Upcoming Show:

The Gratitude Project by Danica Phelps

September 8th, 2017 - October 13th, 2017

 

Danica Phelps was inspired to create The Gratitude Project after listening to stories on NPR about refugees leaving their homes with nothing after suffering indescribable trauma in war torn countries.  She wanted to try to do something to help not only refugees but other people in need of assistance due to their specific circumstance    The process began with the creation of 41 drawings of simple and modest things in Danica’s life that she was thankful for.  The drawings created were then auctioned on Facebook. Each drawing chosen was paired with a different organization working to make the world a better place.  The price was set by the winning bid, after which, anyone could purchase a generation of the drawing at that price.  The purchaser received the drawing when Danica received the check made out to the specified organization.  The resulting diptychs contain the final generation of the original drawing, paired with a new drawing of the work that the chosen organization does to help bring positive change and growth. 

 

The Gratitude Project has traveled to numerous venues both Nationally and Internationally. It will now come to Orth Contemporary.  10% of the profit from each of the pieces sold will be donated to the organization that the drawing illustrates. We hope this exhibit will keep the dialogue alive about how art can help make a positive global impact.

 

Please join us for the opening reception on September 8th, 2017 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm.  Danica will be present at the opening reception.  All are welcome 

 

This is a list of the organizations that the money will go to.  

10% of the profit from each of the pieces sold will be donated to the organization that the drawing illustrates unless indicated.  50% will go towards the below mentioned organizations. 

Doctors without Boarders – Helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by epidemics, disasters, and or exclusion from health care

 

Heifer International – Empowering families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity.  This organization helps bring sustainable agriculture to impoverished communities.

 

YouCaring – 50% of Proceeds will go to YouCaring for undocumented survivors of Hurricane Harvey who don’t have access to FEMA                                                                                                                                                         

 

Syrian American Medical Society – a nonpolitical medical organization that works for crisis relief in Syria and neighboring communities through medical care and treatment. 

 

Save the Children Fundraiser– 50% will go towards the Save The Children Fund Emergency Fund for the individuals affected by the torrential flooding that has affected more than 20 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.  .

 

The Greenbelt Movement – Works towards better environmental management, community empowerment, and livelihood improvement using tree planting as an entry point. 

 

Oklahomans for Equality – 50% of all proceeds will go to the Oklahomans for Equality who seek equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and families in Oklahoma.

 

National Resources Defense Council – Helps to fight the threat of climate change, protecting the planet and saving wildlife. 

 

American Civil Liberties Union – Defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitution and laws of the USA. 

 

OXFAM – Works to end the injustice of poverty including inequality, unequal access to food and water.  Also, by helping to save lives in disasters, OXFAM helps to build stronger futures for those in need by holding the powerful accountable.

 

Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council – Coordinates medical and healer supplies, human resources, and other types of medical aid between the camps of Standing Rock, Standing Rock emergency services, Indian health services, Standing Rock Tribal Council, Min Wiconi Intergrative health clinic and the greater allopathic and healer center.

 

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence – National non-profit gun control advocacy organization that is opposed to gun violence.

 

Planned Parenthood – Helps to provide sexual healthcare in the United States and globally.

 

Tulsa Cares - 50% of proceeds will go to Tulsa Cares.  An Organization committed to creating a community where all people with HIV/AIDS have equal opportunities for healthy living

 

Family and Children Services – 50% of proceeds will go to Family and Children Services.  A leading provider of behavioral health care and family services for people of all ages in Tulsa and surrounding communities.

 

Growing Together– 50% will go to Growing Together in Tulsa.  An organization that creates pathways for children to break the cycle of poverty through education, community vibrancy, and the built environment.

 

United Farm Workers – A Labor Union for farmworkers in the United States

 

NARAL Pro-Choice America - fights for reproductive freedom for every person in every state. Each day, we organize and mobilize to protect that freedom by fighting for access to abortion care, birth control, paid parental leave and protections from pregnancy discrimination.

 

Human Rights Watch - Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

 

Nuclear Aid Peace Foundation - Works to educate and advocate for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons, and to empower peace leaders.

 

 

 

Tara Thacker

July 30th, 2017 - August 18th 2017

 

Throughout time, utilitarian tools and nature have been used by people to prosper.  For sculptor, Tara Thacker, these elements have abstract aesthetic appeal.  Dissecting each component, Thacker focuses on the linearity of the overall form and its basic parts.  It is the underlying fluidity of these elements that Tara emphasizes and recreates as elegant works of art. 

 

Highly tactile and monochromatic, repetition is central to the process. The works begin with a single component which serves as architectural building blocks that are then combined in various ways to discover how they interact visually. Thousands of porcelain parts are tied and woven together to create ambiguous surfaces and landscapes. 

 

Most recently, Thacker has taken her sculptural work as a reference to create two- dimensional pieces.  The shadows cast from the sculptures are captured through photography and made into inkjet prints.  In this way, the idea of linearity is punctuated yet retains the elegance of form.  These prints are enhanced in size, further emphasizing the notion of elegance in simplistic abstract shapes.  A dialogue to the three-dimensional work that retains a quiet appeal. 

 

Thacker received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and has had numerous shows throughout the US.

Henry Jackson 

May 12th, 2017 - July 16th, 2017

 

In Jackson’s work, there is a strong lineage to artists who have embraced the figure in their work, relying on its significance to communicate experience. Jackson has taken this shared tradition to a compelling level, conveying a complexity of contemporary humanity in it’s ever-changing state.  

 

In Jackson’s youth, storytelling played a significant role, stemming from local folklore passed down to him about his Pacific Island ancestry. It is within the influence of these compelling myths that Jackson harnessed the power of visual storytelling; the ability to reach a deeper reality. Jackson approaches his painting process instinctively, allowing for an unrestricted and less confined outcome. This practice allows him to trust his artistic approach, freeing the work to become more universal and less personal.

 

By abstracting of the form, the figure is continued in an evolutionary way, departing from the obvious subjective body to a more inner focused reflection. Through color and shape, there is often an energetic physical appeal, a climax to a higher state of awareness. Jackson says his personal struggles growing up as a gay man, allowed him to appreciate the hidden freedom abstraction permits; this slow reveal to better comprehend complexity. It is within this camouflage that Jackson is provided with the ability to convey the power of complex existence.

 

Jackson’s skill as a natural storyteller enables his paintings to reach deep into the soul, touching upon what connects us on a primitive level; a sensation of something that is universally identifiable. The figure acts as a catalyst for personal exploration, speaking to the viewer’s sense of self and our awareness of what unifies us.