Art at the Museum: New “Tour de Quartz” Exhibit opens this week

The Sapulpa Historical Society and Museum will display “Tour de Quartz” exhibit during the month of April in conjunction with the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

The Sapulpa Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free to the public, all ages and groups are more than welcome, said Rachel Whitney with the Sapulpa Historical Museum. For more information contact them at 918-224-4871.

Art on display at the “Tour de Quartz” show.

The artwork will feature 49 works created during the 2021 Oklahoma Arts Institute (OSAI). Sapulpa High School student Emma Castleberry and Glenpool High School student Raegan Delabruere will be among the featured drawings and paintings.

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“We are eager and excited for the Artwork Exhibition. We always love highlighting local minds, with their hard work, dedication, and dreams,” she said. “Having a travel exhibit is also a treat for our volunteers and staff; we get to explore new displays alongside our visitors, and get to see a different perspective and design within our facility.”

The Institute’s Tour de Quartz Artwork Exhibition is coming to the museum for free, including travel, drop off and pick up, said Whitney. The Sapulpa Arts & Humanities Foundation (Sapulpa Arts) is helping us, and providing extra hands, guiding us when we set up the exhibition, and providing a safe and secure means to showcase the art pieces.

OSAI is a prestigious arts academy held this year at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, while the Quartz Mountain site is undergoing renovations. The exhibition features photographs and painting created by students and will visit galleries and museums around Oklahoma.

During their time at OSAI, students are immersed in one of eight artistic disciplines taught by nationally renowned artists. Former faculty members include winners of Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Tomy, Emmy, and Grammy awards.

 Visual artists Lisa Lebofsky and John Hampshire, both of New York, served as drawing and painting instructors for the 2021 Institute, while Pheonix photographer Claire Warden instructed photography students.

This summer, drawing and painting students received in-depth training in portraiture and plein air landscape techniques. In addition to digital photography, students in Warden’s class explored a variety of historical processes including photograms and cyanotypes, as well as chemigrams and traditional 35-mm darkroom photography. The 2021-22 “Tour de Quartz” exhibit reflects the students’ OSAI experience, with each student artist represented by one piece of work.

Participating students were selected for the OSAI program thought competitive statewide auditions, and every accepted student attends the program on full scholarship. Auditions are held in January and February online and at locations across the state.

For more information visit oaiquartz.org or call 405-605-7500. OAI is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts.

In addition to the Summer Arts Institute, OAI administers a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.