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The Paseo Arts Association Hires New Executive Director

The Paseo Arts Association is pleased to announce that Amanda Bleakley has joined the Association as Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Bleakley is responsible for helping the Association to fulfill its vision and progress its mission. She will build on its successful platform of community-based arts programs and events, and continue to foster wider relationships, associations and partnerships. Bleakley will lead the Association through effective administration, revenue generation including sponsorship, outreach and fundraising and will be an advocate for the Paseo Arts District.

Bleakley previously worked at Architectural Design Group, Inc. as a program administrator and was responsible for the administration management of several multi-million dollar projects.  She spent eight years at the OU College of Dentistry serving as coordinator of the alumni affairs and development office and as manager of the continuing education department.

She currently serves on the Crown Heights-Edgemere Heights Board of Directors, Editor of the Neighborhood Newsletter, The Chronicle, and on the Historic Preservation Committee. She is a member of the OKCMOA and serves on the Omelette Party committee and also the Lyric Theater Broadway Ball committee.  She is a sustaining member of the Junior League and served on the board of IAO for many years. Bleakley has a BS degree in Journalism-Ad/PR and a Minor in Art from Texas Christian University.

“We felt that Amanda’s background will bring value to the many needs of the PAA.  Her communication, organization and planning skills will serve her well in the fast paced environment of association management,” says Joy Reed Belt, PAA Board President.


Old Trinity of Paseo Wedding Planning Sisters Get Rave Reviews!

Sara McCord Thompson and Amy McCord have had a very busy wedding season at Old Trinity of Paseo. Together, they are one of the best wedding planners in the Oklahoma City area and we’re proud they call Paseo Arts District home! Here are some rave reviews from recent clients!

Here are recent reviews of Old Trinity Paseo & the Sisters from this wedding season:

  • It is hard to find a place online that has nothing but PERFECT reviews, but this is the place. It is literally impossible to find a bad review for this place, and now that I have experienced the service, I understand why. I got married here on 6-8-13. It was everything I could have hoped for or imagined. Amy and Sara are two of the most amazing individuals at what they do. They know what they are doing, and they do it well. To say the least, I was vague when I told them what I wanted. They took my small ideas and made them into something beautiful. I never had to worry about anything, not only on my wedding day but any time before that either. People around me constantly asked me if I was feeling stressed yet or if I needed any help with the wedding. My answer was always that I was stress free and that I had all the help I needed in the sisters. The chapel was beautiful, the vendors were great, and I wouldn’t change a single thing about my wedding. It was perfect. Anyone that wants the perfect wedding in the Oklahoma City area needs to contact these ladies. They are well worth the money.  -Kirby
  • We both enjoyed every minute!  It was beautiful!  Mostly, we wanted a lovely day to remember something we started long ago.  You all helped us achieve that, and we thank you! You both made every part of the process very simple.  From the planning, rehearsal, to the big day, everything went very smooth. -Denise
  • Pick a package, pay the fee then show up for the wedding! I promise it is that easy. Just give the Sisters your ideas and they will build on them. My daughter sent Amy a picture of a bouquet of flowers and she didn’t just make it she made it better then we could have imagined! Not just the brides bouquet but all the flowers, truly Amazing! Everyone commented on how beautiful they were. Sarah was the same way with the music, you could not tell where her playlist ended and my daughters began. We brought a few extra goodies for the reception but it was not necessary. The wedding punch that they serve is the best punch I have ever tried. It was not easy for me to let my daughter do things her way but I am glad I did. I enjoyed every minute of the wedding and reception and did not have to worry about ANYTHING! That is what Amy and Sarah do! The staff they have to help were professional and kind and fun to have around. In our contract there was a list of vendors and we did choose a bakery and a pastor from the list. Be assured that the list is tried and true. Our guests were very pleased with the service and the cakes! -Mother-of-the-Bride
  • It was hard for me to let go of the reigns at first…. because I’m type-A, but I’m so glad I did! The entire event was a thrill! Sara and Amy handled EVERYTHING, and allowed me to bring in some items that I wanted to contribute. They were just so flexible. Other venues I toured were riddled with rules and completely inflexible….not these girls, they were amazing!!!

Meet The PlannersSara McCord Amy McCord

Don’t stress yourself or your mother….hire a big sister!

