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Editor’s Note: Thank you, Oklahoman readers, for keeping us current on your home activities. Between cooking, home schooling, online classes, working, home projects, exercising, sewing masks, reading, gardening, Zooming, drive-by shout-outs and many other things, you have stayed busy! As we get out and about, please remember to send us what you are doing. Getting together? Parties? Celebrations? We want to know about it. Be well!

— Helen Ford Wallace,


Some artists we know personally have been painting during the “at home” lockdown. Nick Berry completed several new paintings during the last couple of months. One of them was a scene from a photograph of the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. Gennie Johnson worked on a picture of a Creperie Shop from Gordes, France. She visited there last year. Suzie Hupfeld is working on “Uncommitted” and also on paintings she will give as Christmas gifts. She noted about her photo in this column— #coronahair! Dodge Hill has been “cranking out the paintings,” according to his wife Lori. He also built two patio benches. Joy Richardson noted that bright colors and upbeat paintings are what people are requesting. She is painting happy, uplifting art. She has experimented with textures and color and a variety of paint styles. “I’ve used the time to be madly creative,” she added. SoRelle Fitzgerald painted “very little” during these months, but, is working on several unfinished paintings. Her next one is a bluebonnet scene for her youngest granddaughter’s new home.

Finishing the Show House

The 47th annual Symphony Show House has been ready to show since May 2, but the opening date was delayed during the pandemic shutdown. It is now set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 13-28. The address is 2737 Guilford Lane. Julia Hunt is Symphony Show House chairman, J. Mark Taylor is designer liaison, and Lisa Reed is Oklahoma City Orchestra League executive director. The house has a “Hollywood Hills” theme and has 8,000 sq. ft. Thirty designers worked on the house, which benefits the OKC Philharmonic. The Show House tour will adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for health and safety.

Making more masks

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The 405 Mask Makers team is winding down their efforts since vendors are now shipping masks, but the group made and distributed more than 21,500 masks as a group, and partnered with the Thunder to help them with an additional 10,000 masks. They still have seamstresses to make masks as needed.

Masks went to the following areas:

•1,800 masks to assisted living homes/elder care agencies statewide

•3,500 masks to law enforcement/government agencies (including 1,350 to the OKC PD)

•10,000 masks to hospitals and smaller medical facilities

•5,500 masks to metro-area nonprofits (Including 1,800 masks to the Homeless Alliance. The group's initial goal was to make 1,500 masks for them.)

Molly McBride organized the effort and one of the team leaders, Pam Troup, had about 80 women and one man on her team. There were more than 10 team leaders. Erin Kingrey's team included a church network stretching from Alva to Norman, using a driver with a weekly cross-state route to exchange supplies for completed masks. Some volunteers cut the fabric, some sewed, some laundered the masks and some drove supplies to seamstresses and picked up completed masks. Ketch Design Centre donated fabric and others donated sheets for lining and money for elastic.

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Helen Ford Wallace

Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for... Read more ›