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LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2020 PUBLISHER

Jimmy Darden | jimmy.darden@lifestylepubs.com 405.541.5650 EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

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Dear Neighbors, SITTING HERE WRITING THIS LETTER, ALMOST A MONTH BEFORE YOU RECEIVE THIS ISSUE, AND IT IS THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY AND HARD TO BELIEVE WE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW DECADE. February also marks the beginning of our fifth year with you. As from the very start, this magazine is here to serve you our community, and this is made possible by our advertising partners and our readers' support of them. I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. Our fourth year was another awesome journey with many incredible stories of com-

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munity and giving back shared about charities and nonprofits in addition to all the fun and inspiration we love to write about. We started by sharing an incredible comeback story in February and we ended by telling a health and wellness journey in January. In between we were able to cover amazing homes and outdoor living spaces as well as incredible women and men and of course awesome food, style and destinations. Over the next 12 months, we will share many more wonderful businesses and organizations with you. Our goal is a focus on Food + Drink, Home + Design, Travel, Life + Culture, Wellness, and Style + Beauty, as these are all the things we know you love. This issue includes a fashion shoot depicting several feminine assembles that would

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outpouring of love and support given to me during the loss of my father helped me survive an event I was not ready for. 2020 is a new beginning for my family and a new reality. I thank God and the community He has created here for everything. As I travel about our wonderful community of Cleveland County, I am always amazed by the people. Our community is made up of wonderful individuals all loving and serving each other trying to make a better place for families. I wish you the best this coming year and pray that you receive many blessings! ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MASSACHUSETTS | MICHIGAN

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2020

FEATURES 22 Local Artists' Works Take Very Different Forms Printmaker/Installation Artist, Photographer and Sculptor Share Stories

34 February Flirtations The Heart and Soul of Press & Plow

38 Romance Is in the Air Ensembles Ideal for That Very Special Valentine’s Day Date

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46 Arts Support Is Community Support Here’s What Happens When You Give Money to the Arts in Norman

38 DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Open House

22 Artist’s Palette 28 Travel Destination 34 Locally Owned 38 Trend Setter 42 Healthy LIfestyle 46 Giving Back 53 Lifestyle Calendar 58 Local’s Choice


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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NORMAN SETS ANNUAL CHARITY BALL The Junior League of Norman will hold its annual Charity Ball Saturday, Feb. 29, at The Nest at Terra Verde, 800 36th Ave SE, Norman. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is “Leap Into Action” and carries a superhero theme. Proceeds go to fund the League’s community programs. Cocktail attire is encouraged, and superhero masks will be made available at the event for fun photo ops and to help get in the spirit of a super night out. Sponsorship and table sales are available; visit JLNCharityBall.com for more information and to purchase individual tickets. Your support through a donation to the auction, raffle, restaurant tasting or sponsorship will help make it possible for these beneficial programs to continue to enrich the lives of hundreds of youth in the Norman community.

NORMAN REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION SETS 13TH ANNUAL AMBASSADOR BALL Support community health and wellness initiatives by participating in the Norman Regional Health Foundation’s 13th annual Ambassador Ball, slated Friday, Feb 7, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel and Conference Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a gourmet meal at 7. Dancing, to the Dallas band The Jam Wows, will commence at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit NRHFoundation.org/ambassadorball.html. February 2020 | Cleveland County Lifestyle

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OPEN HOUSE

AFTER YEARS OF PLANNING AND TWO DECADES OF DISCUSSION

NORMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY CENTRAL OPENS ITS DOORS

LIBRARY SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS

than 50 public computers and dedicated

TAKEN A HUGE LEAP FORWARD WITH

spaces for family history research, a maker

THE OPENING OF THE NEW NORMAN

lab, a bookstore operated by the Friends of

PUBLIC

the Norman Library and more.

