On The Paseo, the New Year Means More Art, Always!

Oklahoma City – Due to the continued pandemic, the Paseo Arts Association will not be promoting a First Friday Gallery Walk for Jan. 1. 

In a release sent to The City Sentinel and other news organizations, PAA leadership said: “However, we encourage you to contribute to First Friday in Paseo by patronizing your favorite Paseo restaurants by dining in, curbside or delivery if available. Also, the merchants in our district still need your support more than ever and you are invited to visit them any time, but recommend you check their hours first. Many of them have online shopping options and we encourage you to take advantage of these and other social distanced options like purchasing gift cards to show your support. 

When visiting, please know all guests are required to wear a mask, practice social distancing and use provided hand sanitizer. The Paseo Arts Association has always put the health and safety of its patrons first. With the steadily increasing threat of COVID-19 in our state, we believe that these precautions are necessary. We are proud and appreciative of your continued effort to join with us to protect our community and our city. Thank you for your understanding.

The Paseo Arts & Creativity Center (PACC) presents the work of three artists – in Gallery One, paintings by Bradley Bauser, and in Gallery Two, pen and ink drawings and paintings by Patrick Laird and digital art by Trace Logan. Their exhibits will be featured January 1-30 in the PACC at 3024 Paseo. 

“I am excited to start 2021 with three accomplished artists and their beautiful art,” said Amanda Bleakley, executive director of the Paseo Arts Association. “It really warms my spirit to see the art community continue to be creative during a time most feel stifled.”

Bradley Brauser earned his Bachelor and Masters of Education degrees at Oklahoma State University in Natural and Physical Science, as well as a Ph.D. in Administration of Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma. Brauser spent 46 years teaching for the United States Atomic Energy Commission, as well as owning and operating multiple businesses. Following his retirement, Bauser picked up his life-long love for art. Brauser’s preferred mediums are oil and acrylic, and between his 82nd and 84th birthdays, he has created over 160 pieces.

Patrick Laird, of Madill, Oklahoma, primarily works in pen and ink or India ink wash drawings and paintings, gravitating towards expressive human faces, animals and allegorical symbols inspired by songs, poems or religious themes as subject matter. A graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, he has lived and worked his entire life in southern Oklahoma, and currently teaches high school art and is working towards transitioning to a full-time studio artist.

Trace Logan is a local artist who works primarily in two mediums, digital/new media and painting, but is willing to experiment with different processes. Logan received an early Graphic Design and Commercial Art education in Philadelphia where he was born and raised before moving to Oklahoma City in his late 20s and attaining a Psychology degree from OCU. His current art practice attempts to meld his artistic preferences with his interest in particular psychological concepts.

Oklahoma City’s Unique Arts Destination, the Paseo Arts District is located between NW 27th & 30th Streets and Walker & Hudson and is home to ten restaurants, galleries and boutiques that are distinctive to Oklahoma.

For more information, call the Paseo Arts Association at (405) 525-2688 or email amanda@thepaseo.org.  Visit thepaseo.org/join for membership information.