POSTED ON DECEMBER 1, 2010:
Rounding Up the Arts
As the holidays approach, UTW checks out the shows around T-Town
All good things must come to an end as the saying goes, but every now and then they come back again. Such is the case with the artists of Tulsa's former Color Connection Gallery. Originally opened on Peoria 19 years ago before moving to Utica Square in 2000, Color Connection Gallery was completely artist-owned and operated by 11 local artists.
The gallery closed its doors in December 2009 and now, one year later, its original artists are organizing a reunion show at one of Tulsa's newest galleries, Savage Gallery, 2205 E. 6th St. The opening for the Reunion Show will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5-8pm. The show will be open through Dec. 30.
The Reunion show will feature the work of 14 artists who participated in Color Connection Gallery throughout its existence. Staying true to Color Connection's original ambition of exhibiting artists with diverse styles and backgrounds, the Reunion Show promises a the same array of nature, landscape and abstract work that made the gallery a favorite for many years among patrons and art lovers.
In addition to a sampling of major works from each of the 14 artists, small works and hand-painted cards will also be on sale giving a variety of options and price points for visitors.
The gallery will be manned by contributing artists during opening night as well as the following Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4. For the remainder of the show's run, the neighboring Gallery of Sixth will oversee the gallery.
Liz Ingersoll at Equality Center
On the first Thursday of every month, Oklahomans for Equality showcases the work of a different local artist at their downtown facility. December's featured artist is Tulsa photographer Liz Ingersoll. In recent months, Ingersoll has been making a name for herself as one of Tulsa's most up-and-coming photographers.
Since June 2010, Ingersoll has shown a different collection of her work every month at various artistic venues and events around Tulsa, including Jenks Saturday Art Walk, Jenks Art on Main, Art in the Square (at which one of her photographs won best in show) and the Brady Arts District's Club 209. Her most recent body of work will open at the Oklahomans for Equality's Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th St., in downtown Tulsa. The opening will take place on Dec. 2 from 6-9pm and will run through Jan. 3.
Entitled Inspiration Collection, Ingersoll's photographs are intended to inspire and motivate both the artist herself as well as visitors inside and out of the gay and lesbian community. Ingersoll has dedicated the past year and half to shooting photographs of places in Tulsa and elsewhere that are important to her resulting in dramatic yet familiar scenes that often go over looked around the city.
Her passion and artistic skill result in stunning photographs depicting scenes of the city shot through a very intentional and thoughtful eye.
"I want to make local art affordable for everybody," she said. "I want to put local landmarks in people's offices and homes as well as in their hearts."
Four Elements at Living Arts
Four artists -- Laurie Spencer, Bob Hawks and Jan Shipley Hawks of Tulsa, and Elyse Bogart of Oklahoma City -- are coming together for a collaborative exhibition called The Four Elements at Living Arts, opening Dec. 3 from 5-9pm. The show will be on display through Dec. 23.
Curated by Living Arts' Artistic Director Steve Liggett, the exhibit is a modern translation of the traditional elements of life -- Earth, water, air and fire -- interpreted through the four artistic mediums of clay, fiber, metal and wood. The artists' backgrounds come from fine arts as well as craft and the work created ranges from sculpture to jewelry.
More information is available at livingarts.org.
Rosemary Daugherty at Circle Cinema
The work of Tulsa painter Rosemary Daugherty is on display at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave., in her current show, Swank Girls. In this body of work, Daugherty has created eight individual mixed media portraits of women derived from her own imagination. The women in this fun and energetic series of paintings represent Daughtery's own reflections on what it is to be a woman in America today by exploring the lives of women doing their best to remain true to themselves and achieve their dreams.
A contemporary American woman herself, Daugherty boldly invites non-traditional, yet highly feminine painting mediums into her work such as glitter, nail polish and gloss, as well as acrylic paint. The charming lines, colors and flirtatious energy Daughtery imparts into her work speaks strongly to classic femininity, yet is contrasted by Daugherty's aim of exposing the lives of contemporary women from a feministic and modern point of view. Each portrait is accompanied by a name and description of the women revealing who they are and who they hope to become.
"Pieces of my life and people that I know are woven throughout their stories," Daugherty said.
Eight x Two
The annual Eight x Two show will open at Gallery Emunah at Congregation B'nai Emunah, 1719 S Owasso. The show will feature the work of eight Tulsa artists including: Ruth Nelson, David Lebow, Mark J. Weiss, Nina Butkin, Jonathan Johnson, Wendeline Matson and Taylor Parish. Eight x Two opens on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30pm. More information is available at tulsagogue.com.
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