LIBRARY

CENTRAL,

THE

FLAGSHIP LIBRARY FOR THE PIONEER LIBRARY SYSTEM. And since its opening in early November,

The library is one of multiple projects made possible from the Norman Forward quality-of-life

package,

Norman

voters passed by a wide margin in a 2015

pass through its doors, including many who

election. Norman Public Library East, which

hadn’t been inside a library for years.

opened in July 2018, also was a project that

“It had been quite a few years since we

was funded through Norman Forward.

had been to the library, but we wanted to

The new library has been a community

see what this was about,” said Jeffrey Long,

project throughout, from the Norman

who along with his children were among

Forward vote, to a series of public meet-

the many visitors on the library’s opening

ings hosted by MSR Design—the architec-

day. “We’re amazed at everything there is

tural firm for the library project—and many

to see and do. I can promise we won’t wait

years of planning and discussion dating

years to come back again.”

back nearly two decades.

Located at 103 W. Acres St., the three-

Feedback from these meetings helped

story, 78,000-square-foot facility features a

to outline many of these functions and fea-

collection of some 270,000 items. It sports

tures members of the public wanted to see

multiple meeting and study rooms, more

inside the library.

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which

the library has seen thousands of residents

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Lights shine out to the night sky from the south side of Norman Public Library Central as readers use the children’s services area on the first floor.

AS WITH MANY OF THE NORMAN FORWARD PROJECTS, PUBLIC ART IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT AND IS EVIDENT FOR ANYONE VIEWING THE BUILDING FROM THE SOUTH. THE SCULPTURE “UNBOUND” SITS TO THE SOUTH OF THE BUILDING, RISING SOME 30 FEET INTO THE AIR. CONTINUED >

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OPEN HOUSE (CONTINUED) Library staff member Aaron Pence shows off features of the Norman Public Library Central Maker Lab to a group of visiting Girl Scouts.

The sculpture was selected to be part of the library by the Norman Arts Council from more than 200 applicants for the project. Its designer, Paul Cocksedge, visited Norman from London for a dedication ceremony in July. “I believe it elegantly reminds us of how the pages of “Unbound” represent the pages of a book, highlighting our beginning with paper and serving as an anchor to this 21st-century library building,” said Lisa Wells, Pioneer Library System executive director. Along with Norman Public Library West—which opened in 2013—and Norman East, the new Central library will help serve a Norman community that today houses some 125,000 residents. At the time the previous single location on North Webster Avenue opened its doors in 1966, Norman’s population numbered just about 30,000. And after two decades of community collaboration to make this building a reality, the final product already is paying great dividends for the city’s residents. “The things that we are doing in this library are so different than the things we were doing 20 years ago, but they’re still very relevant to the needs of our users,” Wells said.

The “Unbound” sculpture sits just outside the southwest entrance of the new Norman Public Library Central.

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ARTIST’S PALETTE

LOCAL ARTISTS' WORKS TAKE VERY DIFFERENT FORMS INTRODUCING THE PRINTMAKER/ INSTALLATION ARTIST, PHOTOGRAPHER AND SCULPTOR

Ginna Dowling's "The Snug" at MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery in Norman

GINNA DOWLING BETTER LIVING THROUGH ART GINNA DOWLING GREW UP SURROUNDED BY ART. As one of five women artists in three consecutive generations of her family, she came of age playing in studios, surrounded by drawings, portfolios and the smell of damp clay. While many of her family members were painters, sculptors and poets, Ginna was drawn to printmaking as her chosen medium of expression. Ginna is a contemporary printmaker and installation artist and uses symbols, visual references and layers to tell a story with artistic, educational, societal and cultural connections. Her current work focuses on personal symbols, or identity glyphs, created by people within our community. Her ongoing project, The Inherent Language of Life, has been exhibited at the MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery in Norman and with the Cultural Connections Artist Exchange Residency with Norman’s sister city, Clermont Ferrand, France. “The most significant project to date is the newest manifestation ARTICLE BROOKE BARNETT

of my project, called The Language of Hope and Courage, at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine in Oklahoma City,” she explains.

