Norman Arts Council and Pioneer Library System partner to present From Earthsea to Fantasy: A Literary & Visual Exploration of the Genre

Posted on May 4th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

In celebration of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read selection A Wizard of Earthsea, Norman Arts Council and Pioneer Library System are collaborating to present From Earthsea to Fantasy: A Literary & Visual Exploration of the Genre at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, located at 122 E. Main in Norman. The multifaceted art exhibition includes the surreal, fantasy world work of A.K. Westerman, masks from G. Patrick Riley and submissions from the Earthsea art contest Pioneer Library System held earlier this year. The exhibit will be celebrated with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 8. The exhibition will continue to run until Friday, May 22.

As a part of the opening reception, there will be art activities for youth of all ages from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. until closing. A brief presentation for the youth art contest awards will take place at 7 p.m., recognizing the winning artists and their pieces. There will be refreshments and snacks on hand, and visitors are invited to read through copies of A Wizard of Earthsea in a special reading room in the back of the gallery.

As Yet UnNamed, The Sketchbooks of O. Gail Poole Showing at The Depot

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

Original drawings from the sketchbooks of Norman artist O. Gail Poole (1935-2013) will be on display in the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, from May 8 through June 26, 2015.  An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on May 8 in association with the 2nd Friday Arts Walk.

A second reception for  “AS YET UnNAMED” will be held on Friday, June 12.  The evening will also include a jazz jam in The Depot portico, hosted by Jazz in June and featuring Culture Cinematic, a collaborative mix of such varied genres as electronica, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul and funk.

“Poole,” as he was affectionately known, was a native Oklahoman and an unsung American Master.  With a career spanning half a century, Poole influenced generations of Oklahoma’s artists.  Untamed and unpredictable by his own description, Poole successfully managed to transcend easy and traditional classification. He was an artist’s artist, quietly and steadily creating a diverse and inspired body of work – a master’s portfolio eagerly collected and highly respected by his peers across the country.

“Dad’s sketchbooks were his visual diaries” says daughter Nicole Poole, to whom the artist left the entirety of his remaining work.  “They are in many ways more … Read More »

Sam Noble Museum to Exhibit Shakespeare First Folio in 2016

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

The Sam Noble Museum, recently named Oklahoma’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour, will host the First Folio exhibition Jan. 4 through Jan. 31, 2016.

“The Sam Noble Museum is excited to announce that Oklahomans can now plan to experience first-hand the rareness of the First Folio,” said Jen Tregarthen, spokesperson for the museum. “This exhibit is a rare opportunity for people in Oklahoma to experience one of the most influential books in history.”

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will tour all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, beginning in January 2016. A full list of host sites and tour dates is available at

First Folio, organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world: “To be or not to be,” from Hamlet.

Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, the University of Oklahoma, with the cooperation of the university’s medieval … Read More »

Norman Arts Council and Pioneer Library System partner to present the Annual Writing Workshop

Posted on April 16th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

The Norman Arts Council and the Pioneer Library System present the annual Writing Workshop on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s the fifth year the two organizations have partnered up for a day of practical presentations made by local and regional authors, aimed at furthering the knowledge of writers of all ages and levels of experience. The workshops will take place at Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, Norman.

This year’s discussions include writing for teens, family matters in memoirs, professionalism and a panel discussion on the concepts of self publishing and marketing. The full day event will be capped off with a reception where registrants will be able to engage in more intimate discussions with the day’s panelists and presenters: Nathan Brown, Sonia Gensler, Louise Farmer Smith, Mel Odom, Norman H. Hammon, Charles Martin and Dawn Leslie Lenz.

Registration is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Registration is limited to 125, so act quickly. You can register here. This project is made possible with support from Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


9:00 – 10:30 a.m. — Nathan Brown: “Changing Role of the Writer: Why We Have to Work Harder Now”
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 … Read More »