Authentic art at August’s First Friday Gallery Walk on August 5 | arts and entertainment

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On the first Friday night of every month, the Paseo Galleries feature special themed exhibits, guest artists, and a variety of live entertainment – all within walking distance. Ten restaurants and several shops complete the unmistakable atmosphere of the Paseo. The first Friday of this month is August 5, 6-9 p.m

The Paseo Arts and Creativity Center (PACC – 3024 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103) is pleased to present three exhibits in August.

Rae Stone will be in Gallery I, Tour de Quartz in Gallery II and the State Fair Student Show in Gallery III.

An opening reception will be held on August 5 from 6pm to 9pm. All shows run through August 27th.

Highlights of Gallery I Rae stone‘s mixed media work. Stone is an Oklahoma City-based painter and educator who received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. She has worked as an art educator in south Oklahoma City for five years.

Her show explores unconventional color schemes through a combination of organic, fluid shapes and clean lines. The paintings will push the boundaries of traditional abstract expressionism by deliberately inserting sharp forms into fluid, expressive backgrounds.

Each piece combines warm and cool neutrals with bold, seemingly clashing colors to create areas of high contrast. Colors and shapes will blur the boundaries of background, midground and foreground by overlaying organic shapes, bold colors and lines, creating layers the viewer cannot tell where they end and begin.

The pieces don’t follow a narrative, each one is instead a study in color and form, allowing one to explore each piece without preconceived notions as to what it is about.

Gallery II in the month of August features tour de quartz showing the artworks of students of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI).

This year, OSAI will showcase a variety of work by photography, drawing, and painting students. During their time at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, students are immersed in one of eight artistic disciplines taught by nationally renowned artists.

OSAI is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary art experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for art.

And Gallery III displays those Oklahoma State Fair Student Show.

The Paseo Arts District is located between NW 27 & 30 Streets and Walker & Hudson. The Oklahoma City Watch is a proud supporter of the artists, restaurants and all institutions in the district. For more information, call the Paseo Arts Association at (405) 525-2688 or email

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