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“The project empowers critically ill children to experi-

bring hope, inspiration and the power of art to differ-

ence creative expression as part of the healing process.”

ent types of people,” she concludes. “The impact and

The symbolic identities and creative representations

reach of this project are immense, and my work with the

of the patients will be merged into a life-sized visual

Children’s Hospital is providing verification of the bene-

story installation that represents the indomitable spirit

fits of art in medical terms. Whether it is from an individ-

inherent to children battling illness and disease.

ual or community standpoint, participating in creativity

“It will continue to tell the stories of these brave chil-

is imperative to our well-being.”

dren, long after they have left the hospital. It will also

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Ginna Dowling's 14-foot high mural, "The Inherent Language of Life," in Clermont Ferrand, France

Learn more about Ginna’s current projects at GinnaDowling.com or follow Ginna Dowling, Artist on Facebook and Instagram. February 2020 | Cleveland County Lifestyle

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MICHAEL DUNCAN

CAPTURING THE EMOTION OF THE MOMENT

When Michael Duncan was just 8 years old, he spent the summer with his father photographing the Bay Area of California on 35mm film. This early introduction to photography quickly developed into a lifelong passion, sparking a desire to capture meaningful moments forever. As a teenager, Michael worked as a photographer for a weekly newspaper in his hometown of Wilburton, Oklahoma, and followed his love of photography to the University of Oklahoma’s College of Journalism. He ultimately became an

Michael Duncan captured this eagle or hawk while shooting upward from a pueblo in New Mexico.

attorney, graduating from the OU College of Law in 1985. For more than 34 years, Michael has practiced law at his law firm in downtown Oklahoma City, but he has never stopped photographing the important people, places and things in his life. “I’ve joked that I started our law firm so I would have my own place to hang my photographic art,” Michael said, laughing. Photography helps connect Michael to a larger world outside of himself and the courtroom.

Michael is a contributing photojournalist for the Non Doc news website, and his photography has been showcased in galleries in Oklahoma City, Santa Fe and more. After he retires from practicing law, Michael hopes to open an art gallery in Norman and highlight the work of other talented local photographers. In the meantime, he continues to focus on his own art.

“When I’m photographing a musician at the Woody

“I want to keep working at capturing an image that reflects

Guthrie Festival or the dancers at a Native American pow-

the importance of the subject and the emotion of that moment.

wow, I am immersing myself in the creativity of others, and

When my images actually create some emotion in the person

that’s really a cool experience,” he explains.

viewing it, that’s even more special. For me, that’s success.”

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Michael Duncan took this photo at an American Indian Exposition in Anadarko, Oklahoma

For more information, visit MichaelDuncanPhoto.com or follow Michael Duncan Photography on Facebook.

Michael Duncan's photo of a river in southeastern Oklahoma

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AR TIST ’ S PALE T TE (CONTINUED) 19x19x12 bronze, Our Grand Land, by LaQuincey Reed

LAQUINCEY REED EXPRESSING AN AESTHETIC Local sculptor LaQuincey Reed began his artistic career as a painter, but ultimately found he could express himself best through clay. While pursuing a studio arts degree at the University of Oklahoma, he discovered a love of sculpting and the business that revolves around it. “Being creative and not having the same task every time is the greatest joy of being an artist,” LaQuincey explains. “You constantly have to solve aesthetic problems and learn from your previous works. The process and communicating your ideas make it meaningful.” Some of LaQuincey’s more memorable commissions include a Black Kettle portrait bust for Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, a cross for St. Andrew’s Community United Methodist Church in Moore and a bust of President Grover Cleveland for the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman. LaQuincey also spent six years as an assistant sculptor on the Oklahoma Land Run Monument in Oklahoma City. His current project is a series of sculptures exploring African Americans in the West and their influence on the western culture from the past to the present. “There are so many stories that aren’t told, and many representations of the African Americans in the West are limited in their scope and quantity,” Reed adds. 26

