by Patrick B. McGuigan
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Paseo Arts Festival, 2015 edition, survived two days of driving rain, and reopens at 10 a.m. today (Monday, May 25) with no precipitation expected before mid-to-late afternoon.
At Sunday night’s artists and sponsors dinner, the “Best of Show” designation went to photographer Clifton Henri of Chicago. His photos include portraiture, posed shots of “found objects” and other creative works in both color and black/white. Booth #34 is his festival “home” until Monday evening. Henri told The City Sentinel that he had enjoyed his time, selling some works and planning to return.
Two artists won “Awards of Excellence” at the dinner, held at the Paseo School of Art next to Edgemere Elementary School on N. Walker Avenue.
C.Smathers (Booth 21) of Tulsa is a fiber artist who works with varied natural materials such as pine needles, wax linen and raffia to create unique and functional (if you choose) pieces. In a conversation with The City Sentinel, she said, “I rescue wood.”
Smathers explained that her works include beams “rescued” from fallen trees. In a memorable instance in north Georgia a few years ago, she carefully pruned (with her chainsaw) a friend’s damaged tree. As a result, “She got a rejuvenated apple tree, and I got bowls for my work.”
Painter Chris Vance, from Iowa, also reported sales despite weather conditions.
Characterizing his work as “skateboard art,” he says he is influenced by graffiti and children’s works. He plans to enjoy local beverages: “I like beer.” Vance will be at Booth 65 through tonight’s close of business at the Festival.
The historic Paseo Arts District is located just west of N.W. 30 and Walker Avenue. Take a walk along Paseo Drive, today, for a delightful sensory experience.