Wednesday, December 30, 2009


One of our newest gallery members has been accepted into the Arlene Siegel Gallery in Santa Fe.  Her first showing  will be in April or May.  Congratulations, Gail.  Coincidentally,  the Arlene Siegel Gallery in on Water Street in Santa Fe.

Friday, December 18, 2009


We want to tell the world that Oklahoma has many marvelous and talented artists all over the state.  With our goal of promoting art and artists, we have established the Oklahoma Daily Painters blog,     We are just getting started but please visit the website and watch our progress.  If you are an Oklahoma painter, check out member requirements.

posted by dalsing.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Alan Frakes, Water Street Art Gallery
friend, plein air painter, illustrator, and
art instructor is being celebrated  with
a one-man show at Lloyd's Gallery
in Pawhuska.

 Alan has received much acclaim for his "dumpster" series, all painted in oil on canvas. You will find some of them in the background of these photos. He is seen here with Betty Dalsing of the Water Street Art Gallery.


from the private collection of
Wendy Parker

 Alan and Patty Frakes with their good friend and fellow artist, Kreg Kallenberger.

This exhibit will hang through February.

From Lloyd's Gallery, the exhibit will
go the Swope Gallery in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The Swope Museum exhibit is part of a collaborative effort put together by Wes Janz, Professor of Architecture at Ball State, Muncie, Indiana., event s not yet listed.

Wes and Alan collaborated in the summer of 2008 at the living Arts center in Tulsa.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


We, at the gallery, are having a wonderful holiday season and certainly hope all of you are also.
We still have a a generous array of gifts that range from artist made ornaments and cards to small paintings and other very special small gifts that are reasonably priced for Christmas giving. Shopping at our gallery gives you the opportunity to buy a gift for someone special on your list, a gift that cannot be found anyplace else.

While at the gallery, you will have the opportunity to see the work of the two newest artists to join our group. They are Gail Rogers and Ann Spoon, both oil painters. For this occasion, they and our other gallery artists have painted several small Christmas themed pieces that will become a part of a lucky someones Christmas tradition.

Come visit our gallery to shop, visit, and see what we have planned for the coming year. There will be new classes, workshops, and fun events. We will be open late Thursday, Dec. 17, until 8 p.m. Our regular hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Posted by Dalsing

Friday, December 4, 2009

Party Time

Our Opening Reception "Chocolate and Champagne" was a night to remember. Lots of interested art collectors and friends stopped by. We have many small wonderful works of art for the month of December created just for you by our gallery artists and invited friends. Stop by soon for unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list. From stocking stuffers to show stoppers. We have a wish list, layaway plans, and extremely low prices right now. Maybe a gift certificate would suit your favorite person.

Congratulations to all who won door prizes last night!

You're never too young (or old) to paint!

What a treat to have my multi-talented sis-in-law and nephew Jude visit me at the gallery today! It seems that we have budding artists in the family, and so it was a perfect opportunity to get messy together - even mom got in the action. We learned a little about technique, drawing shapes, animals, experimenting with color, using our imagination and just having FUN! We even painted each other when we saw how much we were getting "in" to the medium. Despite the improvised trashbag artist smock, Jude and I managed to paint our sleeves too.

What do you think of our circus train? Jude made sure we remembered the monkeys...they had to ride on top of the train though.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


This is becoming such a fun event. We began by inviting ten artists (in addition to our co-op arists) to contribute small works of art for this occasion and were amazed by the beautiful things that came in. Our Christmas Celebration party is this Thursday, December 3, starting at 6:30. Friends, family, customers, everyone has been invited....and, so are you. Come and have a glass of champagne with us and nibble on marvelous, tasty, scrumptious chocolate creations.
You will find special gifts for those special people on your list. We have gift items starting at $4.
There are hand made ornaments.....each a piece of art, cards, christmas jewelry, dichroic glass pieces, pottery, small paintings, and many other items. We hope you will be here....we are saving some chocolate for you.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Fresh New Look

Don't worry, you haven't come to the wrong site! We've just decided to give Water Street Art Gallery's Website and Blog a face lift and freshen things up a bit. The "painted" heading reflects our artistic flare and warm color scheme the inviting nature of our gallery and artists.

