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What inspires you? Think beyond words, music, the canvas, an image, sculpture or frame. Go deeper. You will arrive at a place where the finished product isn’t as inspiring as the sheer act of will required to produce it. This, I think, is what Pressfield is talking about. Artists inspire because they’re committed to doing the work. It’s their creative commitment that captures our imagination. A work of art is first and foremost a “work.” The effort should be admired as much (or perhaps more) than the finished piece. I’m indebted to the inspirational ones among us. Your art is the result of your struggle to create it. Not everyone sees, hears or reads the same thing. That’s what makes art, in its numerous forms, the gift that it is. This month we showcase the artists among us. Tulsa has a rich heritage in the arts. Meet some Tulsa-based artists who are gaining national and international recognition (see page 18) Ignite the creative energy in our young artists (see page 22). Pursue your creative dreams at any age (see page 16). Today’s refining, rewriting and refinishing will be tomorrow’s masterpieces. Be content to wait, because all compelling art is the result of hard work. Thanks to those who pay the price. We would feel “cheated” if you chose otherwise.
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A Foundation for Learning. A Foundation for Life. As a student at Cascia Hall, Walker was able to develop his skills as a leader, scholar, musician, and thespian. He delivered the farewell speech at commencement where he received a Scholar Medal. A National Merit Finalist, Walker became a leading man and “go to guy” in the drama department, yet he still found time to follow his passion for community outreach and service to others. Walker is a freshman at Northwestern University.
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Beams of Hope Silent Auction
Tulsa architecture firm, W Design, and Labadle Construction teamed up to create Beams of Hope house to benefit the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. The million dollar spec home hosted a silent auction on January 24.
Sandra Lewis, Executive Director at Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, addresses the crowd.
From left to right, Esther J. Moran of Data Exchange, Roberto X. Moran of W Design, Carlos Galan of Farmers Insurance and Financial Services, and Sharla Galan of McGraw Realtors
From left to right Roberto X. Moran, Roger McKee, and Samantha Zitter all of W Design
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Around Town GUTHRIE GREEN GOES GLOBAL World Architecture News (WAN) recognized Downtown Tulsa’s Guthrie Green. According to the Tulsa Chamber, “The WAN Awards is the world’s largest architectural awards program, and more than 1,300 projPhoto: Guthrie Green ects in 72 countries were entered in the 2013 awards.” Guthrie Green is an urban park and entertainment space in downtown’s Brady Arts District. It’s been named as a best example of urban design. Award program judges praised the park’s aesthetic qualities, its functionality, and eco-friendly attributes. Guthrie Green joined only four other entries from the United States as an award winner.
portation Industry and the city of Tulsa,” says Wes Mitchell, director of data center services at HP Enterprise Service. “HP ES in Tulsa has always been the core of transportation technology in the world, managing more than 70 percent of U.S. air travel. These jobs represent HP ES’s continued commitment to Tulsa and technology innovation in the transportation industry.”
FORTUNE MAGAZINE RANKS TULSA’S QUIKTRIP Tulsa-based QuikTrip has been named one of the “100 Best Places to Work” according to Fortune magazine. This is the 12th consecutive year they’ve been named as a top employer by Fortune. QuikTrip rose 18 spots from last year landing at 48 on the list. QT currently owns and operates 680 stores in 11 states. “This recognition adds to the already remarkable record QuikTrip has established as a leading employer and outstanding corporate citizen,” says Tulsa Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “We congratulate Chet Cadieux and the entire QT team on once again being named among the nation’s best places to work.”
12 OF TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BEST FORMER ATHLETES HONORED A BOOST TO TULSA-REGION WORKFORCE Hewlett Packard plans to add 65 high quality jobs to our area. The global information technology firm will increase the Tulsa area’s IT-sector growth at its local Enterprise Services hub. Over the next two years, jobs will be added to its transportation related operations at the Tulsa office. Average annual wage for the positions will be $65,000. HP currently employs approximately 800 in Tulsa. “This is a very exciting time for the HP Enterprise Services Trans-
Twelve former athletes were inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame in January. Inductees were Gary Moore, David Rader, Mike Fanning, Henry Johnson, Kenny Monday, Tatia Brown, Michelle Scholtz, Steve Bowling, Jimbo Elrod and posthumous coaching selections Gordon Morgan, Woody West and Jim Sellers. To be included, send announcements to EStephens@LifestylePubs.com
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Parent’s Corner Our social persona feels vital to our survival. It’s no wonder most teens balk and fight when asked to unplug. But despair not ye parents of burgeoning millenials, for there is a solution! Here are six steps to help you and your teens navigate the social media mine field this Spring Break. 1. Communicate early and often.
