Locally owned store STASH, 412 E. Main, will celebrate its one-year anniversary in style during Norman’s monthly Second Friday Circuit of Art from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.
The event, which is being billed as “The Great Trifecta,” will feature numerous activities, including a community art piece, artwork on display by organization Lifestyles, a vintage photobooth, three DJs and refreshments.
STASH, which held its grand opening during last September’s Second Friday Circuit of Art, is a store built upon the ideals of its owners.
“I would say in three words STASH is vintage, fair-trade and local,” STASH co-owner Rebecca Bean said. “But beyond that, I hope that we really bring about a sense of community. I think that we do that by collaborating with all the other great people that make up Norman.”
STASH began as a conversation over tea between friends, but has quickly grown into one of the vibrant hotspots that makes Norman’s Main Street so popular.
“We had been talking about opening a store together,” STASH co-owner Della Patterson said. “We knew we wanted vintage, because we’re pickers and love finding great stuff. But we also knew that we wanted to support all of our artist friends and the people in the community that create great stuff but don’t have the resources to have a whole store. We knew we wanted local.”
For the one-year anniversary, Bean and Patterson will open STASH’s doors to the public for extended evening hours and will offer additional activities not normally featured.
In the annex in the back of STASH, a space that has recently been christened as art space “FIVE,” a large-scale, community art piece will be open for public interaction.
As they enter the space, attendees will be able to pick up a cup of paint, which they will then be able to pour onto a pedestal in the middle of the space. As participants add their cups of paint, a large-scale, multicolor painting will grow around the pedestal.
In addition to the community art piece, artwork by the clients of nonprofit organization Lifestyles will be on display and for sale.
Lifestyles, which offers support services to adults with development disabilities, provides art instruction to their clients as a tool for communication. Both the artwork for sale in STASH and the community art piece, which will be auctioned off at the end of the night, will go directly to benefit the work of Lifestyles.
For more information about The Great Trifecta, STASH or any other events the store will be hosting in the future, visit www.facebook.com/shopstash.