NORMAN — Participating nonprofit organizations:
· Firehouse Art Center, 444 S. Flood, will present Family Fun Night from 6-9 p.m. This come-and-go event is free and open to the public. Adults and children are invited to create animals in foil and relief foam prints, which may be added to the collection of the “Creative Creatures” display in the Firehouse Gallery.
· Jacobson House, 609 Chautauqua Ave., will feature Steven Judd Kiowa, Choctaw Film maker and artist, in the showing of his award winning short films: “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco,” “Neil Discovers the Moon,” and trailer for contemporary feature length film “Six Pack and Gas Money” as well as “Amaqqut Nunaa: The Country of Wolves” by Neil Christopher. Steven Judd will present and discuss each film before the viewing and be available for the public to meet. Indian tacos will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. The filmmakers are also collecting can food to donate to Native Food bank.
· Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., will feature live music from University of Oklahoma Guitar Ensemble from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The museum and The Pioneer Library System will come together for a presentation as a part of this year’s PLS Big Read, “The Portrayal of Asians in Contemporary Film,” in the auditorium at 7 p.m. For more information on the PLS Big Read: The Joy Luck Club visit www.bigreadok.com.
· Dreamer Concepts, 324 E. Main St., will feature Dreamer 42: The Tune of Serigraphy. Featured artists include Matt Anderson, Emily Blasdel, Teresa Cain, Jenny Cartmenll, Rani Cozad, Alexis Dickens, Sara Gonzales, Keith Kerr, Christian Larberg, Ji Lee, Alicia Smith, Lauren Turner, Sarah Warmker, Maris Vlanchard and Chandler Wilson under the guidance of Curtis Jones.
· The Performing Arts Studio, 200 S. Jones Ave., will feature accomplished jewelry artist Judy Osburn and stained glass artist Tom Cotrone in addition to the oil paintings of Sue Messerly in the Depot Gallery from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Also, the Namron Players Theatre will be distributing information on the newly formed nonprofit theatre company and its first show “The Taylor Trap”.
· MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council, 122 E. Main St., will be hosting the opening reception for the OU MFA Thesis Exhibit in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma, featuring Tara Najd Ahmadi, Ginna Dowling, Mike Hill, Alexandra Nadia Knox, Katherine Laforge Seals, Saaniya Ekram Shaikh, and Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. The NAC Featured Artist JUURI will exhibit her work during her Japanese Festival. UCO Taiko (traditional Japanese drums) team will perform at 7 p.m. and a traditional Japanese dance group will perform at 7:30 p.m. in front of MAINSITE.
Norman Arts Council Community Partners:
· Sonder Music, Dance & Art, 225 E. Gray St., will exhibit work from its Drawing Faces and Expressive Painting classes 7-9 p.m. Musicians Wayne Cantwell and Ian Bittle will perform.
· STASH, 412 E. Main St., features work from Jerrod Smith, founder of “The Society”.
· FORM+FUNCTION Lab, 123 E. Main St., will be hosting the first Groovefest Art Show. Groovefest will present 27 years of art inspired by human rights awareness, nearly 50 works of art submitted by local artists.
· Gallery123, 123 E. Main St., is celebrating its 2nd birthday. Guests are invited to a catered affair. Come up and meet the artists and give them a chance to “thank you” for your continued patronage.
· Anty Shanty, 318 E. Main St., invites guests to a special show with John Wayne’s Bitches, The Sticky Stranglets, and the Anty Shanty debut of Joe Sixpack and The Americans.
· Unlabeled Apparel, 1272 N. Interstate Dr., will feature a different kind of art. Make up, from Lilly Exclusive Cosmetics, a line of products independently developed by Lilly Stone, will be available for purchase. Guests are welcomed to interact with Lilly and make purchases.
· Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar, 207 E. Main St., will feature the music of Leah Condren, Cassi Terry and Bobby Overturf.
· The Social Club, 106 S. Crawford Ave., will feature artist of the month, Amber Perrodin. Her works are inspired by folk art, nature and the south. She often combines methods of printmaking, collage, fiber and sewing.
· Merrybelle’s Gifts, Art, and Tea, 230 E. Main St., and Cory Allen Contemporary Art will feature new work from celebrity New York artist Daniel Edwards, and the latest media heavy pieces from OK’s Marilyn Artus and LA’s XVALA. After 10 p.m., it is only $3 to stay and dance the night away with mad beats from DJ Timmy B.
· Downtown Art & Frame, 115 S. Santa Fe, will be hosting the opening reception for Tunde Darvay’s final exhibition, On the Wings of Color 6-10 p.m. Darvay’s work is influenced by the unique landscapes of Transylvania, where she was born. Her works have been shown in various galleries in Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and museums in Romania and Hungary.
· Sandalwood & Sage, 322 E. Main St., will be hosting an Asian Art and Handicrafts Trunk show with friends at Bajra Inc., Nepalese importers, Ashok & Urmila Shrestha 6-10 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 14.
· D. M. Wealth Management Inc., 201 E. Main St., will feature photographer Tami Cole, showcasing her collection, Emerald Isle.