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Art notes: School of Dance choreographers, 'Black Resilience,' Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, 3rd Act Theatre Company, Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk, SWOSWU Jazz Festival, Mark Jenkins, Paul Moore, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra and hand med

Lawton Philharmonic presents radio, television events

LAWTON — The Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra will present two events this February for patrons to enjoy.

Patrons can tune in to KUCO-FM or listen at from 8 to 10 p.m. Feb. 3 and 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 6 to hear the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra with artistic director, conductor and pianist Jon Kalbfleisch and guest violinist David Kim.

“Musical Valentine” will air locally on MeTV from 9 to 10 p.m. Feb. 20 and from 10:35 to 11:35 p.m. Feb. 21 on KSWO-TV. Streaming of the performance will be available at at 10 p.m. Feb. 20.

For more information, call 580-531-5043 or go to

UCO honors health care workers with art collaboration

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Art and Design art students recently crafted nearly 300 small, wearable hand-shaped medals as tokens of gratitude for the service and sacrifice of health care workers as part of the Hand Medal Project.

The medals were given to local health care workers. The Hand Medal Project, an international collaboration conceived by South American artist Jimena Rios and German artist Iris Eichenberg, includes more than 3,000 jewelry makers across 63 countries.

For more information, go to handmedalproject.comor

OU artist-in-residence receives nation’s highest award

NORMAN — Paul Moore, artist-in-residence and professor of figurative sculpture at the University of Oklahoma, is the recipient of the nation’s most prestigious award for sculpture in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the art form.

The National Sculpture Society will present Moore its Special Medal of Honor at its annual conference. Throughout the society’s 127-year history, only 45 special honor awards have been given to accomplished artists, architects, historians and philanthropists.

Over the past four decades Moore has produced awe-inspiring bronze sculptures that stand in museums; in private, international and corporate collections; and at universities and memorials.

As OU artist-in-residence, Moore has sculpted many, including the sculpture of President George Lynn Cross and the Seed Sower statues featured on all three of OU’s campuses.

Oklahoma City mayor David Holt designated Feb. 18 as “Paul Moore Day,” a recognition that will continue annually.

Jazz musician returns to Armstrong Auditorium

EDMOND — Oklahoma native Mark Jenkins will return to the Armstrong Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Fellow musicians will join him to deliver jazz favorites as a tribute to the late Ellis Marsalis.

Jenkins has performed alongside such greats as Branford Marsalis and Brian Stokes Mitchell. His resume of awards and experience includes being the first-place winner of the University of Oklahoma's 1998 concerto competition and first place in the 1999 Music Teachers Nationals Association collegiate state piano competition as a classical pianist. He has made a name for himself as a jazz singer, pianist, composer, arranger and recording artist.

Tickets range from $30 to $55. A live streaming option will be available for $15. For more information, go to or call 285-1010.

Annual SWOSWU Jazz Festival takes the music online

WEATHERFORD — The 51st annual Southwestern Oklahoma State University Jazz Festival will not feature any visiting artists or bands due to COVID-19 but will still be online with free concerts Feb. 11-12.

The headliner this year is Texas drummer Stockton Helbing and his bandmates pianist Josh Hanlon and bassist James Driscoll. The trio will present a livestream concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. On Feb. 12, the day will start with Helbing providing free masterclasses. The festival concludes with a concert by Jazz Ensembles A and B at 8 p.m. Feb. 12.

All events are free. For more information, go to or call 580-774-3708.

Paseo First Friday Gallery Walk is Feb. 5

The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk is 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5. All galleries and restaurants have reopened, and most will be open for First Friday.

The Paseo Arts and Creativity Center at 3024 Paseo presents two new exhibitions. “Poetic City’s Melanin Stories” features the works of eight local artists of color. The gallery will also host the annual Paseo Arts Association Members’ Show with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Both exhibits with run through Feb. 27.

For more information, call 525-2688 or email at Go to for membership information.

Theater company lines up noire season with opening of ‘Oxtiern’

The nonprofit 3rd Act Theatre Company presents “Oxtiern or the Misfortunes of Libertinage” as part of their inaugural noire season. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Feb. 5-20, with a streamed performance at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

The short play based on the story “Ernestine, A Swedish Tale” centers on a young woman whom Oxtiern has abducted and plans to marry against her wishes.

The theater is located at 12040 N May Ave. For more information, go to or call 593-8093.

Museums’ virtual art tours reach beyond Oklahoma

SHAWNEE — The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art has classrooms buzzing in Wisconsin and Illinois through their Virtual Art Tours.

A request came from the Milwaukee Scholars Charter School in Wisconsin for a virtual tour of the museums’ Native American collection. The Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School in Chicago requested a tour over the Egyptian Collection. Virtual tours are free for schools and homeschool groups.

The museum is also offering tours to adult groups for a flat fee of $40. To register, go to Curator of Collections Delaynna Trim also leads a free 20-minute tour of the “Blessed Virgin: Images of the Virgin Mary exhibit” in a recent YouTube video posted on the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art YouTube channel.

For more information, go to or call 878-5300.

‘Black Resilience’ interdisciplinary exhibit on view in Crystal Bridge

Afrikanation Artists Organization and Djaspora Productions presents the exhibit “Still Here: The Cosmology of Black Resilience an Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition” on view in the Crystal Bridge at Myriad Botanical Gardens through March 2. The exhibit is free.

Featured visual artists include Amena Butler, Ebony Iman Dallas, Florine Demosthene, Gay Pasley, Ronna Pernell, Musah Swallah and Suzanne Thomas. Performance artists are Tony Brinkley, Marie Casimir, Changing FReQuencies, Grace Franklin, Pasley and J’aime Griffith.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

19 students will showcase dance works on stage at University Theatre

NORMAN, OKLA.— University Theatre opens the spring theatre season with a favorite featuring choreography by School of Dance arranged in two programs.

This year, 19 students will showcase dance works with lighting design by students from the Helmerich School of Drama. Set A Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 4 and 6; and Set B Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 3 p.m. Feb. 7. The dance production will take place in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval, on the OU Norman campus. This production is suitable for all audiences.

This year’s choreographers are Alexandra Brewster, Blaise Dagnen, Keeleigh Everett, Tessa Fungo, Sydney Giles, Hanna Golden, J’aime Griffith, Isaac Hileman, Sarah Marcus, Mary Ann Mayer, Molly McGuerty, Diego Miranda-Monsman, Nicholas Nickelberry, Greta Nuñez, Briana Sayles, Alexis Tella, Cameron Terry, Emmy Wildermuth and Alayna Wong.

These dance works were created in collaboration with Helmerich School of Drama student lighting designers Harrison Best, Ian Evans, Logan Roscoe, Kaitlyn Stapp and Logan Wynn.

In-person advance purchase tickets are $25 adult; $20 senior adult, OU employee and military; and $10 student, plus processing fee and tax. Tickets at the door are $35 for adult and $15 for student. Seating is strictly limited according to social distancing requirements and masks are required for audience members. Tickets also may be purchased online at, by calling 405-325-4101, or at the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.

Young Choreographers’ Showcase video-on-demand will be available starting Feb. 12, at a single view price of $10. Go to for more information.

— Erica Smith, for The Oklahoman