LOCAL, a new restaurant specializing in farm to fork dining joins the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art with a new installation by Norman artist Erin Shaw. The opening reception is free and open to the public on Friday, June 8th from 5-7pm and will feature selections from Shaw’s Cartographic Experiments series.
Shaw is an MFA candidate in Painting at the University of Oklahoma. Her Cartographic Experiment explores the rich relationship between the tangible aspects of maps, including brain mapping, and the limitless, intangible opportunities in thought and travel. Working in everything from wax and paper to resin, Shaw brings a unique sense of place to her multi-layered work.
Commitment to Oklahoma artists is a cornerstone of LOCAL’s philosophy. The restaurant was designed with a dedicated gallery that would double as a special events or private dining space.
“We are slowly acquiring pieces for the main dining room that will be permanent installations,” states LOCAL owner, Melissa Scaramucci, referring to the glass sculptures by OK artists Rick and Tracey Bewley. “But we wanted to create a pop-up gallery space that was fluid and could showcase innovative work by Oklahoma’s best artists.”
To help LOCAL achieve this goal, LOCAL hired Sammi Still as curator and special events director. Still graduated from OU with an MFA in Art History and worked with MainSite Gallery and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition before joining the LOCAL team.
“I’ve been following Shaw’s work through graduate school and have long admired her process,” explains Still. “I’ve had her in mind as a featured artist from the minute I accepted this position.”
In addition to the Shaw opening, LOCAL will host the 2nd Friday After-Party on the Patio beginning at 9pm. Members of SWAN, the SongWriters Association of Norman, will perform throughout the late evening with an encore performance on Saturday night.
The Norman Arts Council sponsors the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art.