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OKC’s Revitalized Art Scene Provides Ample Opportunity

Istvan Gallery at Urban Art Celebrates Fourth-Year with New Art Installation


OKLAHOMA CITY – With the revitalized art scene in Oklahoma City, Istvan Gallery is celebrating its fourth anniversary as a gallery within Urban Art on Western with its 17th art installation opening Nov. 11.


“The art scene in Oklahoma City hasn’t been this vibrant since the 1960s,” said Stephen Kovash, Istvan Gallery owner. “Celebrating our fourth anniversary not only shows the staying power of our business model at Istvan Gallery, it is also a symbolic celebration of how the people of Oklahoma City are embracing and taking ownership of the art scene here.”


The Paseo Arts District started the movement of art communities across Oklahoma City in the 1920s. Now Oklahoma City has arts districts, including Automobile Alley, the Film Exchange and the Plaza Arts District.


“We’ve latched on to the Plaza District,” Kovash said. “We’re a few blocks away and coordinate our quarterly openings with their second Friday events. Oklahoma City provides ample opportunity for artists to create and art enthusiasts to join in.”


This quarter, Istvan Gallery will be showcasing the work of six Oklahoma artists. Rick and Tracey Bewley of Art Fusion Studios are fused glass artists who have always shown at Istvan Gallery, but this quarter the Bewleys have produced several large-scale and backlit pieces in addition to their traditional small-scale, freestanding 3D and sculptural pieces.


Returning artists include metal sculptor Dan Garrett, mixed media painter Billy Reid and furniture maker Todd Graham.


New to Istvan Gallery is featured artist and executive director of the Plaza Arts District, Kristen Vails, who is known across the state for her acrylic paintings of horses.


In reference to the growth of the arts in Oklahoma City, Vails said there is more space for artists to show their work and more opportunities for art patrons to take part in viewing and purchasing artwork.


The Istvan Gallery’s quarterly art installation will preview with an artists’ reception Friday, Nov. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. and an open house on Nov. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will continue through Jan. 30, 2012.


The opening reception is free, open to the public and will include entertainment, light hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Visitors can also observe glass blowing demonstrations by artists at Blue Sage Studio.


Istvan Gallery is over 4,000 square feet of wall and floor space with new exhibits installed quarterly. Istvan Gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Opening celebrations include a reception on Friday from 6 to10 p.m. and open house on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (405) 831-2874 or visit


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Editor’s note: For more information, high resolution photos or to set up an interview with Stephen Kovash or an artist, contact Anglin Public Relations (405) 840-4222.