Invite your teens into creating a plan to unplug. Empower them to make wise choices. Take unplugging for a test run before Spring Break. National Day of Unplugging is March 8. Join the movement at NationalDayOfUnplugging.com. 2. Turn off the tech.
It’s difficult to unplug, but it can be done. Set limits. Here are some to try: No tech until noon. No tech in the evenings. No tech on Wednesday. No tech at the dinner table. Charge your portable devices in the kitchen overnight. Keep them out of the bedrooms. Unplugging can include social video games and television for your vitamin D-deprived child. Whatever unplugging looks like for your family, be consistent. 3. Turn on creativity.
Take a Spring Break from Social Media Removing the Digital Mask Article Ryan Rosser
hroughout schools, hammers thunder against their bells, signaling the day’s end. Excited hands shove books into bags. And feet scurry out of classrooms, down crowded corridors and through doors marked “exit.” It’s Spring Break, a time for children and teens to do anything but learn.The very title of this venerable vacation week expresses rejuvenated life through separation from stress. Homework can wait. They’ll disconnect from their studies, but remain connected online. Unless your teens unplug from their digital persona they’ll continue to be entrenched in gossip, drama, and image. The pressure to remain connected is 24/7. You can take the kid out of the school hall, but you can’t take the school hall out of the kid. Profile pictures portray the best of us. Friend counts, like counts, comments and shares place a numeric value on self-worth. And a driving need for attention flaunts photos best kept private. But promoting a false or not-quite-true image actually isolates us from one another. The eventual outcome is loneliness. This is true regardless of apparent confidence or ability. Social media, therefore, is a misnomer. It fails as a medium for true social interconnectivity. It’s depressing. Literally.
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Give your kids an artistic gift. Is Instagram your child’s favorite? Give them a bag full of disposable cameras. Does your kid prefer Facebook? Moleskine journals and good pens are a great combo for keeping track of low-tech status updates. Give them a reason to unplug, and get creative! 4. Engage the world.
The tech may be off, but that doesn’t mean friendships have to be put on hold. Gather a few of their best buds, grab a Frisbee and prepare a picnic. They’ll laugh out loud as their digital emoticons become real-life, actual smiles. Craft the stories they’ll share when asked, “What did you do for Spring Break?” 5. Encourage their inner qualities.
Break the mask. Compliment the qualities and gifts that go unseen. Your nerdy kid knows they’re smart. Your athletic kid knows they’ve got game. Recognize the hard work it’s taken to get them there. No one has a greater potential to call out the truth more than an engaged parent. 6. Do it together.
You’re a family. A team. Be willing to accept the same boundaries for yourself that you ask of your child. Turning off the tech isn’t punishment. It’s a recalling of family and friends together. When you choose to disengage social media for yourself along with your teen, you send a bold message: They’re worth engaging. It won’t be long before books are removed from bags, seats are taken and the break is over. So make this Spring Break count. Even without the retweets and friend requests. Ryan Rosser is a teacher, storyteller and youth ministry professional who is immersed in children’s culture and education.
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Dispelling Six Common Lawn Care Myths T
he lawn is the backdrop to the home and essential to curb appeal. While keeping a healthy lawn may seem straightforward (mow, water, fertilize, etc.), donâ€™t be fooled by some common lawn care myths. Myth #1: All grass is created equal.
Truth: Grass and their seeds come in many different varieties, all with various maintenance, climate and mower requirements. While some varieties require more sunlight, others may be prone to certain diseases. The type of grass and scope of land you need to mow will determine how powerful of a lawn mower youâ€™ll need. Large lawns with thicker, tougher grass will require a mower with higher horsepower and bigger, taller wheels. Varieties of grass that have thinner blades and slower growth, or a small backyard space, can be maintained easily with a lower horsepower machine. Riding mowers like the John Deere 100 Series come in a variety of models to fit different needs.
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Myth #2: The shorter I cut the grass, the less often I need to mow.
Truth: For the best quality turf, only remove one-third of the grass blade with each mow. Shorter clippings break down more easily, allowing some of the natural nitrogen to return to the soil. If you cut too much at one time, the long clippings can cause stress on the grass, inhibiting healthy growth. Myth # 3: Bagging it is best.
Truth: Although bagging grass clippings is a common practice, mulching is much more beneficial to your lawn. Mulching returns essential nutrients, such as nitrogen, back to the soil. As noted above, removing only a small amount of the grass blade each time you mow produces shorter clippings that can decompose more quickly and discourages the development of fungal diseases. If you do decide to bag, be sure to compost your clippings and reuse on site. Look for a lawn tractor, like the John Deere X300 Select Series, which comes with a mulching feature on the mowing deck, to help return the clippings to the soil.
