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Firehouse Art Center Presents Midsummer Nights’ Fair
By Tourism Industry Partner
NORMAN, OK - Arts, crafts & extremely talented musicians will once again bring Lions
Park alive for two evenings, July 8th & 9th from 6:00 – 11:00 PM, during the Firehouse Art
Center’s Midsummer Nights’ Fair. There will be 30 artist booths filled with high quality
artistic items, paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery, woodwork and more.
Artists in attendance this year are:
John Matthew Murray
James Edward Kyzer
Patricia & Howell Collins
Lori J. Mendenhall
Cecelia K. Yoder
J. Kent Stewart
Patricia & William Clark
Tamey Fernadez & Juanita Williams
Chris & Dion Burnett
The judges selected for this event are Barbara Broadwell and Charlene Wiedell. Judging
will take place early Friday evening and the awards will be handed out later that night.
Charleen Weidell is the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Jewelry and
Metalsmithing at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a Metalsmith with a passion
for creating sensuous metal forms made from flat sheets of silver and copper that are
formed through the repeated blows of a hammer. She has an M.F.A. degree in Jewelry and
Metalsmithing from San Diego State University where she studied under renowned metal
artists Helen Shirk and Arline Fisch.
Barbara Broadwell is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Mixed Media at the
University of Central Oklahoma. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Sonoma State
University in 1998 and an MFA in Ceramics from San Diego State University in 2002.
She maintains a studio in which she continues to make artwork in drawings, printmaking,
ceramics and sculpture. She maintains an active exhibition record and has been a
recipient of numerous awards.
The artist booths surround the Firehouse’s centrally located 30’ x 50’ tent. During the two
evenings, the tent is home to Firehouse instructors demonstrating what goes on inside the
Firehouse all year long. Jewelry teacher Elyse Bogart will be crafting silver jewelry pieces
both nights with a few of her longtime students. Sculptor Craig Swan will be working on a
sculpting piece while ceramics instructors David Fortner and Florene Welcher will be
throwing clay pots on a pottery wheel. Firehouse Art Center drawing teachers Nick Wu
and Pam Bradford will demonstrate, and be joined by guest artist Rick Fry, painter and
Director of the Norman Performing Arts Studio. As well, Bill Boettcher will be carving
away Friday evening.
This year’s fair has a tremendous lineup of local talent who are ready to entertain Norman
residents both evenings. Two large stages located on different ends of the park provide
simultaneous non-stop music:
Stage I (southwest corner of park)
7:00 Aaron Squirrel Band
8:00 The Stumblers
9:00 Damn Quail
Stage II (Northwest corner of park)
6:00 Brittani Moon
7:00 Zach Miller
8:00 Dylan Hammett
9:00 PA PA Win
McMichael Music Rock Clinic Bands will be performing Friday and Saturday night on the
smaller stage from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Children’s Art Wall
The Children’s Art Wall is a free art activity that provides 160 children a opportunity to
creatively express themselves painting on a public mural project during a community
event. The Art Wall is 2-foot by 56-foot, double-sided running fence, displayed in Lions
Park. At each event children are provided with an apron, acrylic paint and a 1' x 2'
rectangular space in which to create. The FAC will be awarding scholarships for classes at
the Firehouse to children who participated in the Art Wall. To inspire the children, a 4-
foot by 64-foot wall was installed for local artists and community members to create
artwork for the community. The Norman Public Arts Board has recognized the Children’s
Art Wall as one of Norman’s Public Art Works and the Art Wall is listed on the city of
Norman’s website among other public sculpture in Norman.
Firehouse Art Center’s Creative Clay Animal Project
The Firehouse Creative Clay Animal Project is another free art activity that takes place
during Midsummer Nights’ Fair. It provides children an opportunity to sculpt threedimensional
animals and collectively build a wildlife sculpture refuge. The goal of the
Firehouse Creative Clay Animal Project is to allow children to be creative and experience
sculpting with clay while learning about art education and how all-living things are
connected on our planet.
Midsummer Nights’ Fair has approximately 6000 attending the two-night event with adult
artist demonstrations on the Adult Art Wall, 30 artist booths and two stages presenting
musical performances. This year’s musical lineup is:
About the Festival
The Midsummer Nights’ Fair is the Firehouse Art Center’s way of giving back to the
community. “The Norman community is very supportive of the Firehouse Art Center, and
each year we like to take this opportunity to say thank you with this wonderful event,”
said Douglas Shaw Elder, Executive Director of the Firehouse Art Center.
The Firehouse Art Center will host the 34th annual Midsummer Nights’ Fair on Friday, July
8 and Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. both nights. This event will be held
at Lions Park, at the corner of Flood Avenue and Symmes, just north of the Firehouse Art
Center. For additional information on the Midsummer Nights’ Fair, contact Carla Chew at
the Firehouse Art Center, 405.329.4523, or visit our website at normanfirehouse.com.
Information for Artists
Artists interested in creating a 4’ x 4’ panel on the adult art wall should contact Executive
Director, Douglas Shaw Elder, either by phone, 405.329.4523, or by email,
firstname.lastname@example.org before July 5th.
ABOUT THE NORMAN FIREHOUSE ART CENTER – The Norman Firehouse Art Center,
Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves Norman and surrounding communities by
offering visual art classes for students of all ages, as well as gallery exhibitions of the
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Carla Chew, Operations Coordinator
Firehouse Art Center