Istvan Gallery Opening Friday Night

May 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Our good friends at Istvan Gallery are located just around the corner from the Plaza District, and we hope before or after you visit LIVE on the Plaza this Friday you take the opportunity to stop by for a wonderful opening reception of three artists. They are located at 1218 N Western–just around the bend on 12th and Western!

Istvan Gallery is welcoming the warmth and color of Spring with a new show.  The gallery’s second art installation of the year will premier with an artists’ reception on May 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. and an open house May 15 and 16.
The featured artists for the May installation are Marvin Lee, Suzanne Randall and Claudia Carroll-Phelps all from Oklahoma City. Carroll-Phelps and Randall have showcased their work at the Istvan Gallery for more than two years. With his first showing at Istvan Gallery, Marvin Lee will be the first “traditional” photographer showcased at the Gallery.
The opening reception is free, open to the public and will include entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. During the artists’ reception and open house, Andy Boatman and the artists at Blue Sage Studios will give demonstrations on the art of glass blowing, and Art Fusion fused glass studio will be showing their artisan glass pieces.
Suzanne Randall’s mixed media pieces are constructed from canvas and other fiber-based materials. The fiber sections are shaped to form dancing curtains or sheaths and are painted with bold striking colors and images.  The artist sold her first painting to Tulsa Junior College in 1962 and has experimented with technique and media since then. Randall has shown her work nationally and her pieces are in collections across the country.  In 1994, Randall began a business
“Mixed Media Art Supply Studio” in the Paseo District and later in Casady Square.  She closed the businesses in 2003, but the artist continues to teach and produce new work.
“Continually challenging myself is what keeps my work fresh and full of life,” said Randall.  “I’ve progressively become more active with gradual light changes and less detailed in order to make the expression felt rather than seen. Expressionism is where the thrill of creativity really matters to me.”
Marvin Lee is a self-taught photo-artist born and raised in Wichita, Kansas.   He attended the University of Kansas, Phillips University, and University of Central Oklahoma where he graduated with a B.A. in Education. He lived in several different areas of the country before settling in Oklahoma City in the mid seventies.  He has explored several art mediums, but has always called photography home.  Today he is an instructor of gifted students with art appreciation, photography, and videography being a major component of that instruction.
He enjoys the everyday challenge of finding that perfect shot as well as the even more challenging task of mastering sophisticated editing programs in an effort to enhance that shot.
“I find that ‘other side’; the shadows, the reflections, the surreal angles, the edgy colors.  It’s not something I go around looking for; it’s just what I’ve always noticed.  I see the beauty and mystery of everything around me, and try to convey that view through the lens of the camera.
I look at the world as a photo op, and I dream of the perfect shot every night.  I love it when my photos create an aesthetically pleasing element of surprise.”
Claudia Carroll-Phelps was honored in 2004 as Oklahoma City University’s outstanding adjunct faculty member; she joined the faculty in 1993 as adjunct professor of piano.  Carroll-Phelps earned the Associate of Arts degree from Cottey College and completed the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Oklahoma in piano performance. She continued professional study at the University of Iowa, with further study in New York City.
Carroll-Phelps’ love of beauty, humor and design extends to the infinite possibilities in mosaics. Always attracted to mosaics, she began to dabble in the art in 2004.   Like a tactile symphony, she incorporates diverse materials beyond the stunning array of tiles available – pebbles, stained glass, beads, jewelry bits, broken ceramics, beach glass.  “Mosaic extends my already artistic world as a professional pianist/professor.  Like music, I approach mosaic with an awareness of multiple dimensions and effects.  Color. Shape. Texture.  I love this mode of creativity and expression, and opportunities to share it.”

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