2013 ArtCar Weekend




Living Arts of Tulsa presents the 9th Annual Tulsa ArtCar Weekend, May 16-18, 2013

The Weekend Schedule 

For those unfamiliar, ArtCars typically involve transforming any type of vehicle, motorcycle, scooter or bicycle into a personalized creation of art. The degree of transformation is a personal choice made up from the imagination, skills and resources of the ArtCar artist. Some artists alter their creation with materials of a temporary nature. Others treat their ArtCar as a canvas and visually alter their creation with paint or change the original structure of the car body to create a moving sculpture. Anyone can be an ArtCar artist, including welders or mechanics. Cutting torch or krazy glue, there are no rules to how you make an ArtCar. Many artists have committed to participate, with ArtCars coming from many parts of the United States to join Tulsa area ArtCar and ArtBike artists.


ArtCar Weekend kickED off with an opening reception on Thursday, May 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Living Arts, 307 E. Brady.Everyone met the artists as they rolled into town and view the gallery exhibits, “Tulsa Streets & Studio Signs,” by Mark Lewis and “The Scarlet F,” by Marilyn Artus. Following the reception, the ArtCars parked at the Guthrie Green for Movie in the Park, which featured the documentary “Art Car: The Movie.”

On Friday, May 17, 8:30am–9:30am, the ArtCars met at Pancho Anaya Bakery in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood before leaving on a tour at 9:30am of local schools, Saint Francis Children’s Hospital and the Eugene Field and Fairmont Terrace neighborhoods. This is an educational opportunity for children, teachers and communities to view the vehicles and discuss them with the artists. Later in the day, the ArtCars were on view prior to the Tulsa Drillers game at ONEOK Field, beginning at 6pm. Then it was movie time again at the Admiral Twin Drive-in, where the ArtCars will take in a flick and hang out at this newly-renovated Tulsa landmark, arriving early at 7:30pm.

On Saturday, May 18, at 8:30am, the ArtCars were on display at Coffee House on Cherry Street as part of the Cherry Street Farmer’s Market. Then, 9:30am-12p, the ArtCars traveled to a series of prescheduled stops in the midtown and Brookside areas, including Corner Café (11th & Peoria), passing through Utica Square and Woodward Park, and Weber’s Root Beer Stand (37th & Peoria). Following the convoy, from approximately 2pm-9pm, the ArtCars were at the Blue Dome Arts Festival. In addition, Art Box Cars created by Tulsa area students paraded through the Festival beginning at 3:30pm, followed by an awards ceremony at the Blue Dome Arts Festival Main Stage.


Other events in conjunction with Tulsa ArtCar Weekend include: Art Box Car Workshops at Philbrook's Free Second Saturday, 10am-4pm, Saturday, May 11 (Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford) and Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District, Downtown, 12-4pm, Sunday, May 12. Both workshops are FREE and open to the public.


For more information about the weekend’s events contact Living Arts of Tulsa at 918.585.1234, www.livingarts.org


Tulsa ArtCar Weekend fulfills our mission by helping present contemporary art to youth and adults and giving an underserved area of our community more confidence in self-expression. For more information on how to get involved, contact Artistic Director, Steve Liggett at steve@livingarts.org or Chairperson, Nicole McMahan at nicole@lookmacreative.com Thanks go out to the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and many individuals in the Tulsa area.


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