NORMAN — Delve into the world of local artists this weekend during Norman Open Studios, an event inviting the public into the private studios of Norman artists.
The second annual event, presented by the Norman Arts Council, kicks off with an opening reception and exhibition from 6 to 10 p.m. today at MAINSITE, 122 E. Main St. Select Norman artist studios are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Norman Arts Council Executive Director Erinn Gavaghan said the event allows the public special insight into art creation.
“One of the beauties of contemporary art is you’re working with living artists,” she said. “The opportunity to be able to speak with them about their practice and to see really what a community as a whole is producing is really educational.”
Twenty-seven artists are participating at 14 locations throughout Norman. The National Weather Center Biennale also is part of the event.
This year’s participating artists include Todd Jenkins, Adam Stewart, Bill Boettcher, Sue Schofield, Almira Hill Grammer, Yvonne Evans, Craig Swan, Richard McKown, Douglas Shaw Elder, eight students from College Prep Program at Firehouse, Laura Reese, Suzanne Varughese, Hunter Roth, Skip Hill, Michael Ashby, Lindsey Martin, Aimee Rook, Shana “Rebelline” Brown, Patta LT and Dennis Butcher.
Gavaghan said the artists represent a wide range of skill levels — from beginner to professional — as well as mediums and materials, including sculpture materials, paints, graphite, photography and more.
Studio spaces are located throughout the city, Gavaghan said, and come in all shapes and sizes. Some studios are formal spaces in separate properties, while others make studios in their homes.
For a map and directions to participating studios, visit normanarts.org.
A closing artist’s party is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at MAINSITE. Public tickets are $5 at the door.