Who has time to take care of the thousands of details a wedding demands? Most couples pay for their wedding by themselves while working or going to school full-time. We wanted to design all-inclusive packages that allow you to have the creative control and none of the stress. With competitive pricing, stellar vendors and top-notch service, our hope is that you put the stress of planning in our capable hands, and enjoy your wedding day!​

37th Annual Paseo Arts Festival Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27

The Paseo Arts Association is thrilled to welcome visitors to our 37th Annual Paseo Arts Festival, taking place once again this Memorial Day weekend. The dates of this year’s event are May 25-27, 2013. More than 80 visual artists from across the nation—including many from Oklahoma—will fill the streets of the Historic Paseo Arts District with original artwork in a wide variety of media, from oil painting, watercolors and photography to fiber, wood and glass. Each year, this event draws more than 60,000 people, who come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this event.

“I’m thrilled to see my neighbors come out to the Festival to support the arts,” says Oklahoma City ceramics artist Hector Cobos Leon, who will be a Paseo Festival artist for the third time this year, “And it’s also great to see those artists who come back year after year from all over the country.”

For music lovers, the Festival also hosts dozens of musicians and other live performers on two stages. The North Stage features acoustic acts and singer-songwriters, from folk and country to bluegrass and much more, with a schedule organized by Acoustic Oklahoma’s Casey Friedman. The South Stage spotlights acts that get a little louder, including dance groups, rock bands, and some of the Festival’s most popular returning musicians. Local favorite band Jumpship Astronaut will play at this year’s event for the first time on Saturday night, promising a lively way to wind down from the day.37th annual Paseo Arts Festival poster

Fans of musicians and performing artists are not limited to the two stages: street performers of all stripes – singer-songwriters, jugglers, magicians and more – set up along Paseo Drive, offering live entertainment anywhere you go. Download the Music Schedule here.

The food court at Paseo Drive and 29th will feature more than a dozen different food vendors, bringing traditional and not-so-traditional festival treats, both savory and sweet. New food vendors for this year include Moto Chef, a food truck headed by chef Guy Romo, who specializes in unique dishes using seasonal local ingredients from Oklahoma City’s own Urban Agrarian market.

The Paseo Arts Festival has plenty for Oklahoma City’s youngest artists, as well. A children’s area features colorful spin art, that continues to be wildly popular each year. Clay activities will also return to this area, labeled on the map as “Artists of the Future.” New for this year are masks, and a coloring contest based on this year’s festival poster. Children 5-12 may pick up a coloring sheet at the event or ahead of time in the PAA office, and submit them for judging for special prizes. Judges will be arts education professionals from the Oklahoma City community. Projects that allow young participants to explore their creativity and leave the festival with their own masterpieces are an important part of the Festival experience for youth and their families. We are proud to offer these art activities at no cost.

Also for youth, Paper Play Theatre is a hands-on multi arts experience for children of all ages, involving puppetry, storytelling, costumes and dance inside Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan (3022 Paseo). The studio opens from 12 – 6pm each day of the festival. Stories and activities in the Paper Play Theatre are designed  by artist Lorrie Keller and her colleagues. The PAA invites your child to create a world of fun and magic at the Festival!

While you’re here, pick up this year’s Festival Commemorative T-shirt or a limited edition fine art print, featuring artwork by Paseo artist Gayle L. Curry from In Your Eye Studio and Gallery. Curry is one of Oklahoma’s celebrated fine artists and a passionate advocate for the arts. Her fine art was commissioned in 2011 for display at Samis Education Center in the OU Complex and has been shown at the State Capitol and other galleries throughout the United States. Curry’s design for this year’s event features a colorful, stylized take on the unique architecture of the Paseo Arts District. Below the image, Curry has added a small line of text memorializing Paseo developer, visionary, and pioneer John L. Belt, who played an enormous role in building the Paseo Arts District into what it is today. Although Belt passed away in March of 2013, his vision lives on in the lively district’s vibrant colors and through events like the Paseo Arts Festival. The PAA is proud to honor him in this year’s fine art poster.

After visiting the Festival’s food vendors and visiting artists, we hope you’ll take the time to enjoy the district’s three restaurants and seventeen working galleries, all open during festival hours. Many galleries will host special exhibits and new artists during the Festival. If you don’t get a chance to see them all, you are always welcome to come back for the monthly First Friday Gallery Walk, which takes place on the first Friday of each month,  6:00 to 10:00pm, rain or shine. The Gallery Walk is each gallery’s chance to debut new work for the month and greet a new group of visitors with an opening reception.


