oklahoma. I graduated from Edmond Santa Fe in 2000 and The University of Oklahoma School of Art in 2004.

What inspires you? Doing something that no one else can do the exact same way inspires me. Creating something that puts a smile on someone's face inspires me.  I got my start on my Oklahoma Landmark Series with a challenge from an out of stater. He claimed there was nothing special about Oklahoma, nothing that we should be proud of.  He was just a customer, but his one off the cuff statement challenged me to prove him wrong, and I feel pretty confident that I'm doing a good job!

How did you get started? My parents gave me a camera for my high school graduation gift. Going into college I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew I loved my high school photography classes and I had a new camera....Art school here I come. As for my mixed media process it has been a long line of mistakes that I had to find solutions for. I've have found that a mistake is often times the universe telling you to look or approach the original concept differently.  So many good things have come from me saying, "Oh shit, what do I do now", that I embrace the challenge to think different.

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally? 2004ish....I can't remember if I sold stuff at the original Blue 7 and then made it into the second Girlie Show, or if because I was in The Girlie Show I was chosen to sell stuff at Blue 7. Either way let's say 22.

What are your goals for the future? A dream come true would be :  I would have a studio with a dark room.  My photographs would be in such high demand that I would never run out of work or money.  For reality purposes I would love to continue my photographic journey of my Oklahoma Landmark Series and expand beyond just the OKC metro area.  And if I play my cards right pick up the title of Oklahoma Souvenir Connoisseur.

How much time a week do you spend with your craft? That varies on my other job.  I am photo assistant as well and travel with a photographer all over the country.  Each week is different and more often then not I take my supplies with me on the road and work in hotel rooms.  Any free time I have I am sanding away.

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future? I would say make sure you love doing what you do.  Chances are especially at the beginning you will have to work another job to support your craft.  There's never a day off, you will always feel like you should be doing something, and most of your money you make will have to go back into your business. All that said you are your own boss, if you want to work until 3am and wake up at noon you can.  Making stuff and seeing others enjoy it is an amazing feeling. I've been working on this Oklahoma Landmark Series for almost 10 years now and I still never tire from hearing stories of what the buildings mean to them, or how excited they are to send one of the images to a loved one who no longer lives here.

What do you do in your spare time? What is spare time?  Just kidding....when I do finally decide to take a break I love being with my friends.

What is your favorite place to grab a coffee? I'm not really a coffee drinker, but I do love a good patio and a glass of wine.

What music currently inspires you? Music..hmmm I have a mix on my pandora that ranges from the 60's, 70's, & 80's to Enya to Warren G. I'm not too picky but I do know that heavy metal makes my brain and body shut down.

MilkBottle

march 13th nicole moan

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march 13 // nicole moan: hunting down my childhood

In this new series Nicole Moan documents many of the creative 2 dimensional characters that inhabited her youth by building them into 3 dimensional clay sculptures. The idea for this series struck her as she watched her kids watch “new” television shows and realized how much of it now overlaps with shows of her youth. Nicole decided to take a trip down memory lane and bring these characters to life in a way that is both humorous and original.

Come out to the opening Friday March 13th from 7-11pm at DNA Galleries.

Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

fire fire

Artist Questionnaire

What is your medium/process? My medium is mostly clay but I love working with so many. I make all of the skirts that go with my ceramic corsets. I also create jewelry and accessories of mixed mediums. As far as process goes, when I get an idea for a creation I turn it over in my head for a while until I can see how it can be made before I attempt to bring it to life.

Where are you from? I’ve spent all of my adult life living in Oklahoma City, with the exception of a brief stint in Lancaster, California, but I spent most of my childhood moving around the country with my artist parents.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Lately I have been very inspired by cartoons and characters from my childhood. The characters themselves are fairly self-explanatory. Placing their heads on plaques as trophies is that feeling of wanting to keep that youthful place and preserve it as a hunter would. They are the memories that framed my youth. Not just MY youth, several generations of youths. As we grow older, we all search for ways to hold on to our feelings of being young. I think this is something most everyone can identify with.

What inspires you? The thing that inspires me the most is developing and learning new techniques. Finding something that no one is doing and building on it.

