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State Fair Mural Demo 2018

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Another GREAT year painting at the State Fair is in the books! Nancy Nortz and the crew at the State Fair are wonderful hosts and we are already planning on making the event BIGGER and BETTER for next year!

Big thanks to all the participating artists! Here are photos of all the finished panels (in alphabetical order.) Click on the artists’ name to visit their instagram page and see more of their work!

ASHLEY DAWN

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RUHEK

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SEAPO

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TRUDUST

I decided to try something new this year. It didn’t come out 100%, but I definitely learned a few things, so that’s a win. I love insects and entomology, always have since I was a little kid. I thought it would be fun to try to paint one of those adorable little jumping spiders that frequent our house and eat the flies in the windowsill…

I’ve never tried to paint something dimensional and ‘realistic’ with spray paint, so this was a fun experiment. Happy with the turnout, looking forward to the next time I can try something like this again.

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All in all, great fun! Big thanks to the State Fair, Nancy Nortz, and all participating artists! We’ll see you next year!

Horsepower

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Kristen and I have been tirelessly working on paintings this last few months for our first art show together! I like painting automobiles and she uses horses as her main subject so we decided to dub the show, “Horsepower.” The show is currently hanging at Firehouse Art Center in Norman and will stay up until October 19th. Feel free to visit the show any time during regular hours, or join us for a closing event on October 19th.

  1949 Ford A2 Pickup, Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas, 36x36

1949 Ford A2 Pickup, Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas, 36x36

“NORMAN, OK – In their first exhibition together, husband and wife duo Kristen Vails and Dusty Gilpin bring “Horsepower” to the Firehouse Art Center. Horsepower is on display fromSeptember 14, 2018 to October 20, 2018, with a reception on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibition juxtaposes images of horses and automobiles, rendered in the unique and contrasting styles of Vails, who explores painterly brushstrokes and the use of symbolism, and Gilpin, whose mixed artistic background is evident through photo-realistic renderings and street-style spray paint.

With the horse an established subject for Vails, her latest works weave an element of iconography into layers of acrylic and latex. Her imagery of horses fades in and out, creating a sense of emotion, impermanence, and mystery. A third-generation commercial artist, Gilpin honors the power of the automobile and its impact on design and aesthetic with his new works. He explores multiple mediums including spray paint, acrylic, and enamel as a nod to his experience as a mural artist, sign painter, and car enthusiast. The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorships from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and members.”

  Esther, Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36

Esther, Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36