By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The Altered Barbie Art Party is possibly one of this season’s more eclectic art events to take place in Oklahoma City this year. The opening reception, benefitting the organization Women Lead Oklahoma, will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 7 – 11 p.m. at Graphite Elements and Design Studio, 1751 NW 16th Street, in the Plaza District.
Women Lead Oklahoma is a new OKC-based action-oriented non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Oklahoma women statewide to take charge of their lives and communities.
Organizers have taken charge and are promising an evening of art and merriment totally inspired by the iconic plastic diva – Barbie.
The evening will feature Barbie-themed sweets and a cash bar. Admission to the Altered Barbie show is free and Barbie-esque attire is optional.
There will be a variety of mixed media works by nearly a dozen artists that will span three generations featuring Barbie as muse, messenger, model and more.
One of the event organizers, Lynette Mathis, an Oklahoma City artist and member of the Women Lead Oklahoma board, said, “I turned to Barbie as a mouthpiece for my own observations about the lives of real women.”
Attendees at the event will have the chance to bid on the works and to enter a raffle where they might win one of two special pieces. Raffle tickets are $10 for one or $20 for three.
One of the special raffle items is titled “’NEWZGIRL” by artist Jody Larrison. She describes it as a “hilarious visual takedown of bubble-headed blondes on the evening news.”
Women Lead Oklahoma provides education, resources, and networking that inspires community and civic action. Women Lead creates vibrant, sustainable leadership by empowering Oklahoma women to define their own success and to affect change in their lives and their communities.
WLO programs include workshops, civic engagement training, and scholarships. To learn more, visit womenleadok.org.
“As a woman who grew up during the height of Barbie’s popularity, participating in this show provided an opportunity to turn the tables and remake Barbie in my image,” said Sara Jane Rose, Sally’s List founder and board president.
The reception is only the beginning – the Altered Barbie exhibit will run through March 19.
“Come see the Iconic One as you haven’t seen her before — Altered, Enhanced and Opinionated,” said Mathis.
For more information about the event call Graphite Gallery at 405-615-4837 or 405-919-0578.