The website is designed to be easier to navigate with straight forward information about our artists, events and classes.

We hope you'll take the opportunity to peruse its pages and visit our blog and website often!

Silk Degrees Trunk Show

Don't miss your chance to meet Jan Thomas and Nancy Cowden of Silk Degrees and purchase one-of-a-kind handmade dichroic glass jewelry at the Trunk Show at Water Street Art Gallery. The show is one day only, Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at 16 S. Water Street, Sapulpa, Oklahoma. A map to the gallery is on the Contact Page on our website:

Jan and Nancy were thrilled to be chosen to create this year's Philbrook Museum Festival of Trees Commemorative Pins.

More Painting Tips from the Gallery Girls

No matter the subject, from landscape to still life to portraiture, the very best way to grow is to paint from life. And it's been said that the foundation of a good painting is a strong composition. When painting from life, carefully plan your composition using a small viewfinder. These are readily available at art supply stores like Hobby Lobby for about $10 (well worth the cost) and are powerful tools for working out a strong composition. They have a sliding section with various painting sizes marked on the side (8 x 10, 9 x 12, etc.) so that you can work out the comp based on the size of your canvas. And, some are a mid-grey color with a small hole in the side so that you can look through it and judge the dark and light values of your scene.

As you look through the viewfinder, move around, squinting along the way so that you simplify the shapes into dark and light objects with a pleasing comp. Decide on a dominant focal point and position that off-center both vertically and horizontally (rule of thirds). Make sure that you don't divide your painting surface directly in half with your horizon line, table surface, etc. It will make for a more interesting composition when segments aren't equally sized. Choose to omit details that detract from or are unnecessary to tell the story of the scene. That's called "creative license".

When planning the view you'd like to paint, learn how to see with your eyes, not your mind. Ask yourself "Do these shapes work together? Is there enough variety in darks and lights to add drama to the painting?" Abstraction simplifies shapes into masses varying in color and value and adds cohesiveness to the scene.

Careful planning before you start your painting will enhance your success and satisfaction.

Posted by Celeste Vaught

Julie Miller to be Featured at the Oklahoma State Capitol

The artists of Water Street are thrilled to know that one of their own, Julie Miller will be featured in the Governor's Gallery at the Oklahoma State Capitol from February 8 - April 4, 2010.

The Oklahoma Arts Council maintains three galleries inside the Oklahoma State Capitol. The East and North Galleries are located on the first floor and are accessible seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Governor's Gallery is located on the second floor of the Capitol and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information please visit the Oklahoma Arts Council's website:

Congratulations Julie!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Our lesson in painting class this week was about brushstrokes. Following is a favorite quote: "Strokes carry a message whether you will it or not. The stroke is just like the artist at the time he makes it. All the certainties, all the uncertainties, all the bigness of his spirit and all the littlenesses are in it." Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

And from Celeste Vaught's workshop, always ask yourself, "Do I need this brushstroke to tell the story?"

Friday, November 6, 2009

WSAG Gallery Artists at the Gilcrease

Thursday, November 5th was a very special day for 180 nationally known fine artists. Gilcrease Museum hosted their "American Art in Miniature Show 2009" Reception and Silent Auction last night. Included among the group were three of Water Street's artists: Gail Booth, Gail Rogers and Celeste Vaught. Gail Booth enjoyed the privilege of having her rich, dramatic painting "Pitcher with an Attitude" included in the printed invitation!

Hundreds of entries from around the country were submitted and whittled down to just under 200 works of art included. Dr. Duane King remarked "to make the cut the first year is quite an accomplishment".

The day began with a tour of the museum's current exhibits and of course a "sneak peak" at the show. Included in the afternoon's roster was an art lecture by Tulsa's Mary Russell, an accomplished artist and passionate instructor. Russell discussed with a PowerPoint presentation her painting process and how she sets up and develops her still life paintings. All present carried away practical tips to improve our own works of art.

The evening reception was grand. Hundreds attended and enjoyed the festive atmosphere with the musicians, fine food and drink, and of course the gorgeous art work!

Recognized were all the men and women who worked tirelessly to make the event a rousing success and ensure the continued support of a world class museum right here in our own community.

