Thursday, February 23, 2017

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)
    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance
    New Dance New Music & Drumming PechaKucha


    In 1996, Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix opened their first glass studio in Greenport, NY.  In this studio, they primarily cast glass to use as elements for their individual glass and mixed media sculpture and for custom architectural projects.

    In 2000, they began a collaborative body of blown glass vessels.  This early work was developed and made under the studio name Boar Glass. This work experimented with the use of bright colors and abstract, textural patterns on sculptural glass forms.  This collection of work incorporated large blocks of color, or  color wraps that surrounded patterned layers of color, all flowing across the surface of their sculptural forms.

    Although much of the work was created as pieces in a series, each piece was treated as an abstract painting and therefore, each was unique.

    This work expanded into more complicated forms and patterning designs often incorporating incalmos, core color pick ups and simple, monolithic forms.

    Greenport’s beautiful seascape and maritime environment was an early influence on Bengt and Trefny’s work.  They also found inspiration from the great abstract painters: Rothko, Gorkey and the early work of Matisse.  Other sources of inspiration were from world textiles, aquatic life forms, landscapes, and urban graffiti.

    Bengt and Trefny use a combination of traditional Italian and Swedish glass blowing techniques as well as many experimental techniques that they have developed in their studio to create their work.

    In March 2010, Bengt and Trefny moved to Durango, CO for four years. They set up their glass studio and a glass gallery in Durango. The beautiful Southwest was a welcoming and inspiring location.  It’s vast desert landscapes and unique color schemes quickly became a vibrant new source of inspiration for their work.

    In 2013 Bengt and Trefny relocated to Bengt’s childhood home in East Hampton, NY. They were able to move their glass studio to their home and have again have been deeply inspired by the beautiful maritime landscape that surrounds them on Long Island, NY.

    Bengt Hokanson received a B.A. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 1991.

    He also studied glass blowing at Tulane from 1987-1991.

    He worked as a gaffer for Gene Koss, Head of the Glass Dept. at Tulane University, from 1990-93.

    He studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA in many sessions between 1991-2002. In 1993, Bengt was a T.A. for Pike Powers at Pilchuck Glass School.  In 1998, he was a T.A. for Gene Koss at Pilchuck Glass School.

    Bengt has taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY and at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY.

    He has been working in glass for 25 years.


    Trefny Dix received a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Indiana University Bloomington in 1993. She learned glass casting while working at Studio Inferno, New Orleans, LA and has studied glass casting and glass blowing at Pilchuck Glass School. 

    Trefny has also taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY.

    She has been working in glass for 19 years.

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)
    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance
    New Dance New Music & Drumming PechaKucha

    These home accessories are inspired by the recent move of my grandmother, who
    was entrenched within a tomb of family artifacts. Many of these objects, furniture and
    tchotchkes, have descended to her nearest and dearest. Translation: into another
    storage unit. Heirloom speaks to this burden of stuff, physical and emotional,
    between generations of people to whom acquisition meant wealth.

    Claire Rau was born in Sandusky, Ohio and raised in northeast Tennessee. She completed
    her graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2004) with the installation
    Body Plunder. She has taught printmaking and sculpture at several institutions and presently
    teaches sculpture at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is the recipient of
    several awards and residencies, including the Book Arts & Printmaking Fellowship at the
    Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Venice, Italy) in 2005. Claire has exhibited in the US and
    internationally including MASS Gallery (Austin, TX), Breve Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico),
    Biggin Gallery (Auburn University, AL), Lump Gallery (Raleigh, NC), and Open Studio
    (Toronto, Canada). She is a founding member of an artist run collective in New Orleans, The

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)

    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance

    With one-third of the average American’s wake life being spent on their phones, I’m very interested in how our devices play a role in the way people interact with others. The way we engage imagery and consume information. On the internet, there’s this “uncanny valley” that’s fascinating, a sort of hyperreality. The idea that something is so real, but not quite, can be very unsettling and disturbing. This begs the question, “where humanity and society are going?”


    I’m not looking to critique this, rather to create a platform for debate. So, I decided to take these giant fleshy, flaccid paintings called CHUNKISM and travel around the US, confronting the public. These Fleshscapes dropped in a casual everyday setting, shakes things up! Getting people thinking what reality is, what it means. It doesn’t matter if the viewer understands what they are experiencing, because a seed is planted on a visceral and subconscious level. You’re forced to rethink. Questioning is good.


