I’m testing a new monthly article series called Art Alert. Art Alert will feature exhibitions opening in galleries throughout the state. I will still do some individual stories and interviews, but I thought I would try having a single post for all of the openings for convenience. Let me know what you think of the idea!

ALTERNATIVE - Photo by studio1409

Illuminate and ALTERNATIVE

MAINSITE Contemporary Art
122 E. Main St., Norman, OK 73069
Opens Friday, June 12
Mary James Ketch, Lindsey Bochniak, Sarah Day-Short and Jessica Craddock are members of Fringe, an Oklahoma City collective of contemporary women artists working together to promote progressive and forward thinking ideas. They are teaming up to present Illuminate, a group show composed of a variety of mediums, united by the comraderie of the women binding together to further their cause and each other as working artists.

studio1409 – he prefers to keep his birth name private – is a Norman-based photographer who is keeping the art of film alive in a digital age, presenting a series of shots of “alternative” models taken using “alternative” methods (ambrotype) and printed using “alternative” materials in an exhibit suitably titled ALTERNATIVE.

An opening reception to celebrate these two exhibits will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman, Oklahoma. Illuminate and ALTERNATIVE will run through Friday, July 10 with a closing reception scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. with an artist talk taking place at 6:30 p.m.

Both of the receptions take place as a part of Norman Art Council’s monthly 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, a celebration of local artists, shops, galleries, venues and restaurants in Downtown Norman.

The Library Gallery in MAINSITE will showcase the work of Norman Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner Kim Rice, who previously exhibited there in April with the OU MFA Thesis Exhibition.

Fragile Armor

Fragile Armor

Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East Brady, Tulsa, OK 74120
Opens June 5
Chase’s exhibit consists of several paper garment sculptures, which together are known as Fragile Armor. This exhibit is an exploration of the ways in which garments can serve as expressive vessels of identity. Using fairy tales as a lens, Chase wanted to examine the contrast between interior and exterior states, between appearance and reality.

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Emily Chase made these dresses of paper which masquerades as fabric. They appear as objects which can be used to cover and protect our bodies, but are in fact too fragile to function. In this way, the identities we project through our outward appearance are often different than our inward experiences. We wear our clothing as armor, trying to hide our overwhelming fragilities.

For more info on Emily Chase, please visit her site: emilymchase.com



Living Arts of Tulsa
307 East Brady, Tulsa, OK 74120
Opens June 5
Works from artists across Oklahoma celebrate the creativity and diversity of fiber art in the FiberWorks 2015 exhibit.

The juried exhibit features not only original work in traditional needlecraft methods, but unexpected and atypical use of various types of fiber. FiberWorks 2015 pieces include quilting, weaving, soft sculpture, beading, basketry, paper, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, felting, and even non-fiber works which utilize normal fiber arts techniques.

Art by Klair Larason

individual experiences

DNA galleries
1709 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Opens: Thursday, June 11
Artist Klair Larason displays new works filled with a mixture of vibrant colors, fluid shapes and textures from both manmade and natural origin. Using her personally developed foil gum wrapper gilding process, each piece relates to “individual experiences” from the artist’s life from the last 2 years. The concept behind each piece is explored with the use of skulls, bones and 2-d surfaces as support structures for the gum wrapper medium. A playful palette of colors flow in an almost liquid state over the visually raw elements of the skull and bone based pieces, creating a sense of contrast and layered meaning. To accompany this series, Klair has produced a series of skateboard decks which contain patterns made up of select pieces from the show.

Artist Preview Reception: June 11th 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza: June 12th 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs June 11th – July 3rd

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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