And what about Water Street's artists in the show? Happily all three of their paintings had red dots at the end of the evening and now enjoy new homes by happy collectors!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Applying oil paint thickly and liberally so that it stands out from the painting surface and maintains the mark of the brush is called impasto. The paint can be applied with a brush or palette knife. The paint should have a buttery consistency and is usually used without medium. If using a brush, the bristle brush will work best because it holds more paint much as the palette knife will. Applying paint in this manner makes it more light reflective and makes a pleasing, tactile surface.

The impasto method is often used by plein air painters. It allows you to cover the canvas more quickly and allows the painter to easily produce an impressionistic, more"painterly" painting.
Knife painting is a versatile and expressive way to create a richly textured surface.

At first, painting with a knife is a bit trickier than painting with a brush but with a little practice you will get the hang of it.

.....and then, "HEIDI WENT TO TAOS"

Water Street Art Gallery artist, Heidi de Contrereas, has just returned from a highly successful trip to Taos. She and Ana Stukenborg visited there at the invitation of Brian Lipperd. Brian previously had a studio in Sapulpa and gave portrait demonstrations at our gallery. He has since moved to Taos and established the Lipperd School of Art. Ana will be returning to Taos in January to begin a six month internship with Brian. This is a remarkable opportunity for her.

Heidi, while in Taos, visited a few galleries and was immediately snapped up by the Firenze gallery. They kept one of her paintings and commissioned more work from her. Heidi will be returning to Taos at intervals to deliver new work. We are so happy for her. Congratulations, Heidi!!

We will continue to blog about her success and progress.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, has chosen Evelyn Petroski to paint a miniature portrait of former President George W. Bush. This portrait is one of a series of portraits of U.S. presidents to be displayed at Woolaroc. Each miniature is 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 and framed in a gold oval frame. The Bush portrait has been completed and delivered to Woolaroc where it is being framed and prepared for display.
Evelyn is again being honored having been chosen to paint the portrait in miniature of President Barack Obama.
Congratulations, Evelyn.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Water Street Art Gallery artist, Gail Booth, demonstrated her painting techniques and shared her philosophy of painting with a group of artists and fans on Thursday evening, October 29.

She talked about how she used her very large brushes and showed her palette layout and paint preferences to us.

It was a delightful presentation. Gail is an amazing artist and also funny and sweet and we love her.

Gail begins her landscape demonstration with a block in placing colors strategically to support the composition. Here Gail is using all transparent colors including Holbein's Transparent Orange, Alizarin Crimson and Thalo Violet to do her block in. First she uses a knife to transfer pure pigment to the canvas, then with very large filbert dipped into turps she spreads the wash on her canvas. Finally, Gail takes a cloth and wipes all over the surface to cover the entire canvas. She stresses that using tranparent colors allows the light to transfer through the layers of color and reflect back off the white of the canvas.

Gail used this glorious transparent orange to highlight and shine through the trees.

She adds definition to the composition, adding and adjusting values.

Gail turns to answer a question and we see the painting is nearing completion.

We were running a bit late so Gail ended her demo at this point in the painting. She will finish it in her studio and once completed, it will hang in our gallery for all of us to see. We will also post it on this blogsite.



Thursday, October 29, 2009

UNDERSTANDING TONAL VALUES, a painting tip from the gallery

When you first begin painting it may seem to you that your pictures appear to be flat and lifeless. Most likely, the reason for this is that your value contrasts are not strong enough. It takes courage to make your shadows as dark as they really appear and keep light areas bright enough. But once you become familiar with a concept that might require you to paint something you know to be white as very dark, you will be astounded at the improvement it makes to your finished work, your painting will "sing" with light.

posted by Dalsing

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Water Street Art Gallery artist Gail Booth will be demonstrating her technique for landscape painting. Gail does beautiful work using large brushes and juicy paint leaving distinct brush strokes.

Come enjoy this rare demonstration (Gail doesn't do this very often). Reservations not necessary.

