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.
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!
PASEO ARTS FESTIVAL 2013
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!
THE FESTIVAL POSTER
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.
PASEO ARTS DISTRICT GALLERIES
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!
CHILDREN’S ART ACTIVITIES
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!
PASEO ARTS ASSOCIATION (PAA)
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!
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.