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January 2 Paseo First Friday Galley Walk to highlight Paseo Arts Space, SixTwelve Open House


By Patrick B. McGuigan


The Paseo First Friday Galley walk is scheduled for Jan. 2, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. This month’s featured opening is Sean Giboney, presenting “Abstracts in Motion” at the Paseo Arts Space, 3022 Paseo St. Also welcoming First Friday visitors will be “SixTwelve,” a refurbished building at 612 N.W. 29 (73103) in the Paseo Neighborhood.

In a message to The City Sentinel, Amy Young of SixTwelve said, “We will be opening our doors to people of all ages for classes in February, but if you’d like to take a sneak peak at the progress with our renovations, join us during Paseo’s First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Jan. 2.

“We’ll have bubbly and goodies to share and you can walk through SixTwelve, which will hold classrooms, gallery space, a teaching kitchen and apartments for creative and sustainable residencies.”

Young describes the facility as “a place for gathering, learning, growth and fun.” SixTwelve’s open house gets an early start, running from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Each month, around 60 artists from more than 20 galleries take part in First Friday events, all within walking distance for visitors. At each one, a handful of art opening receptions are held. Musicians work up and down the Paseo, filling the night air with melodies old and new.

According to the Paseo Arts Association, on First Friday the varied galleries “offer special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and a variety of entertainment opportunities.”

The Paseo Historic Arts District includes three restaurants and several shops in the area from N.W. 30 and Paseo along the historic street to the corner of N.W. 28 and Walker. The area is characterized by Spanish Mission Revival buildings.

The eclectic mix of galleries and businesses in the Paseo area include a.k.a. Gallery, Paseo Pottery, Jann Jeffrey Gallery, Diane Coady Gallery, Brayer & Brush, Twisted Root, Bonedust, Shakespeare on Paseo, A Jeweler’s Art, The Project Box, Contemporary Art Gallery, JRB Art at the Elms, Summer Wine Art Gallery, Ladies & Gentleman’s Fine Millinery, Paseo Art Space, Planet Dorshak, Studio Six Gallery, Paseo Art Works, Craig’s Emporium, Kathy’s on Paseo, Max the Barber, The Purple Loft, In Your Eye, Paseo School of Art, The Craft Room, Paseo Gallery One and Avalon on Paseo. Another long standing anchor of the area is Lori Keller’s Theatre Upon a Star Dance Swan.

Restaurants include Paseo Grill, Picasso Cafe, Sauced and the venerable Red Rooster Bar.

Members of the Paseo Arts Association board of directors include President Joy Reed Belt, Vice President Amy Young, Secretary Gayle Curry, Treasurer Regina Murphy, Lisa Allswede, Kelley Barnes, Brittany Callison, Terry Clark, Sheridan Conrad, Kim Dansereau, Linda Hiller, Kathyrn McGill, Dustin Oswalt, John Robison, Collin Rosebrook, and John Seward.

Guiding the daily work of the Association is executive director Amanda Bleakley. Program coordinator is Melanie Pharoah.

For more information, contact Paseo Arts Association, 3022 Paseo Dr., online, or telephone 405-525-2688.


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