Oklahoma's own: International Artist and Iconic Entertainer
Acclaimed Oklahoma City artist Bert Seabourn, is an international artist who has 13 major national shows a year, trips to France, Singapore and Taiwan and paintings on the walls of the White House and the Vatican.
What inspired this story?
One of our crew members is Native American and he wanted to share the story of Mr. Seabourn, an artist well known for his distinctive flare for the native arts and most notably the “Birds of Prey” series of paintings.
Seabourn says it all started in 1955, when he enrolled in night school at Oklahoma City University. His art teacher, Roger White heavily influenced and inspired him as a non-objective abstract painter. Some years later, he changed to what is now his signature style; Indian Art Painting.
Even though he is a sought after artist, he still finds time to share with other burgeoning artists. Seabourn has taught art classes at the City Arts Center, now the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. He says that although his painting style is now more realist or expressionist style, he still teaches the native style art.
Our OETA Gallery episode shows some of his paintings and also some of his students at work. His advice; if you want to become a painter, start painting and paint a lot. If you concentrate on designing a page, your paintings will come to life. The living legend paints in oil, acrylic, color, watercolor, pen, ink and prints and paints at least 16 hours daily.
Find Bert Seabourn's works: http://www.50pennplacegallery.com/bseabourn.htm and
Find: the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center programs: http://oklahomacontemporary.org/
Find: Oklahoma City University Visual Arts Program: http://www.okcu.edu/visualart/
Hee Haw – The Hit TV show.
Did you know that over 50 Oklahoma actors participated in the hit TV series Hee Haw? This show aired on the CBS Network (1969-1971) and ran for another 20 years in syndication.
What inspired this story?
We found out that the Oklahoma History Center had created an exhibition about Oklahomans in the television and the entertainment industry. The exhibition included comedians, actors, musicians and more.
In this OETA Gallery episode, we interviewed Roy Clark, the star of Hee Haw who resides in Tulsa, OK, Jodi Miller country musician from Blanchard, OK who appeared on the show and Dr. Bob Blackburn, Director of the Oklahoma History Society, who was responsible for the Hee Haw exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center.
Our crew was at the opening night for the exhibit, and boy what a night it was!
Find: Roy Clark: http://www.travelok.com/rhythm-and-routes/artists/roy-clark where you can listen to his hit song: Yesterday when I was young.
Find: Jodi Miller: http://www.jodymillermusic.com/biography.html
Find: Oklahoma History Center: http://www.okhistory.org/historycenter/