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The Tulsa Art Studio Tour: Giving in to Curiosity by Elizabeth Downing

A sampling of painted silk scarves by Terri Higgs

An artist’s studio is the essence of Process (with a capital P). Even though the lightening-in-a-bottle really happens in an artists’ mind, their space both reflects and inspires the direction of their work. Inhaling those scents, seeing stacks of raw materials, deciding on just the right color, and existing in that space helps many artists get into the flow - that delicious place where ideas come fast and easy and hours slip by without notice. The best studios are the ones that get an artist’s blood moving even though it may not be obvious on first inspection. The Tulsa Art Studio Tour is all about looking at exactly that - other artists molding their creativity into tangible work, whatever form it may take. There’s quite the selection on this year’s Tour: a painter (Cathy Deuschle), a woodworker and furniture artisan (Eric Fransen),

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a sculptor in wood (Rusty Johnson), a painter of impressionist watercolors and alternative process photographer (Tommy Lee Ball), a mixed media artist (Sharon Allred), a photographer of pristine landscapes (Michael McRuiz), a fiber artist (Terri Higgs), an installation artist, a painter/photographer/videographer (Tahlia Roper), a performance artist and creator of installations (Mark Wittig), a painter and sculptor (Sandra Langenkamp) and an abstract expressionist painter (Paul Timshel). No matter your expertise or experience, there will be something new to view. After visiting a few of the studios, it’s evident that variety is the watchword this year. Just as an example, let’s take the setting - where are these studios? For Tahlia Roper, it’s her entire living room and dining room. The central

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Art Focus Oklahoma, March/April 2012  

2012 March/April Art Focus Oklahoma is a bimonthly publication of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition dedicated to stimulating insight into a...

Art Focus Oklahoma, March/April 2012  

2012 March/April Art Focus Oklahoma is a bimonthly publication of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition dedicated to stimulating insight into a...

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