Archive for October, 2010
There are some really fantastic happenings in and around the district this week. Be sure to check them out!
Finch built his reputation using a variety of media including watercolor, pastel, photography, glass tile, video, sculpture and light installation as well as unexpected materials like Tang or invisible ink. He attempts to capture the most elusive of subjects like wind or candlelight in his work.
Finch is best known for dealing with the indescribable concepts of memory and perception through light installations. He uses a colorimeter, a device that reads the average color and temperature of light, to artificially construct natural places. By blending the reasoning of a scientist with the sensibilities of a poet, Finch’s work strives to depict the most intangible subjects including memory, scent, perception and light.
www.spencerfinch.com Please call Josh at 405.951.0000 with any questions.
The Plaza District has a booth at Bricktown Red Dirt Marketplace. Be sure to hit up the Gallery night this Thursday, 6-9 pm!
|October Artist & Gallery Night at the Bricktown MarketplaceCome visit the many artists and gallery owners represented in the Bricktown Red Dirt Marketplace. This is a come-and-go event, with wine from Put a Cork in it and live music from Chase Kirby of The City Lives and Daniel Walcher. As a special feature this month, we have several door prizes:
Our neighbors over at Istvan Gallery, Urban Art and Maya Trading Company are hosting at closing reception and day of the dead party Saturday night!
Closing Reception and Day of the Dead Celebration
Saturday, October 30 · 6:00pm – 10:00pm
|Location||Istvan Gallery, Urban Art and Maya Trading Company
1218 N Western
Oklahoma City, OK
|More Info||Istvan Gallery will be hosting a closing reception for the current show featuring Lori Oden and Kate Rivers.
Art Fusion will be showing their artisan Fused Glass and Blue Sage Glass Blowing Studio will be giving glass blowing demonstrations.
The celebration will feature performances by Aztec dancers and musicians and Mexican cuisine from local restaurants. The Maya Trading Company will present authentic and unique handcrafted Day of the Dead items including dancing skulls, painted sugar skull heads, and catrina figures made by artisans in Mexico.
Local artists will create Day of the Dead altars utilizing papel picado, which is colorful, handcut paper, and other traditional items such as pottery, calaveras (skulls), and fruit. The public will have an opportunity to participate by adding photographs, notes, or other items of remembrance to an interactive altar installation during the celebration.
They call it the terrible two’s I’ve heard. Luckily being a plaza mom, having a two year old business brings so much to anticipate over the next year without the fear of tantrums and selfish fits. When I came to the Plaza District a little over two and a half years ago, Dylan and Amanda Bradway had just moved into their space. Then, they were just living there, making plans and hosting an occasional art show. Back then, they were just being themselves– immersed in donating time and energy in a multitude of local art projects and events. Recently, Amanda told me the story of how they came about the space in the district. Just after noticing a classified ad for space, they trekked over to NW 16th and stumbled up a blank canvas of buildings, and immediately saw a vision for a hub of local art. Since then, they’ve not only opened a fantastic retail store and gallery, they’ve provided emerging artists amazing opportunities and paved the way to launching the Plaza District as a viable place for local art and creativity. Their commitment to the Plaza District and the local art community is amazing, and unfortunately they aren’t recognized enough for all they have brought to OKC.
This spring, we honored Dylan and Amanda for their “pioneering” efforts with the Young Urban Leader award. This award is not enough to recognize their value to the district. As a non-profit, we can’t afford to honor these two like we would love to, so we could use your help. This Friday, DNA will celebrate their 2 Year Anniversary with the Custom Longboard Deck show. This year they have 30 different local artists participating and sponsorships from Flip’d skate shop in Edmond, Arbor & Sector 9.
So, please join us and help us show DNA how much they’ve brought to the art community, and especially to the Plaza District. If it weren’t for these two, your Plaza District would not be like it is today. They’ve not only made the pioneering decision to locate here, but they’ve been involved in countless hours of planning with us to make Plaza District events and day to day goodness happen here. It hasn’t always been pretty, and they’ve stuck through alot over the last two years. And this year holds much to look forward to, as they’ve purchased and remodeled a home just around the corner from the district, they’ll have more space and more goodness to come.
As plaza mom, I’m encouraged everyday from their wholesome, community mindset. We’re all in this together, and we may as well be as tight as possible as long as we’re all on this journey. They are a true example of why I have the best job ever.
Plaza love! See you all Friday!
Friday, October 22 · 7:00pm – 11:00pm
|Location||1705B NW 16th St.|
|More Info||It’s our 2 year anniversary and the longboard show is back by overwhelming demand. This year we have 30 different local artists participating and sponsorships from Flip’d skate shop in Edmond, Arbor & Sector 9!
Join us as we celebrate being able to pay our own bills, a milestone for any business!!!
We now bring you “16% OFF 16th Street”, a discount day every Wednesday in the Plaza District! Participating merchants will offer 16% off select merchandise all Wednesday long! So check out the deals and remember to get 16 off 16th!
Bad Granny’s Bazaar: 16% off entire store
Lyric Theatre: $16 tickets to Feb 1st performance of ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE
Curiouser & Curiouser: 16% off entire store
Velvet Monkey Vintage Boutique: Spend $16+ and receive 16% off on retail and vintage clothing
Collected Thread: 16% of letterpress prints
Coffy’s Cafe: 16 % off lattes and cappuccinos
No Regrets Tattoo: $16 Tshirts
DNA Galleries: 16% off DNA merchandise
Cole Dewey Design: 16% off arrangements, for pick up only
LIVE on the Plaza, Plaza District Festival….
