By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007
An artist at a past Art on Main event displays his work.
The Fourth Annual Art on Main: A Celebration of Oklahoma Art and Music will be held Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in historic downtown Jenks to celebrate the visual and performing arts. “This free event is open to the public and draws visitors from all over Oklahoma,” says Annette Bowles, marketing and communications director for the Jenks Chamber of Commerce. For the event, Jenks’ Main Street will be transformed into a festival of art and creativity to welcome the fall season.
The mission of Art on Main is to create access for the community to a broad array of arts experiences and to nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures. The event aims to encourage the expanding depth of cultural life in Oklahoma. An outdoor street festival, the art show attracts more than 7,000 people annually.
The works of more than 115 of Oklahoma’s most talented artists will be displayed and sold, including original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics, glass, stunning photography and wood carvings, just to name a few. Art on Main, a signature event on the northeastern Oklahoma cultural calendar, gives visitors the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists and see their one-of-a-kind pieces, sample wine from different Oklahoma wineries and enjoy live entertainment.
Featured at this year’s event will be 12 Oklahoma wineries. Included are Cabin Creek Vinyard and Winery, Grape Ranch, Indian Creek Village Winery, Moonfeathers Winery, Nuyaka Creek Winery, Oak Hills Winery and Vineyards, StableRidge Vineyards, Whispering Meadows Vineyards, Stone Bluff Cellars, Summerside Vineyards and Winery, Whispering Vines Vineyards and Winery, as well as Tidal School Vineyards. “We have added several wineries this year that are new to the area,” says Bowles. “We look forward to helping them showcase their wines.”
Stop by Art on Main and experience art of all types.
Spectators to Art on Main will enjoy plenty of entertainment. Joesf Glaude, guitarist and composer, will be playing on the event’s main stage at 11 a.m. Glaude studied guitar at Christopher Newport College in Virginia and is Oral Roberts University’s former head guitar professor.
Headlining at 2 p.m. on the Public Service Company of Oklahoma stage will be Harmonious Monk. The group, which was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, is comprised of four talented Tulsa natives. The group was formed four years ago and has since become a staple in the regional music scene. Harmonious Monk is known for playing infectious instrumental jazz and funk originals including “Drop It in Your Soul.”
Art on Main is made possible by premier sponsorships with many local businesses. Some of which include American Electric Power’s Public Service Company of Oklahoma, AT&T, BancFirst in Jenks, Bank of Oklahoma, F&M Bank and IBC Bank. A cooperative grant has been funded for the event through the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts.
Experience Jenks’ premier fall festival. Art on Main will be a celebration of art, wine and jazz that you will not want to miss. For more information, contact the Jenks Chamber of Commerce at (918) 299-5005 or visit www.jenkschamber.com/events or www.myspace.com/artonmain.