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Art All Around

The first weekend in May holds festive celebrations of creativity, whether you’re headed to Edmond or Norman … or both.


There’s something about this time of year, possibly the longer days and warmer weather, that gets Oklahomans feeling a little … creative. That’s one explanation, anyway, for the fact that Norman and Edmond are both home to massive art events on the same weekend – try to make room in your schedule for the Fine Arts Institute’s 5×5, Downtown Edmond Arts Festival, May Fair or all three May 4-7.

The weekend starts early on Thursday evening at the FAI, 27 E Edwards: when the doors open at 5 p.m., the varied collection of 5-inch-square paintings from dozens of local artists will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in exchange for a donation of $55 to the Institute’s educational programming.

You don’t need directions for the next event – just head toward downtown Edmond May 5-7 and look for the massive crowd filling the streets and enjoying more than 100 artists’ works in disparate media, food provided by more than 20 vendors and live music from choirs, bands and individuals such as Olivia Kay, Edgar Cruz and the Truck Stop Gamblers. It’s a huge blast.

Down south, the action of May Fair takes place May 6-7 in Andrews Park, 201 W Daws just north of downtown. The Assistance League’s juried art showcase that rewards exceptional artists is now in its 44th year, which is a recommendation in itself, and offers ancillary enticements such as live music, free children’s art projects, plenty of food trucks and even a signature 5k on Saturday morning.

Experiencing the trio will take some doing, but the rewards in aesthetics and entertainment speak for themselves – get out and enjoy!

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