Thursday, October 29
6:30 p.m.
16 South Water Street

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October/November Featured Artist: Celeste Vaught

Water Street Art Gallery artist Celeste Vaught displays her "Downtown Dawning" series October 8 - November 15, 2009 at the gallery. Vaught has always loved Tulsa's rich architectural heritage. The urban renewal efforts spurred her on to honor such structures through a series of paintings. "You make Tulsa look like it could be Paris" or "it's nice to see an artist honor the city we live" were remarks made during the recent "Art in the Square" show at Utica Square.

Also included are her mood-driven abstracts.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oil Painters of America Hold Annual Paint Out at Pretty Water Lake, Sapulpa, Ok.

Sapulpa was chosen as one of the sites for the annual OPA paint out. This event was for artists who like to paint outside (en plein air) and several assembled at Pretty Water Lake on Saturday, September 26.

The weather completely cooperated with a temperature in the high seventies and a gentle breeze.

In the photo above, Anne Spoon, event hostess, assists Ida Mae Sells as she checks in before painting. Gift bags were given to each artist, courtesy of Sapulpa Arts.

Darlene Garmaker and Joan Matzdorf ,below,
chose to paint the waterfall.

Visitors stopped by to watch the artists paint and stayed to enjoy the lake.
Fisherman mostly ignored us but at least one was painted into a scene as he angled from the boat dock.

Recent rains had raised the level of the lake and increased the flow of water over the waterfall making it even more attractive to paint.

At left is OPA artist, Anne Spoon.

OPA members Ruth Harris and Alan Frakes are shown in the last two photos, painting with benefit of umbrellas.

Artists from Sapulpa, Tulsa, Edmond, Okmulgee, Henryetta, Picola, and Fort Smith came to participate, paint, and enjoy the day.

After painting, the artists were invited to Water Street Art Gallery in Sapulpa, for refreshments and an opportunity to visit.
We want to thank all the artists who came to paint and we are looking forward to a repeat event next year.
Posted by Betty Dalsing

Monday, September 21, 2009


We had a wonderful painting experience with John Poon. This was our second workshop with him and both were exceptional. We painted around Santa Fe, in the small town of Cerrillos, and in Lamy.

We went out 3 days early in order to have extra time for painting and found a great spot north of Santa Fe near Pilar. The Rio grande makes a turn there and we painted at the bend of the river. We also painted in the new Cerrillos State Park. We were graced with good weather and good friends with whom to paint.

This photo is of John Poon on a mountain near Santa Fe on our first workshop day. Fresh air. great scenery, good painting. Hope you are reading this, John. Hello from Betty and Ruth!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Authors and Art

The gallery has scheduled our second Authors and Art evening for September 18. We had the first one last spring and it was a very enjoyable evening. It was so entertaining to hear each author talk about their experiences and the journey they took to enable them to write their books. We laughed, cried a little, and thoroughly enjoyed each story. Our own gallery artist, Celeste Vaught, was one of the authors taking part in the first booksigning.

Six authors will make up the panel for our September 18 event. They are: Bob Avey, Peggy Fielding, Jackie King, Romney Nesbitt, Marilyn Pappano, and Gloria Teague.

You should come join us for coffee and cookies and great stories.

posted by Betty Dalsing

Santa Fe Workshop

Gallery artists, Ruth Harris and Betty Dalsing, are leaving for a plein air workshop with noted impressionist artist, John Poon. They are leaving a few days early in order to have some time to paint in the Santa Fe area before the workshop begins on August 31.

As everyone knows, there are many scenic choices such as the ski basin or in the little town of Chico not far away. There are countless plein air painting opportunities right in the heart of Santa Fe as well.

>We will also visit our favorite art supply store in Santa Fe, the Artisan. We browse through the easels and paint and buy a little of this and a little of that. If we are lucky there will be someone working there who will suggest a great painting location for us to try.

So, off we go. We will have photos to show and stories to tell when we return.
posted by Betty Dalsing

Saturday, August 22, 2009

OPA Paint Out at Pretty Water Lake

Oil Painters of America has chosen Sapulpa's Pretty Water Lake as the site for one of its national plein air events. This is a wonderful opportunity for plein air painters from all over Oklahoma to paint together at this beautiful location. The lake has a water fall and small bridge as well as long lake views and pretty trees.

Artists wishing to participate should arrive at 9 a.m. with a brown bag lunch. The event will end at 4 p.m. followed by a reception at Water Street Art Gallery in Sapulpa.

