Archive for July, 2011
COLLECTIVE ART STUDIO COMING TO THE PLAZA DISTRICT
THE MOST PROGRESSIVE ARTS DISTICT IN OKC
For rent beginning August 1 st
opening scheduled for August 12 th
applications accepted immediately at
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 18, 2011 The Society will begin taking
online applications for the rental of their new collective art space beginning
July 18th. The application is available online at thesocietyokc.com.
This space gathers artists and creative catalysts to wrestle with
the deep questions of art, faith, and humanity in order to inspire
the creative community to engage the culture that is and create
the world that “ought to be.” WE ARE A FLEXIBLE ART
SPACE THAT WILL ACCOMDATE YOU AND YOUR CRAFT.
The intent of this space is to nurture a creative environment for artists to explore their craft, have room to make their work and
be involved in Plaza walks to begin profiting as an artist. This
space is for the artist that is seeking exposure to other creatives
and works well in a collective environment.
This space is not limited to any one kind of artist. We want to
include visual artists, illustrators, photographers, designers, print
makers, etc. and will work to accommodate each artist and their materials and tools
located between N.W. 15 thand 16 thstreet on Blackwelder in OKLAHOMA CITY.
WHAT YOU GET:
Shared studio, full shop, lounge and community space.
24 hour access to the work space
All bills paid including free internet
Use of full bath and laundry room
Would be part of the monthly “LIVE on the PLAZA” artwalk
The opportunity to connect with commercial retail
space to sell their goods (DNAgalleries, Collected
Thread, Bad Granny’s, etc.)
Locking storage for art supplies and work
Another exciting aspect to this space is that we will
be teaming up with Backporch Media to create
an online gallery of each artist’s work built and
maintained by their media team. They will create an
online presence on our website, thesocietyokc.com
of each artists including a bio video, a gallery
of their work and the means to purchase that work
online. This gives the artist the time necessary to
produce their work while selling online.
RENT IS FLEXIBLE AND WILL DEPEND ON THE
NUMBER OF ARTISTS WE HAVE CREATING IN
OUR SPACE. FOR NOW WE ARE LOOKING FOR 3
ARTISTS TO PAY $400.
MEDIA CONTACT: JERROD SMITH – P:(405) 684-0028
Web site: http://thesocietyokc.com/
We are excited to announce 13 Best of OKC Top 5 Nominations in Oklahoma Gazette. Here they are! Please vote for your favorite Plaza District businesses! Click here to Vote!!
Best New Bar: Saints
Best Art Gallery: DNA Galleries
Best Performing Arts Group: Lyric Theatre
Best Place to Find the Perfect Gift: Collected Thread & DNA Galleries
Best Fashion Accessories: Collected Thread & DNA Galleries
Best Women’s Clothing: Warpaint Clothing
Best Men’s Clothing: Warpaint Clothing
Best Vintage: Bad Granny’s Bazaaar
Best Hair Salon: Velvet Monkey Salon
Best Tattoo Shop: No Regrets Tattoo
Best Local Website: Keep It Local OK
Additionally, we’d suggest these other nominations!
Best Art Gallery: Istvan Gallery, neighbor and Stephen is a board member of the Plaza District!
Best Car Dealership: Fowler Volkswagen, official sponsor of the Plaza District
Best Radio Personality: Ferris O’brien, SPY Radio
Best Local Band: The Pretty Black Chains
Tree and Leaf Clothing may not be in the Plaza District, but they’re longtime supporters and friends of the district. John and Dusty frequented LIVE on the Plaza in the early days, back when hardly anyone knew about it. Support Local Art, Local is for Lovers… these and so many more of the district’s shirts are printed at T&L. Their support of local artists has been so instrumental to the growth of OKC’s art scene and we are so thrilled for their expansion to continue that growth. We’ll all be on Rockwell on July 30th—come join us (and get a free t-shirt while you’re at it!)
“Tree & Leaf Clothing has remained actively involved in its surrounding community now since it’s birth over 5 years ago. From it’s very small initial investment and it’s 15×20 garage headquarters, Tree & Leaf has bloomed into a full retail, design, and screen-printing operation. Still owned by two of it’s original 25 year old founders (John Milner & Dusty Gilpin), Tree & Leaf has made it’s biggest move yet in expanding from a 1500-sqft. space to a facility just slightly over 3500 sq feet. The new facility better caters to the huge demographic of Tree & Leaf customers and clients by featuring a stand-alone print shop, retail space, and design offices. Tree & Leaf retails their own line of clothing and exclusively carries collaborative merchandise for dailythunder.com, thespyfm.com, and thelostogle.com. The space also features a 20×40 mural featuring local artists Dylan Bradway, Tanner Frady, Tanke, and Dusty Gilpin.
Here in the Plaza District, things are getting better each day! We’ve grown so much and so very quickly and managing more and more publicity, new businesses, events and so on. However, the one thing that isn’t getting better each day is our computer.
Currently, our staff including myself, part time bookkeeper Grace and two interns share one 5 year old Dell Desktop PC and one printer. I personally own a 4 year old 13 inch Macbook where the majority of design, marketing and promotion is done, and I have to admit my eyes and back are getting pretty tired of being hunched over this little laptop all day. So, we are really in need of a new computer and printer to help progress and expand the our efforts.
We are specifically needing an imac for design, videos, photography etc, and a printer compatible with both the Dell and an imac.
So, with limited funds in our budget, we are reaching out to the community. If we can raise $1,800 or have the equipment donated we will be set!
We are open to used equipment, in good condition, OR if you would like to donate to the district to help us reach our goal, it is greatly appreciated and a tax deductible donation!
Thanks so much, please spread the word and help the Plaza District!
We’re a district about creativity, handmade, DIY and re-purposed. That’s why this summer project is going to be so fun–and we need your help!
This summer, we will be accepting donations of patio/outdoor seating and pots. Have you recently gotten new outdoor furniture? We’d be happy to take your old furniture so we can reuse it for you to sit in our district! We will be repainting donated chairs and tables to use in our outdoor public space. We’re also accepting pots so we can have more vegetation. We’ve got so much concrete and we need more places for people to sit and enjoy the district! We are excited to bring you a more comfortable, hang out friendly district this fall! So, here is what we need:
Outdoor chairs- metal and wood only, in decent condition. We do not need chairs that have cushions.
Outdoor tables- bistro or 4 tops. Glass, metal and wood, in decent condition
Pots- Plain, no patterns, at least 18″ diameter. Clay, metal, plastic or wood. Any shape!
If you aren’t sure if is something we need, feel free to send us a pic and we can decide! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donations can be dropped off at Collected Thread/DNA Galleries Mon-Sat 11-7. Spread the word!