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Bronze 18x6x7, Ain't a Killer but Don't Push Me, by LaQuincey Reed

In addition to his professional work, LaQuincey teaches middle and high school art in both Oklahoma City and Jones Public Schools. Teaching has helped him learn to recognize his own shortcomings and helps him become aware of how to engage the next generation of potential artists. In 2020, LaQuincey’s work will be featured in the Cattlemen’s Western Art Show in Paso Robles, California, the Summer ArtFest at Whitefish, Montana, and the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale in Cody, Wyoming.

LaQuincey Reed was commissioned to create this cross for St. Andrew’s Community United Methodist Church in Moore.

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ARTICLE BONNIE HEDGES, CTC/CTS Aerial view of Grand Canal docks in Dublin at sunrise

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Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway

Visiting Dublin is like taking a big breath of fresh air. This Viking City is at once modern and historic. And starting your honeymoon off at the Clontarf Castle Hotel will set the stage for your memorable honeymoon. As a honeymooner, you will enjoy a stay in a beautiful king suite that includes breakfast. Touring Dublin is exciting. I always recommend people start off the tour by sightseeing in a Dublin Hop-off Hop-on tour bus. Make notes of where you want to return and spend more time there later. If you have time, we suggest at least three days in Dublin. While you are there, take in a Pub Crawl and a few pints of Irish Guinness. HERE WE ARE IN THE MOST ROMANTIC TIME

After picking up your rental car in Dublin, you will

OF THE YEAR! Valentine’s Day roses are being pre-

then head for Belfast in Northern Ireland, where a

sented to loved ones, SOME accompanied with and

huge part of Game of Thrones was filmed. Filming

engagement ring and will you marry me? With the

location tours are available.

answer “Yes, I will!” comes excitement and plans for the wedding and honeymoon.

Once you arrive in Belfast, you’ll want to take photos of the Titanic Shipyard, a breathtaking legacy to

So, here’s a question for you. Where would you like to

the city’s golden era of shipbuilding and industrial

go on your honeymoon? How about some place other

triumph. Can you imagine staying in one of the bed

than Mexico, Hawaii or Tahiti? What about a romantic

and breakfast suites in Hillsborough Castle? While

castle stay or a bed and breakfast trip to Ireland?

you are in Belfast, you will want to drive north and do

One of the safest countries in the world, visitors

a tour of the Giant Causeway.

to the Emerald Isle can find adventure and romance

After this fascinating visit to North Ireland, you will

around every corner. Ireland is an easy country to navi-

head south to Galway, which is only a four-hour drive

gate around in a small rental car. (The roads are narrow,

from Belfast. Galway, a harbor city on Ireland’s west

and they drive on the left side of the road.)

coast, offers honeymooners plenty to entertainment

Ireland travelers will enjoy comfortable overnight

choices, including pubs (where traditional folk music is

accommodations, hearty breakfasts and the atten-

often performed), stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art

tion of an attentive host at a selection of lodging

galleries. While in Galway, you will want to visit the Latin

choices, including castles, town houses, country

Quarters, Eyre Square and the Salthill Promenade.

houses and farm houses. All accommodations will

Now that you’ve experienced some castle stays,

provide honeymooners with privacy with special

let’s try a home stay. One we recommend is the Silver

romantic evenings and mornings.

Beach Guest House, located only 2.7 miles from St.

Experienced travelers recommend starting your

Nicholas Collegiate Church and the National University

adventure by flying into Dublin. But, don’t get a car until you

of Galway. (Bonus: They offer complimentary rental

depart! There’s too much traffic, and parking is limited.

