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FEBRUARY 2021 PUBLISHER

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Show Tulsa What You’re Made Of HEY THERE, ART CONNOISSEURS OF TULSA. This month’s issue is all about what you love to make and collect.

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or something else? Maybe this month you take a leap and start your own Esty store

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online! Or maybe you already have a side gig in the works. We’d love to see what

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it is you do. Tag us in your posts so we can support you and share the incredible

Cindy Alvarez, Bill Hermann, Audrey Kuether, Janet Skates

Do you have a special talent for jewelry making, pottery, painting, baking, carpentry

makers in our community. Is there a particular style of art or home decor that you are in search of? Flip through these pages to be inspired by stories of local artists in our area and find some new small businesses to check out.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2021

FEATURES 10 Art with purpose Two Tulsa artists share what inspires them

16 Guru of glass Tulsa Stained Glass brings out your creative side

20 Meet Dr. Stacey Smith, new owner of Brookside Animal Hospital The new owner of Brookside Animal Hospital shares her story

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26 Brainiac Ball’s VIRTUAL  Circus Sideshow The greatest show to help those with the greatest need

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Around Town

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Local’s Choice

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Healthy Lifestyle

20 Locally Owned 24 Trend Setter 26 Giving Back 28 DIY 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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LOCAL’S CHOICE

AR T W IT H

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The Whistler is one of Janet Skates' latest works.

TWO TULSA ARTISTS SHARE WHAT INSPIRES THEM ARTICLE KACIE BROWN | PHOTOGRAPHY CINDY ALVAREZ AND JANET SKATES

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“I

’M EITHER PAINTING, PLAYING WITH MY CATS OR

WORKING IN THE YARD . . .” If you don’t catch Janet Skates on the phone, that’s what you’ll hear. It’s the Tulsa artist’s voicemail message, and, in a few words, her art. Her voice conveys a tangible passion for plants and animals matched only by her vivid, colorful works. With similar passion, Chris Mantle, another local artist, describes his creative purpose largely channeled into one subject: the buffalo.

Both have had meandering paths, but they’re staples in Tulsa’s art scene and beyond. Mantle has his own gallery on Cherry Street in Tulsa. Skates primarily sells her work through Instagram to people from as close to Broken Arrow and as far away as Australia. ARTISTIC BEGINNINGS Equally, both artists showed creative aptitude from a young age. Mantle’s parents were divorced, so his childhood was split between two states: Oklahoma and Louisiana. While he was living with his mother in Oklahoma, he remembers getting letters from his father in Louisiana ornamented with small ink drawings. “I remember being inspired by those. I

JA N E T S K AT ES

wanted to be like dad,” he says. After graduating high school in Louisiana, Mantle drew, painted, played music and found his way back to Oklahoma. In the Tulsa area, a warehouse-type gallery gave his artwork – and eventually himself – a home. “A little lady named Nannette was hosting all sorts of artists just as long as you paid $10 per square foot,” he reminisces. He worked his way up to a gallery of his own on Cherry Street.  Skates remains close to her artistic origins. “I still love crayons,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to make art as long as I can remember,” Skates exclaims. She worked at an art store while in high school, packaging painting kits for clients. “I was exposed to oil painting and acrylic painting there and I knew I loved it.”  She didn’t pursue an arts career initially, though. Raising three sons, managing a bakery, working in floral design and planning events kept her busy until she started painting full time several years ago. “I found you can make a living at it. It’s not

Janet Skates loves art that makes people happy.

something that was ever presented to me as a career choice right out of high school,” Skates says.