Myth #4: Focus on the green.
Myth # 6: You’re off duty in the winter.
Truth: While grass is what we see and tend to, the soil is the most essential component for a healthy growth yearround. Soil supplies the roots with necessary nutrients, which in turn yield a beautiful lawn. Consider taking a soil sample to your local university extension program or landscape supplier for soil analysis. This will help determine the best type of fertilizer to use throughout the year.
Truth: Many people think grass “dies” off in the winter so you can take a break from lawn care; however, this is the best time to care for your equipment. Complete mower maintenance such as adding fuel stabilizer, blade sharpening and replacing missing or damaged parts and your mower will be prepped and ready come springtime. Aside from practicing the proper mowing techniques, having the right equipment is one of the most important factors in maintaining a green and vibrant lawn. The proper type and size for your lawn and lifestyle will help you mow more efficiently so you can spend more time enjoying and less time maintaining your lawn. Visit www.johndeere. com/residential to learn which type of riding lawn equipment is right for your yard.
Myth #5: Keep a consistent mowing pattern.
Truth: It’s easy to fall into a mowing routine, but frequently cutting grass in the same direction can mat down the turf and inhibit growth. By varying the mowing pattern, you will reduce strain on the turf and encourage a healthier, more beautiful lawn.
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Mother thought living alone was “just fine.” But the activities and great friends she’s made at Saint Simeon’s have made her much more active, healthy, and happy. She really enjoys art classes, luncheon outings, sing-a-longs, entertainment, walks with her friend Norma, and of course, Bingo. I’m so grateful for the wellness classes and physical therapists, who have helped her through two injuries that would have prevented her from walking. Sincerely, Priscilla
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Troubled by Sleep Problems or Chronic Pain? Article Derek Taylor
ccording to Terry Bennett, D.M.D., of the Tulsa TMJ Orofacial Pain & Sleep Disorders Clinic, millions of people are affected by sleep problems or chronic pain. Dr. Bennett practiced general dentistry for 13 years before deciding in 1990 to limit his practice to helping patients with sleep disorders and TMD/TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems. He has received over 3,000 hours of continuing education attaining the status of diplomate in three national organizations. Dr. Bennett is currently the only dentist in Eastern Oklahoma who is board-certified in craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. He 14 Tulsa Lifestyle | March 2014
is recognized by his peers as one of the elite practitioners in the U.S. and currently serves as president of the AACP. Do you snore or know someone that does? “Currently over 75 million Americans snore and many of those also suffer from sleep apnea and don’t know it,” says Dr. Bennett. “These problems put significant strain on the cardiovascular system and can lead to severe health problems if left untreated. Sleep apnea can also cause ADD/ADHD symptoms in children. Getting a PSG test by a sleep doctor is the first step.” If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea there’s a good chance you were prescribed a CPAP device. Most patients dislike using a CPAP, for a variety of reasons. Studies show that 50 percent of patients stop using them in the first year. This places a person at high risk for serious health issues, and even death. Dr. Bennett treats patients who snore, and those diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, using dental appliances approved by the FDA.
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“There are 50 different appliances recognized by the FDA to treat snoring and sleep apnea and they all work in ways that helps open the airway when you sleep.” states Bennett. Treating snoring or sleep apnea is not a “one size fits all” process. “I like to have at least three or four that could work and then let the patient choose the one they like,” Dr. Bennett says. “If you’re only offered one it’s likely that dentist is only trained to provide one device, which may not be the best one for you.” Dental appliance therapy is generally covered by insurance when there is a proper diagnosis and sufficient documentation. There are many symptoms of TMD/ TMJ. The main ones include headaches/facial pain, ear pain, vertigo, tinnitus, chewing problems, and jaw popping. TMD/ TMJ is treated in a similar manner as sleep apnea using a dental appliance. “Whether a patient has sleep apnea or TMD/TMJ, we use the latest in imaging, airway testing, and physical medicine in helping to properly diagnose and improve our patients’ lives, and put them on the road to recovery,” says Dr. Bennett. “We have many satisfied patients. Visit our website TMJOK.com to read some of the life-changing testimonials.” March is National Sleep Awareness Month. For more information, call the Tulsa TMJ Orofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders Clinic today at 918.609.4474.
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Staying Young with a Love for Art and Learning Article Stacey Schifferdecker
enry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Fortunately for art lovers, artist Carla Hefley knows that anyone of any age can be a star student, as this mother of two and grandmother of one discovered her passion for painting just a few short years ago. Carla always enjoyed crafting and creative activities, but when her children were younger, her days were filled with caring for them and helping her husband, Robert, run their electrical firm, Alrac Electric. However, in 2006, Carla’s mother and best friend both died, leaving Carla searching for more meaning in her life.
