Tulsa's OkEq monthly "First Thursday" art exhibit opens March 7 at Equality Center

Show features art by Steve Barrett and Cheryl Quetone. Photo provided.


(Tulsa, OK) Oklahomans for Equality’s March “First Thursday” Art Opening and Exhibit features photographic artists Steve Barrett and Cheryl Quetone. The exhibit begins with a reception on Thursday, March 7th from 6 – 9pm and continues throughout the month.

Steve Barrett is a native Tulsan and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and the University of Oklahoma. Inspired by the late French Photographer Jean Meziere, Steve’s photography has appeared in many local photography shows and in local and national publications. After receiving an artist support grant from Polaroid Corporation, his SX-70 images were included in Polaroid’s International Collection housed in the Netherlands. He credits the encouragement of Mandy Durham for his success.

Cheryl Quetone was born and raised in Tulsa and though she has always lived in Tulsa, her camera lens is always finding new treasures in the intricacies of Tulsa’s streets and landmarks. Her spontaneous photography is shot mostly with her phone; she states “I believe that an image makes a photograph, not the equipment it was photographed with.” She seeks out lines, shapes, colors, and the sunshine in her art and conveys that through her photography.

The OkEq show begins with a reception on Thursday, March 7th, from 6-9pm at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, located at 621 E. 4th Street in Downtown Tulsa. There will be a door prize drawn of the artists’ work; the show continues throughout the month. www.okeq.org.

Founded by a dedicated group of volunteers in 1980, Oklahomans for Equality/OkEq is Oklahoma’s oldest gay rights organization. From testing for HIV/AIDS and hosting the annual Tulsa Pride and Diversity Celebration to operating the Equality Center and documenting the Tulsa LGBT community’s rich history, OkEq works for social justice and full inclusion for Oklahoma’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens and their allies. For more information, see www.okeq.org.