Historic Paseo hosts contemporary arts and craft show

Gayle Curry’s Encaustic Flowers. Photo provided.

Paseo merchants will bring a national celebration of made-in-America craft to Oklahoma for the first time this October. More than a dozen art and craft demonstrations are scheduled at an outdoor platform and by participating merchants and galleries on Saturday afternoons, October 1 and 8, taking advantage of the traditional monthly First Friday evening celebration October 7.

Currently, white raffle boxes may be seen all over the Paseo. Tickets are for sale in the businesses and these entries into drawings for more than $3,000 worth of merchant-donated items ranging from gift certificates to jewelry, paintings and more as Paseo hosts the American Craft Week celebration October 1-16.

“This is an exciting opportunity to join a nationwide celebration of the value of handmade American art and craft,” said event co-organizer, Sheridan Conrad of A Jeweler’s Art in The Paseo. “We want to raise awareness of the value of American craft to our community and our way of life. Art affects our economy and community and represents who we are as American people,”

Conrad credited Paseo District merchants with helping organize and invest in the celebration as a way to promote art in the community and increase the economic importance of art in Oklahoma City and the state.

For more information, including a list of participants, photos of artwork, demonstration schedules, and raffle prizes, visit www.thepaseo. org. American Craft Week’s website is www.americancraftweek.com.

Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District is home to more than 20 galleries, restaurants, art schools, boutiques and other businesses within walking distance on the curved, two-block street between NW 30th and North Walker and NW 28th. The Paseo Arts District has been listed as a neighborhood “worthy of preservation” on the National Register of Historic Places and was named as one of the “10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010” by the American Planning Association.

Copyright 2016 The Gayly – September 29, 2016 @ 1:10 p.m.