Grant Profile: Nathan Lee

Guest Author: Brooke Rowlands, intern
Nathan Lee, Joy, Low fire clay & mixed media
Oklahoma based artist Nathan Lee is a self-taught visual artist who started in music and has transcended into the visual arts. Throughout his art career he has worked as an arts/life skill facilitator through the Youth Conerstone, main school districts, libraries, recreation centers, and DHS Sites. Lee has also conducted numerous workshops and classes through the community. With the help of a Professional Basics Grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Lee will be able to upgrade his website, and make it more dynamic with more up-to-date technology.
Nathan Lee, Sanctuary, Low fire clay & mixed media
Lee will add video as part of his website portfolio. “My main purpose for wanting to include video as part of my presentation is to make potential clients familiar with me and to see my work in exhibitions as they happened. It is my ambition to make my work more visible and accessible through the addition of audio and video on the website. 
Nathan Lee, Balance, Low fire clay & mixed media
Lee’s sculptures have been seen throughout Oklahoma City, at Istvan Gallery, Individual Artists of OKlahoma, and Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum. He now primarily works as a mixed media artist, and is working to establish an African American center for art within Oklahoma City.
More of his work can be seen on his current website www.visualrealmstudios.com.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides project grants to artists to help them start and grow their careers at watershed stages.  Discerning individuals and businesses support this program through contributions and OVAC’s 12×12 fundraiser. The administration of the program is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Allied Arts.  
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Holiday Open Studios & Black Friday Art Sales

The shopping season is upon us. To help you avoid the insanity at the mall, we’ve gathered a list of Oklahoma artists and galleries who are offering holiday art markets and open studios. Enjoy your holiday shopping by buying local, handmade art.


Know of holiday open studios and art sales not listed here? Please post them as comments to this blog.
City Arts Center

City Arts Center, OKC

Annual Pottery Sale
Through December 23
The best way to begin your holiday shopping: with pottery handmade by City Arts Center instructors and students.  Great gifts at bargain prices!  All proceeds benefit the City Arts Center pottery program.

Deluxe Indie Craft Market, Oklahoma City 
December 11, 11 am-5 pm 

Centennial Building, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, May Avenue north of I-40. 
Deluxe is an indie craft fair and community event with free admission in Oklahoma City, where unique artists show and sell their work to enthusiastic shoppers from all over the region. All items are handmade, no resellers are allowed. Community groups and nonprofits also table at Deluxe, meeting shoppers, recruiting volunteers and demonstrating their skills. At our show we will also be holding a fundraiser for ProjectOKC, as well as offering recruitment space for other nonprofits.

Holiday Art Market, Ardmore
November 26-December 4 at Studio 107
November 30-December 4 at Goddard Center Art Studios
Reception at both locations November 30, 6-9 in conjunction with the City’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The Holiday Art Market includes a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind gift items for sale including handmade ornaments, pottery, wood-turned items, charcoal drawings, small paintings, small sculpture, photo prints, hand-painted scarves, jewelry, pottery candles, handmade greeting cards & bookmarks, Red Canoe Coffee and much more! An exclusive line of special gift items are also available from Pretty Bird Designs! We are featuring the work of over 25 participating local artists! We have gift certificates available through Studio 107 and all purchases are gift wrapped at no charge! We hope to see you during this holiday shopping event!!!

Plaza District, OKC
To kick off the holiday shopping season, the Plaza District is asking you to Shop Local, Black Friday. Skip the madness, skip the crazy crowds and enjoy a relaxed, fun and community oriented day after Thanksgiving.

DNA Galleries: 20% off ALL merchandise (open 9am) free barefoot coffee from Coffee Slingers and mini cupcakes from Cuppies & Joe www.dnagalleries.com

Collected Thread: 20% off ALL merchandise (open 9am) free barefoot coffee from Coffee Slingers and mini cupcakes from Cuppies & Joe www.collectedthread.com

Gibson Events: 25% off Cake Stands till noon (open 9am)

Velvet Monkey Vintage: 1/2 off on vintage with mention of Plaza Black Friday promotion (open 9am) www.velvetmonkeysalon.com

Bad Granny’s Bazaar: 10%off entire store and more savings in selected booths (open 11 am) www.myspace.com/badgranniesbazaar

Warpaint Clothing Co: open 10 am www.warpaintrags.com

Curiouser & Curiouser: open 11 am

The Howell Gallery, OKC
Holiday Open House
December 1, 11 am – 7 pm
Find one-of-a-kind gifts from glass to ceramic, oil to pastel and everything in between. Plus, door prizes, draw-for-a-discount, cookies, cider, and hors d’oeuvres from The Metro Wine Bar from 4-7 pm.