How did you get started? Both of my parents are artists, so I grew up around a lot of creativity. Both were painters but they also owned a business creating and sculpting props for businesses. I had the opportunity to see and learn many techniques as well as learning to think about projects in engineering terms as well. This still influences almost every aspect of my work.

What are your goals for the future? My current goals are to have a space for teaching ceramic techniques that other places don’t give lessons in, as well as to bring in other artist to host and teach other types of work. I would love to see my work carried in galleries all over the country, and my corsets on runways in the major fashion cities.

william struby claire deveny

William R. Struby - Mandala

feb 13 // william r. struby + claire deveney

William R. Struby uses digitally created mandalas mixed with hand cut digital images. Inspired in his own words by “imagined stories and encountered mysteries.” His latest works Mandalas and Mysteries attempt to represent “a fuller consciousness—the circle of interconnected life and death.”

Claire Deveney is our special neighbor friend who works just next door. Upon meeting her in person doing public art, we stumbled across her incredible metal works not long after on social media. These pieces are 3-d representations of her 2-d characters and have to be seen in person. Each character changes it’s features as the piece moves freely on a wire and alternately casts these outlines on surrounding surfaces.

You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Claire Deveney

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.

Colby Bowers and Jamie Pettis

Colby Bowers

Jamie Pettis

january 9 // colby bowers + jamie pettis

This month, we are showing Oklahoma based Colby Bowers and former native Jamie Pettis. Both artists blend their bodies of brilliantly prismatic work for our 2nd friday artist feature.

Colby has drawn inspiration from the natural world for his recent body of work. His vibrant high contrast subjects, both animal and insect, contrast against a vibrant singular colored background. Jamie’s works are inspired by her roots in Oklahoma. Expanding on her recent series of cityscapes, she has created her own vision of downtown Oklahoma City while blending a cast of her signature portraits to bring together a feel of “coming home."

Make sure to come out to the opening Friday,  January 9th from 7-11pm.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

We are also releasing a limited edition t-shirt/print combination this Friday. Dylan Bradway’s trademark bunny character from his 2008 series is making a re-entrance for a limited time. Print and shirt combination will be available this month while supplies last for $75, a savings of $20.

Colby Bowers

Artist Questions

Colby Bowers What is your medium process? I am currently working in spray paint and acrylics with bright and distinct pallets.

Where are you from? Born in Duncan, OK. Currently living in Choctaw, OK.

What inspires you? For this group of paintings I wanted to have some fun with the creative process drawing inspiration from the patterns and shapes of the animal and insect world. My inspiration begins with a strong desire to be creative and curiosity of the natural world.

How did you get started? I've been doodling, drawing, and playing music most of my life but my passion for art really began while studying art at UCO.

What are your goals for the future? I hope to continue to develop my skills as a painter, further explore color and composition in order to define my style, and ultimately inspire others to be creative.

Jamie Pettis

Jaime Pettis What is your medium process? Currently, I predominantly use oils on canvas. Often on larger scale pieces, however, I will base the canvas (first coat of the painting) with acrylics. For some reason I feel freer and more okay with using a ton of acrylics to get the canvas covered. After that, everything is done in oils. Oils are the best.

Where are you from? I grew up in a town called Holdenville in southeast Oklahoma. My freshman through junior years of high school I moved to Norman. My senior year of high school I moved back to Holdenville and graduated there.

What inspires you? Coming home to Oklahoma inspires me; people inspire me. The message in my current works is very much OKC centered. Although I'm known for my obsession of painting faces, recently my fans have taken a huge interest in an ongoing series which I call ‘Growing Cities’. I love painting people, but over the years that is what I have focused on primarily. With some suggestions, however, I decided to break out of the portraiture mind frame, and free up into something else. One day I just picked up a brush, and began throwing down various brush strokes that started to form into a city skyline. Once I realized it could be turned into a city I began to think of OKC, and let that channel through me as my source of inspiration. That particular piece sold to a woman in San Francisco before I could even exhibit it, and ‘Growing Cities’ started it’s journey. People started requesting skylines, and interpretations of their owncities, and suddenly I had commission work in demand like I’d never experienced before. And so what I’ve done with this current show is incorporated my love for faces with the peoples love for my cities which is a ‘win win’ for everyone! In the end, my theme with the DNA exhibit is centered around Oklahoma City, and coming home.!

