By Darla Shelden
It’s time to put on your party dress and dancing shoes as the 8th Annual Girlie Show, returns to Oklahoma City on Nov. 4 and 5. The all female art show will be held at Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein.
The Girlie Show started in 2004 as an alternative showcase for female artists. In response to growing crowds, the Girlie Show expanded in to a two-day event in 2006.
Branded “An Art Show With A Curve’ by owners/organizers Erin Merryweather, Marilyn Artus and Dawn Tyler-Harth, The Girlie Show brings together the most unique and often the most little known female talent Oklahoma and the U.S. have to offer.
This year’s call for artists generated more than 125 applications from females all over Oklahoma as well as candidates from New York, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Austin, Kansas City and Montana. With only 40 booth spaces available, finalists are carefully selected by The Girlie Show committee.
Friday evening, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., the show will feature 43 female artists, food from over 20 local food vendors, live music with local DJ Kelly Trance, and performances by the Teaze Dance Showgirls and the Aalim Bellydance Academy.
On Saturday, from noon to 5:00 p.m., the event continues with live music all day performed by Local Honey, Jane Mays Vivian Parks, Marcy Priest, The Ruskettes and Carter Sampson.
Artus said, “Friday and Saturday are like two totally different events. Friday night is this huge art party that’s an absolute blast. And then Saturday is a low-key day all about selling art.”
With more than 2000 in attendance last year on Friday and close to 800 on Saturday, the show has quickly advanced to one of Oklahoma’s top annual events.
Dawn Harth said, “Part of what the crowd really likes about The Girlie Show is that the artist is right there. They get to meet them and talk to them about their work. When they buy a piece they’ll always remember that.”
While the show continues to expand and gain popularity on a national level, the committee remains dedicated to the advancement of Oklahoma as a center for art and culture. In 2006, The Girlie Show Scholarship fund was established awarding $1000 to a qualifying local art student each year.
Erin Merryweather said, “Every year we add something or change something from what we’ve done before, like adding the scholarship. We want to somehow give something back to the arts community or to the individuals throughout the year.”
Sponsors for the 2011 Girlie Show include Ackerman McQueen, the Oklahoma Gazette, Mood Party Rentals, Fromex Photo Systems, Digital DK Studios, and Craft.
“The Girlie Show is enriching women in this community and encouraging female artists. I think that’s one of the reasons that we do it. To see an artist that we had last year come back with her work totally transformed and we were a part of that,” said Artus.
Tickets for the Girlie show on Friday are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 on Saturday. Friday night ticket stub is good for free admission to Saturday’s show.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.okctickets.com or at DNA Galleries in the Plaza District or Blue 7 on N. May and Grand.
For more information visit www.thegirlieshow.net.
The Girlie Show returns to Oklahoma City on Nov 4th and 5th
By Darla Shelden