By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012
The Jenks Chamber of Commerce staff invites you to the 9th annual Art on Main in downtown Jenks. (L to R): Melvin Piper, Callie McCurdy, Josh Driskell and Kristen Bales.
The 9th annual Art on Main will be held Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Jenks. A variety of art mediums will be on display and available for purchase, including pottery, oil paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, drawings, glass, mixed media, watercolors, fiber, photography, metal smith, woodcarving and more. The family-friendly event also includes live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s activities and a variety of food vendors.
Callie McCurdy, communications intern at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, has attended Art on Main for the past several years, and she is excited to be helping organize the event for the first time. Callie grew up in Jenks and graduated from Jenks High School. She will graduate from Northeastern State University next May with a degree in marketing and is thrilled to be serving her senior internship at her hometown’s chamber. “Art on Main has always been one of my favorite events in Jenks, and I’m so happy to be able to be a part of making it happen this year,” says Callie.
The juried panel consisted of local artists in the community who selected 100 talented artists for Art on Main. The mission of this signature art show is to create access to a broad array of arts experiences, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in Oklahoma.
A change to this year’s setup is that all artist booths will be centered down Main Street in downtown Jenks. “This will allow a more engaging experience, as festival-goers will be able to also visit the many great antiques stores and shops along Main Street,” says Callie. Another new addition is a section specifically for art students from Oral Roberts University to display their works.
Live entertainment and art demonstrations, including pottery demonstrations, will be held throughout the day. This year’s children’s section will feature Bounce Pro inflatables, face painting, and lots of arts and crafts. Organizations with booths for kids include local churches and the Jenks High School Art Club.
This type of drawing together of people in the community earned Art on Main the 2009 Outstanding Community Initiative Award, presented by the Oklahoma Community Institute. Since then, word has traveled throughout the state that Art on Main is a premier art and family festival. As many as 10,000 to 12,000 people attend each year from all across Oklahoma and surrounding states.
The 2012 Art on Main presenting sponsors are PSO, Tulsa Winch, and Tulsa Federal Credit Union. Admission to the event is free. For more information, search “Jenks’ Art on Main” on Facebook, or visit www.jenkschamber.com/artonmain.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.