Parking can be a challenge at large events like this, but fret not: the Paseo Arts Festival has a complimentary shuttle service! Parking will be available to festival visitors at First Christian Church, located at 36th and Walker. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 9pm and on Monday from 10am to 7pm.

As the Paseo Arts Association’s largest annual fundraiser, the Festival helps to support arts events in the Paseo year-round. The Paseo Arts Association hosts four juried art exhibitions each year, offering visual artists working in all media opportunities to show and sell their work to Paseo audiences. In 2013, The PAA announces its first ever Installation Project, through which artists can apply to transform the entire PAA gallery with a work of art. Proceeds from the Festival also go toward community learning events including artist talks, demos, workshops, and arts education programs geared toward neighborhood partners like Edgemere Elementary and Harding Fine Arts Center. Our goal is to bring the considerable arts knowledge of the Paseo’s artistic community to youth in our neighborhood and beyond. Arts education projects planned for 2013 include a series of parent-child arts learning workshops geared toward elementary aged children, and a display of children’s artwork that will hang throughout the month of May.

Your support of the Paseo Arts Festival helps programs like this to succeed. Not only do visitors have the chance to view and purchase original artwork, enjoy performances by local musicians, and stroll through a unique historic neighborhood, but your participation helps us build a stronger arts community all year long. We hope that you will join us for the 37th Annual Paseo Arts Festival!

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2013.

The festival hours will be Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 8:00pm, with music until 11pm. On Monday, the Festival hours are from from 10am to 6pm. The Paseo Arts District is located between NW 30th and Dewey and N.W. 28th and Walker in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Here’s a breakdown:


The Paseo Arts Festival features more than 80 visual artists from around the country- including many from Oklahoma. Media represented include painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, wood, printmaking, and much more. We are proud to welcome back many of the event’s most popular returning artists as well as some new faces. Click HERE for a full list of this year’s artists!


In keeping with nearly three decades of tradition, the Paseo Arts Association is proud to once again name one of its most well-loved artists as the designer for this year’s Paseo Arts Festival poster. This year’s artist is Gayle Curry.

The design (above) is a stylized interpretation of the buildings in the Paseo Arts District, depicted in a lively color scheme that echoes the vibrancy of the art community itself.

Gayle Curry is a self-taught, innovative artist whose work is an eclectic mix of mediums and expressions of form, color, light and texture. Her paintings are represented in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States. Gayle currently exhibits her art at “In Your Eye Studio and Gallery” in the Historic Paseo Arts District, and she serves as Vice President of the Paseo Arts Association.

Signed, limited edition fine art prints of this year’s Festival poster are available for $50 in the Paseo Arts Association office. Please call 405-525-2688 to learn more!


The Festival’s two music stages will showcase the talent of Oklahoma’s best musicians and entertainers. The North Stage, organized by Acoustic Oklahoma’s Casey Friedman, features some of the region’s most talented and popular singer-songwriters and acoustic music of all kinds. The South Stage is where things get a little louder, with crowd-pleasing bands and musicians who keep things rocking all weekend long!

The full music schedule will be posted on the Paseo’s website soon! Look for perennial favorites, the Tarpley Tappers dance group, on the South Stage at 12:00pm on Saturday.


Restaurants and galleries on the street will be open during festival hours, many with their own special Festival Exhibits. Don’t miss a chance to visit the Paseo artists who make this district an exciting, artful destination all year long!


The “Artists of the Future” area offers artistic activities for youth, at absolutely no cost! Budding artists will explore their creativity and have fun as they make colorful masks, clay sculptures and the always popular spin art!

Also, for the first time, we will have a “coloring contest” for youth!Coloring sheets– based on this year’s Festival Poster–  will be available in the Children’s Area and may be turned in for a chance to win an award and be displayed during the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk!

Paper Play Theatre

Children and their parents are invited to Paper Play Theatre, a hands-on, multi-dimensional experience nestled inside StarDanceSwan’s studio.

Here, Children are the creative force. Their ideas, hearts and hands bring the arts to life. Paper and fanciful found glitz provide children with the stuff of wonder so that they can build puppets who have their own stories to tell. Each child’s drama is performed by their puppets and accompanied by the storytellers and dancers of StarDanceSwan.