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C H R I S TO P H E R M A N T L E

CAREERS TAKING FORM It’s clear in just a few interactions that Mantle and Skates are busy people. Finishing full days of painting and taping up boxes headed to eager commissioners, they seem to be thriving. Mantle gained popularity creating abstract portraits for attendees at festivals like the Blue Dome Arts Festival. His $2 works drew lines that kept him busy for hours. He’s reprised this idea virtually in an attempt to boost morale and preserve community through the pandemic. Anyone interested simply comments on his Facebook post with their photo and pays two dollars through PayPal. He’s had hundreds of requests.  If you’ve seen much of Mantle’s work, you’ve probably noticed a trend. Buffalo pervade his work’s subject matter just as they once did the American prairie. And that’s what Mantle’s work is about. Mantle found his bovine inspiration through the Bible. He traced its use of the word “unicorn” to the word “buffalo.” “You can ask Siri how many times the word unicorn is mentioned in the King James Version. “She’ll tell you,” he says. “It’s often used to symbolize the divinity of Christ.” He describes how the peaceful species encapsulates that idea. “They can melt snow several inches in front of them because of their collective heat and energy,” he adds. Referring to a famous photograph of a massive pile of buffalo skulls, he says, by painting them, “I wanted to give life to every one of the buffalo skulls I saw.” One of his first buffalo commissions came from someone having their abstract portrait done at the OK Mozart festival in Bartlesville.  Nature also inspires Skates. Her colorful works reflect time gardening, hiking and even listening to music. “Rarely do I paint without music,” Skates says. “It kick-starts me.”  Like Mantle, she hopes to send a message through her work. “My life’s purpose is to

Tulsa Artist Christopher Mantle

share what’s in here,” Skates says, gesturing around her studio, “to bring people joy.” “The world is such a wonderful, incredible place,

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but it’s also a dark place sometimes. If view-

surprisingly fulfilling. “It’s like being in the

He wanted to take his affection for buffalo

ing the artwork can somehow touch people

studio together. I stand here and paint and

to the next level, too. “I did some research

in some way, that’s everything to me,” she

talk with them,” she explains.

and thought I could sell some paintings and

says. Her work seems to achieve this, too. “It’s

Her artwork in “Marmie: A Mouse on Main

buy a Buffalo and keep him in the backyard,”

amazing the number of people who write to

Street,” a children’s book and fundraiser for

Mantle said, but it turns out that owning a

me, especially during this last year, and say ‘I

The Museum Broken Arrow, earned the liter-

buffalo takes quite a bit of space.

was having a horrible day and I see this and

ary award for illustration from the Oklahoma

it made me so happy.’ Even for people who

Library Foundation. The book combines

can’t afford the artwork,” she said.

the artwork with vintage photos of Broken Arrow leading readers through a walking

OTHER PURSUITS

tour of Main Street in Broken Arrow.

Skates also spends time making instruc-

Mantle hosts other artists at his Cherry

tional videos, mentoring aspiring artists

Street gallery. This fall, he invited former

and holding workshops across the country.

professional boxer Kenneth Penn, known as

This year, the pandemic forced hosts to

Mad Dog to share his work. He’ll also feature

cancel her workshops, so she’s expanded

local doctor Paul Krautter’s work for two

For more information on either artist, check

her video offerings and found them

weeks starting Jan. 28, 2021.

out their Instagram pages.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Dr. Sandler

ARTICLE DR. DAVID A. SANDLER

February is American heart month HOW COVID DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE HEART

THIS MONTH WE CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNUAL AMERICAN HEART MONTH, RAISING AWARENESS OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. Due to COVID, the annual Heart Ball has been delayed until May.  However, the annual Wear Red Day will still be held Feb. 5, 2021, so pull out your red socks, ties and shirts. In a conventional year, heart disease and stroke account for one-third of all deaths – higher than all cancers combined. Raising awareness is especially important since 80 percent of heart disease is preventable, including smoking cessation, eating a healthy diet and exercise.  But this year is different. Very different. Clearly, the most relevant risk to our health in 2021 remains COVID. There were early warnings about the virus’ effects on our lungs, but we now understand that COVID affects our hearts and  vascular systems as well – in ways we still do not fully grasp.  COVID can directly infect the heart, mimicking a heart attack as well as causing blood clots,

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Praying with you for a healthy 2021,

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glass

Guru of

TULSA STAINED GLASS BRINGS OUT YOUR CREATIVE SIDE ARTICLE NANCY HERMANN PHOTOGRAPHY BILL HERMANN

YOU MAY NOT KNOW RICHARD BOHM, BUT HE WOULD

“I’m taking the ‘can’t do’ people, the people

MAKE QUICK WORK OF THAT. He’s an open-book kind of guy

who say, ‘I can’t,’ and hopefully turning them

with a good sense of humor and a sidekick dog named Mascot

into the ‘can-do’ people,” says Bohm.