How did you get started? I got started in my father's art studio in downtown Holdenville, Oklahoma. He's a painter, too, and he would take us to paint with him every Saturday.

What are your goals for the future? This past year I've been working to make painting a more full-time thing which was one of last years goals. I'd say I'm about 3/4 of the way there. This years goals are to achieve that full-time closure, and take my work to the next level. I want to get to a place with my composition where I feel like I've truly 'stepped-up', and grown. From there, I want more people to see my work by getting it seen in different cities such as Los Angeles, NYC, and Minneapolis.

Bjorn Bauer December

Bjorn Bauer

victory in loss by bjorn bauer // dec 12

For December we fill our gallery with "Victory In Loss" a new series of oil painting and individually embellished screen prints by Oklahoma based artist Bjorn Bauer. The series contains a consistent theme but builds a visual contrast between the styles and qualities seen in the paintings and prints.

Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event, just follow this link.

bjornbauerart.com facebook.com/bjornbauerart

Bjorn  Bauer

Artist Questions What is your medium/process? Primarily oil painting and screen printing, but I also experiment with mixed media and take on various illustration projects.

Where are you from? I lived in Germany until I was eight, then lived in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Malaysia, but I've lived in Oklahoma for the past fourteen years.

How would you describe your latest body of work? This latest set of pieces is titled Victory in Loss, and these pieces mark somewhat of a shift form my previous work, which has mostly been in a more straightforwardly expressionist style. The new work consists of oil paintings and individually embellished screen prints.  I've used a consistent set of symbols and subject matter in the whole set; but the paintings are in a more polished, surrealist style; whereas the prints are more intense and much grittier. I think this will present an interesting contrast visually; and, in a way, the contrast reflects the themes in the title.

What inspires you? My wife, my students, Gustav Klimt, the Smashing Pumpkins, and anyone who exhibits exemplary creativity or kindness.

How did you get started? As a kid, drawing was my natural response to anything interesting, so I realized pretty early on that I needed to create images in some capacity.

What are your goals for the future? I'd like to show my work in Berlin someday. I'd also like to go back to art school and earn an MFA. I want to be the best artist I can be, even if it takes me until I'm 100 years old.

ANNIVERSKULLY 6

DNA Galleries Anniverskully 6

anniverskully 6 // nov 14

It's been a joyous evolution from our humble beginnings in 300 sqf of our live/work space in 2008 to the over 2100 sqf in the former mattress factory where we are currently located. We have a lot going on this year in celebration of 6 years at DNA Galleries!

During the day, we will be giving away 25 free goodie bags to our first customers through the door along with a storewide 10% off from 11-7pm

We have also been working on a new local artist line debuting this friday that includes pencil cases, leggings, sketchbooks and zines! We have choses Norman based artist Ruth Ann Borum to be a part of our limited release on most of our new products.

We will be wrapping up the night with our 2nd "Anniverskully" Group Art Show that will open from 7-11pm. Feel free to come by during the day to check out the work if you can't make it by for the evening reception.

Thank you for supporting our business and local artists throughout the years. We would not be here without your patronage!

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oct 10 // the dirty fabulous + jeff sparks

The Dirty Fabulous Jeff Sparks

oct 10 // the dirty fabulous + jeff sparks

This month we are featuring some of Oklahoma City’s best illustrative artists.

The Dirty Fabulous is exhibiting 3 original works along with 4 archival reproductions. These works are created with acrylic and oil on metal and are a part of an ongoing series since 1993. “The Dirty Fabulous produces relics of the modern American psyche in large-scale mixed media paintings and drawings. Referencing diverse historical, literary and pop subjects. The compositions are littered with symbolic imagery that is part satire, personal musing and broken alchemy….”

We are also excited to feature the work of Jeff Sparks this month whose works and are painstakingly stippled in a process he likens to painting in that he works “… over the same area multiple times to build depth and detail, similar to working from an under-painting.” His works are inspired by mythological and occult stories, theology, philosophy and the occult.

You can read more below about their work and process.

You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

The Dirty Fabulous

Artist Questions

The Dirty Fabulous What is your medium/process? Images are worked up from large scale drawings and a fair amount of research. Paintings are done in acrylic and oil paint on metal. Pieces typically take about a month to complete and are done completely by hand.

Where are you from?

