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Paseo Arts and Creativity Center opens with new art offerings and expanded possibilities in The Paseo Arts District.

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Paseo Arts Association’s new building includes galleries and artist studio space. - PHILLIP DANNER
  • Phillip Danner
  • Paseo Arts Association’s new building includes galleries and artist studio space.

In late April, Paseo Arts Association (PAA) moved its headquarters next door to 3024 Paseo St., tripling its square footage and giving it the ability to expand its programming capabilities. The organization was formed in 1981 to help organize and promote The Paseo Arts District.

Paseo Arts and Creativity Center (PACC) is now home to two spacious galleries, meeting and class space, studio space for artists and a gift shop.
“The idea was to make this space activated 24/7,” executive director Amanda Bleakley said.

One of the exhibits currently on display is made up of images from the Black Lives Matter protests in Oklahoma City. Featured artists include Ryan Magnani, Michael Steinman, Eric Waltman and Kiley Josey. The arts association teamed up with The House Helps, an initiative of entertainment and marketing agency The House, to display the exhibit, and proceeds from art sales benefit Black Lives Matter.

The Print on Paseo exhibit was on display through July. August’s exhibit is Tour de Quartz. - PHILLIP DANNER
  • Phillip Danner
  • The Print on Paseo exhibit was on display through July. August’s exhibit is Tour de Quartz.

The exhibition in its second gallery is Tour de Quartz, featuring photography, paintings and drawings made by students attending Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, which was held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re wowed every year by the artwork, and I didn’t think this would be any different, but it was interesting to read about their experience,” program manager Paige Powell said. “A lot of them said they were challenged to get a bit more creative because normally, you’re at Quartz Mountain and you have all these things to photograph, but they were home.”

The exhibit is on display through Aug. 29 and will then tour the state.

In addition to its galleries, PACC is home to artist studio space and an artist-in-residence, Sam Charboneau. Charboneau, a photographer, will spend a year in the arts center and is currently working on imagery inspired by The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Studio space currently costs $200-$225 per month. Artists have access to the space 24/7, may display art for sale in their workspaces and work in the gift shop five hours each month. Both Bleakley and Powell stressed the importance of having working artists in the building.

“It just gives you another whole feeling as opposed to just walking into a gallery and looking at art on the walls,” Bleakley said, “like watching it in the process, meeting an artist, having the opportunity to talk to them, to ask them questions.”

“It’s helpful to the artists too,” Powell said. “A lot of them are kind of shy and nervous about working up at the front, but it’s good experience to sell your work.”

Bleakley said they have plans to set up a photography studio for rent and install a projector so they can hold screenings and possibly participate in deadCenter Film Festival.

COVID-19 restrictions are preventing PACC from holding large classes and events right now, but its galleries are open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and it participates in the First Friday gallery walk 6-9 p.m. the first Friday of each month.

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Paseo Arts Association’s new building includes galleries and artist studio space. - PHILLIP DANNER
  • Phillip Danner
  • Paseo Arts Association’s new building includes galleries and artist studio space.

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