Jack. Bohm also is the founder and owner of Tulsa Stained Glass,

Tulsa Stained Glass offers a range of

a company that has been Tulsa’s go-to establishment for stained

classes, from Beginning Stained Glass and

glass commissions, craftsman-quality repairs, gifts and instruction

Glass Expressions Workshops to a class in

in stained glass creation since 1975.

creative doodling named DoodleBohmba.

For 35 years Tulsa Stained Glass did the bulk of its business at

“My expertise is to take people off the street

41st and Memorial. At home now at 41st and Sheridan, Bohm is the

and get them doodling with squares and

guru of glass. What started out as a home hobby, has grown into a

rectangles on a sheet of paper, and turn

continually evolving, multi-faceted business. At age 73, instead of

those half a dozen pieces into a stained-

winding down, Bohm is branching out. “I’m supposed to be retired,

glass design that looks somewhat like what

but I’m having too damned much fun!” he exclaims.

Frank Lloyd Wright might draw,” he explains.

Prior to running Tulsa Stained Glass, Bohm was a contract designer/

Bohm often starts classes with finger-

draftsman. His talents for wrangling logistics, drawing schematics and

painting, which evolves into putting squares

having the know-how to repair everything from breakage incidents to ail-

and shapes on glass and following a pattern.

ing family heirlooms have been assets to his many endeavors. Restoration

His classes, he says, take students beyond

jobs, like church window repair, are a big part of Bohm’s business, as is

simply manipulating squares and rectangles.

newly commissioned work. Tulsa Stained Glass’s large-scale projects

“Art is a tool of self-fulfillment. Stained glass

include a window at the Ronald McDonald House, a 10’ x 30’ installation

in its golden age was a tool of communi-

at St. Francis Children’s Hospital, a piece for Boone Pickens Stadium, and

cation. In the time of the great cathedrals,

stained glass for Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.

literacy was low, and stained-glass windows

Another focus of Tulsan Stained Glass is helping students make

told stories.” The DoodleBohmba process

their own stained glass creations in classes and workshops. Bohm

he engineered creates beauty and also gives

has been teaching for decades. In refining his approach, he has

people a tool —  a vehicle to communicate

learned how to best coax artistic expression from interested learners.

with others.

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Richard Bohm works on a stained glass door.

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GURU OF GLASS (CONTINUED)

Richard Bohm, Tulsa Stained Glass

“PEOPLE AS A GENERAL RULE DO NOT FEEL AS THOUGH THEY ARE CREATIVE. I GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO TELL STORIES ABOUT THEMSELVES. I FEEL I AM OPENING UP A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO PEOPLE FOR SELF-EXPRESSION THROUGH ART. I WANT TO CHALLENGE PEOPLE TO DO MORE THAN WHAT THEY THINK THEY’RE CAPABLE OF DOING. WE ALL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING IN LIFE AT SOME POINT TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, SO WE ALL HAVE TO USE WHATEVER SKILL SET WE HAVE TO DO IT. IT’S UP TO US AS INDIVIDUALS TO REACH OUT AND HELP PEOPLE IN WHATEVER WAY WE CAN.”

