Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: Christine Sharp-Crowe

Christine Sharp-Crowe, Falling, Screenprint

Christine Sharp-Crowe – Printmaking and Textiles

Sharp-Crowe employs fine art techniques to create original home wares and textiles. After taking a printmaking class, she became fascinated by the medium. Striving to add more function to her work, she is an Interior Architecture & Design student at the Academy of Art University. She also organizes Indie Emporium, an art/craft/fashion show that takes place each fall and founded make:Tulsa, a group of crafters, artists and designers that hosts events and classes. 
Christine Sharp-Crowe in her studio
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Sharp-Crowe strives to make art that is inspiring along with being completely functional.  Enthused by “vintage linens, cookbooks & Pyrex prints, Scandinavian Design, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, and the handmade revolution,” she exclusively uses ethical materials and practices including eco-friendly water-based inks and natural and organic fabrics.
Christine Sharp-Crowe, Screenprinted wares
Ask about:
Knitting, gardening, Indie Emporium, working on her BFA in Interior Architecture & Design
Where to find her work:
christinesharpcrowe.com, etsy.com, Indie Emporium, Dwelling Spaces and Ida Red
Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or http://www.tulsaartstudiotour.org  for tickets. 
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Grant Profile: Geoffrey Krawczyk

Guest Author: Lauren Kubier, Intern 
Geoffrey Krawczyk, Swarm, Mixed Media installation
With the help of an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant, Geoffrey Krawczyk will install his installation piece, Swarm, in the exhibition “Beacons: An Exhibition of Luminous Art” at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. The grant will in part fund the purchase of materials to complete his project, travel to the installation site and shipping cost back to Oklahoma. 

Geoffrey Krawczyk, installing Swarm, Mixed Media installation
Krawczyk’s project includes a group of hundreds of cardboard scale models of UAV Predator drones at approximately 1:45 scale. They will be suspended from fishing line at various heights in the gallery space and are equipped with a battery powered LED light in place of the camera apparatus in the original. He said, he hopes “the effect would be a constellation of sorts, with the lights being the most prominent visual component.”

After receiving his BFA from the University of Oklahoma, Krawczyk received an MFA at the University of Buffalo in 2010.  His recent solo exhibitions include the AKA Gallery in OKC and Artspace Gallery and Vault Gallery in Buffalo, NY.  He recently moved back to Oklahoma City and his work was profiled in the January/February issue of Art Focus Oklahoma. More about his work can be found at www.geoffreyk.com

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides project grants to artists to help themat watershed stages in starting and growing their careers. The next deadline is April 15 and guidelines can be found here. The program is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Allied Arts as well as discerning individuals and businesses.

The Artist’s Guide to World Domination

Margaret Aycock, Macintosh on Red and White Striped Cloth
12″x12″ Acrylic

In the upcoming Artist Survival Kit workshop, The Artist’s Guide to World Domination: Marketing and Selling Your Work Online, artists will learn about platforms for selling artwork online as well as strategies for using online tools to market their work. The workshop will be held Saturday, April 2 from 1-4 pm at the Oklahoma City Coworking Collaborative, 723 N. Hudson, OKC. Visit www.ArtistSurvivalKit.org or call 405-879-2400 to register.


Margaret (Margee) Aycock, an oil painter living in Tulsa, will be one of the featured workshop speakers. She has been selling her work online for over eleven years and in that time, her online sales have met or exceeded sales at physical galleries and have steadily grown.

Margaret Aycock

From Margaret Aycock:
Twelve years ago a gallery on the east coast made off with six of my paintings and countless other pieces from artists around the world.  That tragedy turned into a huge jump in sales as I moved all of my paintings into my own online gallery – a gallery whose owner was very trustworthy: me.  Throughout the years my sales have steadily grown and I have branched out into other markets as well.  I now sell on Etsy, imagekind, fineartamerica, and my own blog.  I would love to share with you some tricks that I have learned along the way.  

Margaret Aycock, Old Honda Motorcycle
Acrylic, 12″x12″

If you come prepared with a PayPal account, a flash drive or disc with some of your artwork images, and a brief bio and we can get you set up with an Etsy store on the day of the workshop.  I look forward to meeting you.  
In the meantime feel free to check out my online galleries:
http://midwest-fine-art.com 
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/margaret-aycock.html
http://margaretaycock.blogspot.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/margaretaycock
http://margaret-aycock.imagekind.com/




Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: Mark Hawley

Mark Hawley, Shatter Glass Table, Wood and Glass

Mark Hawley– Wood, Glass, Laminates & Metal 


A master woodworker who builds his own prototypes and custom furniture pieces, Hawley received a degree in product design from the University of Oklahoma. He works with a production team in his design studio on furniture commissions for clients nationwide and in multiple furniture collections. His work has been featured in numerous national publications, including the New York Times and Interior Design, and his Cat Chair was the featured cover of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog.

Mark Hawley in his studio

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Hawley wrestles with the conflict between furniture as function and furniture as art. He said, “If it is functional it is often not as radical as I would like.”  Constantly exploring new forms, processes and materials, Hawley enjoys the challenges.  

Mark Hawley, private living room table

Ask about:
Working with a U.S. army base in Japan, corn husk laminates, and glow-in-the-dark table tops


Where to find his work:
Trula Restaurant, Mayo Hotel, Gilcrease Museum restaurant, hawleyco.com, and his Hawley Design showroom, located at 702 S. Utica Ave.


Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or www.TulsaArtStudioTour.org for tickets. 

Art 365: Geoffrey Hicks

Geoffrey Hicks, Tulsa,
Project: “The Photographer”
Hicks received one of five Art 365 awards of $12,000 to produce new artwork for the Art 365 exhibition.  The exhibition opens with a reception on March 25, 2011 5-8 pm. Read more about Hicks in this Art Focus Oklahoma article.  


The Art 365 exhibition will be held at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd and will continue through May 7. Shannon Fitzgerald curated the exhibition. Learn more about her here.

Art 365: Liz Rodda

Liz Rodda, Norman
Project: “Tomorrows”
Rodda received one of five Art 365 awards of $12,000 to produce new artwork for the Art 365 exhibition.  The exhibition opens with a reception on March 25, 2011 5-8 pm. Read more about Rodda in this Art Focus Oklahoma article.


The Art 365 exhibition will be held at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd and will continue through May 7. Shannon Fitzgerald curated the exhibition. Learn more about her here.  

Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: Kim Doner

Kim Doner, Queen of Hearts, Watercolor, 22×30″

Kim DonerIllustration and Mixed Media
A self-described chameleon, Doner is an avid artist, author, and illustrator of children’s books. Working in multiple mediums in the commercial and fine art fields has allowed her to develop a vast body of work that mirrors her personality. She said she “snuck in the back door of publishing” working with a Tulsa-based small press on their first picture book. She has won multiple book awards, including the Oklahoma Book Award for Illustration.

Kim Doner, On a Road in Africa, Oil Wash, Markers, Colored Pencil 10×10″
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With a strong sense of humor, Kim hopes that when people leave her studio they will be empowered with “a sense of fearlessness.”  She said, “The closest to a common thread in my work is this: it usually has some form of narrative meaning.”
Ask about:
Life as a chameleon, cooking, being a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and working in fused glass
Where to find her work: 
Area bookstores, KimDoner.com
Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or http://www.tulsaartstudiotour.org/ for tickets.