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Weaving Talent and Generosity

The Tulsa Area United Way might not be the hands distributing the meals, the carpenters rebuilding the homes or those physically cutting the checks issuing rent relief, but it is the organization providing the financial backing that makes those efforts possible. Through all of this, since August 2017, Alison Anthony has been TAUW’s president and CEO. Anthony’s work with the...

Carving Out Camaraderie

Bill and Carol Payne of Broken Arrow often pack up a picnic lunch and head for the lake, where he works on a woodcarving project and she settles in with her embroidery. It’s their pandemic therapy. “It absolutely is stress relieving,” says Bill,  a retired power plant engineer for American Airlines. “And you can work on it for a while and...

Renewing a Lost Craft

“Calligraphy is the most intimate, private and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice,it is unique with every person.” – Hermann Zapf Calligraphy, a form of visual art, is a skill very few people have knowledge of these days. Luckily, a handful of experts around Oklahoma continue to educate enthusiastic students about this fascinating pastime.   Jill Simmons, owner of the...

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...

The Tulsa Mayoral Race Heats Up

Candidates looking to challenge Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum are campaigning during a summer like no other. “We are in a really challenging year in Tulsa, with the global pandemic, a national recession, significant budget drops for cities across the state and a tremendous amount of turmoil around longstanding racial issues in our country,” says Bynum, 42, who seeks a second...

A Briefing on Tribal Nations

Developing Infrastructure Iron Horse is not your run-of-the-mill industrial park, says James C. Collard, director of economic development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  When the Canada-based Pro Pipe opens its $5.5 million factory at the tribal-owned park later this year, it will be doing so in the only active foreign trade zone on Native American land, says Collard. Pro Pipe will employ...

From Honoring Legacies to COVID-19 Relief

Get your fill of artistic goodies this month around the state. At 108 Contemporary, visit Celebrating a Century of Life: Bob Hawks from Aug. 7 to Sept. 30. The show, which commemorates the 100th birthday of local member artist Bob Hawks, presents a curated selection of his woodwork and photography. The aptly named Art Doesn’t Stop at ahha Tulsa runs through...

The Changing Film Landscape

Around Town It has been incredible and, frankly, heartening, to see the speed with which the Oklahoma film community has responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology, film festivals – which could easily have suffered death blows at the hands of the shutdown – have found ways to keep going, largely by migrating online. While June...

Face Mask Ordinance in Tulsa Approved

On Wednesday evening, the Tulsa City Council passed a temporary ordinance to Title 27 of the Tulsa Revised Ordinances for the adoption of a new mask requirement. The ordinance passed 7-2. Mask mandates apply to those 18 and older “located within Public Service Areas of Places of Public Accommodation or an Educational Building. are required to wear face coverings at all...

Gov. Kevin Stitt Confirms He Tested Positive for COVID-19

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt confirmed Wednesday, July 15, that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came during a virtual joint press conference with Interim Commissioner of Health, Lance Frye. Stitt said the diagnosis came Tuesday afternoon and that he feels "fine," with mild symptoms that include body aches. Stitt also confirmed that he is self-isolating in his home,...