Tulsa, OK., April 25, 2011 – The original artwork for the Mayfest 2011 poster, created by local artist Michelle Firment Reid, will be unveiled on Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30p.m. at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus, located at 700 N. Greenwood Ave.

A Contemporary Abstract Expressionist artist, Michelle Firment Reid has been painting for the past twenty years. Born 1968 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, she enjoyed a well-traveled childhood in Europe, very much influenced by the art and culture around her.

She later spent many years in a suburb of Washington D.C. where she received a BFA from The Corcoran College of Art and Design and worked in Graphic and Disguise Department for the Central Intelligence Agency. She apprenticed under Washington, D.C. sculptor Joan Danzinger.  Now a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the past 14 years, Reid enjoys a studio in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District. 

"I enjoy experimenting with paint while contemplating and negotiating between time and space," says the artist. "I am currently incorporating lyrical abstraction within the painting as thoughts of expression and feeling through line and color. I hope to evoke emotion, allowing the viewer intimate pause and reflection."


Her most recent exhibits have been at Gallery One, Nashville, MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Tulsa PAC Gallery, and The Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City.


Don’t miss the unveiling of the 2011 Tulsa International Mayfest original poster artwork.  Posters will be available for purchase at the unveiling.  Posters are $25 if signed by the artist and $15 for unsigned.  Posters will also be available after the unveiling at the Mayfest offices, located at 1 W. 3rd St., Ste. 109 and the souvenir shop during the festival, May 19-22.  To see more of Michelle Firment Reid’s work, visit her Web site at www.michellefirmentreid.com


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Tulsa International Mayfest is a family friendly outdoor tribute to the arts and music created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers.  More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event on May 19-22, 2011.  For more information, visit www.tulsamayfest.org.