Art educators' own work showcased at OCU exhibit

After guiding many of tomorrow's young artists on a daily basis, three public school art educators are getting a chance to have their own work spotlighted in a new exhibit at Oklahoma City University.

"Abraham Lopez, Olivia Lopez, Marty Bernich: New Paintings" is showing at the Hulsey Gallery in the Norick Art Center on the OCU campus, 2501 N. Blackwelder. The exhibit, which opened Jan. 13, will run through Feb. 29.

"When I set up our first juried art teacher show, I thought I wanted to give high school and junior high school teachers some exhibit time," said Burt Harbison, gallery director and associate professor. "They don't readily get recognized for their work. Their jobs and their administration don't encourage it that much, (whereas) university faculty are given time to create."

Bernich teaches art at Putnam City High School and is represented in the show with watercolors and monoprints. Abraham Lopez and Olivia Lopez "? teachers at Anadarko Middle School and Anadarko High School, respectively "? work mostly in acrylic on canvas. Harbison said each has roughly 20 pieces in the exhibit.

"I think (this show) is a little unusual in that we've got two artists from outside the Oklahoma City metro area. I like to get artists from other parts of the state," he said. "Plus, it's good for the public to see what school teachers "? especially from public schools "? are doing and can do."

Admission is free. For more information, call 208-5230. "?Rod Lott

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