JRB Art at The Elms, OKC
Christmas at the Elms
December 3, 6-10 pm
The Holiday Gift Gallery will open on December 3, 2010 with a reception from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. during the monthly Gallery Walk in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District. Your shopping days will run through December 24th, 2010.

Blue Sage Studios, OKC and Joy Nativities, Arcadia
Home Show Weekend
December 3-5, 10 am – 6 pm
The Home Show Weekend is an annual event collaboration between Andy Boatman at Blue Sage Studios glassblowing studio and his Aunt Pat Darcey of With Joy Nativities. The artists invite the public into their studios on this weekend for shopping, festivities, and Holiday Splendor.
Downtown Arts Market, Norman
Dreamer Concepts.Studio.Foundation
December 3-4
The 4th Annual Downtown Arts Market offers a festive, family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, a street chess championship, the Kidoodle’s Kids Arts Zone in addition to a wide variety of gifts, crafts, jewelry, art by local artists and downtown businesses. The December Market will be located inside of the Old Town Plaza building, 102 West Eufaula Street.  The Market is FREE and open to all ages.
Kidoodle’s Kids Arts Zone: 11 to 3pm on Saturday, December 4th.


Arts In Tulsa
www.artsintulsa.com 
Arts In Tulsa has added an online virtual gallery of artwork that would make good Christmas gifts. Selected from the website’s members, all Tulsa-area artists, all works cost $350 or less.  

ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIOS


Birthe Flexner

Birthe Flexner, Norman
December 3, 7-9
December 4, 10-5
December 5, 1-5
316 S Park Drive, Norman
www.birtheflexnerpottery.com 
Open studio featuring hand made pottery.

Asia

Asia Scudder, OKC
December 4, 11 am – 5pm
10 NW 9th St (Across the parking lot from Iguana Mexican Grill)
Open studio with live music and food from Iguana Mexican Grill.

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee, OKC

December 18, starting at 10am.
Art and Garden Sale
2317 NW 13th Street, Oklahoma City

Moses White
Brooke Rowlands
Brooke Rowlands & Moses White, Norman
Every Sat-Sun, Nov-Dec, 12-4 pm
3408 Pathway Circle, Norman, OK 73072
405-819-4449
In-home art studio will be open for visitors every Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm Nov-Dec.Brooke’s art has developed a homogenous blend of both contemporary and still life, often incorporating flowers, birds, trees and fish into gorgeous abstract backgrounds. Moses will be offering Commission holiday portraits, as well as abstract paintings.
Tulsa Glassblowing Studio, Tulsa
First Friday of Every Month
19 E. Brady, Tulsa
918-582-4527
The Tulsa Glassblowing Studio will be featuring blown glass art pieces as well as
demonstrations of live glassblowing. Guests can also make a reservation to create a
pumpkin, Christmas ornament, flower or paperweight.

Janey Crain
10am-5pm Every Saturday in November until Christmas
4th Street & Ash
Noble, Oklahoma 73068
Studio is ½ block east of Main on Ash Street
405-872-1748
Janey will be offering functional and decorative ceramic works that make special and unique gifts.

Garden Deva

Garden Deva, Tulsa
www.gardendeva.com 

Friday, November 26, 9 am – 4 pm
317 S Trenton Ave, Tulsa (one block west of Utica, South of 3rd St)

20% off entire purchase & free garden pole when you spend $150 or more.

Marsha Mahan, Juicy Fruit, Acrylic, 12×12″

Marsha Mahan
2600 NW 32nd St, OKC
December 4 & 5, 11 am until 3 pm
Open house with cider, cookies and lots of artwork.  See her work here.


