- Shannon Cornman
- At Denton Framing, owners prepare for their Mix of Six Art Show to be held at Fine Arts Museum in Edmond. From left Mary Lou Moad, John Moad, Mikah Moad, Mark Moad.Photo/Shannon Cornman
Mix of Six Art Show 6 p.m. Thursday Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E. Edwards St., Edmond edmondfinearts.com 340-4481What do you do when you are a fantastically talented family of artists with some new art to show off? You put together one heck of a collection of art and invite some friends. The more the merrier, after all.
Thats exactly what the Moad family is doing. If the saying The family that plays together stays together is an indication of doing things correctly, the Moads could be its poster family.
Were kind of a talented family, Micah Moad said. If youre not a musician or a visual artist or both, its odd in our family.
Hes not kidding. Four members of the family Micah and his cousin Mark, plus Marks parents, John and Mary Lou have art in their upcoming group show Mix of Six.
They all work in various mediums, yet they somehow find the time to produce art while running their frame shop, Dentons Picture Framing and Supplies, located at 3114 N. Classen Blvd.
John and Mary Lou purchased the shop in 1984 and, at Mary Lous suggestion, began painting seriously about 15 years ago. She, like Mark, works with art in her day job as an art therapist. Mark works as vice president of operations at Funnel Design Group. While he is one of the family members who uses his art degree to make a living, he also paints dog portraits on the side.
Its definitely the fun portion of his world, Micah said.
Micah works in several mediums with regularity, including music. His contribution to the show will be mostly paintings with some mixed mediums.
I do what the canvas tells me to, he said. Ill start off creating something but not have a direction because sometimes, when I put a direction on it, it wont turn out how I want.
Growing up in the Moad family created a collaborative environment in which to cultivate their talents, with very little in the way of friction.
There was never any competition; I think its more support, Micah said. It might be creative criticism, but its inspiring, encouraging.
When Mary Lou suggested a group show, all were on board immediately.
Weve all been painting, and now we get to pick some of our favorites that are representative of us in a group, Micah said.
They invited fellow artist Andrea Wijkowski and Joshua Webb, who together are Atlas Pine. The duo makes three-dimensional pieces and paintings.
Theyre doing something really unique, Micah said. Its going to be a really interesting show.
Most members of the family work out of their homes, but they are also working on turning the space next to the frame shop into a studio to be shared, of course.
- One of Mark Moad's dog portraits on display at Mix of Six
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