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As a lifelong reader and computer blogger, Carla first tried writing. Then, in 2009, she signed up for an art class at Ziegler Art and Frame. “I found that painting filled my soul,” Carla says. “Sitting down at a canvas gave me so much joy.” Carla had taken art classes in middle school, but she had never painted before. “That first time in class was scary! My hand shook when I was first applying paint to canvas.” Despite her initial fear, Carla persevered and continued taking art classes at Ziegler. “I have so much to learn,” she says. “I don’t have a lot of art background – I just know what makes my eyes happy on the canvas.” Carla’s favorite teacher is Ross Myers.
“He is a good instructor and very funny,” Carla explains. “Plus, he can teach you any techniques. You can bring in whatever you want to work on, and he will help you with it.” While Carla has experimented with watercolor, pastels, and graphite, she prefers to work with oils. “I like the way oils glide onto the canvas,” she says. Carla also enjoys the camaraderie of painting in a group setting. She goes to class every Tuesday afternoon and has become good friends with other art students. She also belongs to Alpha Rho Tau, a civic art club that seeks to promote the appreciation of art. While Carla loves her art classes, she also paints outside of class. She has a studio set up in the spare bedroom of her home, where she likes to paint in the mornings. “The light is better then, and I feel more creative,” she says. She and Robert are also having a new building built for their business, which will include a studio for Carla.
“What I like to do,” Carla explains “is bring my harder projects to class to work on, so I can learn new techniques. Then I bring things home to work on. It’s exciting that I can now do things on my own instead of always waiting for direction.” Carla’s talent has led to several sales and commissions. She has a Facebook page for her art, as well as an online blog at Carla-ArtistInTraining.Blogspot.com. She is currently working on two commissioned pieces: one a portrait of a dog and the other a huge commissioned work for a hospital project. The first painting Carla sold was called Harriet’s Potatoes. “Our neighbor at the lake had a basket of potatoes against a wall on her porch, and I took a photo of it and then painted it. The lighting was great, and all the yellow and red colors of the potatoes.” Harriet ended up buying that painting, and it now hangs at her lake home. One painting she will never sell, though, is Fan in Windows. The first painting she completed and signed, this piece now hangs in her own lake home. Carla has also exhibited at several art shows around northeastern Oklahoma. Most recently, she had a weekend show at The Garden Trug. “They do our landscaping, and so they had seen my work,” she muses. “They just called and asked me to do a show.” Carla also had a month-long show at the Canebrake and had a piece accept-
ed for last year’s Festival of the Trees at Philbrook. In addition, she participated in an Alpha Rho Tau art show at Tulsa Community College in 2010, 2011, and 2012, winning prizes for both her painting and her photography. “In 2011, I had three pieces in the show, and they all won a prize,” she says. Carla’s favorite artist is Jeffrey T. Larson, and like Larson, most of her work is realistic and includes portraits, landscapes, still lifes, fruits and vegetables, flowers and animals. She mostly paints from her own photographs because she says she needs to be inspired by something. While she tends toward realism, Carla has also been challenging herself by branching into abstracts. In addition to her commission pieces, Carla is currently working on an abstract of an eagle as well as a painting of some f lowers from a photo she took at The Garden Trug. “I don’t want to be pigeonholed into being a particular type of artist,” she says. “I just like to paint whatever makes my eyes happy.”
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NATIONALLY KNOWN ARTISTS
Who Call Tulsa
Article Louann Buhlinger | Photography Michal McRuiz and Jamie Alsabrook
Top: Political cartoonist Bruce Plante works at his table at the Tulsa World. Photo by Michael McRuiz. Bottom: Tulsa-based contemporary artist Michelle Firment Reid stands next to her piece titled, “Tree of Thoughts.” Photo by Jamie Alsabrook. 18 Tulsa Lifestyle | March 2014
hen I meet someone who has a wonderful career and is revered worldwide for his or her talent, I always like to ask, “How did you get started?” The same was true when I met three nationally known artists currently residing in Tulsa and making their living with art. The one commonality between them all is that their fascination with art began when they were children.
