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Art notes for Feb. 2, 2020

The American Banjo Museum, 9 E Sheridan Ave. [Photo provided]
The American Banjo Museum, 9 E Sheridan Ave. [Photo provided]

Grants to help military art programs

A new pilot grant program of the Oklahoma Arts Council can help organizations serve military-connected individuals in their communities through the arts. Military grants of up to $5,000 are available to support arts programs serving active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and immediate family and caregivers. Applications are due March 1. Applications and guidelines are available at

For more information, contact Jennifer Allen-Barron at 521-2036 or

Banjo museum to host Mardi Gras party

The American Banjo Museum, 9 E Sheridan Ave., will host its fifth annual Krewe de Banjo Mardi Gras Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22. The museum will feature live jazz by Steve Ham and the Jambalaya Jass Band while guests enjoy New Orleans cuisine. Festivities also include a cash bar, wine pull and other Mardi Gras treats. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for nonmembers. Seating is limited.

For tickets or more information, go to or call 604-2793.

Museum plans inclusion exhibit

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame will host a special exhibit of nine artists in the Tulsa World Lorton Family Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. “Inclusion in Art–Spirit of Color” will be on display Feb. 9 to April 20. “Spirit of Color” is an expression of identity and culture through the arts. It supports and advocates for diverse groups of artists, and makes a place for their perspectives.

For more information, go to or call 235-4458.

Symphony names vocal competition finalists

TULSA — Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College names seven finalists in the third annual “Tulsa Sings!” vocal competition. Finalists are Reese Buchert, Doug Demaree, Chiara Miller, Mike Pryor, James Ross, Emily Thresher, and the Blakely family: Connor Blakely, Douglas Blakely and Charlotte Blakely. The finalists will be featured in the Pops concert "You're Doin' Fine, Oklahoma" at 7:30 p.m. April 3-4 at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education.

For tickets or more information, go to

Cherokee artists focus of new series

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is introducing a series showcasing the work of talented Cherokee artists. The series features a different artist from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Cherokee National History Museum, 101 S Muskogee Ave. The first artist talk is Feb. 8 with Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti. Osti received the recognition in 2005 for her work preserving and promoting Southeastern style pottery.

For more information, call 877-779-6977 or go to

Ladies Music Club plans concert, competition

The Oklahoma City Ladies Music Club will present the Oklahoma City University choir in concert Feb. 19 at the Mayflower Congregational Church, 3901 NW 63. A coffee is at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 10:40 a.m. Also, the club’s Scholarship Music Competition is March 8 at OCU’s Wanda Bass School of Music. More than $22,000 will be awarded to high school seniors through college seniors. The entry deadline is Feb. 28. The winners will present a recital at 10:30 a.m. March 18 at Mayflower Congregational Church. Entries may be emailed to

For more information, go to

Museum launches corporate membership program

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art recently announced a new corporate membership program. Corporate members will enjoy museum benefits such as free admission, invitations to events, discounts in the Museum Store and more. Corporate memberships start at $1,500.

For more information, go to or call 278-8242.

Bash celebrates Hollywood’s big night

The Oscars Boathouse Bash, celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night with the Oklahoma City theater community, is Feb. 9. Red carpet coverage begins at 6 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 7 p.m. Cocktail attire is preferred. The event features heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks, prizes and more. VIP couples' tickets include an open bar, Lyft rides to and from the party, a swag bag and recognition at the event.

Tickets start at $30 and are available at

Dallas String Quartet to perform

CHICKASHA — Bringing their fascinating fusion of classical and contemporary music to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Davis Hall Little Theater, the Dallas String Quartet continues the 19th season of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

Tickets are available at the door, at or by calling 574-1213.

OCU has ‘Pacific Quilt’ on display

“Pacific Quilt,” a fabric art sculpture by Sarah Fitzsimons, is on display through March 6 in Oklahoma City University’s Norick Art Center. An opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14. The piece is a large map of the Pacific Ocean with varying shades of blue fabric created to convey underwater topography, and sewn with quilting lines to describe surface currents. The exhibit is free and open to everyone.

— Erica Smith, for The Oklahoman