How would you describe your latest body of work? I am very interested in referencing ancient mythology / belief systems. So while the works visually have their origins in pop culture, comics, pulp illustrations - the content of the work is in many ways quite serious. I see them as fables or stories, retold as a kind of dark comedy.

What inspires you? The usual suspects- literature, art, music, life -basically the entire specter of our human drama.

How did you get started? These started as a fluke, really. However, like many things that start as a fun, open-ended exploration, they have the chance of growing into something much more.

What are your goals for the future? Keep painting. I enjoy the opportunity to participate in shows like this and contribute to Oklahoma City's growing visual culture.

Jeff Sparks

Jeff Sparks What is your medium/process? Primarily I work with ink, stippling. My process is a bit atypical for stippled ink work though. I have gravitated toward a style more like painting in that I will work over the same area multiple times to build depth and detail, similar to working from an under-painting.

Where are you from? Nowhere special, just Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work? The themes are still dark, though not overtly morbid in my opinion. I have been drawing more from nature, mythological, and occult sources to build the imagery. It is more of a free-form atavistic approach though, creating more from feeling rather than creating imagery specific to any particular story or myth.

What inspires you? I can recall that even as a child, I felt persistent anxiety about, not only my existence, but existence in general as well as more pressing issues like: whether or not I was going to die that day from a full nuclear assault or simply a biblical end times/rapture scenario. Those sort of things never really go away and as a result I suppose, I have always lurked in the shadows of the more esoteric circles. Mix all of that with a little D&D, teenage rebellion, and a religious upbringing; you get a completely normal guy with a fascination in mysticism, theology, philosophy and the occult.

I guess that doesn’t really answer the question. All of that said though, I can say that I draw a lot of inspiration from music and literature without going into great detail about the kind of music and books from which I would derive said inspiration. I will say that I hold a special affinity for the works of Joris-Karl Huysmans, Jeffrey Burton Russell, David Tibet and Virgil Finlay.

How did you get started? I don’t really know. I’ve always drawn and I used to paint, but I started working with ink a lot while I was taking illustration classes at UCO. I felt more suited to working in that method as well as feeling that it allowed me to more accurately achieve what I wanted in my images. Everything else kind of fell away and it has just progressed from there.

What are your goals for the future? I would just like to continue working with enough success to eke out an existence and maybe find a small place on a hillside with my cats, away from all the peoples.

More short term though, I would like to start working on the Key of Solomon project that I’ve been dreaming about for the past decade. It is a very daunting undertaking that will probably take me years to complete based on the volume of work and the relative speed at which I can work.

Nathan Guidry + Trent Lawson // Friday September 12th

NATHAN GUIDRY TRENT LAWSON

sept 12 // nathan guidry + trent lawson

Two words to get you excited about this month's opening. Velvet. Paintings. That's right, this friday we are featuring Oklahoma's most notoriously kitsch painter, Trent Lawson, alongside some incredible pen and ink cut out illustrations by emerging artist Nathan Guidry. RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Nathan creates mythological creatures that he feels would be found in Oklahoma. A scissortail griffon or a fox dragon are among the imagined beings rendered in pen and ink on illustration board and cut out to give the illusion that the creature is actually in the room with your and not just a piece of art hanging on the wall.

Trent is a well known figure in the arts community, from his extensive volunteer work with OVAC and the arts festival to his job at the OKCMOA, he is inspired by both his surroundings and 80's childhood nostalgia. When asked how he would best describe his work, he calls it "Humorous pop-culture inspired velvet paintings sprinkled with art history."

NATHAN GUIDRY

Artist Questions

Nathan Guidry

What is your medium/process? Pen/ink and colored pencil on paper board.  I cut out the drawings and hang them with wire.

Where are you from? I was born and still live in Enid, Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work? All of my latest pieces are mythological animals that you could find in Oklahoma. I use a combination of techniques such as stippling cross hatch in each piece. The marks maintain a natural look throughout. I also have cut out every animal to bring them into the real world even more.  I have attempted to create the illusion that this animal could be grabbed or pet. Each of my latest pieces have a real presence about them. They aren't apart of a drawing on a wall, they are in the room.

What inspires you? Animals, bugs, epic stories of courage and pride.

How did you get started? I have been drawing since I was very young. Maybe 6. I had a natural knack for it and I just kept with it.