The hostess for this painting event is Oklahoma artist, Anne Spoon. If you have questions, she can be reached at 918 756 7516 or You may also call Water Street Art Gallery at 918 227 2009 or

Posted by Betty Dalsing.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Plein Air Painting Competition, Show, and Sale

We are planning an outdoor painting event for October 17, 2009, sponsored by our gallery. We will be setting up our easels and painting on the sidewalks of Sapulpa. The brochure and entry form will soon be available on our website.

When we opened the Water Street Art Gallery, we knew we wanted to have a gallery dedicated to fine art but also one that promoted and fostered art and artists in the community. We feel this event supports that effort.

There are many plein air artists who get together to paint and we wanted to
set up an organized event that recognizes and rewards these fine artists who are so passionate about their work. This competition will be judged and prizes awarded.

Sapulpa is a great location for this event. Route 66 is Sapulpa's main street and Route 66 tourists find it an interesting and historical stop over. The still active and functioning downtown has the original buildings built in the mid-20's when what was once a Creek Indian village was transformed by the railroads and oil boom into a bustling city of 20,000.

This area's first permanent settler was a full blood lower Creek indian of the Kashita tribe of Alabama. Around 185o, he established a trading post about one mile southeast of present day Sapulpa. From that trading post came the birth of Sapulpa.

If you are not a painter, we hope you will be interested in watching the artists as they capture the local scenery. Plan to be in Sapulpa on October 17, visit the local businesses and be at the Water Street Art Gallery between 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. for a reception and sale of the day's painting efforts. You might be able to purchase the first place award winning painting.

If you are a plein air painter, watch for the brochure and entry form on this website. It should be published within the next two weeks.

Posted by Betty Dalsing

Art in the Square, October 3, 2009

At least four artists from the Water Street Art Gallery will be participating in "Art in the Square" on October 3, 2009. Celeste Vaught, Ruth Harris, Julie Miller, and Betty Dalsing will set up their individual art booths in Utica Square, Tulsa, on that Saturday and display their artwork for sale. Site maps are available so you can locate the artists whose booths you want to visit.

This annual event is attended by hundreds and hundreds of art lovers who look forward to this event to see and purchase original art from local artists.

Come out and see our work and enjoy a beautiful day.

We will have photos to post after the event.

Posted by Betty Dalsing

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Julie Miller will be the featured speaker at the artists' meeting for Alpha Rho Tau on Monday evening, August 17, 2009. Her talk, entitled "My Journey to Impressionism," will begin at 6:30 in the meeting room of Hardesty Library at 93rd and Memorial. Julie will present a slide show and entertain you with stories of her journey "so far".

Friday, August 7, 2009

Open House - August 21, 2009

Open House

New works by Gallery Artists
Meet Artist Instructors. Learn about Classes and Upcoming Events.

Friday, August 21, 2009
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

16 S. Water Street
Sapulpa, OK


Download Invitation

Monday, July 6, 2009

Art and Technology, making them work for you

On Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the month of August, Sheri Ishmael-Waldrop will be teaching a class on photographing your artwork and converting to a digital format suitable to post, email or submitt to galleries. Take one class or come as many as you would like, cost is $25.00 per session. Water Street Art Gallery is located at 16 Water Street, Sapulpa, OK 74066, just south of Rt. 66 in Downtown Sapulpa. Please RSVP at 918-227-2009. For more information see attached flier or email Sheri at

Tidal School Winery Featured Artist

If you are in the Drumright area and are in the wine tasting mood, stop by Tidal School Winery and see Sheri Ishmael-Waldrop's photography through the end of July. Sara Allison-Mattox and Sheri are featured in the banquet hall area.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Water Street Art Gallery - 6 x 6 Art Show & Sale - Opening Night

Just wanted to let folks know about a cool opportunity to see and purchase original art at an amazing price starting tonight! Water Street Art Gallery in Sapulpa, Oklahoma is hosting their first "6x6 Art Show" tonight, June 4 from 6-9 p.m. It will continue through June 20. Choose from nearly 100 little 6x6" original paintings by some of Oklahoma's finest artists at $66 each! 25% of the proceeds will benefit the Sapulpa Community Food Bank.

