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City Arts Center’s annual fundraiser exhibit, formally known as “Café City Arts,” is back, but with a new name, “Art Now.”

At Friday’s event, patrons are able to view and purchase art, as well as speak with the local artists. Proceeds go toward the center’s Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery so admission can remain free year-round.

A list of more than 100 Oklahoma artists was narrowed to 25 whose work will be featured in the exhibit, which will remain on display through Feb. 3. Guest curator Romy Owens spent more than four weeks making her selections.

“It was a very hard decision,” Owens said. “I knew I wanted to hit different points in each genre to bring diversity to the show.”

Among the 25 who made the cut are sculptor and painter Donald Longcrier, and Margaret Kinkeade (whose work is pictured) with her ceramic doilies.

“Art Now” not only features classic forms of art, but technological art, too. Tara Najd Ahmadi, a student at the University of Oklahoma, will showcase a series of three animated shorts in the video genre.

Friday’s fundraiser will be held onsite at City Arts Center, located in State Fair Park. Preview tickets are $100, allowing advance entrance beginning at 5:30 p.m. Regular event tickets cost $75, for entrance beginning at 7 p.m.

Patrons can enjoy an open bar, live entertainment from Greyhound Fiction, and food from Hideaway Pizza, Iguana Mexican Grill, Kaiser’s, Ludivine, La Luna, Picasso Cafe, Stella, The Metro, West, The Melting Pot, Rococo and Harry Bear’s.

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