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May 13, 2012

Brave Combo tops picnic

NORMAN — Giant rubber ducks, an Indian teepee, snow cones, arts activities and live music will all converge at the third Luncheon on the Grass on May 20.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Firehouse Art Center, Jacobson House Native Art Center and Norman Arts Council are teaming up to host the annual arts picnic 4-6:30 p.m. in Lions Park, 450 S. Flood Ave.

Last year’s event saw between 3 and 4,000 people, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art communication director Michael Bendure said, and the group of organizations hopes to have a similar outcome this year.

“The luncheon provides hands-on art activities for families, cultural presentations by the Jacobson House and free snow cones — mainly because they’re just fun!” he said. “The Luncheon on the Grass really is an opportunity for us to work together and also inform the community about what each of us are doing and what opportunities are available for Norman families.”

The event will include Native American flute music, storytelling and powwow singers and drummers, as well as a traditional teepee erected in the park for visitors, provided by the Jacobson House. Firehouse faculty will assist children in painting on the park’s Children’s Art Wall. DJ Nexus will provide musical entertainment and free snow cones throughout the event.

Erinn Gavaghan, Norman Arts Council executive director, said the afternoon is a fun, low-key opportunity for community members to learn about what Norman’s different arts organizations have to offer.

“People just come and hang out at the park. Throw Frisbees. Set up their picnic blanket. It’s just a leisurely afternoon on the grass,” she said.

As part of this year’s event, the Norman Public Arts Board is revealing two new pieces of public art: Two 4-foot fabricated fiberglass duck sculptures. The sculptures were designed by Firehouse Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder and painted by local artists Chris McDaniel, Christian Pitt and Joshua Pitt.

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