What are your goals for the future? I just want to show my art to as many people as possible and make as much art as I can before I die. aaaaaand maybe be known the world over as one of the great artists of our time.

Trent Lawson

What is your medium/process? I paint acrylics on velvet. My method generally starts from a digital sketch, this allows me to adjust scale and work out some of the kinks before getting to the velvet, which is a very unforgiving medium. I will then print my sketch actual size and use it as a stencil to block in the elements. The rest is patience and some tiny brushes!

Where are you from? My formative years were split between south side OKC and Pauls Valley, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Humorous pop-culture inspired velvet paintings sprinkled with art history.

What inspires you? Everything inspires one way or another, it's not always noticeable but it seeps in. I'm a product of the 80s, so my childhood, conversations with friends, the local arts community and working at the OKC Museum of Art, and all the badass people out there doing badass things.

How did you get started? I've always been drawing, from Ninja Turtles as a kid to Ninja Turtles today. Time is a flat circle. What helped get me connected to the movers and shakers of the art community was volunteering. I'd recommend that to anyone wanting to get connected.

What are your goals for the future? I'm not good with goals, but I'm going to be making an effort to show my work more outside of the state.

TRENT LAWSON

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.

fanny pack fashion show

Fanny Pack Fashion Show

july 11th // fannys back 3 + packs from the plains

This second Friday we are celebrating summer and back to school! We will start the evening with our 3rd fanny pack fashion show right at 7pm. Local artists have taken creative liberties with the fashion worlds most functionally tacky accessory. In previous years artists have converted packs into boom boxes, light shows, robots and yetis.

We are also teaming up with BWAP • Backpacks With A Purpose and Keep It Local OK for their special Keep It Local backpack launch. For every pack that is purchased BWAP gives 2 backpacks to local charities. We have distributed a few to Local artists to You can see the artist's work and purchase a special Keep It Local edition bag at the opening! All B-WAP backpacks purchased benefit artists and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

pack from the plains

vinton bayne + josh delozier

Vinton Bayne Midtown Plaza Court - Josh Delozier

jun 13 // new works by vinton bayne + josh delozier

We are excited to host our very first local photographers for 2nd friday this month. Make sure to swing by the opening at our store form 7-11pm, Friday June 13th. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Vinton states: "For this show I decided to go all film, using lofi camera equipment. Everything was taken using either my Holga, Sprocket Rocket, or Diana F+. I love the surprise element, where all the planning in the world can't control everything about your shot. There is a magic to it." vintonjbayne.com

Josh's latest series, 180 Degrees OKC "is a panoramic view of Oklahoma city. It captures the cityscape from different angles and features several exciting destinations that ale Oklahoa City such an interesting place." joshdelozier.com

Artist Questions

Vinton Bayne

VINTON BAYNE

What is your medium/process? Photography, usually film, mostly lomography. Sometimes digital.Typically I just go on long walks with my cameras, often in the middle of the night, shooting long exposures of the city.

Where are you from? The 405, born and raised.

How would you describe your latest body of work? For this show I decided to go all film, using lofi camera equipment. Everything was taken using either my Holga, Sprocket Rocket, or Diana F+. I love the surprise element, where all the planning in the world can't control everything about your shot. There is a magic to it.

What inspires you? Local artists who are in my life, weird fiction and comic books. I don't have a lot of photographers I follow. Most of my inspiration comes from artists of other mediums. Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Nikola Tesla, Jim Henson, Bill Watterson, R.A. Lafferty, Doug TenNapel, Jeff Lemire, Josh Dies, C.S. Lewis, Jack Kirby,  Buster Keaton, and my wife: Tessa Raven, to name a few.

How did you get started? Playing with my dad's camera as a child. Seeing the great shots he would take just for family photos. When I first starting shooting, it was all digital. I never thought I would use film. Now I can't put down my film cameras.

What are your goals for the future? Continue playing with the medium, see what I can do with it. I'm just going to keep having fun.

Skydance - Josh Delozier

JOSH DELOZIER

What is your medium/process? I create panoramic photos of Oklahoma city. I shoot sequences of photos that are then stitched together to produce a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of OKC’s sights and skylines.

Where are you from? I live in oklahoma city and have my entire life.