Here's a sampling of some of what you'll see. Trust me, these will go fast! If you can't make it tonight, stop by Saturday during Sapulpa's annual Route 66 BlowOut...there will be lots of fun all around.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Water Street Art Gallery Classes Calendar

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Portraiture with Brian Lipperd"

Water Street Art Gallery will host demonstrations of portrait painting by internationally known, Oklahoma artist, Brian Lipperd featuring live models. A tour of Brian's working studio in downtown Sapulpa, Oklahoma will follow the demonstration. Download details.

Three sessions to choose from: Saturday, May 2, 9 & 16, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$20 each session - class size is limited so call 918.227.2009 today to reserve your spot!

Water Street Art Gallery Opening Celebration - Montage

The artists of Water Street Art Gallery would like to extend a hearty "thank you" to all those who made our opening night celebration a joyful, festive occasion!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Carolina Elizabeth - Blog

Water Street Art Gallery artists wish to thank Carolina Elizabeth for including a post & link to our new gallery on her blog:

Water Street Art Gallery - Tulsa World

Word is getting out that our gallery is now open. Thanks to everyone for helping us spread the news.

The Water Street Art Gallery artists would like to thank James Watts, Arts Writer, for including the mention of our opening in this weeks' Spot from the Tulsa World. You can see it here.

Water Street Art Gallery Opening Celebration

We are so excited to announce our Opening Celebration at Water Street! Our day will begin with a Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at the gallery at noon on Friday, April 24, 2009. Then we'll welcome as many guests as can come to help us celebrate from 4:00-8:00 p.m. that evening.

Please feel free to download your invitation here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Water Street Art Gallery Classroom Available

Available for a small hourly fee, Water Street Art Gallery welcomes area artists to reserve our classroom for arts education classes. For details and reservations, please email

Water Street Art Gallery Open For Business

How excited we are to announce that as of today, Water Street Art Gallery is officially open for business! Lots of work has gone into getting the gallery and classroom ready and how proud we are of the results of everyone's hard work.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with open studio on Thursday evenings.

Be sure to check back regularly for events that will happen throughout the year.

Why not come by sometime soon to see the newest fine art gallery in Northeast Oklahoma: Water Street Art Gallery in downtown Sapulpa!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Water Street Gallery - Six by Six on Route 66 Art Show

Water Street Gallery proudly announces its first annual Six by Six on Route 66 Blow Out Art Show. The exhibit will hang June 4th through June 20th, 2009. This event is timed to coincide with the one day Sapulpa's Route 66 Blowout Art Show on June 6, 2009. Combined with the Route 66 car show, this event brings thousands of people to Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

A reception will be held Thursday, June 4, 2009 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Gallery located at 16 South Water Street, Sapulpa, Oklahoma 918-227-2009. (Map)

Each six by six will sell for $66. One half of the proceeds will be paid to the artist, one fourth to the gallery for overhead, and one fourth to charity.

Artists may pick up one free canvas at Water Street Gallery beginning April 1, 2009. You may also use your own 6 x 6 x 1.5" deep canvas.

Finished canvases should be returned by May 27, 2009. Your work must be signed, have wire hangers and contact information affixed to the back.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

For more details visit our website.

Questions should be directed to: or call 918.227.2009.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tulsa Artists to Open Studios for Art Tour

Tulsa - The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's upcoming Tulsa Art Studio Tour will open the studio doors of 11 Tulsa artists in 9 studios. Visitors can get a glimpse into the creative process and see art in action April 4th-5th from noon until 5 p.m. each day.

For art lovers, such access to the inner workings of artists is a rare opportunity to see the other side of the canvas. Visitors will have the chance to talk with artists, view and buy artwork, and see art being made. The tour is self-guided and presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

The artists range from photographers and painters to ceramicists and metalsmiths, representing a variety of stages in their art careers. Tour artists include:

  • Kevin Byrne, ceramics, 2316 E. 13th St.
  • Glenn Herbert Davis, photography and installation, 2837 W. 21st
  • Chris Owens, painting & mixed media, 3613 S. Louisville
  • Mary Russell & Lynn Clark, painting, 2236 E. 6th St.
  • Cindy Swanson, mosaics, 4224 S. Norfolk Ave.
  • Kristal Tomshany, painting & mixed media, 1846 E. 17th St.
  • Steadman and Peggy Upham, painting, emtalsmith, 28th & Lewis (Saturday Only)
  • David Varmecky, photography, 1104 S. Victor Ave.
  • Craig Wood, ceramics, 2733 E. 34th St.

