Mark Allen Everett Poetry Reading Series presents: David Abel

Posted on March 2nd, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Interdisciplinary artist David Abel will present a reading and performance at MAINSITE Contemporary Art (122 E. Main St., Norman, OK) on Tuesday evening, March 3, at 7:00 p.m., as part of the University of Oklahoma’s Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series. The solo program of a little over an hour in duration will interweave poetry with visual, sound, projection, and performance elements, inspired by such diverse practices as concrete poetry, Fluxus performance, minimal music, and non-narrative cinema.

Poet and editor David Abel is the proprietor of Passages Bookshop, which has just moved into new quarters in the Towne Storage Building in Portland’s Central Eastside. At the same location, he co-curates monthly exhibitions at The Gallery with Adam Davis and Kate Schaefer of Division Leap, and offers editorial services and teaches writing through the Text Garage.

His recent books of poems include Float (Chax Press), a collection of collage texts spanning twenty-five years; Tether (Barebone books), a chapbook of poems; and Carrier (c_L Books), a hypergraphic visual sequence. He is also the author of many artist’s books, most recently While You Were In (disposable books) and dual coup (press-press-pull). With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series, and from 2002–12 he published twenty-four issues … Read More »


Norman Arts Council Seeks Community Input, Releases Annual Report

Posted on February 27th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

The Norman Arts Council is in the process of updating their five-year strategic plan and wants the Norman community’s input. The last revision was written in 2011, but programming and outreach have both expanded dramatically since, requiring an early update of the art organization’s plan and goals moving forward.

The Norman Arts Council Strategic Planning Committee is seeking input from a variety of sources. The NAC’s three key constituents are Norman art organizations, artists, and the Norman community. To that end, a community survey to help shape the plan is available here. Those who complete the survey will be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to ONE Beat Street, Norman Arts Council’s annual fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, March 28.

“I imagine some folks wonder why they should bother taking a few minutes to fill out a survey. The short answer is that we need you,” Nicole Poole, Chair of the NAC Strategic Planning Committee said. “What do you like? What do you want to see? Now is your chance to tell us. The NAC will use your opinions to custom-tailor programs that continue to enhance our quality of life. ‘Quality of life’ goes far beyond enjoying visual art and … Read More »


OU Museum to Host ‘Toast to the Arts’ Fundraiser Jan. 30

Posted on January 23rd, by NAC in Art. No Comments

“Toast to the Arts,” a public fundraiser for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s student activities and special programming,is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the museum.

“This will be an unforgettable evening, with guests viewing pieces from the museum’s permanent collection while enjoying good music, sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, and fine wine,” said Stephanie O’Hara, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association Board president. “Guests will be transported around the world and will receive a keepsake ‘passport’ and wine glass as they travel through the museum and explore the pairings.”

Wines will be provided by sommelier Bruce Upthegrove and Republic National Distributing Co. Food will be provided courtesy of LOCAL restaurant and O Asian Fusion. Live music will be performed by harpist Gaye LeBanc and noted local DJ Adrian Buendia.

Tickets for the event are $50 for Museum Association members and $60 for not-yet members. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at tdenton@ou.edu or by calling (405) 325-0843. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located in the OU Arts District on the corner of Elm Avenue and Boyd … Read More »


Small-Scale Abstraction Paintings, Altarpieces by Oklahoma artist John Bruce Go on Display at MAINSITE

Posted on January 22nd, by NAC in Art. No Comments

MAINSITE Contemporary Art is debuting two new exhibitions — Abstract Abstract and John Bruce’s Evanescent Iridescence — from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, February 13. The gallery is located at 122 E. Main, Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibitions will run through March 14 with an artist/curator talk and closing reception scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, March 13.

Abstract Abstract is a collection of small-scale abstract works, curated by Tim Stark, that includes 40 pieces by 11 artists from across the country: Josh Aster, Elise Dietrich, David Kelley, Chris Kuhn, Jacob Melchi, Ellen Moershel, Lester Monzon, Stark, Brad Stevens, Greta Svalberg and Sungwon Yun. It serves to spotlight the breadth and depth of small-scale abstraction in contemporary painting, challenging artists to work quickly and decisively while giving a focus on craft and detail rarely seen in extra large abstraction.

“Abstraction is often thought of as the movement that changed modernism through visually and physically breaking down the constructs of classical and early modernist art. It also responded to the rapidly developing world and changed the way in which people viewed and understood art and their surroundings,” Stark said in his curator’s statement. “As a result, abstraction began to grow in popularity and … Read More »