Midsummer Nights' Fair
August 22 & 23, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Lions Park - Corner of Flood & Symmes
Midsummer Nights' Fair 2014 Applications
This year the Firehouse is taking applications for Artist Booths and Food Vendors online in order to streamline the submission process.
Artist Applications are now closed.
Interested in becoming a food vendor? Submit an application online here:
Vendor Applications are now closed.
About the Midsummer Nights' Fair
The 37th Annual Midsummer Nights’ Fair 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, Flood Avenue and Symmes, adjacent to the Firehouse Art Center.
The Midsummer Nights’ Fair is one of the largest art fairs in Norman, taking place in the evening, with a one of a kind atmosphere. The Firehouse Art Center takes this opportunity to showcase regional artists, share our mission to provide quality art experiences and demonstrate our passion for the visual arts to the community. This juried arts festival features 30 unique, high-quality artist booths that offer pottery, jewelry, glass, sculpture, woodworking and more. The fair 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’ Fair 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 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, initiated at the 2012 Chocolate Festival, 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 our 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
A large central white tent will host demonstrations by FAC faculty members, the sketching area and the children’s sculpting and painting projects.
Throughout Midsummer Nights’ Fair, Firehouse instructors can 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 with a few of her longtime students. Beverly Herndon will demonstrate the painting techniques of Chinese Brushwork while Ceramics faculty members demonstrate wheel throwing techniques. Sculptor Craig Swan will be working on a portrait sculpture, while Bill Boettcher demonstrates stone carving techniques.
Live Music 2013
Attendees will also enjoy live music provided by McMichael Music Rock Clinic Bands performing Friday and Saturday night on the smaller stage from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Local bands are booked to perform on the large stage as follows:
|6:00 pm Rick Jones Band, jam band
||6:00 pm Remember It Later, pop-punk
|7:00 pm Jane Mays, singer-songwriter
|7:00 pm Ivan Pena & Friends, gypsy jazz
|8:00 pm Morning Star Band, spiritual
||8:00 pm John Calvin, singer-songwriter
|9:00 pm Handsome Devils, alternative country
|9:00 pm Jimmy James Trio, R&B
|10:00 pm Bungalouski, jam band
||10:00 pm Pidgin, jam band
A special thanks to Wes 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 Carol Beesley and Alan Atkinson. Judging will take place early Friday evening and the awards will be handed out later that night.
Carol Beesley is known for her colorful landscapes of Oklahoma and the American Southwest. She received her MFA in Ceramics from UCLA and for 24 years taught studio classes in ceramics, drawing and painting in the University of Oklahoma’s School of Art. She has lived for long periods in New Mexico and Texas. In 2009, she returned home to Norman. Home! Where the buffalo roam. It was here in Oklahoma she discovered enthralling hills and mountains, wonderful artists. Now 2013, a summer of green, glorious crepe myrtles and once again, a favorite Norman event, the 36th Midsummer Nights’ Fair!
Alan Atkinson is an independent artist, scholar and curator based in Norman, Oklahoma. He received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma, and an MA and Ph.D. in the History of Chinese Art from the University of Kansas. He also pursued graduate work in Museum Studies at Nankai University in the People’s Republic of China. A dedicated student of traditional Chinese art, Atkinson is an accomplished painter, calligrapher and seal carver, as well as an expert on Chinese tea culture. He has taught Asian Art and History at the University of Oklahoma for the last 10 years. Most recently, he was the curator of the first National Weather Center Biennale in Norman, OK.
2013 Award Winners
Best in Show
1st Place: Louanne Duckworth
2nd Place: June Whitacre
3rd Place: Dan Nealey
1st Place: Gloria Lamar
2nd Place: Debra VanSwearingen
3rd Place: Thomas Stotts