How would you describe your latest body of work? “180 degress okc” is a panoramic view of Oklahoma city. It captures the cityscape from different angles and features several exciting destinations that ale Oklahoma City such an interesting place.

What inspires you? My city inspires me. I take my camera with me every day because you never know when you’ll see something that will make your next photo. I love this city and love to capture it’s beauty.

How did you get started? Photography is something I’ve only recently started to seriously pursue. I wanted to find some thing that would make my photos unique, so when I made my 1st panoramic from atop the Centennial Building in Bricktown, I knew I had something special.

What are your goals for the future? I want to continue to work on my technique and continue to show good photographs. I might not ever become a full time artist, but I know i’ll love every minute of the journey.

New Works By Angela Westerman

The Articulation Of Genesis - Angela Westerman

may 9 // new works by angela westerman

This month we are hosting a solo exhibit of works by Oklahoma based artist, Angela Westerman. Westerman creates haunting organic abstracts of nature. Her works explore the evolution between man, nature and technology and the impact of our progress on the earth in physical and environmental terms. This surreal blending of technological and natural textures are an articulate portrayal of the cyclic cleansing of light and dark.

Be sure to come out Friday May 9th from 7-1pm for the opening. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

For more info on the artist you can read the artist questionnaire below.

What is your medium/process? While every piece is derived from my own personal narrative, I always attempt to include some ambiguity, allowing the viewer to fill in pieces of the story according to their own unique perspective. I enjoy working on a large scale, as I believe it creates an almost ‘epic’ feel for the viewer, allowing them to lose themselves in the minute details. The term ‘organic’ is an apt description for both my creative process and my choice of subject matter, as I prefer to let the work take on a life of its own and my subconscious express itself freely and fluidly without preconceptions.

Where are you from? I am originally from Salinas, CA and was raised on the East Coast - currently residing in Edmond, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work? While I have explored various subjects and themes for exhibitions throughout the past two years, my focus in 2014 is a return to the exploration of natural and technological evolution.

What inspires you? My joy in creating comes from a deep desire to comment artistically on humanity’s place on this earth, and the constant battle between man, nature and technology. Mankind continually strives for evolution, both in process and in innovation. We search out that which inspires us. We dream, create, destroy, and dream again. Our successes and our failures weave a complex and unique tapestry that defines our struggle for advancement. Yet even as we grasp for elusive perfection, our efforts often see the destruction of the natural elements around us. Our history and our future bear the scars of our continued attempts to harmonize with – yet enslave- the natural forces that hold sway on our world. Nature and man in constant battle, man and technology, life and death, locked in an endless war, bloody yet beautiful.  Every cycle cleansing and bringing life anew.  I find I am continuously drawn to this epic and endless dance.

How did you get started? I segued to full time professional artist after spending over a decade in the graphic design and marketing industry.

What are your goals for the future? I hope to continue to experiment with unique combinations of mediums and embrace the continuous pursuit of unattainable perfection in my craft.

Josh Heilaman

Josh Heilaman

april 11 // cycles - new works by josh heilaman

We are pleased to announce what will probably be a final showing of one of our all time favorite local artists, Josh Heilaman. Josh has a distinctly experimental quality to his works that blend fantasy characters with illustrative storytelling. Josh has built a reputable following with his work and has inspired many of us to look at life and art as one and not just something separate we do as as a weekend hobby. In his aptly titled show “Cycles” you will see the creative beginnings of his physical relocation to Japan this summer.

Come show you support for this influential local artist as he embarks on his next life chapter.

Artist Questions

What is your medium/process? The works for this show are all mixed media drawings.  I used ink, watercolor, and assorted markers on rice paper to create the drawings.  The drawings were then affixed to wood panels.

Where are you from? I am from Oklahoma City, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work is primarily abstract with a heavy emphasis on line and space. Many of the pieces began as ambient watercolor works and evolved into their final forms through the addition of line.  The works in this show are the result of a subconscious free form process, focused on experimentation.

What inspires you? This series is mostly inspired by the process of experimentation, itself.

How did you get started? I simply found art supplies and started experimenting.

