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Better than Black Friday, It’s 2nd Friday
By Tourism Industry Partner
NORMAN, Okla. - The Norman Arts Council throws the city’s largest Art Party this Friday with the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art beginning at 6:00 p.m. Whether you visit the Firehouse Art Center or Dreamer Concepts Studio & Foundation, there is art, music, and fun available this Friday.
There is shopping to be done as well. Buying local and buying art for your family and friends is one of the best ways to not only support your local community of artists and art organizations, but also a way for you to give a unique gift that won’t depreciate in value, sit in a closet, or be thrown out by the beginning of Summer.
The Norman Arts Council encourages you to support the local artists and art organizations this holiday season. Whether you are purchasing one-of-a-kind art pieces, buying a gift certificate for the difficult to shop for relative, or attending an art organization’s event, these are your hard-earned dollars going to support your favorite local artist. It may be that you have seen an artist’s work at a 2nd Friday event or always wanted to attend a show with your family, but please choose to support your local community and your local arts.
As always, 2nd Friday Circuit of Art is offering everyone in the City of Norman a chance to see a wide diversity of art. From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., NAC members can ride the CART for free just by showing their membership card. Non-members can ride the CART for just $0.50 per ride or $2.00 for the entire evening.
2nd Friday Circuit of Art, a collaboration between the Norman Arts Council, Norman Gallery Association, CART and many participating galleries and businesses, brings the art out every month in Norman. 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.
As always, all events are free and open to the public from 6:00 p.m. until at least 9:00 p.m.
Members of the Norman Gallery Association and its supporting organizations schedule other free activities and openings throughout the night.
If you would like to become a member of the Norman Arts Council and support 2nd Friday Circuit of Art, go online to www.normanarts.org/membership.
EVENTS FOR 2ND FRIDAY CIRCUIT OF ART:
- SONDER MUSIC – (225 E Gray St, 405-474-9734) The University of Oklahoma Baccano Club proudly presents an exhibition of student photography celebrating the Italian study abroad experience. Immagini d'Italia is an entirely student-curated photography exhibition celebrating the Italian study abroad experience offered at the University of Oklahoma by displaying original works submitted by students from their time in Italy. The exhibition is presented by OU's Baccano Club, a club dedicated to appreciation and enjoyment of Italian Culture. Espresso and authentic Italian deserts will be provided, with all donations benefitting Baccano Club. The opening reception is from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, and will also feature a live jazz band. Information will also be available for anyone interested in studying abroad after seeing the exhibition.
- SHEVAUN WILLIAMS – (221 E Main St, www.shevaunwilliams.com) Africa: Images of Beauty and Biodiversity by Shevaun Williams
- DREAMER CONCEPTS STUDIO & FOUNDATION (324 E Main St, 405-701-0048) Please join us as we celebrate Dreamer Concepts' 4th Birthday!!!!
Dreamer Concepts will be hosting our 30th opening reception with the opening reception of Dreamer 30: Artists of Portraiture. Dreamer 30 featured artists include works by Beth Casperson, Sam Scott, Keetah Simonds, Sarah Warmker and Nikki Zwaan. The idea for this exhibit focuses on a quote by Oscar Wilde, 'Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of an artist, not the sitter.'
During this event, patrons will have the opportunity to be a part of some exciting birthday celebration surprises. In addition to celebrating, Dreamer will feature a ton of fun, one-of-a-kind retail items for the holidays including ceramics, hand-made dolls, prints, jewelry and commissioned portraits.
Not only is this event free and family friendly, but we are inviting all members of the family to join us....even your furry ones. Dreamer 30 is a pet friendly (if your furry friend is nice) event and there may even be a couple of local pet celebrities among the crowd.
More exciting details about Dreamer 30 will be heading your way!!!
This event was made possible with support from Dreamer Concepts members, Republic Bank & Trust, Native Roots Market, Coach's Brewhouse, Amy Cakes, Campus Liqours and the Norman Arts Council.
- PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO - (200 S Jones Ave, 405-307-9320) Paintings by artist Brad Price will be on display December through January at the Performing Arts Studio, located in the historic Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones Avenue.
An opening reception for Price will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 10, in conjuction with the Second Friday Circuit of Art along with a special holiday performance by the Norman Community Choral Society beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for the exhibition or reception.
- AWEN ACADEMY (2203 W Main St. #16, 405-255-7713) will present select dances from Act II of the Nutcracker, as well as other holiday pieces featuring contemporary ballet. Performers will range in age from 5 to 26. Though Awen Academy is newly opened, it provides elite training in ballet and ballroom, and was the only studio in the Oklahoma City metro area to take students to the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix semi-regional competition in Houston, TX.