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“People as a general rule do not feel as though they are

business took off again. “We’ve been making mosaic tile

creative. I give them the ability to tell stories about them-

ever since,” he said. “We’ve got the American flag, the Tulsa

selves. I feel I am opening up a lot of opportunities to people

flag, awareness ribbons and hearts.” Bohm and staff put

for self-expression through art. I want to challenge people to

together a very complete, professional kit —  branded it,

do more than what they think they’re capable of doing. We all

packaged it —and are shipping it all over the country.

have to do something in life at some point to give back and

Tulsa Stained Glass has not let Zoom technology

make the world a better place, so we all have to use whatever

pass them by. Clients purchase party kits and host a

skill set we have to do it. It’s up to us as individuals to reach

Zoom gathering through which participants tune into

out and help people in whatever way we can.”

a channel from their homes and receive instruction,

To guide clients in telling their stories through art, Bohm

including Bohm entertaining with his kit-bag of stories.

wrote a book, “Experience the Power of Art.” A social

Tulsa Stained Glass has conducted Zoom parties with

worker who was a client found so much therapeutic value

a multitude of groups and businesses. Bohm says,

in the piece, she suggested that a stained-glass class

“With this instruction talk that I do, they are amazed at

centered on the book might be of value to healthcare pro-

what they can do with just a little information.” 

fessionals. Bohm pursued the idea and was successful in

Bohm is currently working with a couple who is build-

getting his class approved by the Oklahoma State Board

ing a window together. Their distinct temperaments,

of Behavioral Health as a way for professionals to obtain

however, don’t seem entirely conducive to one cohesive

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.

design. Those differences, as the couple pointed out, are

The onslaught of COVID has altered Bohm’s business to

strengths and a balance in their relationship. “I get the

a degree, but he has adapted. “The schools shut down one

most satisfaction from creating meaning for someone,”

week prior to spring break. All the moms and dads were

concludes Bohm. “I suggested that part of the window

stuck with the kids at home and scrambling for something

be free-flowing, like a bird, and then include rigid lines

for them to do, so I designed an emergency art kit.“ For a

to represent the other’s more organizing way of life. Just

month his phones were ringing off the hook and people

putting stories together like that. You have to listen to

were jamming his parking lot buying little bits of glass, glue

your customers and listen to their souls. And reflect.”

and tile. One of Tulsa Stained Glass’s Facebook followers suggested it would be a good idea to put the Tulsa flag

For more information on current kits and classes, visit

into a mosaic design. Bohm developed the suggestion and

TulsaStainedGlass.com.

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LOCALLY OWNED Dr. Smith examines a patient.

ME ET DR. STACE Y SMITH , NEW OWNER OF BROOKSIDE ANIMAL H O S P I TA L THE NEW OWNER OF BROOKSIDE ANIMAL HOSPITAL SHARES HER STORY

HAVING A FATHER WHO WAS A TYPE I DIABETIC, DR. STACEY SMITH GREW UP IMMERSED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. She listened intently at doctors’ appointments, learned how to interpret lab values and what to do in case of an emergency. Even though she hadn’t yet set her sights on the veterinary side of medicine, in retrospect, it’s no surprise it quickly became her passion and eventually her livelihood. Smith, who has lived her entire life in Oklahoma, was a senior in high school when she began looking beyond her family’s needs and thinking about college. She loved math and science and can’t remember a time when her family didn’t have a lot of pets, whether it be cats, dogs, rabbits, ARTICLE TERESA BOND-MASON | PHOTOGRAPHY CINDY ALVAREZ

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SMITH HAS A MANTR A – “IF MORE PEOPLE WE RE KINDE R TO PETS, THE Y’D BE KINDE R TO E AC H O T H E R .” S M I T H SEES MANY BENEFITS O F P E T O W N E R S H I P. “ I T T E AC H E S P E O P L E HOW TO BE RESPONSI BLE , BUT MOST IMPOR TA N T LY, I T T E AC H E S P E O P L E T O C A R E .”

