Norman Arts Council will be hosting a free event celebrating arts and creativity in the Walker Arts District of downtown Norman on Friday, Sept. 10.
The 2nd Friday Art Walk, a monthly event featuring the work of artists in and around Norman. The Walk also offers additional events from shops, restaurants, offices, bars, concert venues, and more.
One returning showcase to the Walk is the Resonator Institute.
“It’s a very popular exhibit...featuring the work of Oklahoma POC artists to showcase their talent pool,” Cher Duncan, Events Coordinator at Norman Arts Council, said.
This is the third annual exhibition for the Resonator Institute. Their Diversity University exhibition, Colors + Portals, showcases the artists’ interpretations of futurism, according to the Art Walk website. They can be found at 325 E. Main St.
A new attendee is Wilshire Cabinet + Co. They will be hosting artists Michael Bendure and Red Kittens, with a performance from violinist Peter Marks, Duncan said. They are located at 226 E. Main St.
The Norman Film Festival returns with a free screening of Oklahoma Mon Amor, a story about a family finding their identity amid multicultural struggles. A live Q&A follows at 6:30 PM in front of The Depot. Lapsis, a story of mystery and economics in the near future, airs at 6:30 PM at the Red Brick Bar.
OSC-Press is hosting Colors & Freeform Shapes: Wearable Art & Works on Paper by Felix S.N. Blesch. The exhibit will mix wearable art and paper works by Tulsa-based Blesch. With a background in printmaking and photography, they value the power of color and personal expression in design, according to the Art Walk website. There will also be an experimental set by Wet Skeleton, a local electronic musician.
Gallery 123 will be showing a variety of work including fused glass, rock and wood carvings, abstract paintings, metal statuary, artisan jewelry, robots and stuffed animals, according to the Art Walk website.
“(The most important part of the Walk is) exposing the community to the artists and the art culture that we have here in Norman,” said Duncan. “Other than a pandemic or tornado, we have always had Artwalk every month and that’s unusual (for live exhibits).”
COVID-19 continues to be a factor in event planning.
“We are recommending that everyone take extra precautions and wear masks and are recommending those that attend are vaccinated,” said Duncan.
September’s Walk begins on Friday at 6 p.m. Visit the Walk’s website for more information at 2ndfridaynorman.com.