What are your goals for the future? My immediate goals for the future involve relocating to Japan so I can reunite with my wonderful fiance, Akane.  After that, I plan to obtain an MFA and begin teaching art.

kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

Kalee Jones W.

march 14 // kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

We are pleased to have Kalee Jones W. and Tammy Brummell’s chromatic studies on our walls in time for spring. Kalee works spontaneously to capture the present moment unfolding. Through multiple layers of color, you can see the formations of anthropomorphic beings, animals and occasional text appear and dissolve into one another. Tammy’s latest series "Prison Girls" captures various females in vintage mugshots layered on a colorfully marbled background. She transforms these women with jewelry and flowers. The juxtaposition of the background and embellishment of the females characterizes the transformation of their souls.

Read more about the artists below.

Make sure to come out March 14th from 7-11pm for our opening of this show during LIVE on the Plaza.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Tammy Brummell

Artist Info

Kaylee Jones W.

What is your medium/process? Acrylic and graphite.  I pick a color and jump in.  The composition is built up in layers of mark making and color washes.  Each choice is a deliberate move towards overall balance and rooted in focused spontaneity.

Where are you from? Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, steeped in Colorado.  I currently reside in OKC.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Cool and moody.  Reminiscent of landscapes and weather.

What inspires you? Star dust and creation stories.

How did you get started? Crayons and markers.

What are your goals for the future? To stay centered and open; so that my work may authentically evolve.

Tammy Brummell

What is your medium/process? My medium is digital photo montage in which I apply paper, ink and paint to a giclee print.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work “Prison Girls” was inspired by arrest photos of women from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I transformed the photos into portraits of the women, kind of reinventing them. Vibrant liquefied marble back grounds represent the transformation of the past, while the women are mirrored and adorned with jewelry and flowers as part of their outward transformation. Their souls are bursting into thin air with enamel embellishment.

What inspires you? Life, art, granddaughters, old photos, new photos, people, nature, architecture, animals, wood, rocks, science, color, light, patterns, shapes, media, fashion, movies, music, the universe.

How did you get started? I studied design and photography at Oklahoma State University and have been a graphic designer in Oklahoma City for 20 years, focusing on magazine layout and design. I later developed my technique for creating digital photo montage art.

What are your goals for the future? Work more in mixed media, do more collaboration, work with wood. Explore video, sound and projection. Achieve more exposure on the web.

 

jason pawley & ross adams

Jason Pawley

feb 14th // jason pawley + ross adams

Say hello to our neighbors and artist friends Jason Pawley and Ross Adams. These native visionaries work tirelessly on their own art, are gainfully employed in the Plaza District AND run Tall Hill Creative; a gallery/studio space on NW 34th and Villa. Using spray paint, pens, watercolor and acrylic, their use of bright psychedelic colors create a complimentary body of work. In contrast, their subject matter is unique to their individual inspiration. Ross is inspired by punk subculture. Think album covers, zines, gig posters and punk fashion from the 80's. Jason draws inspiration from nature and his many adventures on the road. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here and make sure to read the artist questions at the bottom of the post.

Ross Adams

This 2nd Friday falls on Valentines day, so expect the district to be full of the appropriate celebrations. In the shop, we are stocked full of new product for the holiday. Expect to see lots of handmade gifts and Valentine's cards in addition to new knits appropriate for this late chill. You can see some of the new products online or just come by the shop! Also be sure to see full list of Plaza District happenings for LOVE on the Plaza.

For those emerging and aspiring artists we have a group show taking place the first Sunday of March and are currently seeking entries. Details below:

DNA Galleries Animalistic

Artist Questions

Jason Pawley

Jason Pawley What is your medium/process? Acrylic, spray paint, paint pens....

Where are you from? Earth

How would you describe your latest body of work? What inspires you? It's kinda like daydreaming of my travels and places or things that make me happy... where the mountains meet the ocean on a gravel road..... that's my inspiration.

How did you get started? Skateboarding graphics.... that's what made me want to start drawing.

What are your goals for the future? To say hungry :)

Ross Adams

Ross Adams What is your medium/process? Lately I've been working in a lot of different mediums. For this show I have been working with: pens, pencils, colored pencils, acrylics, spray paint & water colors, all on bristol board. Not exactly sure how I would describe the process, It's just something I enjoy doing.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States of America

How would you describe your latest body of work? #artorwhatever

What inspires you? Probably punk, as a soundtrack and as a subversive subculture.  It is something I have always been interested in.  Album art was the first visual art that peaked my interest. Artists like Raymond Pettibon, Winston Smith and Pushead were some of my first major influences. From there, fliers for punk shows and independent zines pushed my interest in the visual art of the subculture further.  Lately, I have also been inspired by the punk fashion that was displayed so prevelently in 80's punxploitation films like: Suburbia, Class of 1984, Repo Man etc.  I'm also inspired a lot by other visual artists.  Beyond that, I would say every moment that I am breathing I am being inspired to create.

