Thursday, November 3, 2016


SONIC Free Family Day: The Art of the Book at OKCMOA
Everyone's invited to the Museum on Nov. 13
Inspired by the special exhibition, "Sacred Words: The Saint John's Bible and the Art of Illumination," SONIC Free Family Day on Nov. 13 will feature demonstrations by "The Saint John's Bible" artist calligrapher Diane von Arx. SONIC Free Family Day is a bi-annual event with art activities, story time and films. Free admission and all activities for the event, taking place from noon to 5 p.m., are made possible by SONIC, America's Drive-In. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located at
415 Couch Drive. 
"We are thrilled to have one of 'The Saint John's Bible' artists joining us for this fall's family day," said Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement. "Visitors can see her art in 'Sacred Words' and watch her demonstrate the art of calligraphy in Founders Hall. We hope that getting a behind the scenes peek into the calligraphy process will help visitors see the artwork on view in a new and exciting way."
In April, SONIC Free Family Day drew over 3,200 visitors to the Museum. At this fall's family day, families can practice designing illuminated letters, sketch in the galleries, see demonstrations by Diane von Arx and enjoy story time with Metro Public Library. Both adults and children will enjoy the film "The Secret of Kells," a children's story featuring illumination, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater.
"We are looking forward to another fun-filled SONIC Free Family Day at OKCMOA," said Christi Woodworth, vice president of public relations at Sonic Corp. "Each Family Day is a little different, providing new experiences for visitors both repeat and new to the Museum. The theme this fall, 'The Art of the Book,' provides families with many different opportunities to learn about and engage with illumination and calligraphy."  
"Sacred Words" presents the concept, historical context, technical execution and significance of "The Saint John's Bible" and illumination as an art form. "The Saint John's Bible" is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era. "Sacred Words" includes 70 selected folios from "The Saint John's Bible" as well as other historical illuminated manuscripts, such as Books of Hours, Qur'an pages and Torah scrolls. This exhibition will be open through Jan. 8, 2017. For more information about the exhibit, go to and follow the link.

For a full schedule and more details about Family Day, visit
About the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art serves over 125,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries and presents exhibitions from throughout the world. The Museum's collection covers a period of five centuries with highlights in European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, a growing collection of contemporary art, and one of the world's largest public collections of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The Museum boasts the region's premier repertory cinema, which screens the finest international, independent and classic films, and is home to the Museum School, which offers classes for students of all ages as well as art camps for children. Amenities include the Museum Store, a roof terrace and the Museum Cafe, a full-service restaurant, offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, a full bar and catering services. For more information, visit

Courtesy of OKCMOA and Nancy Condit


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