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Brewing a New Medium

For Tulsa native Karen Eland, coffee is more than a pick-me-up in the morning; it’s part of her unique art. Eland, who resides in Oregon, paints with coffee. Her journey with this unusual medium began several years ago, when she patronized Nordaggio’s Coffee in south Tulsa. “I was painting a watercolor while sitting at the bar, where I could watch the...

Hitting the Trail Once Again

In 1950, heroes featuring African-Americans were few and far between; black comic strip heroes were even more scarce. Trailblazing and in full color, The Chisholm Kid was the exception. Running in the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s prominent African-American newspapers, The Chisholm Kid championed a positive image, namely a heroic cowboy on par with his white comic strip contemporaries,...

Art Comes ‘Off the Wall’

Calling it unconventional might be an understatement. A new exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art features extraordinary pieces usually housed in its permanent sculpture collection. These abstract, expressionist art forms leave museum-goers inspired and invigorated. Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture showcases more than 30 sculptures from the 20th and 21st centuries. The pieces move one’s view...