Smith enjoys some time with Mugsie, her coworker.

horses or one of her favorites, chinchillas. “I always had an interest in marine biology, but that wasn’t really an option if I wanted to stay grounded here in Oklahoma,” explains Smith. She quickly decided her nurturing side along with caring for so many pets would develop into a career. Smith applied for veterinary school a year early and was quickly accepted for not only her academic performance, but the many hats she wore while working at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at OSU. After graduating at age 25, Smith worked in several clinics throughout the Tulsa area. Owning a clinic was never in the immediate picture. Then, she was given the opportunity to purchase one of the offices she filled in at. So, while the Brookside CONTINUED >

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LOCALLY OWNED (CONTINUED)

Dr. Stacey Smith

"Even though they can't tell me what's wrong, I watch for subtle queues."

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Animal Hospital has been around the community for approximately 25 years, the clinic is really new – new staff, new doctor and new technology. “I hated the thought of a business that has been an integral part of the community to just disappear,” Smith stresses. Smith and her husband weighed all the pros and cons and chose to buy the practice. Since that time, Smith redecorated the clinic. Not just a new coat of paint, but new flooring, cabinets, décor – the whole lot. Even more impressive is that in her spare time Smith loves to woodwork, and did all the refurbishing herself. COVID changed the way Smith and her staff serve her clients and their owners. “We tried spacing appointments out so there would be minimal risk, but ultimately as COVID numbers worsened, went to curbside service. “It’s tricky doing that with pets. First of all, it makes their owners uneasy about not being in the room while they’re being treated. And, sometimes the pets aren’t crazy about the idea either,” says Smith. Ultimately, they updated their technology and while Fido is getting x-rayed, Smith and her staff are able to show owners on the iPad all without getting out of the car. Dr. Smith has also started offering virtual visits. Zoom also has been a platform that’s helped them take care of our four-legged friends. “That’s not always feasible, but if they’ve just been in for surgery and they need their incision looked at, that’s something we can do over Zoom and it makes sense for everyone.” Smith has a mantra – “If more people were kinder to pets, they’d be kinder to each other.” Smith sees many benefits of pet ownership. “It teaches people how to be responsible, but most importantly, it teaches people to care.” Since most of her patients can’t speak for themselves, Smith knows that’s one of the more stressful aspects of her job. “You really have to rely on your education, experience and subtle queues the animal gives you. Although I take pride that I’ve done my best every single day, I never mentally check out from worrying about my patients.” But, the upside of owning the clinic? “We love getting to know our patients and their owners. We have the time to listen and tailor each appointment based on the needs. Pets really are like family here at Brookside.” It also gives her the opportunity to be the mom she needs to be. Whether it’s driving her 12-year-old son to baseball practice, music lessons or his next “gig”, or just helping him navigate his way through online pre-algebra class, she’s able to be there. And in her book, there’s nothing more important than family. 

To make an appointment call them at 918.747.8561 or visit them at BrooksidePetVet.com. CityLifestyle.com/Tulsa

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TREND SETTER

W H AT T O D O BEFORE "I DO" ARTICLE TYLER O'DONNELL

THIS SIMPLE LIST WILL TAKE YOU FROM ENGAGEMENT TO HONEYMOON

WHAT COMES AFTER THE QUESTION HAS BEEN POPPED AND YOU’RE ENGAGED? We checked with Tyler O’Donnell of The Bella Donna Wedding Chapel and Event Center and she gave us a list of absolute musts! When all the parents and friends have been called, selfies have been posted, and you’ve taken some time to enjoy the initial excitement, the planning begins. During this time, Pinterest will become your best friend. This list gives you a rough timeline for planning your dream wedding!

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S E T YO U R B U D G E T

Sit down with your fiancé and families and

determine your wedding budget. Get a wedding planner/organizer to put all the details in order. These can be found anywhere books are sold.

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P I C K A DAT E

Think about when the ideal wedding date

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G E T YO U R RING SIZED

Get your ring sized (so all of your pictures turn out perfectly, never a crooked ring).

would be and book the venue, photographer, florist, caterer, DJ, etc.

