Two artists collaborated with Oklahoma students in order to create public art installations through the Paseo Arts Association's latest endeavor in art education. The Paseo Creativity Project is a program that aims to inspire artists and students alike.
Nick Bayer and Romy Owens worked with local schools to produce two separate projects. Bayer, arts coordinator at Redland Community College in El Reno, created a mural titled "A Time to Pretend," in concert with students from the Harding Fine Arts Institute. The result is a portrayal of students learning and creating, with the ongoing reminder to never lose their inner child. The painted mural can be found on the back wall of the Rainbow Fleet Building, 3024 Paseo.
Owens, known for her hand-stitched photographs, worked with a group of students from Edgemere Elementary to produce "Sanctuary," a compilation of digital photos.
"It's a literal interpretation of a sanctuary," Owens said. "But the ultimate goal was to emphasize that art itself is a sanctuary."
Through this project, her students learned how to create photographic essays, audio recordings and stop-motion animation. The exhibit features backlit photos in place of stained-glass windows at a.k.a. Gallery, 3001 Paseo.
"I am proud to have their photos in my sanctuary," Owens said. "Some make me laugh and some make me cry. These kids really embraced this art experience and bared their souls for this exhibit."
"Sanctuary" remains on display through Saturday.
For more information, call 525-2688 or visit www.thepaseo.com.
Photo: Students worked in a variety of media to create the exhibit "Sanctuary," on display at a.k.a. Gallery. Photo/Romy Owens