BRUCE PLANTE “A spanking by my second grade teacher began my career,” says editorial cartoonist Bruce Plante, who grew up in Texarkana, Arkansas. “When I drew a caricature of my teacher Mrs. Sherman, she dragged me out into the hall, gave me a spanking and told me that I’d never make anything of myself with my drawings.” Today, Bruce Plante is the editorial cartoonist for the Tulsa World and a syndicated cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. His work can also be found in the Library of Congress, the Clinton Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. “I describe myself as a visual commentator and satirist,” says Plante. “My muses are politicians and I’m motivated to create a certain image out of getting angry.” Growing up, Plante enjoyed reading MAD magazine and Spiderman comics. He became the editorial cartoonist for the Arkansas Traveler while in college at the University of Arkansas. “I graduated with a bachelor’s in art but there were no classes for cartoonists, so that allowed me to create my own style more quickly.” With only 35 full-time newspaper cartoonists left in the U.S., he joined the Tulsa World in 2007 after having worked as the staff editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times for 22 years. “I produce five cartoons a week,” says Plante. “Two are written about local politics and three focus on national and international issues.”
Plante was honored with the 2002-03 Fischetti Award for best national editorial cartoon and one of his most famous which depicts President Bill Clinton deftly skiing down a mountain missing the trees by skiing through them - the left ski moving to the left of the tree and the right ski moving to the right … something which is impossible and depicts him as invincible and perhaps invisible. Then, after the Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton affair, Plante produced a follow-up cartoon in which the President continues skiing and then suddenly, losing his invincibility, crashes into a tree knocking him out. With a wonderful career and international recognition, Plante has graced our community for seven years with wit and wisdom. Perhaps his style is summed up best by his favorite quote from Bertrand Russell, “The trouble with the world is that the stupid is cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” More of Plante’s work can be seen at PlanteInk.com.
PS GORDON PS Gordon, also known as “Patrick,” began his career at the age of 12 with an exhibition of drawings and paintings in Claremore, Oklahoma, where he grew up. continued >
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Nationally known artists (continued)
Left: Tools of the trade: Pat Gordon’s brushes next to his canvas in his home studio in Tulsa. Photo by Michael McRuiz. Right: Tulsa artist Pat Gordon at his home studio in front of his newest work. Photo by Michael McRuiz.
“I sold a piece for $60 in 1965 and that’s when I knew I could do this and make money,” says Gordon. “I took my first painting lessons from my mother, Janelle Gordon, who specialized in stilllife painting.” His formal studies began under the tutelage of the widely-regarded watercolorist Glenn Godsey at the University of Tulsa where he received his bachelor’s degree in fine art. Now Gordon’s work can be seen at the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, The Fred Jones Jr. Museum in Norman, and one of his works was used on the season poster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Gordon has also been featured in numerous publications including American Artist, American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors, and New Horizons in American Realism. Gordon’s work can also be seen on his website PSGordon.com and “Patrick Gordon” on Facebook. “I consider myself a realist painter. I work in oil, watercolor and pencil and sell my work from my private studio gallery in Tulsa. I also sell through Fischbach Gallery in New York and Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas,” he says. Gordon rose to prominence on the strength of his large, deeply saturated still life’s and portraiture gaining a reputation as an important painter of the “New American Realism” school. Coinciding with a move to New York City in 2003, he began working 20 Tulsa Lifestyle | March 2014
almost exclusively in oil-on-canvas infusing scenes of urban life and new beginnings. Although Gordon loved the New York art scene, he missed his friends and moved back to Tulsa two years ago and purchased the first home of famed interior designer and friend, Charles Faudree. When I visited Patrick at his home, I stepped into his living room turned painting studio featuring many tall windows with a warm soft light. Ahead of me was an impressive canvas, more than six feet tall, painted with large, bright yellow and red tulips. This is unmistakably Patrick Gordon’s work. Substantial, colorful and meaningful. It was his muse, Toni Garner of Tulsa’s Toni’s Flowers, who sparked the interest in this painting’s subject matter by giving him a large bouquet of fresh tulips to serve as inspiration. When he works on a painting, he paints 10 to 12 hours a day until the work is done. The large and inspiring floral took six weeks to complete. I asked him if spending so much time painting is lonely. “I enjoy pushing paint around the canvas. I never get tired of that,” he replied. Henri Matisse is Gordon’s favorite painter. If he could invite anyone living or dead to lunch, Gordon would include Matisse, Jackie Kennedy Onassis for a remarkably breathy lunch and Katie Westby. “…oh, the questions I’d ask her,” Gordon says.
