By Sue Schofield

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Join a collaboration of visual artists and musicians in a free public celebration of Oklahoma's "Spirit of Creativity" April 18-19 at Mission Hill, 1007 River View Drive, Norman.

More than 15 visual artists contributed paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber art and jewelry for display on the grounds and in the home Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. A first time event, Artists Open Studio, includes live ambient music both days.

The evening of April 18 at 7 p.m., Penny Hill and Ghost of Monkshood will offer a free concert. On both days, Deer Creek Winery will offer wine tastings at $1 per ounce and The Pink Elephant will have hors d'oeuvres available; Smoked Perfection will sell food at the evening concert.

All musicians are volunteering their talents to enhance the open studio. Donations are welcome. Art and CDs may be purchased at an information table in the foyer.

Participating artists include Sharon Burchett, Jim Cobb, Yvonne Evans, Tim Ezell, Lauren Gerfen, Almira Grammer, Matt Hill, Kenny McCage, Scott Mellgren, Nicole and Jason Moan, Sharon Montgomery, Don Narcomey, Brad Price, Sue Schofield, Asia Scudder, Cindy Smith, Cherie Tatge and Dan West.

Among the musicians are Tanner Blair, Tara Burnett, Benjamin Carter, Adam Clay, Steven Eiler, Kerry Folsom, Angela Heck and Chase Spivey.

Dan and Rosalyn West are hosting the Artists Open Studio in their home, an owner/architect collaboration, featured in a recent Firehouse Art Center ArchitecTOUR. Directions to Mission Hill, a map and additional participant information is at

Yvonne Evans, a native Oklahoman, has participated in numerous art competitions in Oklahoma and Texas, winning several awards, including two Best of Show, and most recently, the bronze award of "Best Artist in Norman." Of her work, she says "Nothing excites me more than the human figure. I am striving to put down on canvas an image that provokes a particular emotion, a feeling, or perhaps a recollection of the past."

Impressionist painter Brad Price has participated in national and international exhibitions, winning many awards. His distinctive style reflects the vibrancy of the southwest landscape. Galleries in Santa Fe and Cimarron, N.M. as well as MSB Gallery in Oklahoma City represent his work. Another prize-winning landscape artist with a unique style is Almira Grammer whose works emphasize color.

Kenny McCage applies welding skills learned in the Navy to creating abstract pieces, which are found throughout the area. Asia Scudder creates wire sculptures that are both personal and "abstract, fluid and whimsical." A softer medium is the fiber collage of artist Lauren Gerfen with elements of embroidery and crochet. Her "emphasis is on process and memory as represented through the use of traditional craft techniques."

Sharon Montgomery, another mixed media artist, uses wood, fabric and Plexiglas in her sculptures. Previously a printmaker, her new work is both art collage and narrative, featuring The Lollipop Man who "travels through the world seeking balance and searching for the truth." She is represented by Istvan Gallery in Oklahoma City.

Dan West, an artist and marquetry expert, designed and built his home, Mission Hill, as a work of art. Sited on a hill north of Norman, the distinctive green-roofed cupola provides a beacon for visitors.

For additional information about the Artists Open Studio, call West at 570-7935 or Sue Schofield at 447-2439.

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