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E N G AG E M E N T PA R T Y

Plan the engagement party. Besides family,

When meeting with all the vendors, share your

you may want to invite those you want at the

vision in detail. Show them your Pinterest boards

wedding. Don't forget the photographer. Create

and even pictures from other weddings you've

a hashtag for the event so you can see pictures

been to so they can get an idea of your vision.

that guests have taken.

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THE DRESS

Start shopping for the perfect dress. Remember,

you can find dresses on places like Ebay and Etsy as well as traditional wedding shops. Decide on wedding colors and start accessory shopping for everything from earrings to shoes.

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B R I DA L PA R T Y

Choose your bridal party.

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I N V I TAT I O N S

Six months before the wedding date, send out

GUE ST LIST

Finalize your guest list. This may be a stressful

"save the date cards". Three months prior, send out wedding invitations and have your RSVPs due 30 days before the wedding event.

process, but start with family and close friends and go from there.

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HONEYMOON

Begin planning the honeymoon and book hotel rooms and flights. Don't forget to allow enough time to get a passport if necessary.

Even though the engagement period may seem stressful, it's a short and very special time in your life, during each day of your engagement, find time to relax and savor every moment!

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GIVING BACK

B r a i n i a c B a l l’s V I R T UA L  Ci rcus Side show

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ARTICLE TOM A. TAYLOR

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STEP RIGHT UP FOLKS, TO THE SAFEST,

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Ball’s VIRTUAL  Circus Sideshow, benefiting Family & Children’s Services (F&CS), will be held under your own big top computer screen from  7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021. Though we’ll miss seeing each other in person, we won’t miss out on any of the usual brain-teasing fun. It will be a sensational night filled with drinks, laughter, entertainment, a live auction

our community a better place for each and every

and, of course, virtual team trivia. All funds raised

one of us. Will you join us and let us count on you

will help F&CS continue to change the lives of

for your support of Brainiac Ball through an event

abused and hurting children, families in crisis and

virtual sponsorship or virtual ticket purchase?

those suffering from mental illness and addiction.

Please find details at  BrainiacBall.com. The vir-

F&CS needs your help now more than ever

tual event chairs are Madison and Garrett Graves,

before. Your support and generosity truly make

and honorary chairs are Jill and Robert Thomas.

a difference in the lives of our most vulnera-

We all hope to see you under the VIRTUAL big

ble neighbors, especially the 118,000 Tulsans

top! If you have questions about the virtual event

affected by F&CS’s life-changing services each

or about Family & Children’s Services, please

and every year. With your help, children and fam-

contact Tom A. Taylor, Chief Development Officer

ilies can be stronger, happier and healthier – and

at 918.600.3843 or tataylor@fcsok.org.

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ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY AUDREY KUETHER

Before I made these cute gold leaf dishes, my jewelry was a tangled mess. Now I actually enjoy keeping it organized and displayed! Don’t let gold leaf intimidate you – it’s a game changer. Check out the tutorial to learn how to make some of these pretties for yourself or for gift giving.

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P R E T T Y P O M P O M W A L L H A N G I N G S

It doesn’t get more fun than yarn pom poms – ok maybe I need to get a life, but nonetheless .... In this tutorial , I show you just how easy it is to make your own pom poms and pull them together to make the cutest wall hangings.

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I turned these toys into some fun photo holders, but they are also super fun used as table place settings at a kid’s birthday party. They double as a party favor!

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3 & 23

13 & 27

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE MANSION

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE HOLLAND HALL

TULSA FARMERS' MARKET WINTER MARKET

The Harwelden Mansion is delighted

As Tulsa’s only pre-k through grade

Meet

to present our monthly “Afternoon

12 independent Episcopal school,

ranchers and farmers at the Tulsa

Tea at the Mansion” event. Join us

Holland

Farmers’ Market. All  farmers are

for an afternoon filled with English

academic foundations, uncommon

100%

tradition, sweet and savory delica-

extracurricular equilibrium and an

fied which means all produce,

cies and live piano music! This event

extraordinary

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meat and dairy was raised on

is from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the

self-reliance, all in an unusually kind,

Oklahoma soil, keeping it truly

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supportive learning community. Join

local. TulsaFarmersMarket.org

sanitation and social distancing take

Holland Hall for a virtual tour of the

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school. Visit HollandHall.org.

