Looking for something fun to do in Oklahoma City? Get some fresh air and join the Paseo Arts District’s July First Friday Gallery Walk! You can experience themed exhibits, shops, restaurants, and live entertainment all while keeping yourself and your family safe. This First Friday, the Paseo Arts Association will debut its new Paseo Arts and Creativity Center at 3024 Paseo. Come to the reception and see two new exhibits housed within the PACC: the 6th Annual Print on Paseo exhibit and a showing of photos and video from local Black Lives Matter protests. Both exhibits will be on display in the PACC and online at thepaseo.org from July 3 to Aug 1.
Through its juried Print on Paseo exhibition, the PAA strives to spotlight the depth and diversity of Oklahoma printmakers while offering the public an opportunity to learn about the different methods of printmaking. The works of 29 printmakers were curated by juror Emma Difani, who will present artist awards at 7 p.m.
You can also view powerful images by Ryan Magnani, Michael Steinman and Eric Waltman and video by Kiley Josey taken during the May and June Black Lives Matter protests and vigils. Steinman and Waltman of The House Helps, in collaboration with Black Lives Matter’s Oklahoma City chapter, captured the movement authentically as it was happening. Photos will be for sale with proceeds benefiting Black Lives Matter. More images and resources can be found at thehouseokc.com/blacklivesmatter.
Finally, enjoy a live music performance by Casey & Minna, a local fiddle and guitar duo who perform folk, contemporary pop, oldies and original music, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the red “Flamenco” sculpture at the center of the district. Casey & Minna began their musical journey together as a raucous string band and whittled it down to just the family, often playing unplugged and strolling to meet the needs of venues, audiences and themselves.
For your safety, all guests are asked to wear masks, follow directional signage, practice social distancing, and use the provided hand sanitizer. This month’s walk is Friday, July 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Though most Paseo businesses have reopened in some way, some will not be open for First Friday.
JRB Gallery in the Paseo District
The Paseo Arts District is located between NW 27 and 30 Streets and Walker and Hudson Avenues. On the First Friday of each month, Paseo galleries offer special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and a variety of live entertainment – all within walking distance. For more information, call the Paseo Arts Association at (405) 525-2688 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit thepaseo.org/join for membership information.