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OVAC’s “12×12” art fundraiser returns with fanfare, challenges – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-09-25 20:02:00 –

Oklahoma City (Free press) — For over 30 years, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Alliance (OVAC) has paved the way for artists and creators of all kinds throughout the state, especially OKC.

OVAC is the number one in the Oklahoma art community since its inception in 1988, offering everything from education and resources for young and up-and-coming artists to support and sponsorship of many local organizations and schools. It has maintained its position as one of the important forces. ..

“12X12” is back!

And none of the countless shows and art programs hosted by OVAC have been loved for as long as the annual “12×12” fundraising activity.

“Our organization has a history of 33 years this year, and” 12×12 “was one of the first programs we planted and has always been a major fundraiser,” said OVAC Associate Director. Alexa Goetzinger said. “So now the artists know that we’re trying to do it, so they just make 12×12 pieces in anticipation of that.”

The name of the event, and the specific dimensions mentioned by Getzinger, derive from a single rigorous standard imposed on the accepted artwork. All of them should not exceed 12 inches x 12 inches. One of them, the seemingly simple limitation, can lead night show artists to some very creative places.

The eastern skyline of Dunlap Coding Law Firm, where the open-air OVAC 12×12 art fundraising activity took place. (BRETT FIELD CAMP / Oklahoma City Free Press)

the work

The work “Equinoctial Line” by Tulsa’s Taylor Painter Wolf is hand-sewn from dyed wool. The striking minimalist “Triangle Fog” by RC Morrison consists of gently illuminated LEDs. The “Pyramid” by Bill Hawk of OKC is made by the process of lost wax glass casting.

One of the most talked-about works of the night was “Pyrite ISO 102” by Lawrence Nuff of Oklahoma City. This is a deep black velvet background with rhinestones and inset computer chips. Nuff is a mixed media artist and has a unique way of incorporating his many interests in computers and technology into his personal experience, such as the time spent in Osaka, Japan.

“I work in IT. I’m actually a systems analyst,” Nuff told me. “I found the beauty in my computer and tried to incorporate it into my work. This is what I learned when I was in Japan and how to decorate it with rhinestones.”

However, most of the works on display are actually more traditional paintings, each devised and created with its own simple 12×12 canvas.

There was Maurice Perez’s “Greater-than sign, Greater-than sign”. This is a vibrant and colorful acrylic scene that introduces a group of people who place rock formations next to the beach. This is the latest in an ongoing collection of works Perez painted as a reproduction of an old photograph from his father’s adolescence in Puerto Rico.

“I think this is my sixth” 12×12 “,” Perez told me. “From now on, I’m ready to start experimenting with a few different things, mainly oil.”

Large-scale follow-up

Many of the 175 show artists at night were repeaters like Perez. OVAC boasts the massive support of local artists who are heavily in debt to support their organizations. They all attach great importance to submitting their work to fundraising activities every year.

“They have had a huge impact on my art career,” said Kerri Shadid, one of the hottest artists of the night and a longtime repeat guest at the event. “I started [OVAC’s yearly under-25 year old showcase] “Momentum”, and they were one of the first organizations to really support me. “

Shadid’s work was another traditional canvas painting depicting a sparkling, stylized owl. Works featuring outdoor scenes, nature and animals are on display everywhere, lending something of a loose, subtext theme to the night of reconnecting with nature in a year of social distance and isolation. ..

Indeed, “12×12” was one of the victims of last year’s blockade and the unfortunate event of distance. The “12×12” fundraising and auction installments in 2020 were held entirely online for the first time.

Outdoors for safety

This year, OVAC has created a completely outdoor outdoor event space on film row dumb wrap coding with huge pop-up walls for hanging artwork, allowing guests and artists to meet directly.

“These walls are also plywood. They’re not just drywall,” said Emily Tate, a volunteer coordinator at night and a longtime supporter of OVAC. “they are heavy, And tonight we still need to disassemble them all. “

Alexa Goetzinger repeated the same feelings when she changed her heels into comfortable tennis shoes.

“We still have a long night in front of us here.”

Many of the artworks on display in “12×12” 2021 can be volunteered or participated in the organization as a visual artist on the official website ovac-ok.org.

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