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car parking.) The hostess at the Silver Beach Guest House will provide a traditional Irish breakfast, which includes bacon, sausage, eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and leftover potatoes made into hash. And, of course, plenty of Irish soda bread. After Galway, we suggest you drive south to Limerick with a stop and tour of the Cliffs of Moher. Continue onward to Killarney, where we think you would enjoy staying at the Valley View Farm House, a 70-acre working farm. The Valley View Farm house is an ideal touring base to visit Kerry and Cork. Jaunting carts are available for rental on the farm, which allows you to tour the area at a relaxing pace. The Valley View Farmhouse is close to Killarney town and ideal for touring the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula and North Kerry and County Cork. It’s time to head back to Dublin, but you can’t return without a visit to Waterford. Waterford, a seaport village in southeast Ireland, is the county’s oldest city. While here, you will want to visit the House of Waterford Crystal to pick up a few pieces to add to your wedding gifts. Let’s round off your Irish visit at another castle. The Waterford Castle will be a very pleasant end to your adventure. This castle has only 19 guest rooms, but amenities include a golf course, a nearby beach, daily breakfast service, and a full-service restaurant and bar. After your visit, you will head north on a short twohour drive to Dublin for your return flight home. Ireland is one of my favorite countries to design self-drive adventures. It’s a small country full of wonder and history. Many people seek Ireland to trace their ancestry. This would be a great way to spend your honeymoon! Our agents at Bentley Hedges Travel will customize your honeymoon adventure specifically to you. Article by Bonnie Hedges, Travel Leaders/ Bentley Hedges Travel, located at 10021 South Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City. For more information, call 237.3333 .

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Titanic Shipyard in Belfast


The Mother of all Pubs in Limerick

Visitors on Giant’s Causeway, a unique hexagonal geological formation of volcanic basalt rocks and popular tourist attraction.

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February Flirtations

cream puff

THE HEART AND SOUL OF PRESS & PLOW

THIS MONTH, LET YOUR TASTE BUDS TAKE A DIVERSION FROM BOXED CHOCOLATES AND CHEESECAKE. Explore the creative side of coffee and delicious treats to delight the senses. “When words fail, chocolate and coffee speak!” Perhaps the original quote was about music, but one might argue that coffee soothes the soul, and chocolate, the heart. At Press and Plow, the baristas strive to satisfy both with their delicious and creative offerings. Owner Chef Anthony Compagni of Benvenuti’s says that food and drink are art, meant to stimulate all the senses. The artful and creative presentation, the aromas, shared bites, the audible Mmm of satisfaction, are all just as important as the taste. Engaging all the senses make for the ultimate experience. “I find the month of February especially inspiring. How can I make something as simple as a Latte an experience for the guest? I look for ways to take a classic and elevate it. Our Belgian Waffle is a great example. We take waffles made from scratch and layer them with freshly whipped cream and the most plump and fresh berries we can find. We even dust it with powder sugar to give in an ethereal look. It’s like Heaven.” “My favorite latte right now is the S’mores Latte. The classic S’more is one of America’s most beloved treats. We have made it into something sharable; bites and nibbles of chocolate and gingerbread with sips of gooey toasted 34

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PHOTOGRAPHY KRYSTYN RICHARDSON OF BOLD MULTIMEDIA


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affogato

belgian waffle marshmallow and coffee. The presentation makes us nostalgic and invites people to enjoy it together.” Other delectable choices include Press & Plow’s Pate a Choux and Pastry Cream (one bite will have you licking your lips), Amaro Cherry Syrup and Dark Chocolate Latte (a playful marriage of beautiful flavors) and Affogato (Vanilla Gelato) Espresso (in Italian it means, “to drown”).

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s' m ores latte In the month where love abounds, treat your special someone to an artful and stimulating visit to Press and Plow, 2596 West Tecumseh Road, in Norman. Did you know:

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If sweet treats are not your thing, savor a

Brunch is served daily from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

libation from the full wine/alcohol bar with a charcuterie and cheese board or one of many fresh salads.

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Brunch favorites not to be missed: Huevos Rancheros, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Croque Madame, Roasted Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese, Swedish Crepes and Biscuits and Gravy.