When our powers combine, it makes the best weekend ever!
A Festival Pre-party!
LIVE on the Plaza
Friday,10/8 7-11 pm
1700 block NW 16th
Quick Peek for LIVE on the Plaza, October 8th, 2010
Artist Market: 1755 NW 16th
Velvet Monkey Salon: Art by Dejavoodu
Collected Thread: open house
DNA Galleries: Featured artist Mr. Haveldids & Nots
Coffy’s Cafe: CD Release for Anna Kinder
Bad Granny’s Bazaar: artist Shelly State and Halloween Costume Shopping
PhotoArt Studios: Open house
JuJu Gallery: Festival preview
Midwest Media: Artist Reception for Nick Bayer
Chaparney: Open house
No Regrets Tattoo: open house
Warpaint Clothing: open house
Be sure not to miss this month’s Live on the Plaza to kick off a weekend of Plaza District celebration! From 7 – 11 pm on October 8th, Oklahoma City’s Plaza District is hosting its monthly artwalk to exhibit a new collection of local aspiring artists, musicians, and creatives. This month’s LIVE on the Plaza is a pre-party for the expanse of local art and goodness to take place the following Saturday, October 9th for the Plaza DIstrict Festival from 12-10pm.
@1614 and Midwest Media & Marketing are pleased to host artist Nick Bayer. The ideas for his paintings are born out of nostalgia. He explores the relationships between images and text, how meaning is discovered through the combination of text and image with color, painted form and juxtaposition. Stop by to view his work and the film short produced by Midwest Media
DNA Galleries host works by Mr. Haveldids and Nots, while Collected Thread hosts an open house.Coffy’s Café is hosting a CD release party for local musician Anna Kinder, who just released her debut EP, “The Process.” Open Mic to follow at 8 p.m. Stop in for gluten-free treats or tasty drinks, and feel free to use the array of instruments provided in-store for the public to enjoy.
ReThread is working to provide new and gently used clothes to children in the neighborhoods surrounding the Plaza District through the event “Cold is Hell”. From 6-8pm during LIVE stop by Convergence OKC and bring a gently used coat or $10 and enjoy Cafe Evoke, Iguana Grill while learning about the neighborhood and iniative!
Be sure to stop by Bad Granny’s Bazaar to see the work of local artist Shelley States, as well as costume shopping for Halloween!
The Velvet Monkey will be displaying work by Dejavoodu. Visitors will be free to roam the array of vintage clothing, magazines, and various cool accessories located in the back as well. At Juju Gallery, come preview select Plaza Festival merchandise!
Don’t forget to stop by Warpaint Clothing to see their new selection of awesome handmade t-shirts and fashion accessories. Created with 2 parts love and 3 parts creativity ensures that you won’t find any other pieces like these anywhere else.
The Plaza Artist market boast local artists at 1704 nw 16th. Bella Vita Jewelry, House of Smash, Promise Art, Garrett Shockey, JASWORX, Jennifer Jewel, Dreaming Hazel and Handmade with Heart! Stop by for local, handmade art!
Throat dry? Stomach growling? Then stop by the Pops 66 truck to sample their legendary array of sodas, or grab a tasty burger and some fries.
2010 Plaza District Festival
for more info about the festival, visit
Date: October 9th, 2010
Plaza District OKC, 1700 Block NW 16th
Plaza District Festival is quickly growing into one of OKC’s most endearing annual art events, drawing a large audience of local art lovers. In celebration of the comeback of the revitalized Plaza District, the festival highlights a wide array of local performing artists, visual artists, musicians and provides interactive art education for the community. The festival is open to the public drawing audiences from across Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas, and offers the surrounding neighborhoods an arts festival right in the heart of their community. A grand stage set in the center of the Plaza District provides performing artists a space to showcase their talent, while Plaza District businesses open to showcase featured artists, designers and activities.
In the evening, visitors kick back and enjoy bands from the Oklahoma City music scene with the Annual Plaza District Music Fest! We hope you can join us this year in celebrating the comeback of the Plaza District at the 2010 Plaza District Festival!
Stage emcee: Local comedian Spencer Hicks!
2010 Stage Performance Schedule
12:00-12:10 Opening/National Anthem- Chelsea Ross
12:45-1:30 Yumare Mexican Folklore Dancers
1:35-2:10 Bricktown Clowns
2:15-2:45 Victory Dance
2:50-3:00 Rocky Horror- Lyric Theatre
3:00-3:25 Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance
3:30-3:50 Oklahoma Salsa Fever
3:55-4:20 Plaza District Fashion Show
4:20-4:30 Rocky Horror
4:30-5:30 Everything Goes Dance Studio
5:30-6 Classen Guitars
Plaza Music Fest
6-6:45 New Plains
7-7:45 The City Lives
8-8:45 Eden Sharmaine
9-10 The Pretty Black Chains
Art in Action- Four interactive art projects with Firehouse Art Center art instructors
Painting Mural- A wall for all kids to paint their own mural. Panels will later be displayed in Plaza District business windows!
Games-plenty of old-fashioned carnival games for all ages
Metropolitan Library System- make your own crafts and bookmarks!
Pops 66 Truck
Copper Cup Catering
Plaza Beer Tent