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Artwork by longtime artist-sculptor friends on display at Gaylord-Pickens museum

A one-two punch of magnificent clouds and wooden wings is offered by oil painter David Holland and sculptor Barbara Scott in a 2-person show.

The “Earth to Sky” show by the two longtime friends is at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gaylord-Pickens Museum, 1400 Classen Drive.

Holland is at his best in “The Shadow of Water,” a large oil of orange-pink clouds forming over a dark stretch of river and landscape greenery.

Dramatic, too, are his smaller oils of “The Feathery Anvil” of one large cloud, and the “Relentless — Approaching Lion” of another.

Luminous clouds, in shades of deep and turquoise blue, become “Thunderbluffs,” in front of part of a sunlit white cloud, in his work of that title.

Somewhat reminiscent of the Dust Bowl is his oil of massive dirt clouds filling the “Red Sky (of a) Black Sunday.”

A white bird whose wing frames a cloud-like space soars over three triangular mountains in a work by Scott that complements Holland’s cloud paintings. Scott calls this mixed media sculpture, made from basswood, aluminum, and glass, “Cloud Watching.”

Also referring to wings are her wooden sculptures of “The Heart’s Uprising,” and of a face looking up to “Sense a Wing Unfolding,” directly overhead.

A broken arrow nicely unites the two organic wooden sides of her “Hope … the Thing with Feathers,” while “Human Hymn” is more musical instrument-like.

In “Human Hymn,” a bone suggests a bent archer’s bow, held aloft by wooden arms and hands, with metal strings suggesting arrows.

In her “Prayer of a Heart,” a white bird escapes from a wooden cage, balanced on the index finger of a hand, reaching out of an elongated heart.

Described as a celebration of the thirty-year friendship of the two Oklahoma City artists, the show is highly recommended in its run through September 10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Call 235-4458 or go to for information.

— John Brandenburg, for The Oklahoman