SPOTLIGHT ON PUBLIC ART
JASON PAWLEY + SEAN VALI | WE MAKE OUR OWN MOUNTAINS
This month’s Spotlight on Public Art features We Make Our Own Mountains by local artists Jason Pawley and Sean Vali. The mural is located within the Underground in the Invited Artist Gallery. Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership funded the project in October 2016 and it was completed in just one weekend.
You don’t have to go far to find more of their art -- both artists have extensive work throughout Oklahoma City. Pawley is an Oklahoma City-based artist, graphic designer, screen printer, and muralist who has been practicing these skills since 2000. His passion for art has given him opportunities to showcase his work all over the Oklahoma. Vali is also an Oklahoma City-based artist whose work is regularly featured in exhibitions locally and beyond. Often working outside of traditional art venues, Vali’s artwork can be seen in murals across the city, notably within the Plaza District and at the Plaza Walls Mural Expo.
When talking about the mural, Jason Pawley said, "We build our own mountains is about the duality of having mountains to overcome in life and being able to create and control those mountains." This large-scale, colorful piece on each side of the hallway is worth a stroll on your way to work or just for fun!
Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to check out our video about The Underground.
DEEP DEUCE DIRECTOR'S CUT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH | 8:00PM - 11:00PM DEEP DEUCE | 320 NE 2ND STREET
Join us this Friday for Deep Deuce Director’s Cut! This year’s event will celebrate one of the most epic tales of true love and miracles with a showing of the 1987 film, The Princess Bride (PG)! Guests are invited to lace up their boots, draw their swords, and come dressed as their favorite character for the outdoor movie screening.
There will be a photo booth, movie snacks, and drinks for all to enjoy. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for the movie, which begins at 8:30pm This event is free and open to all ages. Learn more and RSVP here.
MIDTOWN BLOCK PARTY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH | 5:00PM - 9:00PM
MIDTOWN | 10TH & HUDSON AVENUE
The second annual Midtown Block Party is happening THIS Sunday- an end of summer bash for everyone in OKC! Head to the NW corner of 10th & Hudson this Sunday, September 8th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be inflatables, kid's games, fun giveaways, food trucks and more! Family-friendly live music by Jose Hernandez, Will Gaines Music, Cavern Company, Jabee, and DJ Jynxx. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and invite your friends! Hosted by Frontline Church.
URBAN NEIGHBORS SEPTEMBER SOCIAL THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
5:30PM - 7:00PM
GOLDEN HOUR BAR & LOUNGE
814 W SHERIDAN AVENUE
The downtown Oklahoma City neighborhood association, Urban Neighbors, is hosting their September social at Golden Hour in Film Row. Check out the newly opened space and hear updates from speaker Brian Byrnes, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the OKC Thunder!
THE BISHOP'S LECTURE SERIES
SEPTEMBER 13TH - SEPTEMBER 14TH ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL | 127 NW 7TH STREET
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma invites you to the 6th Annual Bishop’s Lecture Series. This year the Series features the Rev. Becca Stevens. Becca is an author, speaker, social justice entrepreneur, and priest. She is the founder and president of Thistle Farms, a movement dedicated to supporting women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Becca will be accompanied by graduates of the Thistle Farm program who will share their stories and experiences.
LOCAL TAP OKC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH
2:00PM - 2:00AM THE JONES ASSEMBLY
901 W SHERIDAN AVENUE
The Jones Assembly & Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma present the inaugural Local Tap with 8 bands and 8 breweries! Come party on the patio at The Jones Assembly next Saturday. Local Tap will feature limited release small batch beer brewed exclusively for the event.This event is 21 and up only.