NORMAN, Ok. - It's your favorite time of the month, again! Come enjoy a Friday evening filled with the Norman art community at the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art on Novemeber 11 from 6-9 p.m. Brought to you by the Norman Arts Council, guests are invited to walk throughout the City of Norman and the Downtown Arts District, experiencing the community, the refreshments, and of course- the local art!

 

Pleasure your ears this Friday with a live concert from Harp Chamber Music in the Natalie and Paul Buckthal Gallery at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. In the Orientation Room two short films, "First and Female" and "All that Remains" will be viewed from the deadCENTER Film Festival.

 

Don't forget to take the Campus Area Art Challenge! Visit at least three campus area art locations on 2nd Friday, participate in a scavenger hunt and turn in your completed form to be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Muse, the museum store at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Participating institutions include OU's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Firehouse Art Center, Jacobson House Native Art Center and OU's Fine Arts Library. Forms can be picked up and turned in at any of the four locations.

 

Help a great cause as veteran Mike Simmons features his work at Dreamer Concepts in the exhibit, "Dreamer 39: Art for Anderson's Heart." Simmons tackles the large canvases with the use of one, limited-dexterity hand, and all proceeds from his exhibit raise money for his grandson, Anderson.

 

Local band Crown Imperial will be playing this Friday at Anty Shanty at 8 p.m. Come to this free concert to hear what Doug Hill from the Norman Transcript describes as a "highly listenable take on indie rock."

 

STASH welcomes all on 11-11-11 for the return of Norman's finest fire dancers, and the opening show of Norman native, Nathan Price. Enjoy bites, beverages and live dj music during this celebration to make the zeros mad on Friday, 11-11-11. 

 

Get into the holiday spirit this Friday with the Firehouse Art Center! Enjoy the apple cider and holiday music as you peruse the unique gift items in the Holiday Gift Gallery, opening this Friday until December 24.

 

Feast your eyes on J. Kent Stewart's "Drawn of the Dead" which is a combination of realism, impressionism, characterization and surrealism at MerryBelle's Gifts, Art & Tea this Friday. Most of his paintings are a tribute to those who have had an impact on him and have since passed on.  Then, you will be able to turn your eye's over to a bit of whimsy and fantasy on Madison Plumlee's paintings on drawings.  Her focus is to tug at your heartstrings with cuddly and cute animals, combined with bright, candy colors, allowing you to take the time to enjoy the cheery and unexpected.  As always, we will have live music and sips and bits to enjoy. Scissortail School of Art will be offering to let you make turkeys from your and your child's handprint.  As always, this craft is free and for all ages! 

 

With the 125 pieces of art normally displayed at Park on Main, there will also be an assortment of oil paintings on canvas by Nalini Sabapathy. She will be onsite showing her portraits and Tuscan landscapes from her time studying art in Italy.

 

There is a lot happening at LWPB Architecture this Friday! View the interesting color combinations and plays on shape in Jim Shelley's glasswork including pendants, jewelry pieces, plates and more. Also, Norman High School student Monica Saavedra will be showing her photography. You won't want to miss this emerging artist! Lastly, Lorena McClain, LWPB's own intern architect, will be showing her mixed media pieces.

 

Due to popular interest Third Eye Gallery is holding the "Life, the Universe, and Everything" exhibit for a little bit longer! Come check out Norman artist Garrett Shockey's pieces as he transforms the forgotten and discarded into things new and beautiful.

 

Lastly, the Performing Arts Studio and the Jacobson House have collaborated to present an exhibition of Oklahoma Native American art at the Norman Depot from 6-9 p.m. View the works of art from the Jacobson House permanent collection and several individual Native American artists. Along with the pieces, enjoy light refreshments while listening to Jacobson House singers with John Kemble and Jacobson House flute player Kevin Connywerdy.

 

These and many other events take place during the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art only in Norman, Oklahoma.

 

2nd Friday Circuit of Art - a monthly, citywide celebration of art - is a collaboration between artists, art organizations, and businesses, brought to you by the Norman Arts Council. Whether you like dance, painting, photography, or music, there will be something for you to see and hear during the 2nd Friday of this month in Norman. All events are free and open to the public from 6:00 p.m. until at least 9:00 p.m.

 

More information is available online at www.2ndFridayNorman.com. For information on other Norman Arts Council events, please visit www.NormanArts.org, or call the NAC office at 405-360-1162.

 

EVENTS FOR 2ND FRIDAY CIRCUIT OF ART NOVEMBER 11, 2011:

PARTICIPATING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

 

Firehouse Art Center (444 S Flood) opens their Holiday Gift Gallery featuring handmade original works of art, perfect for seasonal gifts. Enjoy apple cider and holiday music as you peruse the unique gift items.