Grant Profile: Glenn Herbert Davis

Glenn Herbert Davis, Track aNd Trolley, installation detail,12′ x 24′ x 54′ 2008

Tulsa-based artist Glenn Herbert Davis’s two-gallery exhibition at Sewanee, University of the South in Tennessee, opens December 3. The project will be completed in part with the assistance of an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant. 
The large-scale installation, a Pale; place into parts, will consist of salvaged and common woods, suspension hardware, lighting, surveyor’s stakes, and imagery and text.  Davis said he devised the work considering “a pale; a place having bounds, and then divided into the two gallery spaces using a Roland Barthes’ ‘studium/punctum’ conceptual split.” 
His grant proposal defined studium as “the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation” and punctum as “the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship.”  One space, studium, will put forward an abandoned planner’s office while the other gallery will show the “impact of the planner’s activities,” punctum.
Glenn Herbert Davis, in process construction of a Pale; place into parts 
Davis will construct much of the work on site, but is transporting a large truckload of materials to Tennessee. This project continues his exploration of the “theoretical and practical relationships between the individual human body and (contrived) systems.” 
More of his work can be seen on his website, www.glennherbertdavis.com or you can read about him in this article in Art Focus Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides project grants to artists to help them start and grow their careers at watershed stages.  Discerning individuals and businesses support this program through contributions and OVAC’s 12×12 fundraiser. The administration of the program is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Allied Arts.  

Grant Profile: Tammy Brummell

Tammy Brummell, Crossing, Digital & Photography

Tammy Brummell presented her work at this year’s Girlie Show in part with the assistance of an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Professional Basics Grant. 

Based in Oklahoma City, Brummell’s primary career has been as a graphic designer, working on magazine layout and design. Seeking to expand her artistic exposure, she submitted to the Girlie Show. In her grant proposal, she emphasized that the attendance and promotion are excellent.  She projected that the show would include other artist with artwork as distinctive as hers, helping her share her work’s vision.  The grant funds supported printing and framing her work. 
Tammy Brummell, untitled, Digital & Photography
Describing her artwork, Brummell said, “Using vibrant colors with multi-layered images of patterns, graphics, objects and people, I create a deconstructed textured world of fantasy.”
More of her work can be seen on her new website, www.tammybrummell.com.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides project grants to artists to help them start and grow their careers at watershed stages.  Discerning individuals and businesses support this program through donations and OVAC’s 12×12 fundraiser. The administration of the program is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Allied Arts.  

Seeking Okie artists hosting holiday open studios

Any of you, Oklahoma artists, hosting holiday open studio or special holiday events events? 


If so, we’d like to hear about it for an upcoming blog article. Post the details as comments here or email us.

Plot points from @OVAC Twitter Feed: 11/11/10

Behind the Art Scenes:                       
Sticky artist situation RT @theartmarket: Artists boycott major Austr. sculpture event over split of sales commissionshttp://bit.ly/b2bBZj
More about Kickstarter & funding art projects in http://t.co/cbH1c6ihttp://t.co/KGSGWeK
That’s our awesome past intern! Love to hear about her art. RT @deluxeok: Today’s Artist Profile: Amity Treasureshttp://www.deluxeok.net/
In depth feature about contemporary museum director RT @CAMHouston: Bill Arning is OutSmart magazine’s cover storyhttp://fb.me/DghmUxtq
Helpful, free artist info RT @fracturedatlas: 2 New Insurance Pocket Guides Online- Craft Artists & Public Art! http://ow.ly/2XWro
Opportunities for artists & volunteers:
Great program RT @okartscouncil: now acepting applications for 2011 Leadership Arts program. Learn about & apply: http://bit.ly/7qRyyb.
need studio space to create your next performance, installation, video? Submit proposal to Living Arts of Tulsa http://ow.ly/36iXv
were I an artist, curator, or scholar, I’d apply to go here: Elsewhere Collective in NC http://ow.ly/32PID
Submit to show in awesome Kansas City galleries, deadline 11/15 http://ow.ly/1rlMoD
OVAC News:
Very good news in the mail today from @neaarts! Their help supports projects across the country!
OK Art Writing & Curatorial Fellow Alison Hearst on Garland Fielder: Modulations at Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas http://fb.me/KciKPx47
Looking for rocking bands to play Momentum OKC in March. Interested in performing? DM us with URL or questions
Festive wine tasting w/auction of wine label-inspired artwork benefiting us! Refreshing the Palette Sunday @MetroWineBarhttp://ow.ly/37A9F
Did you attend this year’s 12×12 Art Show & Sale? If so, we want to know what you think! Please respond to brief surveyhttp://ow.ly/2Zca1
Free murals for the community: OVAC member & grant recipient Nick Bayer’s Project Blue Bird featured http://ow.ly/32Cjx

Exhibition Reviews

For those of you interested in area exhibition reviews, I wanted to be sure you know we are publishing a series of exhibition reviews on our Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship blog http://write-curate-art.blogspot.com/.  Please follow to see at least weekly posts about exhibitions in the region from our Fellows.