Don’t expect to see a Nerf ball, Barbie doll or Pillow Pet at Thursday’s toy show at DNA Galleries. Instead, be prepared to view unique pieces of art ranging from cutesy to eerie, but all original.
DNA Galleries co-owner Amanda Bradway had the idea to host the toy show after seeing how the trend was growing on the East and West Coasts. She hopes it will spur an exciting new field of art in the state.
“I think it’s a challenging way for artists to show their talent,” said Bradway. “It’s a new way to highlight the creativity that artists in Oklahoma have.”
The number of people showing interest in the event surprised her after she posted an open call for submissions. More than 30 regional artists — including locals Josh Reynolds, Dusty Gilpin and Laurie Ingalls — are represented in the works on display.
For fans of traditional toys, the show won’t disappoint. Robots and vinyl toys made in the time-honored fashion will be up for the viewing and up for grabs. On top of these, however, are ones constructed with an urban feel in mind. Attendees may find themselves mesmerized by peculiar creations, like an egg-shaped family or a painted octopus girl carved from wood.
In other words, the show promises to be a unique experience, and Bradway encourages Oklahomans to enjoy it.
“You don’t really get a chance to see group art shows like this very often,” she said. “So I’m very excited for people to come out and see something different.”
With free admission, the Custom Toy Show opens with a 7 p.m. Thursday reception, but will remain on display for a week.