The Norman Transcript

May 10, 2013

Luncheon on the Grass highlights Norman’s arts community

By Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Luncheon on the Grass is around the corner, 4-6:30 p.m. June 2 at Lions Park, 450 S. Flood Ave., with an afternoon packed full of free arts activities.

In its fourth year, the event brings together the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Jacobson House Native Art Center, Firehouse Art Center and the Norman Arts Council, as well as the Public Arts Board, to highlight a portion of Norman’s rich arts community.

This year’s event is scheduled in conjunction with the Performing Arts Studios’ annual Summer Breeze concert series. The Gourds, an alternative country group from Austin, Texas, will be performing for free at 7 p.m.

Other entertainment includes music by DJ nexus. Free snow cones will also be provided.

See below for more details on what’s happening at this year’s Luncheon on the Grass.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is hosting a children’s gyotaku, Japanese for “fish print,” workshop, FJJMA Director of Education Susan Baley said. Using realistic rubber fish replicas, children will make prints by rolling the replicas with block printing ink and applying paper.

Firehouse Art Center

The Firehouse Art Center is assisting children in painting on the park’s Children’s Art Wall. Firehouse Art Center Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder said the rotating mural provides children of any age a great opportunity to engage in the arts.

“I’ve seen the joy on children’s faces and even seen kids standing confidently pointing to that wall, and everyone watching, and seeing the parents see the joy in the kids,” Elder said. “I really feel that our art wall, as much work as it is to swap it out and change it up, I really think that it’s one of the best free art activities for children in this community.”

Jacobson House Native Art Center

Public Arts Board and Norman Arts Council

The Public Arts Board and Norman Arts Council are assisting children in a project titled “Build A Tree,” PAB Chair Larry Walker said. Families and children will cut, shape and paint recycled water and soda bottles to create leaves and blossoms that will be attached to a tree form to create a temporary public art piece. The tree will be lighted during the Summer Breeze performance immediately following the completion of the project, and will be removed and taken to a recycling center the next day.