MICHELLE FIRMENT REID Claude Monet’s “Nymphéas” series of decorative murals was the inspiration for contemporary visual artist and Tulsan Michelle Firment Reid. “Art has always been a part of my life. My mother painted and we lived overseas when I was younger,” says Reid. “Visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, I was extremely taken in by watching the people in the room admiring Monet’s work. They would stand up close to his painting, looking at each detail, then stand back further to take it all in. Prior to that moment, I had not made the connection with art and how it could affect those around you.” Reid’s art reflects an expression and communication of emotion through painting, mixed media, sculpture and film. Nature is her muse, taking walks each morning to gather ideas for her work. Most recently, she has begun to create more installation works, giving the viewer an opportunity to be immersed and surrounded in her creative context off the canvas’ edge. “I went to an excellent art school,” says Reid. “There were less than 200 students in my class at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC. Many of the teachers were practicing successful artists themselves. They gave us the skills but also showed us what it takes to be a full time artist. Knowing that it does not happen overnight, you have to work hard and be resilient.” In addition, Reid also stays on top of the business of marketing her work to make a successful living. The artist that Firment Reid currently admires is El Anatsui from Ghana. “He creates these beautiful textured metal wall works from aluminum, bottle-tops, copper wire and found materials reflecting the Michelle Firment Reid, contemporary visual artist, sitting amidst her pieces titled “Fisher of history of his own nomadic background,” says Thoughts,” “Taking Flight” mobile and “These Thoughts, They Travel.” Photo by Jamie Alsabrook. Reid. Reid’s work has recently been showing at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Gallery with her exhibition around. Tulsa has so many wonderful people who give back to our titled, “Thoughts on a Winter Journey.” city,” says Reid. Her work can be found at the M.S. Doran Gallery Reid came to Tulsa after living in Romania, the Philippines, and on her website at MichelleFirmentReid.com. Paris and Washington, DC, due to her husband’s work with a TulAs is evidenced by all three artists, the fascination with art besa-based energy company. gan as children and blossomed into successful full-time careers in “I enjoy living in Tulsa because of its ease and accessibility to all Tulsa, the city they call home. March 2014 | Tulsa Lifestyle 21
get your hands Artistic spring break ideas for you and your kids
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pring break is a much needed reprieve from school for kids. But for parents, it can be stressful trying to find things for them to do. Here are a few artistic ways to spend quality time with your kids without gravitating back to the television, computer, or PlaystationÂŽ.
Fine Art, Fun Art
Local pottery studios offer quick and easy projects that can become family heirlooms. Photography Debra Laizure 22 Tulsa Lifestyle | March 2014
Tulsa is fortunate to have several fine art facilities offering spring break activities for children. You can always count on the following venues for a fun, educational experience. Gilcrease Museum, home to the worldâ€™s largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West will hold a weeklong spring break camp March 17-21 for children ages 5-7. Sign your kids up for a half-day session for the week, or send them with a sack lunch to stay all day. For details, visit Gilcrease.org. Philbrook Museum of Art offers programs for families all year long. Sign up for My Museum and get a free art tool kit. Each month kids will receive a different art supply and art card to help them explore a new piece of art in the museum or gardens. Philbrook Second Saturdays offers visitors free museum admission, tours, and family friendly, hands-on art-making projects on the second Saturday of each month. Learn more at Philbrook.org.
WaterWorks Art Center is pleased to offer a fun-filled art
camp for the week of March 17-21, entitled “Deco to Disco.” Executive Director Lee Anne Zeigler says the art projects range from air-dried clay creations, mixed media, collage, and painting styles reminiscent of the 1920s through the 1970s including pop art, deco designs, tie-dye, weaving, and more. For details, call 918.596.2440 or visit CityOfTulsa.org/Culture--Recreation Art at Home
Pinterest.com is a treasure trove for art projects you can do at home. Flip through the website using keywords such as “art projects for kids” and you will find hundreds of low-cost, easy-to-do things for the entire family to enjoy. A quick search led to a project called “Expand an Image,” posted by Sherri Schultz. She is an art teacher and founder of ArtMommie.Blogspot.com, and recommends using simple items to spur creativity. For instance, Schultz has a baggie of magazine cuttings she uses for inspiration. The example shown demonstrates how the artist interpreted the photo of a giraffe. Schultz prompts them with ideas to get their creative juices flowing, such as, where is the location, what are they doing, who is with you, or what is the weather? She says every project turns out great and is always a hit with the kids. “My 7-year old son and I make up these “Expand an Images” all the time,” Schultz says. “They can get pretty silly too. It’s a great way to let the imagination loose.” As an art teacher and a parent, she understands the impact art can have on children. “Not only is art fun, but it can open up their imaginations and enhance the core subjects they are already learning in school. It is amazing how art overlaps with literacy, writing, math, history and science in children’s daily learning.”