- GALLERY 123 (123 E Main St) is having a holiday event - One Peace At A Time. On those days, the gallery will donate 10% of all sales to Food and Shelter for Friends. We invite you to come up and help us eat all those delectable chocolate treats. Gallery 123 is located on the second floor, above Forward Foods, at 123 E. Main St.
- GRAY OWL COFFEE – (223 E Gray St, 405-701-2929) will have new work up by Alan Hatcher, an artist from Norman who lives in Chicago. It’s their first show to have one person fill the entire space, so should be pretty interesting.
- FIREHOUSE ART CENTER (444 S Flood, 405-329-4523) continues the Holiday Gift Gallery! More information on the Firehouse Art Center can be found online at www.normanfirehouse.com.
- MAINSITE CONTEMPORARY ART (122 E. Main, 405-292-8095) Wine, cheese and featuring art by Sherwin R. Tibayan, Alexandra Knox, Alejandro Bagajewicz, Mike Hill, and Geoff Krawczyk
- FRED JONES JR MUSEUM OF ART (555 Elm Ave, 405-325-3272) will have Art activities: holiday cards, Live performing arts presented by Norman High School ensembles: global & general music, theatre, jazz & show choirs, Short films presented by deadCENTER Film Festival: O Pintor De Ceos [Painter of the Skies] and Junko’s Shamisen, and free admission 6-9 pm.
- STANDING BUFFALO ART GALLERY (106 E Main St, 405-701-4060) features Norman’s finest selection of American Indian fine art in every media: paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery, baskets, rugs, sculpture and an excellent selection of made in Oklahoma gifts.
- MAGGY’S THREAD DESIGN – (122 E Main St, 405-664-4634, above MAINSITE) Christmas at Maggy’s. If you’re looking for a special Christmas gift that is handmade and one-of-a-kind, Maggy s Thread Designs is your destination. You ll find handbags, hats, scarves, jewelry, aprons and belts; all made with care and quality materials. New items this year are Prayer Boxes and display dolls (only four left). Maggy’s is owned and operated by Juanita Williams and Tamey Fernandez, a mother-daughter team. Working from our studio for the past eight years, we have worked as professional fiber artists, designing and creating quality items with distinct patterns, colors and textures. We are an active partner of Norman’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. As strong supporters of the Norman Arts Council, we participate in local festivals including May Fair and the Midsummer Night. Hours: December 10, Friday Noon to 10 p.m., December 11, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and December 12, Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. A personal Avon distributor will also be available to help you with last minute gifts. We are at our studio most days. To visit us, just select Maggy’s on the buzzer for entrance. You may also visit Maggy’s by calling Juanita Williams at 664-4634 or Tamey Fernandez at 406-7866. E-mail addresses are: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are other participating venues and 2nd Friday supporting organizations that you will want to visit on the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art:
• HALL OF TATTOOS – (328 E Main St, 405-364-7335)
• THE CRUCIBLE – (110 E Tonhawa St, 405-579-2700)
• IRON STARR BARBECUE – (575 S University Blvd, 405-310-3233)
• STASH – (412 E Main St, 405-701-1016)
• MARISSA’S EATERY – (318 E Main St)
• SOONER THEATRE (101 E Main St, 405-321-9600)
• TRIBES 131 (131 24th Ave, 405-329-4442)
• NATIVE ROOTS MARKET - 132 W Main St
• PINK ELEPHANT CAFÉ - 301 E Main St, 405-307-8449
• BISHOP CREEK STUDIOS - 123 E Main St
• DOJO STUDIOS - 527 E Main, 405-301-0031
• COACH’S BREWHOUSE- 110 W. Main St, 405-321-2739
• SAM NOBLE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (2401 Chautauqua Ave, 405-325-4712)
• JACOBSON HOUSE – 609 Chautauqua Ave, 405-366-1667
• STUDIO ZEN – 737 Asp Ave, 405-329-2859
• FREEBIRDS WORLD BURRITO– 746 Asp Ave, 405-364-7736
• BILL & DEE’S – 311 E Main St, 405-321-9239
• OPOLIS – 113 North Crawford Ave, 405-447-3417
• BISON WITCHES – 211 E. Main St, 405-364-7555
• OTHELLO’S – 434 Buchanan Ave, 405-360-2353
• GUESTROOM RECORDS – 125 E Main St, 405-701-5974
• MCNELLIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE – 121 E Main St, 405-928-5801
• MICHELANGELO’S COFFEE & WINE BAR – 207 E Main St, 405-579-3387
Contact: Josh Lunsford
Norman Arts Council