Be ready for surprises and unexpected visions from our young at heart!


The Paseo Arts Festival is the largest annual fundraiser for the Paseo Arts Association, a non-profit organization.

Your attendance and purchases of T-shirts, posters, water, and other beverages are direct investments in the Paseo, helping us to coordinate arts programming all year long!


SHUTTLE SERVICEfirst christian church

The Paseo Arts Festival has a free shuttle service! Parking will be available to festival visitors at First Christian Church at 36th and Walker. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 9pm and Monday from 10am to 7pm.



Our incredible sponsors help the Festival to grow each year! We extend sincere thanks to: OKC Party Bus, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Anheuser Busch, BancFirst, Denton Framing, Look@OKC, Oklahoma Gazette, and the City Sentinel.


First Friday Gallery Walk May 2013 photos

There was a little concern about freaky cold weather but it was really nice! Lots of cute kids, great jewelry, fun, cool people. Families… and so much more! Thank you to everyone who attended! If you took photos please share them on our Facebook! We love to see other points of view.


Q&A with the Wedding Sisters of the Old Trinity Chapel in Paseo

With spring less than a month away and the summer wedding season approaching, we asked sisters Amy and Sara McCord, who operate their business Simply Sisters Weddings out of Old Trinity Chapel, what are the most asked questions from future brides. Here’s the most commonly asked questions they get and their answers:

Dear Wedding Sisters,

We have a small budget and limited resources.  My future mother-in-law has insisted on inviting everyone she knows and is not offering to help pay for it.  I don’t want to start off on the wrong foot with her, but we don’t want to go into debt, either.  Help!

Ahh….the Momzilla-in-law.  Don’t underestimate her.  We can testify that she breathes fire and secretly wants to throw herself on the wedding stage and yell to the heavens, “I WILL OUTLAST THIS MARRIAGE!”  Sometimes she even wears a tiny, black cocktail dress and tries to outshine and/or out-cleavage the bride.

But perhaps we are being dramatic.

Here is the response we tell our brides to give ANYONE that is trying to take over and manipulate their wedding: If you want an opinion, you need to write a check along with it.  Period.  The most honest thing you can say is, “I would love to invite more people, but it is not in the budget.”  Give her boundaries, respectfully.  How she responds is her choice, and you have no control over that.  You let her know, sister, that you are in charge of your own wedding and here to stay.


Dear Wedding Sisters,

My friend offered to do the pictures at our wedding.  This will save us money and he does good work.  Good or bad idea?

Depends.  If photography is not your friend’s profession, it could be an issue.  We’ve seen this go very, very wrong before.  It’s always nice to save money, but ask yourself: how important are my wedding pictures to me?  We tell brides all the time that it’s worth the money to pay more for a fabulous, professional photographer.

 If you want to take advantage of your friend’s offer, insist on a contract and clear expectations.  We have a precious bride that waited a year on her wedding pictures from a friend that offered to do them for free.  She was devasted when the images he finally sent were grainy, un-edited and embarrassingly unoriginal.  We have also seen great pictures that were done as a gift that included no drama.  Our final vote is to pay for the pro, though.

And don’t let Grandma make free jello salad for the reception, either.

Dear Wedding Sisters,

Dj or band?  What will create the best party?

Alcohol.  Alcohol will create the best party.

We do think, however, that either a rock band or a DJ will keep the party headed to Fun Town.  In our experience, we’ve found that a DJ is better.  DJ’s usually cost less, have the current dance songs, (you know, the ones that make tipsy girls throw their hands in the air and yell, “THIS IS MY JAM!”) and don’t act like rockstars.  Oh yes, wedding singers sometimes think that they are performing a rock concert and forget why they have been hired.   In fact, Amy unplugged a band once when they wouldn’t shut-up.  Sara once told a band, “load up your crap and GET OUT.”  Both reprimands were deserved, by the way.  In five years, we’ve only had to take over for a DJ once, but it was his first night and he introduced the bride as a “Mr.”

Both a band and a DJ know how to keep the party going and are a worthy investment.  Do the interviews, set clear expectations, have a contract and, most importantly, make sure whoever you hire is not microphone-happy.

Got a question about your upcoming wedding? E-mail Sara and Amy McCord at