By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: April 2010
John “JCE” Parker and Luther Pilant prepare some of the pieces they will exhibit at Art After Hours, presented by the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council. (Not pictured: John Cox.)
As daylight gradually gives way to darkness on Thursday, April 29, the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council will present Art After Hours. This spring show, the first of three this year, is entitled “Thinking Outside the Box 2.0” and features the works of three local artists with varied backgrounds and presentations. Art After Hours will take place amidst the wooded surroundings of Tivoli Inn, Tarp Chapel & Gardens, 1401 W. Washington St.
Fine art is an emotional expression. You must have a good feeling about a work of art and make a connection with it. It’s a lot like inviting this piece of art to be a part of your family.
Art After Hours provides a way for people to leisurely view 60 to 70 impressive pieces and learn more about them, as well as get to know the person who created each work. “It’s an up close and personal venue,” says Kelley Rash, Broken Arrow Arts Council board member and chair of the event.
The event is held in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Stop by after work, enjoy appetizers, dessert samplings and refreshments – free of charge – and meet and greet these men who may someday become world famous in their fields.
John “JCE” Parker will present contemporary works of abstract expressionism in both oils and acrylics. This type of action painting is typically characterized by symbols, signs and color fields as a replacement for realistic images. Each piece provides a personal and often totally different meaning to the viewer.
Luther Pilant will feature abstract monotype prints in various sizes. Inspiration for these one-of-a-kind prints comes from his Creek and Cherokee tribal affiliation, as well as his experience in granite carving, glass blowing and welding. Luther studied in Santa Fe, where he also participated in numerous exhibits.
John Cox will showcase his artistry with fused glass bowls, plates, pendants and other jewelry. His specialty, which has taken him to shows as far away as Hawaii, is dichroic glass. Inspired by glass from Italy and Japan, where he lived for five years, this shiny and reflective glass changes colors according to light conditions.
For listening pleasure, Three Penny Upright will provide music with long melodies, sweet harmonies and dazzling strings. The Tulsa foursome has become a favorite everywhere from coffeehouses to honkytonks with their warm blend of classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly and a little bit of jazz.
Art After Hours is the longest running event of the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council. It is open to the public without charge. Anyone who wants to learn, see and enjoy – maybe even buy some special works of art – is welcome to stop by from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The nonprofit organization raises cultural awareness by way of five art, musical and lecture venues throughout the year. Memberships provide part of the funding so that people of all income levels can participate. Corporate support provides additional backing.
Art After Hours “Thinking Outside the Box 2.0” is made possible through the sponsorships of The Arrow Group, AVB Bank, Windstream Communications, Oklahoma Arts Council, Brown, Kinion and Co., and Tivoli Inn. For additional information, call the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council at (918) 259-4300 or visit their website at www.artsba.org.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.