Hardesty Arts Center to be in its first art walk
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, January 03, 2013
1/03/13 at 10:26 AM
A couple of years ago, the Brady Arts District's monthly "Art Walk" was confined to a few storefront gallery spaces along a single city block.
Now, taking part in the area's inaugural "First Friday Art Walk" for 2013 will require participants to strap on sensible shoes and be prepared for a little exercise.
The art galleries, studios, shops and restaurants of the Brady Arts District will be open Friday evening, with most of the venues debuting new exhibits.
The galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m., with some clubs and restaurants staying open longer.
This will be the first "First Friday" for the Brady district's newest addition, the Hardesty Arts Center, 101 E. Archer St., the new headquarters of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.
The four-story building, which opened to the public Dec. 16, has on display "Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma," an exhibit created by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition that includes works by artists from throughout Oklahoma, as well as some from Kansas City and Texas, and gives a sense of the great diversity of art being created today in and around this state, from room-filling installations to intimate pieces of carved wood and pottery.
The Zarrow Center for Arts and Education, 124 E. Brady St., will host an opening reception for "Everyday People," an exhibit of the 366 photographic portraits - one taken each day in 2012 - by Tulsa World Multimedia Producer John Clanton.
Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady St., opens "Processed," a collaborative effort by artists Denny Schmickle, May Yang, Darshan Phillips and Aaron Whisner, whose work encompasses graphic design, printmaking, photography and installation.
The exhibit explores the fine and often blurred line between graphic design and fine art, the influence of pop culture and concept of what constitutes the value of an image or object.
The Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady St., will debut a different sort of collaborative exhibit with "Light Captured; Light Cast," featuring photography by Beth Downing and sculptures by RC Morrison that incorporate LED lights.
"Light is necessary to all photography - it can make a banal object more interesting, obliterate a good subject, or even become the subject itself," Downing said in a statement.
Morrison's constructions are designed, in his words, "to make the LED a counterpoint of the objects rather than the center."
The two artists have collaborated on one piece that will be unveiled Friday.
Other venues participating in the First Friday Art Walk are:
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- Club 209 - The Art Bar, 209 N. Boulder Ave., featuring "Lead on Oil" by Kaylee Huerta, with music by DJ Jitsu beginning at 10 p.m.
- Brady Artists Studio, 23 E. Brady St., featuring works by Mel Cornshucker, Donna Prigmore, Teresa Rechter, Connor Wingfield & Murf, Julie and Bailey Box.
- Colors of Etnika, 10 E. Archer St., featuring "Children of Cuzco."
- Corvid Gallery, 10 E. Archer St., featuring work by Tulsa Artists
- Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe, 303 N. Cincinnati Ave., featuring work by Autumn Strutton.
- Hey Mambo, 114 N. Boston Ave., featuring paintings by Karen S. Lamb, with music by Blue Jazz starting at 7 p.m.
- The Tavern, 201 N. Main St., featuring photography by Gaylord Oscar Herron
- Tulsa Glass Blowing Studio, 19 E. Brady St., featuring work by Andy Boatman from Oklahoma City's Blue Sage Gallery.
James D. Watts Jr 918-581-8478
The art galleries, studios, shops and restaurants of the Brady Arts District will be open Friday evening for the first "First Friday Art Walk" of 2013, with most of the venues debuting new exhibits. This will be the first "First Friday" for the Brady district's newest addition, the Hardesty Arts Center, 101 E. Archer St. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World
One of Beth Downing's photographs with an LED sculpture by RC Morrison are on display this Friday at the Tulsa Artists Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady St., as part of the Brady Arts District's "First Friday Art Walk." Courtesy