Four Artists – Four Styles featured at Tulsa’s OkEq

Art by Karin Cermak. Photo provided.

A group of four artists will be featured in the August Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) showcase and exhibit of local artists at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center on Thursday, August 3 from 6-9 p.m. Their works will be on display at the OkEq Art Gallery throughout the month.

These artists work to bring a juxtaposition of styles and mediums together in their own way.

Charlotte Lough is compelled to paint – it is that simple.If I go for several days without picking up a paint brush I feel a void that is only filled by making art,” she said. Inspired by the beauty of nature all around, she is drawn to paint birds, butterflies, flowers, landscapes, water and animals.

Her fascination with water has led her to a challenge of painting and understanding different kinds of water including still water, ocean waves, babbling brooks and waterfalls. Most recently she has given herself the ongoing challenge of painting fifty roses, all fascinating in their complexity and beauty. She currently prefers to work in impressionism/representational, but is always trying new approaches and styles as she evolves in her expression.

Karin Cermak has moved away from strictly traditional realistic painting to soft contemporary and abstract painting based on her creativity and independence of thought on the real image of subjects. She enjoys the freedom of contemporary and abstract painting, where she can blend the reality with the fantasy. Both styles allow her to be spontaneous, to play with colors and forms, to use different materials and to express her feelings.

Janie Crean focuses on the beauty of nature in her wildlife and landscape paintings of the great American West. Her paintings bring the outdoor world to life with the use of composition and light. “Only an artist would be excited by feathers and fur,” she said. “It’s a challenge to paint, but worth the effort as you see your wildlife come to life.”

Her style of painting has evolved into an impressionistic style. Her objective is to create a painting that comes together by knowing what to include and what to leave to the viewer’s imagination and eye.

Art by Fernanda Thompson. Photo provided.

Fernanda Thompson was always involved in creative activities such as playwriting, poetry, painting and drawing with the neighborhood kids. But at the age of 14, she became a portrait artist influenced by her art teacher in Brazil. As her art-eye developed she discovered contemporary art. “It’s like freedom in art with broader varieties and countless possibilities to be creative using ink, acrylics, oil, mixed media, a brush, a palette knife or simply a pencil,” she said. “I didn’t want to be limited by colors, so I began exploring the use of texture and custom-made canvas”.

If you seek them, you can find a few poems on the back of some of her art pieces. “My art is a mix of all my life experiences. My art allows me to materialize my thoughts and emotions.”

The show begins on Thursday, August 3 from 6-9 p.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th Street in downtown Tulsa. There will be a door prize drawn of the artists’ work. The show continues throughout the month.

Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) seeks equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.

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