time to experiment with new recipes. Take this time to enjoy your kids without rushing or worrying about all the things you think you need to do. Make a cake from scratch, knead some dough for fresh baked bread, or put together a huge veggie soup to eat on all week. And don’t forget to dye some eggs for Easter. Thumb through the cook books gathering dust on your shelf or tell the kids to find a recipe online that they want to make. Then go to the grocery store for the ingredients and pick them out together. This will teach them that food doesn’t just “appear” at dinnertime. Also, check out free cooking classes and nutritional lectures at grocery stores like Whole Foods, GreenAcres Market, and Sprouts. Family Heirlooms
Local pottery studios like Color Me Mine, Purple Glaze, and Art Play Center offer walk-in, do-it-yourself painting experienc-
es. Kids can get creative and you won’t have to worry about paint getting on your hardwood floors... or carpet, walls, ceiling, etc. Simply pick out an unfinished ceramic item to paint or wood shape to mosaic and get started. Each studio has a helper to assist in gathering the right materials and supplies. Once your little Picasso or Rembrandt gets started, the time seems to fly by. After the piece is painted, the studio will glaze and fire the piece, and have it ready for pick up in a few days. Costs range from approximately $15 to $35 or higher, depending on the size of the piece, making the fun very affordable. Plus, your family will have a priceless heirloom to keep forever.
Dig in the Dirt
March is major planting season. It’s not quite time for flowers, but it is the perfect time to prepare your flower beds for next month’s herb festivals and farmers markets, when the flats of colorful flowers will be irresistible. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the beds ready so you can pop them right in the ground? If weather permits, grab some trowels and garden gloves and let the kids loose outside. They can pull weeds, turn up the soil, and bag any dead leaves. It will give them a huge sense of accomplishment and will make planting the upcoming spring flowers even more fun and stress free. Or, pick a spot and create a vegetable garden. According to Tulsa Master Gardeners, OSU Extension, cool season crops may be planted now and thrive best in average daily temperatures of 70°F or less. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, onions, green peas, and radishes should all be planted by the end of the month. Tulsa Master Gardeners, OSU Extension, has an abundance of gardening information, fact sheets, and other resources on its website, TulsaMasterGardeners.org. Culinary Arts
If getting dirt under your fingernails isn’t your cup of tea, then head to the kitchen for a messy adventure. Spring break is a great
Simple to do artwork projects are a fun way to help expand your child’s imagination. Photography Sherri Schultz March 2014 | Tulsa Lifestyle 23
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What began in a Tulsa living room has grown into the nation’s leading children’s consignment and maternity sales event. JBF returns for their first of two Tulsa shows this year, with 1,500 consignors coming together to sell clothes, toys, car seats, and other child-rearing essentials. ExpoSquare.com.
March 4 BLUE DOME DISTRICT MARDI GRAS PARADE DOWNTOWN
Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style at the fourth annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Tulsa Masked, costumed revelers and colorful, elaborate floats will make their way through the Blue Dome District, tossing brightly-colored beads and other trinkets into the crowds. Hosted by the Blue Dome District Merchant’s Association, the Mardi Gras Parade will start and finish at 1st Street and Elgin Ave. BLueDomeTulsa.com
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Coffee lovers get a chance to support Volunteer Tulsa and experience downtown’s artisan coffee culture. Pick up your Passport at Foolish Things Coffee Company and then walk, bike, ride, or drive the 1.1 mile Crawl route, enjoying food and drink samplers at seven coffee spots. Along the way, you will also learn about volunteer service opportunities, and if you complete your passport, you will be eligible for prizes. VolunteerTulsa.org
March 1 DANCING FOR LITTLE STARS DOWNTOWN
Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children presents the 13th annual “Dancing for Little Stars,” to benefit Tulsa’s abused and neglected children. The highlight of the evening is a “Dancing with the Stars”-style dance contest featuring local business notables paired with professional dancers. TAPCHelps.org.
March 1 BOB WILLS BIRTHDAY BASH DOWNTOWN
Each year Cain’s Ballroom celebrates the birthday of the one and only Bob Wills, who made his debut at the Cain’s on New Year’s night 1935. This year’s performers include Leon Rausch, Tommy Allsup, Johnny Cox, Monty Gaylord, Shaun Howe, Mac Mac Rae, Spencer Sutton, Mike Bennett, Steve Ham, and Terry Thompson. Come for the celebration and remember when Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys first popularized western swing back in the 40s and 40s. CainsBallroom.com 30 Tulsa Lifestyle | March 2014
The Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show is Oklahoma’s largest and longest-running home and garden products trade show, with 500 exhibitors. For a one-stop shopping experience for everything you need for your home and garden, it is the one home and garden show not to miss, offering everything you need for your home improvement. Special features this year include a 14,000 square foot exhibit dedicated completely to outdoor living and landscaping and a cooking stage showcasing the latest in kitchen appliances and the best of Tulsa area chefs. TulsaHBA.com.
