Street life

Life in urban centers comes into focus in Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Photographing the Street.
The focus seems clear, but Photographing the Street is not completely black-and-white.

Butterfly pattern

La’Charles Purvey’s newest play explores cycles of recovery after trauma.
Regina J. Banks admitted she “didn’t think that through.”

Ink celebration

Once the last state to legalize tattoos, Oklahoma hosts a tattoo arts convention.
In 2006, Oklahoma became the last state in the country to legalize tattoo parlors, joining South Carolina and the city of Milwaukee in the same year.

Smart jokes

Shane Mauss’ Stand Up Science merges comedy with curiosity.

Art party

Paint parties help introduce adults to their creative side while funding projects for children.
Edmond-based artist and business owner Erica Nkechi has hosted paint parties at Heart Studios, 1605 E. Second St., in Edmond to fund scholarship programs to provide art classes to children from low-income families.

Artist impact

Prix de West unites the country’s best Western artists and is National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s largest fundraiser.
One of the residual effects of bringing nearly 100 of the country’s best Western artists into Oklahoma City for the annual Prix de West art sale and exhibition is the ripple effect and inspiration it creates in the artistic community.

Musical threats

Pollard Theatre Company performs a musical that pairs songs with unfortunate situations to encourage laughter.

SUMMER GUIDE Art adventures

Think visually as Oklahoma galleries and museums prepare for summer visits.
From about-to-get-a-Van-Gogh-exhibit Oklahoma City Museum of Art to soon-to-be-relocated Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and Factory Obscura’s new space Mix-Tape and the numerous other arts organizations that we unforgivably omitted from this list just now, Oklahoma City is rife with enriching art experiences, but if you’re fortunate enough to be able to take a day or a weekend trip this summer, why not expand your horizons? The following museums and art galleries offer unique experiences outside the OKC metro, and a few of them are — gasp — even outside Tulsa.

Big picture

Denise Duong’s “Life in the Light” mural adorns a new high-rise parking garage in West Village.
Visual artist Denise Duong compared painting a mural on the side of a parking garage to cliff diving.

Duck now

Honk Jr. offers a poignant retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

Threatening beauty

Local artist David Holland’s dramatic cloudscapes are highlighted in a residency at Mainsite Contemporary Art.

Text messages

Michael Waugh’s mixed-media creations using dense government reports are part of the Seeing Now exhibit.

Film five

Five local filmmakers banded together to create a feature film sequel to Mono and raise money for End the Backlog.

Cultural fabric

A local artist brings her creativity to city hall as its first artist-in-residence.
Erica Bonavida brings color and texture to Oklahoma City Hall.

Art cause

Oklahoma Artists Invitational offers affordable art and raises money for charity.

Urine test

Students at Thelma Gaylord Academy get pushed out of their comfort zones with Urinetown: The Musical.

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