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TREND SETTER

Romance is in the Air ENSEMBLES IDEAL FOR THAT VERY SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY DATE

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OUTFIT ONE The look is cute and casual with a pink jacket, gray T-shirt, and jeans by Just USA. This look is perfect for catching a romantic movie or taking a stroll through the park with your date. The pixie cut with unstructured curls adds to the relaxed yet sophisticated vibe.

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OUTFIT TWO This look is a subtle dazzler with its pink-sequined shirt by Lush beneath a light gray jacket by L.A. Coalition and darker gray jeans by Flying Monkey, tied together with a belt by Gucci. This look is perfect for getting dinner at your favorite restaurant or for seeing a concert or theatre performance. The hairstyle—a deep side part with smooth bangs and loose waves falling around the shoulders—is one of understated glamour.

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OUTFIT THREE The third look is a sweet and simple affair consisting of an off-white frayed hem and neckline sweater by Miracle Fashion and ripped denim jeans by Just USA along with gold double-circle

earrings.

This

versatile outfit straddles the line between dressy and casual and can be worn the entire day for stylish comfort.

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OUTFIT FOUR The fourth and final look boasts an alluring velvet dress in deep magenta by Lush complemented by a cotton faux-snakeskin jacket by Fate. This flirty ensemble is guaranteed to be a headturner at any location, be it a high-end restaurant or a high-energy club.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We at Cleveland County Lifestyle would like to thank several businesses and individuals for making this fashion shoot happen. In addition to The Clothing Bar (located in Carriage Plaza Shopping Center in Norman), which provided the clothing, and Clementine Hair Lounge (740 W. Main St. in Norman), which provided their hair styling services, we extend a big thank you to the models, Morgan Ellison, who works at Clementine Hair Lounge, and Amanda Abbott, a labor and delivery nurse at Lakeside Women’s Hospital in OKC. Thanks also to Scratch Kitchen and Cocktails in Norman for allowing us to conduct the photo shoot on their patio.]

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HELP IS AVAILABLE ARTICLE STACI ELDER HENSLEY

FEW THINGS CAN DAMAGE A MARRIAGE LIKE ISSUES IN THE BEDROOM. What many couples don’t realize, though, is that there are many hidden physical causes that can be identified and successfully treated, said Dr. Kim Weaver, owner of the Weaver Clinics, based in Moore. “Sexuality in women, in particular, is very complex,” Weaver said. “Female sexual dysfunction can present in different forms, including lack of sexual desire, impaired arousal, inability or difficulty in achieving orgasm, pain with sexual activity, vaginal dryness, tissue laxity, decreased clitoral sensitivity, or frequently, a combination of these issues.” Problems also aren’t limited to women over 50. Many young women struggle as well, especially after childbirth. Physical problems that impact sexuality almost inevitably damage a couple’s relationship. “Many women who struggle with low libido will often withdraw from their spouse and avoid opportunities for sexual intimacy,” Weaver said. “Over time, this causes strain on the relationship. Unfortunately, many women think they are alone and don’t seek help due to embarrassment.” Sexual dysfunction in men is also common and increases with age. Low testosterone is frequently the cause, and symptoms of low testosterone include irritability, anxiety, fatigue, a diminished sense of well-being, low libido, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, insomnia and erections that are less strong. “For years men believed that sexual problems were a normal part of growing older,” Weaver said. “Fortunately, modern medicine and changing attitudes have debunked this myth. As men and their health care providers have become more comfortable talking about these problems, and as new treatments are developed, there is no reason why men cannot remain sexually active well into their 70s and beyond.”

