The Duncan Banner

November 10, 2013

Pop Up Art Gallery, Indoor Art Walk coming to Duncan

Numerous groups preparing to participate

By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A three-day Pop Up Art Gallery will be coming to Duncan and local artists and organizations are excited about joining with the Dreamer Concepts program.

Duncan is only the second city in Oklahoma to experience this new venture. The first was held in Bartlesville in June and was considered a great success, said Loisdawn Jones, Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.

A committee of local individuals met Tuesday to discuss how to enhance Duncan’s part in the show that will be held at the Chisholm Mall Nov. 21-23.

Jones, Chamber president Chris Deal, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s Executive Director Stacy Cramer Moore, Duncan Art Guild President Flora Diffie and Toni Hopper (Banner news editor) met to discuss the challenges and come up with solutions for the local participation of the show. Hopper will be involved with the public relations aspects connected with CTHC. Also getting involved is Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s Director Darcy Reeves and Duncan Little Theatre.

One of the biggest challenges is that the show will be held on the same weekend that the annual National Swine Registry Fall Classic Hog Conference arrives in town. Main Street Duncan’s Holiday Stroll is also set for Nov. 23.

Dreamer Concepts Executive Director Amber Clour  approached Deal and the others in early September. Dreamer Concepts: An Art Space for Emerging Artists is a non profit organization located in Norman.

Partnering with local organizations and artists is part of the Dreamer Concept goal. An invited group of artists from the Oklahoma City metro area are featured in the Pop Up Art Gallery. Everything from ceramics to photography, jewelry, live music, literature, film and fine craft can be found in the three days.

The “Pop Up” concept is artists join together and create a “gallery” with the featured works for sale. There will also be a Wine and Palette Painting Class during the opening reception.

The local committee said visitors and artists should think of the event as a gallery and indoor art walk.

Numerous local groups — quilters, authors, musicians, and even children’s art groups are expected to be involved with the event. The committee is also hoping to team up with Cameron University artist, literary speakers, and musicians.

The John Fullbright concert, sponsored by CTAC Live happens Friday, Nov. 22. Fullbright is a Grammy nominated artist from Oklahoma. The idea is to encourage people to attend the Pop Up and then go hear the concert.

The setup begins Nov. 20 and a reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21,  kicks off the event. The show will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and again at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

Diffie began telling members of the Art Guild about the show Thursday during set up of the holiday show that was held at the fairgrounds this weekend. She said everyone is extremely excited and she anticipates having space for at least 100 pieces in the art walk portion of the Pop Up Art Gallery.

Chisholm Mall has donated a considerable amount of space for the show. The old Aaron’s Rent-a-Center space is where the Pop Up gallery will be displayed. In the mall corridor, Duncan artists, performers and groups will be featured. There is no cost to the artists getting involved. It will also be open and free to the public, but art will be available to purchase.

“It will be a fun event and we encourage everyone to get involved or come out and attend,” Jones said.

The committee hopes that it also gives the families of those coming in for the Swine Show, something new to do. It’s a chance to begin early holiday shopping, Deal noted. The swine show is Duncan’s biggest events and tourism revenue producer. It is held at Stephens County Fair & Expo Center and area hotels are already booked for that weekend, Jones said.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the art walk can contact any of the committee members:

Deal: 580-255-3644; Jones: 1-800-782-7167 or 252-2900, Ext. 240; or Moore: 252-6692.

Clour can be reached at 405-701-0048 or visit the website.