    The reactions are very funny, serious and interesting as hell. At the Inaugural Fried Chicken Festival last year, in New Orleans, a voluptuous women yells,”Big Booty Tootie” and starts grinding on my 8 foot painting. You can see the videos of these performances at:



    “While the U.S. did not lead global markets in terms of amount of time spent on social media networks, it was far and away the highest consumer of monthly data, spending the most time per day on their phones with a staggering 4.7 hours. Considering that the average American is awake for just over 15 hours a day (seeing as we sleep for an average of eight hours and 42 minutes), this means that we spend approximately a third of our time on our phones.”


  • Friday, February 3, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)

    Click on the banners below to learn more about each exhibits. We invite you to the openings during the Tulsa Arts District's First Friday Art Crawl, Feb 3, 6-9pm.


  • Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Thursday until Thu Mar 09 2017.
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 4:30pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 4:30pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:30pm, Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 4:30pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 4:30pm, Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:30pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 4:30pm, Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:30pm, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 4:30pm, Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 4:30pm, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:30pm, Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:30pm

    ArtCore is a way of thinking. YOU choose your inspiration. YOU choose your project. We provide the space, the supplies, and the support. We'll experiment with the intersections of visual art, sound, video, performance, the internet, and more. And it all begins with the Brainstorming Session but you can start at anytime. This is a FREE after-school program for students in middle and high school that meets for six weeks and ends with a public art exhibit. 

    At the end of the classes, the students will have their own presentation (which includes installation, video, performance, and music pieces made by the students) in Living Arts space where they can invite family and friends to view their work. The Spring session has workshops from renowned artists visiting Tulsa for Living Arts New Genre Festival. This is a unique opportunity for any student who is seeking to broaden their horizons.

    ARTCORE STUDIOS - Spring 2017

    Sunday, Jan 29, 2017, 2pm.
    Living Arts, 307 E MB Brady St Tulsa

    All Middle and High School students are invited to this important meeting where students talk about what they love, hate, are passionate about, and fascinated by and a common theme is developed.


    Work Sessions

    • Work session begin on Jan 31, and are held each Tues and Thurs from 4:30-6:30pm in the Living Arts Education Space for the proceeding 6 weeks.

    • Final Presentation will be on Friday, March 10, 7-8pm, in the Living Arts West-End Gallery

    Steve Tomlin is the ArtCore Studios Coordinator
    Steve Tomlin is accomplished as a contemporary artist and has been successfully producing tantalizing visual pieces before the beginning of this century. He has been represented by galleries for the great majority of his career and is collected coast to coast. His work can be enjoyed at M A Doran Gallery in Tulsa and Paseo Gallery One in Oklahoma City.



    Check out this article in Tulsa Kids about ArtCore Studios

    Video Created by ArtCore Studio Kae Barcus for an ArtCore Studios Project:





    ArtCore Residency Program

    ArtCore Residency Program:

    ARTCORE RESIDENCY PROGRAM: This Program develops creative thinking skills helping students create individualized artworks and simply expanding selfconfidence as creative individuals. Living Arts of Tulsa sends teams of 3 professional facilitators from diverse backgrounds to empower students in the 5–12 grades to create student-based interdisciplinary work based on play. There is a minimum of 2 class periods per day required (either 2 classes w/1 period each day or 1 class w/2 periods) over a 3 day residency. Each day students do research with non-traditional supplies, present what they explored and build on their discoveries with group work. Video is used to analyze their work and facilitators lead discussions that increase perception skills.

    At the end of the Residency, the teacher and the students are asked to fill out an evaluation and after receiving the evaluation, the teacher is given a DVD showing historic and contemporary interdisciplinary artists which is accompanied by a script that he/she may use to reinforce the class’ recent explorations. Teachers wishing to have the ArtCore Residency at your school should contact ArtCore Residency Coordinator Mery McNett at

    This program is made possible with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:30pm


    2/23/2017, 6:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm, Cash Bar, Cost: Free

    Bring a friend, have a drink, and get the inside talk. This time we will have some of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship visual artists to give a talk, "Pecha-Kucha" style. These artists include: Adam Carnes, Carrie DickasonAntonius Bui and Yatika Fields.