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Krystle Kaye

With a background in leadership, nonprofit management, strategic and cultural planning as well as art museum and gallery administration, Krystle Kaye was the perfect fit to take the helm at the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in June 2017. Before joining OVAC, Kaye led projects at the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art and...

Art, An Ongoing Quest

Tulsa native and Impressionist-style painter Derek Penix credits his wife for his No. 1 ranking in the ArtDataIntel top artist lists, a compendium tracking competitions over time.   “She has the blame for my awards,” says Penix. “I don’t remember when this began, but years ago, my wife said we should enter national shows. I said I wasn’t ready, others...

Abstract Evolution

In late January, Edmond-based artist Christie Owen sold an abstract piece she created in 2014. Neither the curator nor Owen knew the buyer, yet the painting’s new owner was moved enough by the work itself to purchase it. “You cross this threshold where people are interested in your work just because of the work. They don’t know you,” says Owen....

Creating Your Own Gems

Gift buying can be tricky – whether it’s for a birthday, holiday or special occasion. Coincidentally, we often see advertisements for jewelry, telling us it’s the perfect gift idea for various instances. But what do you get for someone who has quirky tastes or is hard to shop for? How about for someone who appears to already have it...

Bridging Two Worlds

Believe it or not, Molly Murphy Adams was a science major in college. Now, she’s a Tulsa Artist Fellow.  The Montana-born artist was accepted to the 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellowship, established by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Murphy Adams, a descendant of the Oglala Lakota tribe, found her identity as an artist through her heritage and love of contemporary art.  “My...

Life on Canvas

Arising star in modern art, Catherine Freshley has painted hundreds of Oklahoma landscapes, and even after moving, continues to create from her reference photos of the state. In doing so, Freshley tells rich, visual stories of Oklahoma’s terra firma, and gives a voice to the state’s wide-open prairie skies. It’s no surprise that her work hangs in homes all...

Ready to Bounce Back

Pauls Valley is a familiar rest stop on the bustling Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth. But those who venture into the city will find a community rich in history and culture, a fascinating museum, and, once a year, one of the most unique fishing tournaments anywhere. The annual Okie Noodling Tournament – where competitors scavenge for catfish...

Painting the Town

Costa Rica native and Canadian County transplant Carlos Barboza made a name for himself early on. In elementary school, a teacher refused to grade his art homework, accusing his parents of doing it for him. “My mom went to school and proved that I did it,” says Barboza. Artistic prowess runs in this 30-year-old’s DNA. Besides his relative Roger Lopez, who...

Interlaced Generations

Covered in heavy clothing and donning boots, Eveline Battiest Steele trudges through dense cane breaks, where waist-high poison ivy and critters sometimes dog her efforts in finding something she covets. Steele and her husband make periodic 60- to 80-mile round trips from their Broken Bow home to find mature cane along southeastern Oklahoma’s river banks. This type of cane can’t...

Exhibitions Abound

Jewelry, photography and sculptures are part of this month’s art exhibitions in Oklahoma. Jewelry created from construction materials are featured in Building on the Body through Sept. 22 at Tulsa’s 108 Contemporary. At Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Dorthea Lange’s America, a photography exhibition about the Great Depression, debuts Sept. 13. It showcases images by many talented photographers of the era. The...