How did you get started? When I was a kid I would always draw pictures for my grandmother, because she was a painter and I thought that was cool. She always encouraged me to keep drawing. And from there I guess never stopped. I only took sketchbooks to class in high school and college (which, I'm sure was not her intention). I really don't remember a time in my life when I wasn't making or breaking something. Art has just always been there.

What are your goals for the future? Survival.

 

Jake Beeson, Tanner Frady + Jay Hollopeter

jake beeson skeletor

jan 10th //  jake beeson, tanner frady + jay hollopeter

UPDATE SHOW EXTENDED  //  We have decided to extend this show into January! Be looking for our next new show in February.

Jake Beeson is a Tulsa based artist and designer who has mashed up some 80's and 90's pop cartoon imagery and blended it with his signature graffiti influenced technique. His new series includes the best of childhood cartoon nostalgia from Transformers to Ninja Turtles and Skeletor from He-Man.

tanner frady pink panther

Oklahoma City artist Tanner Frady, is pulling influence from a similar realm of animated nostalgia, and has focussed on some of his favorite classics like Pink Panther, Felix the Cat and Huckleberry Hound.

Jay Hollopeter A Rothian Kind of Day

Jay Hollopeter is an Enid based artist that has been a regular in the OKC art scene for the past 30 years. His colorfully animated characters are illustrated with the depth of lifelike shading and detail. Inspiration for his latest work will include everything from Luchadores to Rat Fink.

We appreciate your support!

mark gilmore dennis murphy neal robinson

mark gilmore

november 8th // mark gilmore, dennis murphy & neal robinson

For our 3rd show in 2 months we are excited to have a group of 3 artists who play with a contemporary vein of psychedelic influence.

Mark Gilmore is a long time Oklahoma City resident with a masters quality to his fantasy/surreal oil paintings. More information on the artist below.

Noble Oklahoma based artist and organic farmer Dennis Murphy brings an intense focus and vibrancy through his large studies of geometric patterns with a day-glo palette.

dennis murphy

Neal Robinson uses a mix of mediums to develop compositions which bring together line, shape and color. More information on the artist below.

neal robinson

artist questions

Mark Gilmore

What is your medium? Pigments with varnish on canvas or panel

Where are you from? My adult life has been in Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? In reevaluating my motives for painting after a long hiatus, I wanted to find touchstones from the images & colors that drove my imagination and my earliest efforts at being a professional artist.

Expressing my own creativity during a time of social, musical & chemical experimentation, felt like the opening of the vast frontier to Lewis & Clark. The command was to go and see, to explore and report back what you find.

That concept still rings true for me.

What inspires you? Freedom, kittens, a child's laughter, and the Hellbound train carrying each of us to our certain death.

How did you get started? Painting signs for beer & pizza at a local juke joint.

What are your goals for the future? Paint and make things until I die.

Neal Robinson

What is your medium? I work in a variety of mediums.  Pen and Ink, acrylic, water color, screen printing and collage techniques.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work is trying to find the balance between line, shape and color.  I try to create an organized chaos with my line work while still maintaining a fluidness that your eye can follow without being overwhelmed. Along with the color I also try and incorporate monochrome color and collage techniques that also work with the line work to create an overall harmony.

What inspires you? Architecture inspires me the most.  We are surrounded everyday by your basic shapes that make up the world we live in.  Squares, triangles, circles make up the fundamentals of our cities skeletal structure. So it’s almost necessary for me to try and show these basic shapes to the viewer in a new and visually exciting way.

How did you get started? I started early on as a compulsive doodler and just grew from that like most artists.  Even at an early age I’ve been interested in finding the infinite possibilities you can do with just a simple straight line, the most basic of marks.

What are your goals for the future? I plan to continue to explore line, color and perspective.  I really think the next step in my process is work more on an ambitious scale.  I hope to incorporate my art into wall murals in the near future.