Upcoming art walk to tie into annual Norman Film Festival

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Madison Butler performs during a previous Second Friday Art Walk on Main Street in downtown Norman. Friday's Art Walk will work in conjunction with Norman Film Festival

Attendees of this week's 2nd Friday Art Walk will be "Going to the Movies."

The theme of Friday's event ties into the annual Norman Film Festival, which runs Friday and Saturday.

Most Film Festival activities are Saturday, but a 5:30 p.m. showing of "adults only" short films at Beer is Good Brewing Company, 216 E. Main St., kicks off both events. The film festival also includes an opening night party with film trivial at 6 p.m. at Lazy Circles Brewing, 422 E. Main St.

The Art Walk is from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Walker Arts District in downtown Norman.

Several businesses will be showing new art exhibits from local artists during the Art Walk. One such exhibit will be Resonator Institute, 325 W. Main St., where they will be showing local artist Rachel Stout and her exhibit entitled Transfixion. The exhibition will contain ink drawings that Stout said explore her creative process and expressions.

The Norman Public Schools' Elaine Fulton Hale Professional Development Center at 207 E. Gray St. will showcase the artwork of employees and their spouses in the "Off The Clock" exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cher Duncan, programs manager for Norman Arts Council, said the local exhibits are a big part of Art Walk.

"It's an opportunity to bring the community together and create a cultivation of community and togetherness," Duncan said. "It opens doors to people being able to experiment art in their own way, and it allows local artists to get their work out there and be seen and actually be able to sell their art and make a living off of it."

In addition to the exhibitions, this month's Art Walk will be the first event for Artifactory since its recent move to a new Main Street location. The store moved about three blocks to 106 E. Main St., and is now in a spot that is more than three times bigger than their old location.

Amy Baldwin, owner of Artifactory, said customer traffic from Art Walk is a huge part of the store's revenue, and said she is hopeful the new location will be even better.

"Art Walk is what pays our rent every month," she said. "It's by far our biggest day of the month. Sometimes we'll have 600 to 800 people come in our store. And I really feel like we're in an even better spot for future Art Walks."

The 106 E. Main St. store is also home to another business. Sewciety Quilt Co. is owned by Beth Windham, who is focusing on providing sewing-related services, products and classes.

"This will be my first Art Walk (as a business owner), so I'm really excited," Windham said.

A film festival event ends Friday activities with an 8 p.m. movie followed by a drag show at Bison Witches Bar & Deli, 211 E. Main St.,

For more information on 2nd Friday Art Walk, visit 2ndfridaynorman.com. For more information about the Norman Film Festival, go to www.normanfilmfest.com/.

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