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Magic City Books welcomes Madeleine

Visitors can explore artwork inside

Henry for a virtual event in celebration

Wednesday at 11 a.m., and story-

galleries,

museums

of her new novel, "The Love Proof." It

time is held on Thursday at 11 a.m.

and catch a few live music per-

explores the course perfect love can

when Miss Carol Meyer leads the

formances. Art crawlers can take

take between imperfect people, and

kids in music and storytelling for

advantage of free museum and

urges us to listen to our hearts rather

30 minutes of great active fun. Visit

gallery admission while shopping

than our heads. This free event will

TulsaToyDepot.com for more info or

later than normal business hours

be hosted on Zoom and Facebook

call 918.938.0555.

would allow. Hit the district early for

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MagicCityBooks.com.

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Tulsa Stained Glass,

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PARTING THOUGHTS REFLECTIONS ON A FIRST ART MUSEUM EXPERIENCE AT PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART

ARTICLE BARBARA HALSTED ADKINS

A RT T H ROUG H C H I LD R E N ' S E Y E S “HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?” WAS MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW’S RESPONSE WHEN I ASKED TO TAKE MY FOUR ACTIVE GRANDSONS, RANGING IN AGE FROM SEVEN TO 13, TO PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART. LIKE SO MANY SCHOOL CHILDREN, THE BOYS ENROLLED IN ONLINE SCHOOL THIS FALL. Since the arts take a backseat in a virtual curriculum, the dormant art teacher in me awakened, and I offered to teach a weekly, in-person art class for my grandsons. I dug out lesson plans and introduced a design element or principle each week, along with a creative assignment emphasiz-

Before proceeding to the gardens, the boys visited rooms

ing that particular concept. The most recent topic

that house Philbrook’s permanent collection. Our first stop was

was one of the principles of design: pattern.

the Italian Room to see Kehinde Wiley’s “Equestrian Portrait of

Knowing that Philbrook was hosting a special

Phillip IV” and its powerful, brilliantly-colored patterns. A nearby

exhibit of Native American women artists, “Hearts

room of Egyptian artifacts was discovered, and, with unbridled

of Our People,” and noting the stunning patterns,

excitement, they pointed out the “mummy.” As they studied it

I arranged a field trip. My grandsons were excited

carefully, I explained that it was not an actual mummy, but a

– even after reading my list of rules for museum

case for one, called a sarcophagus.

etiquette and behavior. Upon entering Philbrook’s

Our final destination was the last piece in the special exhibit:

doors, the boys instantly were awestruck by Sharon

“Maria,” a classic low rider El Camino, reimagined by Pueblo

Louden’s installation in the rotunda. Seconds later,

Artist Rose B. Simpson, with a nod to the illustrious potter,

they scurried to the balcony for a different perspec-

Maria Martinez. “Is it a car or a pickup?” they asked, as they laid

tive. Buoyed by their enthusiasm, I led the way to

eyes on their first El Camino. We sat on a bench and discussed

the special exhibit, “Hearts of Our People”. While

the cultural significance and patterns reminiscent of Martinez’

the artists’ notes were insightful and thought pro-

black-on-black pottery.

voking, much was beyond the attention span of my

As we left, I felt pride in my grandsons’ behavior, their curios-

crew. Together, we looked for patterns, talked about

ity and in their first steps toward awareness of cultures and the

the creativity and experiences represented and

range of artistic expression.  

took special note of the exquisite Maria Martinez pottery. I was intrigued by their perspective.

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A field trip to Philbrook Museum of Art with my grandsons opened a window to the world, one we will all reflect on throughout our lives.


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