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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Paseo, packed and prolific

Susan took this photo of what I'd call "art art" a Paseo Friday.
We went to Paseo's First Friday last week to visit two galleries really, not wanting to spend a lot of time, but always drawn to the excitement and inspiration of that unique neighborhood. It was packed with people,  and cars. www.thepaseo.com/galleries.html
Sheridan Conrad
First was the relocation open house of our friend Sheridan Conrad's A Jeweler's Arthttp://www.ajewelersart.com/ the only jewelery and metalsmith gallery in Oklahoma. She's expanded her gallery where she also teaches classes and it now includes individually dyed silk clothes, plus jewelery from several state artists.   She's been in business in Paseo for a little more than four years and is one of its true success stories.
Then we had to go to JRB at the Elms to see the latest exhibits, especially  of Rosemary Burke's fascinating and beautiful. nib fashion drawings.And owner Joy Reed Belt always serves free champagne too, which I suspect helps add to the spirit of the evening, and the sales. One exhibit I didn't get the name of featured women's hats, and it was almost a feeding frenzy of sales. I saw so many people carrying hat boxes.
Paseo makes you want to do art. It's alive with ideas and and creativity.  Go soon.

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