NORMAN — Doors normally closed tight are swinging wide open 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 May 10-11, allows a peek into the creative processes behind Norman’s art community. Norman Arts Council Executive Director Erinn Gavaghan said the day is a whirlwind of insight.
“I think the really cool thing about Open Studios is people are walking into the space that artists are making their work. If you go to a gallery, you’re not seeing the creative process happening,” she said. “A lot of times it really gives the visitor a much deeper connection with a work of art, if they’re seeing it being made, and they talk to the artist about what their process is, about what their ideas are behind the work, the subject matter.”
A total of 27 artists are participating at 14 different locations throughout Norman. The National Weather Center Biennale is also a 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 just starting out to professional — as well as mediums and materials, including various sculpture materials, various paints, graphite, photography and more.
Studio spaces are located throughout the city, Gavaghan said, and come in various shapes and sizes. Some studios are formal spaces in separate properties, while others make studios in their homes — maybe an extra room or a work shed.
“That’s one of the really cool things about this is to see the different types of places where artists do their art, whether its their garage or their basement or their kitchen,” she said.