2nd Friday Norman Art Walk Guide: July 2015

Posted on July 10th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Nathan Brown to Share New Poetry at The Depot

Posted on July 6th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Second Sunday Poetry will feature Nathan Brown, 2013-14 Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, with a reading from his recent work on July 12 beginning at 2:00 pm.  The reading in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, is free.  Light refreshments are served.

Norman native, singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet Nathan Brown now travels widely, offering readings, house concerts, creativity workshops, and musical performances in an effort to bring back the hint of a smile and the hope for a good story in poems… poems unafraid of making sense… poems that carry us to better places.

“Poetry is experiencing a powerful renaissance in the states right now, in a move to come down out of the clouds of incoherence and back to readers and audiences—wonderful stories and lyrics that reach out to listeners, instead of pushing them away. Not enough people realize what a leading force Oklahoma poets are in this overall movement. We have a vibrant poetry community here” says Brown.

The author of ten books, Brown will be reading from his most recent book To Sing Hallucinated: First Thoughts on Last Words, “a collection that has to do with the last words of famous and/or notorious people.”

His other books include: Less Is More, More … Read More »

studio1409 to Hold Teen Analog Photography Workshop in conjunction with closing of ALTERNATIVE

Posted on July 1st, by NAC in Art. No Comments

The Norman Arts Council presents:
UNPLUGGED: Teen Analog Photography Workshop with studio1409

July 11-12, 2015: 9am – 5pm each day

Open to teens ages 14-18. Workshop limited 12 participants. Participants must attend both days of the workshop.

Day 1 – Teens will learn about composition, fine portraiture, and work with film and tintype techniques.

Day 2 – Teens will learn how printing and medium choices affect composition, work with silver printing, ambrotype negatives, and contact printing

Participants do not need to be experienced photographers, but should have an interest in the graphic arts. No equipment is required; studio1409 will provide all equipment and materials for the workshop. Workshop is lead by photographer Michael Ashby of studio1409 and Erinn Gavaghan and JJ Bradford of the Norman Arts Council.

Registration is $25 | Brown bag lunch provided

Call 405-360-1162 or email erinn@normanarts.org to register after July 1, 2015!

Visit MAINSITE Contemporary Art through July 10th to see the exhibit Alternative by studio1409!







The Firehouse Art Center Counts Down to the 38th Annual Midsummer Nights Arts Festival

Posted on June 30th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Summer is here, which means the Firehouse Art Center’s 38th annual Midsummer Nights arts festival is right around the corner. The 2015 event will be held on August 21 and 22, from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. each night, in Lions Park, directly beside the Firehouse Art Center. Each year, Midsummer Nights is an opportunity for the Firehouse, as an arts organization, to support and celebrate regional artists with over 3,500 attendees.

One of the longest running dedicated visual arts festivals in Norman, the Firehouse Art Center’s Midsummer Nights presents a juried selection of fine artwork from over 25 artists for attendees to view and purchase. In addition, Midsummer Nights features live music from ten professional musicians and a central tent housing artist demonstrations and a plethora of free art activities.

This year, children and adults can seek their inner artist through activities such as foil sculpting, portrait drawing from a live model, and creating entirely unique “thumbprint” drawings. The Children’s Art Wall, a festival mainstay, will also be at the event for children to paint their own creative vision with the guidance of Firehouse art educators. The central tent will also host additional Firehouse faculty, demonstrating techniques in mediums such as wheel-thrown pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpting, printmaking, and drawing. As part of the Firehouse’s … Read More »