By: Mary Kathryn Moeller | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015
Artist Daniel Sutliff will open his studio to the public as part of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Tulsa Art Studio Tour, April 11-12, 2015.
Painter and musician Daniel Sutliff says his studio space might be untidy, but it works perfectly for him. Located at the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa’s Hardesty Art Center (AHHA), the studio is “chaotic and cluttered, but in a good way. I primarily paint, so having a lot of wall space and a lot of natural light is a plus. It’s nice to have a place where I can just focus on my work.” Sutliff is one of 16 artists inviting visitors to explore their studio space and learn more about their artwork and creative practice as part of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s (OVAC) 2015 Tulsa Art Studio Tour, to be held April 11 and 12.
Sutliff is one of three artists working at the AHHA studios who will be showcased on the tour. Photographer Brooke Golightly also utilizes the space at AHHA and characterizes her studio as “small, comfortable, and eclectic.” Golightly prepares props for her photos and stores
materials in her studio since she shoots almost entirely outdoors.
Painter and mixed-media artist Cynthia Brown has transformed a former garage apartment in her backyard into her studio. “The space is small but roomy enough to allow me space to work on several paintings at once.” Like Sutliff, Brown speaks of the importance of natural light and the inspiration drawn from a spectacular view. “I have two walls of windows with plenty of natural light. I have an awesome view of downtown Tulsa from the deck outside my studio.”
Jim Terrell, whose studio is located in la Maison at 11th and Victor, is currently working with Golden Open Acrylics, a relatively new medium for him. Terrell is
using this slow-drying paint on three different series of works, which he is working on
simultaneously. Terrell states that it took time to grow into his studio, but now it’s a home away from home.
Like Terrell, painter Marjorie Atwood is currently working on three series at the same time. She expects to have a variety of works in different stages of completion for visitors to see on the tour. Her painting process involves a great deal of underpainting and multiple
layers which allow her to progress through several pieces at once. She describes her studio as a spacious storefront with fantastic light.
The 2015 Tulsa Art Studio Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12 from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Sixteen artists in ten studios will welcome visitors. An additional nine “bonus” artists in nearby studios will have their spaces open as well.
Tickets to the Tulsa Art Studio Tour are $5 in advance and $10 at the studio door. Admission for children and students is free. The event is presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from the Oklahoma Arts Council and Kinslow, Keith & Todd, Inc., among others.
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