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SKETCHIN’ & SKATIN’
The Caricature Art of Hector Lopez
You probably don’t know who Hector Lopez is, but perhaps you have seen his art. He is an illustrator, cartoonist and the Official Oklahoma City Thunder Caricature Artist. By day he loves to spend time on his skateboard. But when the Thunder plays at home you can always find Hector in the hallway of Section 302 of the Chesapeake Arena doing what he does best, sketching caricatures of Thunder Fans; a skill he calls “Fast Food Art.” With a quick glance and a confident stroke of the pen, Hector effortlessly captures the essence of his subjects’ in less than three minutes. “When people ask me if drawing caricatures is my profession, I say it’s more like my anti-profession; because I arrived at it by being unprofessional and doodling all the time.” Join, Gallery as we spend time with this one-of-a-kind artist for a little Sketchin’ & Skatin’.
Ten years ago a secretary at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City felt drawn to do something to help her community. Since St. Luke’s is located near the city’s urban area, that “something” quickly focused on children in need. Today, that church secretary, Julie Robinson, is now the founder and executive director of Studio 222. The Studio, as it is called, brings in professional artists to expose at-risk children to lessons in creativity they may not otherwise experience, but art is just the main course. The children are fed a full meal. They are mentored. They hear guest lectures on everything from business to etiquette. Studio children go on field trips every week and, in a practical move, they also get free transportation to the program and home in the evening. Join Gallery in May as we visit Studio 222 and meet the hosts of artists and volunteers who join forces every day to give children a chance to shine.
Originally broadcast on May 11, 2013
Lil Mike & Funny Bone
Just because you are a small person doesn’t mean you can’t have a big impact. Lil Mike and Funny Bone are, almost certainly, Oklahoma City's only on-call, full-time, American Indian, little people, hip-hop artists. Measuring in at a height of 4 feet 9 inches tall they're anything but a novelty act. The brothers, respectively have spent sixteen years making the rounds of contests, churches, birthday parties and schools while developing their skills as beat-makers and rappers in a series of independently produced recordings. Their songs have found radio play across the country and they have opened for many big-name acts such as NU Wine. The Christian message within their Music is meant to inspire, raise hope and to challenge those who are different to Dream Big.
Soul Bird, The Art of Skip Hill
Funky. Lyrical. Poetic. Vibrant. Colorful. Sophisticated. Reverential. The art of SKIP HILL is a savory gumbo of artistic and cultural influences gleaned at the apron strings of Romare Bearden, Picasso, and Van Gogh. Patterns, images and forms drawn from Negro folk art, Japanese Ukiyo prints, Russian Icons, the Italian Renaissance and tribal textiles and tattoos are tossed into the mix.
Originally broadcast on April 11, 2013
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Airing on April 11th @ 7pm
Originally broadcast on April 5, 2013
Art on Fire
Have you ever watched a man set himself on fire for the love of art? Phillip Danner is just such a man.
He has been expressing himself through the use of fire and performance for over a decade. Danner is one of Oklahoma City’s premiere mixed media Artists. Growing up in Oklahoma, Phillip attended the Classen School of Advanced Studies and later moved to California then New York in pursuit of his artistic muse. Returning to Oklahoma in 2010, Phillip accepted an invitation by fellow artist Jarrod Smith to join “The Society,” an art collective located in the heart of the Plaza District in Oklahoma City.
“The concept behind The Society,” explained founder Jarrod Smith “…is not only to provide studio space at an affordable price but also to expand the number of opportunities for artists by collaborating under one roof…” Together, Danner and Smith have created a new tempo for the art scene in the Plaza District by holding several free art openings and music events monthly.
What is a poem?
What does it mean?
Who is a poet?
Could it be me?
I don’t understand all the words that they say,
I don’t understand all the thee’s, thou’s and they’s.
Poems feed the soul,
Says the poet of the world,
They are the words of “The Voice”
But so much goes unheard.
“The Voice” has more words than thee, thou and thine,
It has words you will know
If you just give it time.
Gallery will show how a poem feeds the soul
We will bring you the poets
sharing all that they know.
They come in the month of love
To offer everyone a chance
To reconsider the simple poem
And help us all to join the dance.
Originally broadcast on February 7, 2013
With a drum line downbeat thousands rise to their feet, cheering for the great marching bands of Oklahoma’s top universities as they take the football fields in Stillwater and in Norman, their mission, to build excitement, honor traditions and sometimes, to actually make an impact on the outcome of football games. In Oklahoma, when you’re talking football, you’re talking big money for the schools and the state. Gallery goes behind the scenes with The Cowboy Marching Band at Oklahoma State University and The Pride of Oklahoma at the University of Oklahoma to talk to students, alumni and the band directors about what leads up to The March to the Stadium.
Originally broadcast on December 6, 2012
Once a year in every state across the union they gather, kids with cows, grown women with goats and corporations with Clydesdales.
No matter where you live in America the State Fair is the State Fair. Folks ride rides, eat food and look at animals. Fair goers typically spend about five minutes strolling through a livestock barn. They look, they pet, they move on, but if they would take the time to stop and smell the, well it doesn’t exactly smell like roses, but if they took the time to stop and watch they would see a completely different world where livestock large and small are superstars competing in high stakes battles.
The adorable, little goat surrounded by kids, pardon the pun, he’s a champion Pygmy Goat buck who is pampered and treated like a king by his handlers and while he seems to love all the attention, he’s here for serious business. The girl blow drying the cow? Don’t talk to her. She’s been working for this moment for months and the Colossal Clydesdales? Sure, come say hello and bring a camera. They’re world champions, you know.
Join Gallery in January and go behind the arenas at the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair to see how the fur really flies in the backstage pens for all those “Stock Stars”.
Originally broadcast on November 27, 2012
DEEP ROOTS: SCULPTOR DAVID PHELPS
His work rises from the earth giving the illusion that there is more beneath the surface, more of a still life left unseen. That is the hallmark of internationally known sculptor, David Phelps. Phelps uses the earth as part of his creation. A man leaning back in repose, a woman lounging in a bath, a snake slithering along a floor…all partially submerged below ground.
Childhood on a California farm gave Phelps a deep familiarity with the earth. He became acutely aware of cracked ground and cool ponds. As an adult artist in Oklahoma, those childhood impressions became entwined with his renowned sculptures.
Join Gallery in October as we meet David Phelps, an award-winning, internationally collected sculptor exploring the deep connections between humanity and the notion of place and landscape, an Oklahoma artist who’s artistic roots run deep.
Originally broadcast on October 11, 2012
ON THE FRINGE
THEY are the women of “Fringe”, Oklahoma’s latest arts organization made up entirely of female artists. Born from the late night musings of an Oklahoma City metal sculptor, Fringe has assembled 25 talented team members, all submitting to a strict application process. The scrutiny paid off. The first two Fringe exhibits saw hundreds of patrons and now, one year after it’s conception, the group has its own gallery.
From paintings, to mosaics, to metal and wood work, the ladies of Fringe cover all mediums. Join Gallery on OETA to meet the founder and talk to the women who are driving this new endeavor to nurture female artists On The Fringe.
The Subjective Horse She is an Oklahoma artist who’s work is well known nationwide. Jean Richardson paints the horse in abstract, though say it is impressionism. Her paintings are large and subjective. For Richardson, her horses are not horses, they are a metaphor for the human spirit. A wall covering work can be about a single word, power, freedom, solitude or exhilaration. But no matter what the word is, the work is ultimately about Richardson, who she is and where she is in her life.
Originally broadcast on June 29, 2012
DESMOND MASON: A NEW DAY
AN OKLAHOMA STAR ON THE BASKETBALL COURT IS BECOMING A STAR IN THE ART WORLD HERE IN OKLAHOMA AND ACROSS THE NATION. DESMOND MASON PLAYED BASKETBALL FOR THE OSU COWBOYS BEFORE SPENDING TEN YEARS IN THE NBA WHERE HE PLAYED IN SEATTLE, MILWAUKEE, OKLAHOMA CITY, AND SACRAMENTO. THE SLAM DUNK KING RETIRED FROM THE HARD WOOD IN 2010 AND IS NOW TURNING HIS FULL ATTENTION TO THE CANVAS. AN ARTIST SINCE HE WAS 13 YEARS OLD, MASON GOT A DEGREE IN STUDIO ART FROM OSU AND PAINTED THROUGHOUT HIS NBA CAREER. HIS EXHIBITS IN HIS VARIOUS HOME TOWNS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR CHARITIES. NOW HE’S RAISING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR CHARITIES IN HIS NEW HOME STATE. JOIN GALLERY IN MAY AS WE SPEND A NEW DAY WITH DESMOND MASON, MEET HIS FAMILY, SEE HIS NEW HOME AND FIND OUT WHY THE STATE IS LUCKY HE DECIDED TO PUT DOWN ROOTS IN OKLAHOMA.
Inclusion in Art
Oklahoma born Nathan Lee’s talents bloomed in the hip hop culture on the streets of New York City. Now he’s back home and doing all he can to add color to Oklahoma’s creative tableau. African American artist Nathan Lee has a lot of brushes in the palette. Besides his own creative works, Lee runs an outreach program for minority artists and he mentors talented teens. This former rapper teaches us why sometimes our biggest obstacles to “Inclusion in Art” can be our own fears.
Originally broadcast on April 30, 2012
Musical minimalism is hitting a high note in Oklahoma thanks to the dedication of one man and the allure of a single chair.
Two years ago, Casey Friedman founded Acoustic Oklahoma. With a white room, empty except for a single Singer Sewing chair, Friedman planned to capture musicians in their simplest essence on video. He posted those videos online and soon, had a line of his own…right out the door. Musicians from all over the state and beyond wanted to sit in the single Singer chair, strum a few notes and sing a few tunes.
Gallery visits Acoustic Oklahoma in April to see what all the fuss is about and why the entire country might follow Friedman’s lead and discover that sometimes, less is more.
Originally broadcast on April 10, 2012