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HE ALTH Y LIFEST Y LE (CONTINUED) At the Weaver Clinics, treatment begins with a Dr. Kim Weaver (Shirley Helton with Catchlight Photography)

clinical consultation, followed by a physical exam and laboratory tests to determine hormone and vitamin levels. Many intimacy issues in both men and women stem from too-low levels of several key hormones and vitamins, especially testosterone. Men are more hesitant to seek treatment than women, which is why the clinic offers complimentary testosterone blood tests to its male clients. (These can be scheduled, or more information obtained, by calling 844-DrWeaver.) Both men and women have a broad list of treatment options, including bioidentical hormone and testosterone therapy, devices and exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help with bladder control, plus natural lubricant and vaginal/ labial rejuvenation procedures. Bioidentical hormones are a natural form of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These levels are monitored and adjusted in patients and help the body prevent or reverse many age-related issues, Weaver said. For female patients, the most popular treatment offered is the state-of-the-art Juliet vaginal and labial rejuvenation. It’s a simple, nonsurgical office procedure that’s done as a series of three treatments, one month apart. “Over time, vaginal tissues can stretch and lose tone and elasticity after pregnancy, childbirth or with aging,” Weaver said. “The Juliet delivers gentle energy to the vaginal walls to stimulate new collagen, remodel tissue and restore flexibility and shape.” A typical success story, she said, involved a married woman in her 40s who had had two children and was suffering from fatigue, no sex drive, anxiety, dryness, vaginal laxity and urinary incontinence. After being diagnosed with low testosterone and Vitamins D and B12 levels, plus vaginal relaxation, she opted for the Juliet procedure as part of her treatment. “When I saw her for a follow up, she said she was VERY happy with her results!” Weaver said. “She said she felt more like herself again, and her husband of 20 years told her ‘welcome back!’ They were both very happy with the changes in the bedroom. “We focus on the medical aspects, but we recognize the spiritual and psychological components as well,” Weaver added. “We encourage our patients to schedule date nights, work together to make their marriage a priority, rekindle the flame and participate in counseling if needed.”

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GIVING BACK

A R T S S U PP O R T IS COMMUNIT Y S U PP O R T SURE, YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE THAT THERE’S A

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ART, ART WALKS. Every day of the year, Norman residents

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have access to art. But the arts have many more, unseen

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know a bit more about those—because YOU make them hap-

coming to arts event in Norman spend an average of $61 per

pen when you support the arts!

person in the community during their visit. ARTS STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY Annually, the arts in Norman support over 1,400 full-time equivalent jobs and generate over $1.8 million in local tax revenue. That means when you give to the arts, you are giving back to the entire Norman community. ARTS UNIFY COMMUNITIES When you give money to the arts in Norman, you are making our community stronger. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that communities with high concen-

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE MONEY TO THE ARTS IN NORMAN ARTICLE ERINN GAVAGHAN

trations of arts have higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates. When you support the arts, we are all stronger. ARTS IMPROVE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE Children who engage in the arts have higher GPAs and higher standardized test scores and lower drop-out rates. When you give money to the arts in Norman, you invest in programs that directly engage our community’s children in arts learning through partnerships with the Norman Public Schools and outside-the-classroom arts learning opportunities.

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2nd Friday Art Walk

Norman Music Festival (PHOTOGRAPHY NATHAN POPPE)

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GIVING BACK (CONTINUED)

H OW M U C H D O T H E A R T S C O S T ?

The 2nd Friday Art Walk costs $40,000 annually to produce.

The Norman Music Festival costs over $250,000 annually to produce.

Public art in Norman costs $65,000 annually to manage and support.

