Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Exhibitions: National Juried Exhibition at City Arts Center

Guest Blog from Art Focus Intern Maria Glover:

The City Arts Center is hosting the National Juried Exhibition 2009: Oklahoma Friendly which runs March 5-April 11.The exhibit offers a variety of artists from all over including New Mexico, Tennessee and California, with the majority being from Oklahoma. There are four categories in which the works are featured: Wild, Tornado, Pioneer and Friendly, each obviously relating to Oklahoma.

I found the Tornado category interesting as each artist’s interpretation of tornados differs. The 1st first place winner of the Tornado Alley category is Katherine Liontas-Warren’s The Arrival of Summer in Oklahoma. The colorful stone lithograph in colored pencils isn’t what I would think of when the word “tornado” pops into my head. The two peaceful looking birds perched between an arch and a landscape of flowers and mountains in the background is the perfect depiction of summer—until you notice the small tornado in the background. Among some of the other winners are: Larry Layton’s Spring Creek (Francis Tuttle Purchase Award), Bert Seabourn’s Versace (Juror’s Choice), and Tom Delheimer’s Richard (1st place Friendly Faces).

The remaining artists’ and winners’ assortment of Wild, Tornado, Pioneer, and Friendly illustrations offers capturing interpretations that will ignite inspiration in almost anyone.

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