March 6-16 GODSPELL DOWNTOWN
Spotlight Children’s Theatre presents the musical Godspell, one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew and featuring a score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of well-loved songs, including the international hit, “Day By Day.” SpotlightTheater.org.
March 7 SWITCHFOOT DOWNTOWN
Alternative rock band Switchfoot is coming to the Brady Theater, along with special guests the Kopecky Family Band. This Grammy-award winning group is noted for theie energetic live shows. BradyTheater.com.
March 8 OPERA BALL DOWNTOWN
The Mayo Hotel is the site of the 54th Opera Ball, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing where this season’s debutantes and squires are presented. This black tie event provided major funding for Tulsa Opera’s productions and education programs. This year’s theme is “O Souvenirs Chéris – O Cherished Memories” from the Act I Duet of Carmen sung by Don Jose and Micaela as they proclaim, “O cherished memories, you fill my heart with strength and courage.” TulsaOpera.com.
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March 15 ST. PATRICK’S DAY RUN DOWNTOWN
Tulsa RunnersWorld presents the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s 5K Run, which traditionally kicks off the racing season for runners in Oklahoma. With a history of being one of the top 5K races in Oklahoma, last year’s race attracted more than 3,300 runners. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma and Tulsa Running Club. SOOK.org.
March 28 LADY ANTEBELLUM DOWNTOWN
Seven-time Grammy award-winning trio Lady Antebellum perform at the BOK Center with guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. This pop country music group has sold more than 12.5 million digital singles and 10 million albums in the United States. BOKCenter.com
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Crisis Pregnancy Outreach will hold the 10th Annual “Celebrate Life” Gala raising funds to support young women who are experiencing a crisis pregnancy, as well as their children. CrisisPregnancyOutreach.org.
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Tulsa Project Theater presents the comedy musical that inspired the movie The Birdcage. The play tells the story of two gay men whose lives become complicated when their son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. TulsaProjectTheatre.com
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Miley Cyrus returns to Tulsa as part of her Bangerz Tour, with special guests Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira. Bangerz debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts, with over 270,000 albums sold. The album received rave reviews from US Weekly, which declared it 2013’s “most titillating pop explosion.” BOKCenter.com
Cher and special guest Pat Benatar hit the BOK Center stage as part of Cher’s Dressed to Kill tour. This is Cher’s eighth solo concert tour and will be promoting her 26th studio album, Closer to the Truth. With every Cher ticket purchased online, you’ll receive a physical CD of Closer To The Truth. BOKcenter.com
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Tulsa Public School students meet members of the Company of the Tulsa Ballet after an Any Given Child field trip and performance. Photography Tracy Kouns
A Creative Spark Words Louann Buhlinger
remember seeing the wonder in my nephew Luke’s eyes when his grandmother sat with him on the front porch and helped him to see the world in a different light. She would ask him to tell her what he observes when he looks at the trees, but to describe the subtlety of the colors, the texture of the leaves and the bark, the way the limbs move in the wind, and the way the sunlight bounces off of the branches. She was teaching him to look at things through an artist’s eyes. Being exposed to the artistic point of view at an early age can have many benefits for children. A recent study by social scientists at the University of Arkansas found that students who are exposed to cultural institutions like museums and performing arts centers display better educational memory and critical thinking skills. This past year, the Tulsa Arts & Humanities Council partnered with the Kennedy Center, Tulsa Public Schools, the City of Tulsa and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation for the development of a new program called Any Given Child. The organization, headed by Amber Tait and an impressive group of community volunteers, has expanded arts education for Tulsa
34 Tulsa Lifestyle | March 2014
Public School students from kindergarten through eighth grade by providing field trips to visual and performing arts centers along with classroom curriculum. For example, third graders have been filling the halls of Philbrook Museum of Art to tour with specially trained docents. Fifth graders have been treated to a performance of the Tulsa Ballet with time to ask questions of the dancers afterwards. Other arts organizations participating in the program include the Tulsa Symphony, the Tulsa Opera, Choregus, the Tulsa City/ County Library and museums including Gilcrease, Living Arts, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 108 Contemporary and the Hardesty Arts Center. Perhaps this added focus on bringing arts experiences to every student in Tulsa will help to create the next Marc Chagall, Maria Callas or Moscelyne Larkin. At least we know from the enthusiastic questions asked at each event and the broad smiles on students’ faces, memories are being made which will most certainly never be forgotten.
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