Dance, art and other events in the Oklahoma City area by Nancy Condit
Friday, February 14, 2014
ISTVAN GALLERY OPENING TONIGHT
Four Cutting Edge Artists TONIGHT, February 14
Istvan Gallery Celebrates Valentine’s Day with New Art Installation
Not to deny his “street cred” but Dylan Bradway
has graduated from being an “Emerging Artist” to an established
artist. Growing up in Oklahoma City, Dylan was surrounded by a very
creative family atmosphere which allowed him to find his passion early
in his life. Throughout his schooling Dylan continued to build
his creative talents in many art related studies that led to his BFA
in Graphic Design with honors in 2006 and continues to be in great
demand as a graphic designer. With a drive for supporting emerging
artists he has built a close relationship with his local arts community.
Over the past 5 years Dylan has worked with his wife Amanda to
establish DNA Galleries
which specializes in showing local urban contemporary artist and
selling retail items produced by local artists. Dylan currently works as
a freelance graphic designer and co-owner of DNA Galleries in Oklahoma
City while pursuing his passion
for visual arts. His work has shown in many exhibits in the United
States including: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Brooklyn, Los Angeles
and Portland. In 2009 his work travelled overseas for a solo
exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
work is a part of a free flowing thought process that utilizes line,
gesture and form to create figural landscapes” states Bradway. The
artist’s work is exactly that, ethereal and moving. Think Maurice Sendak meets Jean-Michel Basquiat
addition to Bradway, featured artists for the February show at Istvan
Gallery will include Courtney Struttman, Michael Hatcher and Nathan
Courtney Struttmann recently
received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma with a Major in
Photography and Minor in Art History. Struttmann has shown across
Oklahoma including OU, the Brookside Gallery in Tulsa and at the
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum. Her photography is
innovative, edgy and multidimensional. She creates scenes using books,
vintage film and other found objects and photographs these creations
using non-traditional lighting and composition to challenge and
entertain the viewer. Her works incorporate themes including family,
history, lineage and memories.
Her recent projects have been an exploration of light and shadows using
dioramas portraying childhood memories. The dioramas are created using
cut out dictionary book pages in the shape of people or objects that
represent the scene depicted from my childhood. A single artificial
light spotlights the diorama but also casts another layer or dimension
in the shadow that the book page silhouettes create on the background.
The final images created contain two portrayals of the same memory.
a painter and sculptor also received his BFA in Studio Art from the
University of Oklahoma. Hatcher has shown regionally at OU, Kansas City
and at the Oklahoma Visual Arts Momentum. His current body of work
consists of paintings on canvas as well as “paintings” sculpted from
wood, acrylic and resin. The color, form and composition are reminiscent
of work by Oklahoma pop artist Edward Ruscha.
an art student at the University of Central Oklahoma and will graduate
this year with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has had several gallery shows
in Oklahoma, including Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s “Momentum.” He
has recently received the Claire Hart DeGloyer Memorial Fund award from
the Dallas Museum of Art.
a former psychology major turned art major, Evans uses his mixed media
drawings to communicate his interest in understanding grief and
bereavement. His work is inspired by funeral ceremonies for deceased
art uses drawing as a memorial for the dead. Through the process of
observation, drawing, shrouds, and the handling of the remains, I create
a ceremony for these animals and translate that into mixed media
drawings” says Evans.
work in this show is a product of those ceremonies and is beautiful and
intriguing. Per the artist, “I choose the animals that I do as a
metaphor. I think societies' response to death is to discredit and
ignore it. In a way societies' relationship to animals bred for food or
"lesser" animals like rodents and pigeons mimics that response. I feel
that they were ignored in life and disenfranchised in death. By making
them the sole subject of my drawing; I elevate them to deserve to be the
subject of my drawing. By giving them a voice I hope to give a voice to
four of the artists for the February art installation are all young,
and three of them are relatively new to the gallery scene, but the
quality of their work is representative of some of the top artistic
talent in the state. This show is a great opportunity to see examples of
the great young talent we have here in Oklahoma.
The February art installation at Istvan Gallery will debut with an
artists’ reception that is free and open to the public, Friday, Feb. 14
from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will include entertainment, light hors
d’oeurves and beverages. Visitors can also observe glass blowing
demonstrations by artists at Blue Sage Studio. The installation will
continue through March 22.
"Awkward Couple" Photobooth
Kids Craft with Bilingual Family
Jim Shelley Heart Necklace Giveaway
Friends of the Plaza VIP Area
“I love the Plaza…” Interactive Art Project
Plaza Valentine Giveaway
Bad Granny’s - Artwork by Melissa Gray in the Backroom
Collected Thread - Bouquets by Katie Huskerson of Birdie
Dig It - “Hoodoo Ya Love” & Underground Monster Carnival Giveaway
DNA Galleries – Featured Artists - Jason Pawley and Ross Adams of Tall Hill Creative
Istvan Galleries – February Opening and Artist’s Reception, Featured
Artists - Dylan Bradway, Michael Hatcher, Nathan Evans, and Courtney
Paint N Cheers – Painting Class: “Love Swing” Couples’ Painting
The Parish – Live music – DBOYD, Comics from New World Comics, Beer Sampling from Roughtail Brewery
PhotoArt Studios - Untitled Series by KO Rinearson
Pie Junkie – HapPi Hour all night, $3.14 a slice, Date Night Special - Cutie Pie and 2 Coffees $8
Tree & Leaf - OU Print Club’s “Dirty Laundry” Show with Live Screen Printing
The Society - Featured Artists - Jackie Miller and Amber Rae Black
Urban Wineworks - Valentine's Pre-Fixe Menu with live music from Adam Miller
Taste of Soul
Save The Date!
Mondays: Shawna Sershon Yoga, 5:45-7:00 p.m.
Februrary 14: Artist's Opening and Reception featuring Dylan Bradway, Nathan Evans, Michael Hatcher and Courtney Struttmann, 6:00-10:00 p.m.