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Midsummer Nights
August 21 & 22, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Lions Park - Corner of Flood & Symmes


About Midsummer Nights
The 38th Annual Midsummer Nights art festival will take place on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. The event will be held in Lions Park, at Flood Avenue and Symmes, adjacent to the Firehouse Art Center.

Midsummer Nights is one of the largest art festivals in Norman, taking place in the evening, with a one of a kind atmosphere. The event is the Firehouse’s opportunity to highlight regional artists, share its mission to provide quality art experiences, and demonstrate its passion for the visual arts to the community. This juried arts festival features 30 unique, high-quality artist booths offering pottery, jewelry, glass, sculpture, woodworking and more. Midsummer Nights is a great opportunity to speak with artists and purchase original works of art priced for every budget, from student to collector.

For additional information, please call the Firehouse Art Center at 329-4523.


Children's Activities
This year’s Midsummer Nights art festival features a variety of exciting art opportunities for children, including the “Children’s Art Wall,” the innovative “Foil Sculpting” project, frottage drawings, and figure drawing.

The community’s beloved children’s art activity, the “Children’s Art Wall,” will be provided for young painters, along with local artists and instructors available to assist the children with their creative compositions. Participants of foil sculpting will be encouraged to construct a multitude of creations, each from a single sheet of foil, which can be added to the FAC’s environmental platform showcasing a community of imaginative foil sculptures. Frottage drawings are created by rubbing a drawing tool over a textured surface; the drawings can be left as is or used as the basis for further art making. Both children and adults are invited to participate in the figure drawing activity. Located under the central tent, this activity gives visitors the opportunity to create graphite portraits of a professional model. Artist Richard McKown and FAC faculty will also be on hand for this activity, sketching the model and encouraging parents and children to create and display their masterpieces.

The Central Tent
The large central tent will host demonstrations by FAC faculty members, providing attendees with the opportunity to interact with these artists oneon- one and ask questions about their artwork and classes. The central tent will also be home to the free, family-friendly art activities, including foil sculpting, painting “creative cubes,” and portrait drawing from a live model.

Throughout Midsummer Nights, Firehouse instructors will be found in the Central Tent demonstrating skills that are taught in classes offered during the year at the FAC. Jewelry teacher, Elyse Bogart, will be crafting silver jewelry pieces both nights alongside a few of her longtime students. Ceramics faculty members Joe Cox and Florene Welcher will demonstrate wheel throwing techniques. Artist Craig Swan will be working on a sculpture while Adrienne Day demonstrates printmaking techniques.


Live Music 2015
Live music at Midsummer Nights is coordinated by music partner Wess McMichael. With two stages, the event will include performances provided by McMichael Music Rock Clinic Bands and a full lineup of local bands, which are booked to perform on the large stage as follows:

Friday Evening Saturday Evening
6:00 pm     Sweet Brenda 6:00 pm     Headbutt
7:00 pm     Aron Holt & Alan Orebaugh of Mama Sweet 7:00 pm     Nowhere Band
8:00 pm     Mike Hosty 8:00 pm     Annie Oakley
9:00 pm     North Meets South 9:00 pm     Kierston White & the Dirty Dishes
10:00 pm   The Oh Johnny! Girls 10:00 pm   Bungalouski

A special thanks to Wess McMichael for his partnership with the Firehouse Art Center and support of the arts in the Norman community.



2015 Judges
The judges selected for this event are Douglas Blake and Jeremy Fineman. Judging will take place early Friday evening and the awards will be handed out later that night.

Douglas Blake, Professor of Visual Arts at Oklahoma City Community College since 2005, is a long-time collegiate art educator and professional artist in Texas and Oklahoma. He currently teaches drawing, foundations and painting. Blake received his MFA in Painting from the University of Oklahoma and has exhibited nationwide.

After receiving his BFA in Photography from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, Jeremy Fineman earned his MFA (Ceramics) at East Carolina University in North Carolina. Fineman joined the faculty of Oklahoma City Community College in January 2015 teaching ceramics, mosaics and drawing. His professional work focuses on functional but funky dinnerware.


2015 Award-winners

Best in Show 
Jim Watkins, Pencil Art

3-Dimensional Work
1st Place: Tara Tipton, Jewelry
2nd Place: Jim Shelley, Fused Glass
3rd Place: Amy Foster, Jewelry

2-Dimensional Work
1st Place: Randy Jones, Photography
2nd Place: Thomas Stotts, Painting
3rd Place: Gloria Lamar, Painting