Committee Co-Chairs: Cathy Deuschle and Joey Frisillo

A kick-off celebration and exhibit will be held at the Frame Maker Art Gallery, on Friday, March 27th from 5-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and guests will have a chance to see examples of artwork from artists on the tour, meet the artists, and purchase tour tickets. This exhibit runs from March 17 - April 11, 2009.

Tickets to the tour include a map and are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 405-232-6991, or at any of the Tour studios the days of the Tour. For more information about the Tulsa Art Studio Tour, visit

About OVAC

  • More than 3,000 artists participate in OVAC programs yearly
  • OVAC has served a vital role in promoting Oklahoma art and supporting Oklahoma artists since 1988, providing training, networking and grant fundign for artists
  • Other OVAC events include an annual Momentum in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the annual OVAC fundraiser 12 x 12 Art Show & Sale and rotating exhibitions Art 365, VisionMakers, and Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Biennial
  • Professional workshops for artists make up OVAC's Artist Survival Kit (ASK) series
  • OVAC features Oklahoma arts in its bimonthly magazine Art Focus Oklahoma
  • OVAC's Virtual Gallery at is a searchable website featuring more than 300 artist's works
  • OVAC is an Allied Arts Member Agency

More information: Kelsey Karper,, 405-232-6991,

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ruth Harris - First Place

Ruth Harris received a first place ribbon for her entry "Grazing Under the Oklahoma Sky" in the Wild Open Spaces category of the Oklahoma Artists' Guild National Juried Show, 2009. The reception and award ceremony was held March 5, 2009, in Oklahoma City.

Carol Mulcare Wins Award

Carol Mulcare won first place in oil, professional category, in the Ponca City Art association membership show. The show was juried by Karen York, curator for the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa. The reception and award ceremony was held February 8, 2009.

Julie Miller & Sheri Ishmael-Waldrop - OVAC Focus Magazine

Julie Miller was profiled in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition January edition of Focus magazine. The article was researched and written by another Water Street Gallery artist, Sheri Ishmael-Waldrop, and tells of Julie's journey to impressionism. It can be read in full on-line here.

Dalsing & Harris at Mayfest

Water Street Gallery artists Betty Dalsing and Ruth Harris have been invited to participate in the 2009 Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Gallery exhibit. The exhibit will hang from May 14 through May 17, 2009 at 3rd and Boston, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Fresh Daffodils"

For all my friends at Water Street as a thank you to everyone's hard work, here's a cheerful bouquet - a sure sign that Spring's just around the corner! This is a little 10 x 8" acrylic on canvas painted from life - those bright yellow blossoms were irresistible.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Painting Our World" Classes - Julie Miller

Session 2 Class "Painting Our World" taught by Julie Miller will be held Wednesdays, April 1 - April 22, 2009, 10 a.m.- Noon at Water Street Gallery, 16 S. Water Street, Sapulpa, OK. For more information call Julie Miller, 918.248.4768.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Creating Art Through Recycling" Classes - Kathleen Curran

Kathleen Curran will be teaching an "Arteries" Session 1 "Creating Art Through Recycling", Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - Noon, March 4 - March 25, 2009 at Water Street Art Gallery, 16 S. Water Street, Sapulpa, OK. For more information call Kathleen at 918.227.7218

Water Street Gallery - Opens

Mid-March, 2009 marks the opening of Northeast Oklahoma's newest fine art gallery located just off Route 66 in the heart Sapulpa's Art District at 16 S. Water Street. Water Street Art Gallery will feature original fine art by several Oklahoma artists. Original fine art paintings, ceramics and jewelry will be on display for purchase. Throughout the year opening night events are planned.

A special feature of the gallery will be art instruction classes on a variety of topics. Be sure to check back regularly for class schedules.

Please feel free to email for more information about the gallery, upcoming events or class schedules. Check our website at: