From briefcase to paintbrush, life for artist Roland Miguel wasn’t always clear. Like most, he spent his younger years navigating the ins and outs of what the world had to offer him: the good, the bad, and everything else in between.
During the July First Friday Gallery Walk, the Paseo Art Association’s annual juried printmaking exhibition, Print on Paseo, had its opening reception in the Paseo Art Space. Through this exhibition, the Paseo Arts Association strives to represent and spotlight the depth and diversity of Oklahoma printmakers.
Prints are created from a single original surface, known as a matrix or plate. Plates can be made from a variety of materials and the methods of printmaking are diverse. Most methods are represented in this year’s show, but two specific pieces standout. One artist created their print with a fish, and the other used their very own face.
Kafie Carman’s piece School of Gyotaku utilizes an ancient method called Gyotaku, which dates back to the mid-1800s. It began, not as an art form, but as a way for Japanese fishermen to keep a record of their catches.
For Carman, Gyotaku gave her an opportunity for her to combine her hobby of fishing with her love for art.
“Gyotaku just clicked with me,” said Carman. “While there’s definitely a challenge in capturing the fine details of the scales, fins and eyes, I was instantly drawn to the incredible detail that is achievable.”
According to Carman, the title of her print references both the subject matter, a school of fish, and how she’s still being “schooled” by her group of artist friends, whom she meets and creates with biweekly.
Like Carman, Emily Hoebing used an existing object to create her print Skins 1.25 rather than make a new plate - her face.
Hoebing didn’t originally plan to use her face for printmaking, but after a few months of saving her makeup wipes, she knew she had to create something with it.
“I used the makeup wipes to tell a story about my day,” said Hoebing. “It was an expressive thing for me, and I wanted to preserve what was on my face at the time--whether it was tears, dirt or makeup.”
Hoebing says the “1” in the title of her piece represents her face, while the “.25” refers to the 25 different “faces” displayed in the print. She hopes this print will be the first in an anthology that she will add to in the future.
Both Carman’s School of Gyotaku and Hoebing’s Skins 1.25 will be on display until July 28 in the Paseo Art Space Tuesday-Saturday 12-5pm. These prints, along with the other Print of Paseo prints are all available for purchase.
BY KATIE HUDSON
Meet Marissa Raglin, the 2017-18 Artist in Residence for the Skirvin Paseo Artist Creativity Exposition, or SPACE. Each year, an emerging artist who is a member of the Paseo Arts Association is selected to serve as Artist in Residence at the historic Skirvin Hotel in downtown OKC for the SPACE program.
SPACE, the SKIRVIN PASEO ARTIST CREATIVITY EXPOSITION, is a unique urban Artist in Residency program in which members of the Paseo Arts Association can apply for a yearlong on-site residency in Oklahoma City's premier downtown landmark hotel, the Skirvin Hilton.
The Skirvin's Artist Residency program offers a working art studio and gallery that is open to the public during established business hours as well as a $1,000 per month stipend, meal allowance and parking.
The primary focus of this internship is to provide students with practical job experience with a non-profit while helping our organization. Students working as interns gain skills and experience over an extended period of time (usually 3-6 months) with an hourly commitment of at least 8-10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible and can be worked around class schedules, but intern must be available to fulfill his or her hours Tuesday-Friday between 9am-5pm or Saturday 12-5pm. Extended hours on event days, including nights and weekends, are required.
Claiming the spot for this week’s Member Spotlight is Paseo artist and Paseo Arts Association board member, Terry Clark! Terry creates evocative watercolor works inspired by the colorful skies and beautiful scenery observed in New Mexico and across the Great Plains.
The grass is greener in Oklahoma City! And the Paseo Arts District, Oklahoma City’s Unique Arts Destination, is helping OKC shine a more vibrant shade of green. Paseo merchants are expanding their partnership with Fertile Ground, a local composting and recycling service, to create a cleaner, more sustainable Oklahoma City.
This week’s PAA Member Spotlight goes to Regina Murphy, a Paseo artist who has been painting for over 50 years! Originally from Tyler Town, Mississippi, Regina became an Okie in 1945 and has worked and exhibited in the Paseo for the majority of that time. Regina also served as treasurer on the Paseo Arts Association board for over a decade. Regina has helped transform the Paseo, which was the first in Oklahoma to hold a gallery walk, into the district it is today. “When we first started the gallery walks, it was just an idea one of the members had,” Regina says. “But it just kept growing and growing and growing! Now everyone is copying the Paseo with their walks.”
You can find Regina working on and exhibiting her paintings at Studio Six, an eclectic working studio and gallery in the heart of the Paseo. In 1994, Regina partnered with five other artists to establish Studio Six. Today, Regina works alongside artist Sue Moss Sullivan, one of the other founding members of Studio Six, as well as artist Michelle Metcalfe, Regina’s daughter. It was Michelle who encouraged Regina to attend painting lessons with her, which resulted in Regina pursuing painting seriously for the first time.
Regina’s advice to up-and-coming artists? “Keep doing your craft. Practice, practice, practice, and Show when you can.”
Over the years, Regina has experimented with a variety of styles and mediums including realism, abstract, acrylics, oil, collage and mixed media, but her passion lies in painting. “I used to be very realistic with my work,” Regina explains. “But I’ve just decided I want to play—do something different, be a little more contemporary.”
BY LINDSEY CASTOR
Throughout the month of March, the Paseo Art Space will feature original works by artist Alicia Saltina Marie Clark in her show titled Fragmentary Stories. A proud member of the Caddo Nation, Alicia works to preserve her unique personal history through art. Alicia received a laundry list of accolades for her art in high school and college, but chose to take the path less trodden after college graduation. For five years, Alicia traveled across North America, met people with alternative lifestyles and learned to live primitively, picking up on how to tan hides, create bone jewelry, spin wool, light a fire, dye natural fibers with plants and identify which wild plants were edible. After this adventure, Alicia returned to Oklahoma to pursue her calling as an artist, which she has embraced since she was a young child.
Meet artist Jim Weaver and his best friend, Annie! Our final PAA Member Spotlight for the month of February goes to Jim, who has been exhibiting his unique pieces in Paseo art shows since 2014. When he is not busy teaching Annie how to drive, Jim creates works on tooled leather that express environmental and social themes.
Artist Sam Charboneau claims the spot for this week’s Member Spotlight! Sam composites multiple photographs together to create work that transports the viewer to strange and unusual places. Her piece, The Exposed, is part of a ten piece series and features a sloth that is handcrafted with wire, foam, paint and fur. Sam explains that her work “explores the journey of finding oneself while searching for a true place to belong.”
This week’s Member Spotlight goes to artist Bryan Dahlvang! When asked what he loved most about the Paseo, Bryan said it had to be the “unique, inspirational zone of creativity” one can find every month with such a wide variety of art and artists. Whether he's painting, drawing or mixing things up with found objects like sticks, bones and orange peels, his work is distinct and unique. No wonder he has been exhibiting his evocative pieces in Paseo art shows since 2006!
Paseo FEAST (Funding Emerging Artists with Sustainable Tactics) is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers. At each Paseo FEAST patrons give a donation for which they receive dinner and a ballot. Diners spend the evening reviewing a series of project proposals and conversing with the artists behind each idea.
Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the night, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of that evening’s door money.
Tuesday, October 10, 6-8:30pm
Picasso Cafe, 3009 Paseo