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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....

At the Museums

When he’s not performing, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan spends his time sketching, drawing and painting. Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, in conjunction with the Bob Dylan Center, presents Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond through Sept. 15. The exhibit showcases writings, drawings and personal effects from the performer. Visit gilcrease.org for details. The Philbrook Museum in Tulsa commissioned Jason Lee (photographer, actor and...

French Masterpieces

Starting June 22, some of the world’s finest art can be seen by traveling not to London or Paris but to Oklahoma City. Thanks to generous local donors, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit runs through Sept. 22 and is...

Back to Aartvark

It was the coveted purse of a newborn fowl that first drew Keith Whitfield to the art world.  “Only in Oklahoma,” says Whitfield, who owns and operates Aartvark Graphic Design in Owasso with his wife, Dana. “I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I won a drawing contest in first grade – the prize was a live baby chick.”  As a...

Pulling the Strings

Be it cotton, wool or paint, the art from Sullystring has bright colors and eye-catching patterns and begs the observer to touch it – or cuddle, in the case of soft pillows. The story behind this Tulsa brand – the woman who runs the show – is even more compelling and inviting than the soft textiles and friendly murals...

Star Power

Reopening the second-floor galleries of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is exciting, but the headline, no doubt, is the museum’s recent acquisition of Kehinde Wiley’s new, large-scale portrait, Jacob de Graeff, from the artist’s St. Louis exhibition. “Jacob de Graeff not only adds an important work by one of the most exciting contemporary artists creating today, but also builds...

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...