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OKC locals take blank canvas and bare their creative 'soles'



If you're looking to bring an artistic edge to your clothing style or add an unconventional sculpture to your collection "? or both "? pick up a pair of shoes designed or deconstructed by Oklahoma artists this Friday at the "Canvas" art show.

"It's a bunch of local artists who we've given a pair of Vans old-school slides to customize," said Dylan Bradway, who does design and organization work for "Canvas" and also contributed a pair of painted shoes to this year's show.

Altered Vans from more than 120 local artists will be sold through a silent auction, with the starting bid at $75. Two DJs will provide music throughout the night, with area break dancers punctuating their performances. Attendees can also buy $1 raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses.

"This is a show that is meant to promote the arts community in Oklahoma City," Bradway said. "It's for artists who might not be able to show often, and it gets other artists out of their element."

Bradway and Weathers-Bradway started "Canvas" last year with Chad Mount and Shoe Gypsy owner Ryan Walker, as a Midwest version of shoe shows popular on the East Coast. The modified Vans, donated to the artists by Shoe Gypsy, demonstrate the scope of art in Oklahoma. There's not just urban, graffiti-influenced art, but also figurative painting, surrealist landscapes and tattoo-inspired iconography.

During the art show, selected artists will work on a collaborative mural that will be auctioned off to support the After School Arts program of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.

 "?Allison Meier


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