 

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave) Live Music; Natalie and Paul Buckthal Gallery Harp Chamber Music, Short Films: Orientation Roompresented by deadCENTER Film Festival, First and Female (22 min., USA), All that Remains (5 min., USA),

 

This fall, take the Campus Area Art Challenge! Visit at least three campus area art locations on 2nd Friday, participate in a scavenger hunt & turn in your completed form to be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Muse, the museum store at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Participating institutions include OU's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Firehouse Art Center, Jacobson House Native Art Center & OU's Fine Arts Library. Forms can be picked up & turned in at any of the four locations.

 

Performing Arts Studio (200 S Jones Avenue) collaborates with the Jacobson House to present an exhibition of Oklahoma Native American art at the Norman Depot from 6-9 p.m. View the works of art from the Jacobson House permanent collection and several individual Native American artists. Along with the pieces, enjoy light refreshments while listening to Jacobson House singers with John Kemble and Jacobson House flute player Kevin Connywerdy

 

Dreamer Concepts (324 E Main St.) raises money for veteran Mike Simmons' grandson through the exhibit "Dreamer 39: Art for Anderson's Heart." The exhibit will feature works by Simmons, who tackles large canvases with the use of one, limited-dexterity hand.

 

Jacobson House (at Santa Fe Depot) Featuring the PopArt of filmaker Steven Judd Kiowa/Choctaw & Seminole Patchwork at the Historic Jacobson House with flute playing by Kevin Connywerdy 6-9pm. The Performing Arts Studio and the Jacobson House have collaborated to present an exhibition o­f Oklahoma Native American art at the Norman Depot from 6-9 p.m.

 

MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council (122 E Main St) invites guests to the closing reception of Marilyn Artus, John Hadley and the first NAC Individual Artist Award winner Tara Najd Ahmadi.

 

NORMAN ARTS COUNCIL COMMUNITY PARTNERS:

 

STASH (412 E Main St) welcomes all on 11-11-11 for the return of Norman's finest fire dancers, and the opening show of Norman native, Nathan Price. Enjoy bites, beverages and live dj music during this celebration to make the zeros mad.

 

Downtown Sound Music Cooperative (115 S. Crawford Ave.) teams up with the Norman Queer Alliance to proudly present the Third Annual Queer and Women's Art Show. All are welcome to join and enjoy the live acoustic talents of Cait Moore & Aulbry Freeman.

 

Anty Shanty (318 E. Main St.) features a free, live indie rock concert by local band, Crown Imperial starting at 8 p.m.

 

Park on Main (3750 W. Main Street, Apt W) adds an assortment of oil paintings on canvas by Nalini Sabapathy to the collection of 125 pieces of art normally displayed at the office. Sabapathy will be onsite showing her portraits and Tuscan landscapes from her time studying art in Italy.

 

Gallery123 & Form+Function Lab (123 E. Main St, above Forward Foods) welcomes visitors to view new work by participating artists. Summer hours for Gallery 123 are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 4:30 - 7:30, during 2nd Friday Circuit of Art or by appointment.

 

Third Eye Gallery (120 E. Tonhawa) continues with the "Life, the Universe, and Everything" exhibit by Norman native, Garrett Shockey Shockey transforms the forgotten and discarded into things new and beautiful.

 

MerryBelle's Gifts, Art & Tea (230 E. Main St.)mixes realism, impressionism and surrealism with whimsical and fantasy with the work of two artists,J. Kent Stewart and Madison Plumlee. Stewart's paintings are a tribute to those who have impacted him in his exhibit, "Drawn of the Dead." Plumlee focuses on tugging at your heart strings with animals and bright colors. Scissortail School of Art invites you to come make turkeys using you and your children's hands. As always, the crafts are free!

 

Maggy's Thread Designs & Bill Williams' Studio (122 E Main St) will be open for guests!

 

Sandalwood & Sage (322 E Main St) will be open for visitors and will be providing refreshments!

 

LWPB Architects (128 E Main St) will be featuring the work of three different artists, Jim Sheley, Monica Saavedra and Lorena McClain. Jim Shelley plays with color combinations and shape with his glasswork including pendants, jewelry pieces, plates and more. His work includes everything from funky and glitzy to classy and interesting. Norman High School student Monic Saavedra will be showing her photography.Lastly, Lorena McClain, LWPB's own intern architect, will be showing her mixed media pieces.

  

For more information on the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art, visit www.2ndFridayNorman.com or follow us on Twitter @2ndFridayNorman or find us on Facebook!