Murv Jacob has been in and around Tahlequah for two decades, running the Jacob Gallery and winning half a hundred awards for his artwork.
This week, coinciding with the August edition of the First Friday Art Crawl, he throws open the doors of the Jacob Gallery Tulsa at 410 N. Main St., across from Cain's.
Originally, the plan was to open two weeks ago, but there was a very tiny music festival going on during that time, and the four or five Tulsans who actually attended the Center of the Universe Festival can attest to the fact that the new Jacob Gallery Tulsa would have been a little hard to get to, what with OK Go, Mutemath, and everyone else rocking so hard right outside the Cain's Ballroom.
But that wasn't too much of an upsetting thing for Jacob. Rather, he's just like everyone else when it comes to downtown revitalization.
"It's fantastic to see what is happening down here," Jacob said. "I have been to a hundred shows just across the street at the Cain's Ballroom."
Muskogee's Five Tribes Museum has recognized him as a master artist, and in his work, it is easy to see why. Largely a landscape painter, Jacob places characters on top of the landscape and hopes to create any number of emotions, situations, and reactions.
Jacobs has artwork on display throughout the region, including OU's Fred Jones Museum and the University of Arkansas Art Museum. He has also illustrated several books.
The Jacob Gallery - Tulsa will be hosting a grand opening on Friday, August 2nd from 6-9pm.
Yours is not to reason why
Fresh off a pretty great season, Sapulpa Community Theatre offers its patrons a head-scratcher this weekend and next with A Tuna Christmas.
Most theatergoers are familiar with the Joe Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard-penned Tuna oevre--the life and misadventures of a small, fictional Texas town populated by an insane amount of characters, all played by two actors.
For the Christmas edition, SCT veterans Todd Campbell and Terry Abell take on the multiple roles and face the holiday madness, Tuna-style -- which means dealing with a horrifyingly bad production of A Christmas Carol and an unknown Tunan who's wreaking havoc on the town's annual yard-decorating contest.
The Tuna series is anything but boring, and makes a sincere go at a laugh-a-minute. Audiences will not be disappointed.
Tickets for the show are $12 and are available at the door, online at eventbrite.com, or by phone at 918-227-2169. Sapulpa Community Theatre is located at 124 S. Water St.
Since Walking Dead doesn't start for two more months...
Last month, Will Hedgecock presented an original play in the black box theater at Thomas Edison Preparatory School. This weekend, his sister Emily follows his lead and presents her own Fever Dream, an absurdist, post-modern look at zombies. It's a funny show, and the playwright ain't exactly just off the turnip truck -- her play Handspeak was performed at the Kennedy Center in 2011 after winning an award from VSA, The International Organization on Arts and Disability.
PAINTING BY MELISSA KEY
Fever Dream runs Friday and Saturday, August 2-3 at 7pm at Edison, located at 2906 E. 41st St.
Finding fun uses for metal
It's too bad there's nothing going on at all for this month's First Friday.
For those of you scoring at home, that was sarcasm.
In addition to everything else either opening, continuing, or just greeting Tulsans wandering into the Brady Arts District this weekend, the Tulsa Artists' Coalition presents an exhibition by husband-and-wife team Melissa and Rob Key.
Heavy Metal will show the pair's work of mixed media. While Melissa Key works in abstract paintings, it is Rob's iron sculptures that give the show its name.
Trained as a welder, Rob eventually took some work creating ornamental iron works for a Florida company. It was a short leap from that into realizing that he had to skills and the vision to do something more artistic than weld aviation parts.
"I loved the freedom of it," he said in a statement. "Suddenly I wasn't repairing something; I was creating something. And if I could conceive it, I could make it."
And make it he has. Several of his sculptures form the show, alongside Melissa's paintings. However, the metal in the title isn't restricted to his work.
"Our work that we decided to create for the show is a mixture of steel sculpture and heavy metallics on canvas with lots of texture and layers," she said, meaning that there's metal in the paint, and that's pretty freaking cool.
There will be an opening reception for the Keys' work Friday August 2 from 6--9pm at the Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery (9 E. Brady St.). Heavy Metal will be on display through August 31 during TAC's regular gallery hours, which are Thursday through Saturday from 6-9pm, and by appointment.
And then there were...
The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa presents The Gatsby Murder Case: A Felonious Flapdoodle as this year's installment in the Harwelden Murder Mystery series.
True to what its name implies, this will be an evening of 1920s art deco fun, as audience members / participants will enjoy a dinner and a mystery as played out by the Harwelden Mystery Players. Prizes go to the best detectives, so you'll totally want to pay attention.
The Gatsby Murder Case: A Felonious Flapdoodle runs August 1-3 and 8-10 at 7pm. Tickets are $45 and available at 918-584-3333, extension 200. The Harwelden Mansion is located at 2210 S. Main St.
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