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Pioneer Library System sculpture, Prairie Wind (PHOTOGRAPHY SHEVAUN WILLIAMS)


However, there is sometimes a perception that because so

Exhibit at MAINSITE Contemporary Arts Gallery

much of the art in our community is free that it also doesn’t cost much to produce. That is far from true. The 2nd Friday Art Walk is one of Norman’s most popular events. Every month, thousands of people visit the arts organizations, galleries, shops, music venues and restaurants of the Walker Arts District in Downtown. For many shops and restaurants, it’s their busiest day of the year. However, the annual cost for the Norman Arts Council to produce 2nd Friday is $40,000. That is money that has to be raised through donations. The Norman Music Festival, a signature Norman arts event that’s both free and hits all those community benefits, is another example. 100,000 people partake in the free music and visit our restaurants and bars. However, the cost to produce the festival every year is over $250,000. All of that money has to be raised each year. Norman is on the rise as a community known for great public Splash sculpture at Westwood Family Aquatic Center (PHOTOGRAPHY SHEVAUN WILLIAMS)

art. Public art is free and accessible to everyone by design—it lives in the public spaces of our town. We are fortunate to have programs like a 1% for art that funds the creation and installation of new, major works of art like the two Pioneer Library sculptures Prairie Wind and Unbound. However, that is not where the work ends. There are over 120 works of public art in Norman and the annual cost for the Norman Arts Council to manage that is $65,000. All of that money has to be raised. We in the arts pride ourselves on the fact that we can make a lot of good happen on very lean budgets, but we MUST have the community supporting us to make any of this work. If any one of our arts organizations would fail to raise the money they need to operate, then we would not see the $1.8 million in tax dollars generated that drive our economy. We would not have over a million people attending events and spending money locally. And we would not be able to step into the schools to provide the

Erinn Gavaghan is the executive director of the Norman Arts Council, a Ph.D. student of art history at OU, and an independent writer and curator.

arts learning that is vital to the success of our children. The arts are different, and we recognize that we are often seen as a luxury. However, we know that the work that we do is important to the health of our community. And we know that when people make a choice to support a charity, choosing between supporting the arts and a social service can be a hard choice. But the arts ARE a social service. When you give money to the arts, it means so much more than supporting the arts organization itself—it is truly an investment in our ENTIRE community. However, despite all the proven good the arts do, we struggle every single day to keep our organizations funded. If every citizen of Norman gave just $4 to the arts once a year, we could more than double our impact in the community. For more information on how you can support the arts in Norman, please contact erinn@normanart.org. February 2020 | Cleveland County Lifestyle

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REALTY REPORT NEIGHBORHOOD

CLEVELAND COUNTY

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

Ashton Grove, Norman

$1,470,000

$1,400,000

95%

84

5

5.1

Olde Tuscany, SW OKC

$675,000

$671,640

99%

309

4

3.1

Cascata Lakes, SW OKC

$599,900

$575,000

95%

106

4

3.2

Marlatt, Norman

$510,000

$482,500

94%

46

4

3.1

Brookhaven Square, Norman

$484,000

$480,000

99%

100

3

3.1

Southern Preserve, SW OKC

$440,000

$427,500

97%

47

3

3.1

Williamson Farms, SW OKC

$410,000

$380,000

92%

49

3

2.1

Vintage Creek, Norman

$400,000

$385,000

96%

171

3

2.2

Sterling Canyon, SE OKC

$399,900

$394,000

98%

14

3

2.2

Apple Estates, Moore

$349,900

$345,000

96%

0

4

2.1

Apple Estates, Moore

$349,000

$340,000

97%

46

3

2.1

Highland Village, Norman

$347,340

$347,340

100%

10

3

2.1

Santa Fe Sunset, SW OKC

$344,900

$339,900

98%

33

4

3.1

Norman Original Town, Norman

$344,000

$344,000

100%

1

3

2.1

Earlywine, SW OKC

$339,900

$315,000

92%

47

3

3.2

Summit Lakes, Norman

$339,000

$307,000

90%

59

4

3

The Waters, Moore

$326,465

$326,465

100%

0

4

2

Twin Lakes, Moore

$315,000

$315,000

100%

47

3

2

Red Canyon Ranch, Norman

$313,259

$313,259

100%

0

3

2.1

Warwick 4, Norman

$310,000

$310,000

100%

0

3

2.1

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FEBRUARY

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR The Choir of Man is an infectious and irresistible combination of party, concert and pint-filled good time.

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