Midsummer Nights' Fair
August 22 & 23, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Lions Park - Corner of Flood & Symmes
About Midsummer Nights
The 37th Annual Midsummer Nights art festival will take place on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, 2014, 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.
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, the Creative Cube project, 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. The Creative Cube project gives children the opportunity to paint and design their unique vision on the outside of a provided cardboard cube. 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 2014
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:
|6:00 pm Jane Mays
||6:00 pm Camille Harp
|7:00 pm Morningstar Band
|7:00 pm Kyle Reid & the Low Swingin' Chariots
|8:00 pm The Ravens
||8:00 pm Kierston White & the Dirty Dishes
|9:00 pm Derek Harris & the Bones Band
||9:00 pm Pidgin
|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.
The judges selected for this event are Debby Williams and Gail Anderson. Judging will take place early Friday evening and the awards will be handed out later that night.
Debby L. Williams’ education began as a Fine Arts major at the University of Tulsa with an interest in sculpture. Ultimately she changed to Art History and Intellectual History at the University of Oklahoma where she received her MA. Most recently, Williams started devoting all her time as an art and design consultant working with clients such as Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the City of Oklahoma City, and the Metropolitan Library System. Williams has served in a number of leadership roles at visual art organizations and museums throughout her career. She has received two Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Awards; most recently the George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award in 2013. She also has experience as a juror and committee member for a wide variety of exhibitions, festivals, and competitions in the state.
Gail Kana Anderson is Deputy Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. She moved to Norman in 1990 with her husband Eric, who teaches graphic design in the OU School of Art and Art History. Gail has been employed by the museum since 1991. She holds two degrees in Art History from the University of Texas in Austin.