Written by David Tamez on Wednesday February 3, 2010
They’re used to working alone. They’re used to bringing their ideas to life unhindered by restrictions. They’re used to being singularly accomplished artists in their individual fields, but when they’re thrown together to carry out a common mission full of regulations, there’s no telling what these Oklahoma artists will come up with. State art maven, Laura Warriner knew it would be wonderful, but challenging when she asked 50 Oklahoma creatives to design artistic and functional furniture for an entire house. The process was exhausting, but the results? You won’t believe just how artistic your home furnishings could be. You can see the “Functional Fusion” of art and furniture on Gallery in February.
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday February 2, 2010
Many model train enthusiasts spend lots of time and money collecting and running model trains. Kevin Huffman, model railroad collector and salesman at OKC Whistle Stop shows us the difference in sizes, types, and the most popular scale for the beginning model train collector.
Gallery 1006 Extra
Written by David Tamez on Tuesday December 15, 2009
Santa’s Mustard Seeds
He is one of America’s “real life Santas.” No glue-on whiskers or foam pillows for this Santa, his beard and his belly are real. So is his message to Oklahoma children. Find out the extraordinary story of a man known to his neighbors as Dan and to children around the state as “Santa.”
A heart-warming story for your Christmas DVD collection.
(Originally Aired on 12/7/2004)
Written by Susan Miller on Monday December 14, 2009
I’m always blown away by the talented and exceptional Oklahomans I meet every day in my job with Gallery. The man we will feature in my segment of January’s program is no exception.
Jonathan Beck Reed is a favorite on the theatrical stages and movie sets here in Oklahoma, but did you know he was and IS a favorite on stages around the nation and abroad? You’d never know it if you met him. He runs errands around town with his 20 month old twins in tow, enjoying his first taste of fatherhood. He teaches aspiring young actors how to make the most of their stage presence in a private studio and as a professor at Oklahoma City University and he performs in productions for a theatre he founded with old college friends, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, one of just two unionized theatre’s in the state.
The night we went to shoot his interview at City Rep we also planned to shoot him performing in a production of A Tuna Christmas. We did the interview first and while I had HEARD Jonathan was a good actor it really didn’t sink in until I saw him on stage. Sometimes you know when you’re being blessed. Watching Jonathan perform all the different characters he portrayed in that play was something to behold. I was supposed to be working, but it was hard to concentrate. He literally became the character and ceased to be himself.
It’s little wonder that he had no trouble winning leading roles in national Broadway tours. It’s little wonder that after working in New York City for 12 years he could come back home, knowing theatres would come looking for him. His auditioning days were done. He is an established, nationally known thespian who calls Oklahoma home.
Gallery will introduce you to Jonathan Beck Reed January 7, 2010 at 8:00pm on OETA. I hope you can make the curtain call.
Written by David Tamez on Wednesday October 28, 2009
"Brick by Brick"..
After months of painstaking work, brick artist (Lego, that is) Kurt Zimmerle is back home in Michigan working on his Halloween haunted houses. What he’s left behind is a masterpiece that will benefit Oklahoma City’s poverty stricken children for years to come.
Zimmerle constructed about 50 Oklahoma City buildings like the state capital, the Skirvin Plaza, Bricktown and the as yet unbuilt (in real life) new Devon tower. (It stands 9 feet tall) out of Lego bricks. Anyone who saw his work in progress would ask, “How many bricks did you use?” Kurt hasn’t done an exact count because he says he does not have time, but he estimates he has used around 1,000,000 bricks to construct OK Cityscapes.
Gallery airs on November 4th @ 8pm