Posts Tagged ‘Tulsa’

Tulsa International Mayfest 2018!

May 19, 2018

MayfestHappy Saturday one and all!  The Tulsa International Mayfest began earlier this week (Thursday) and I sure hope you make time to attend (you still have today and tomorrow).  In its 45th year, Mayfest takes place in downtown Tulsa and is “a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual, art lovers.”  In addition to awesome art, there are food vendors and more than 100 musicians performing on four separate stages/venues.  There are even fun activities for the whole family. So come on down to Mayfest this weekend and take in the arts!  At this event, I always fall in love with more paintings than I can afford to purchase, but such is the life of an avid art collector (who finds himself in a target-rich environment).

Necktie of the Month – November 2017!

November 1, 2017

WoodenTieThis month’s necktie represents the acquisition of a second “wooden” bowtie from the local company The Two Guys Bowtie right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This bowtie features the Tulsa skyline and is positively stunning!   The obvious suit and shirt pairings would be my brown and beige-toned items, but I’ll try to keep an open mind.  Be sure to check out their website to explore the wonderful variety of styles and designs.  And, if you don’t see something you like, they give you the opportunity to “build your own” custom bowtie thereby removing any excuse possible for not owning one of these works of art.

NatureWorks 2017!

February 23, 2017

If you love nature and you love art, then this weekend’s NatureWorks Art Show and Sale is a must see event in Tulsa.  Held annually at Tulsa’s Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, this show brings together the top wildlife, western, and landscape artists from across the United States.  Last year I was able to pick up a few new pieces (see below) from some of my favorite artists (Christopher Westfall, Jerry Ricketson, and Matthew Higginbotham) while discovering other quality artists along the way (Virginia Stroud).  Who knows what artist’s work will catch my eye this weekend . . . this show never disappoints.


Pure Strength by Virginia Stroud

Evening Calm

Evening Calm by Jerry Ricketson


Prairie Grasses by Matthew Higginbotham


Cloudburst by Christopher Westfall

With My Life If Need Be . . . !

May 7, 2016

Today we honor Tulsa’s Heroes — those police officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our city having died in the line of duty.   This is always an emotional event, but an important one.  And, lest we forget, here is the Oath of Office that every officer takes when they are sworn in:

I, [name], having been duly appointed a Police Officer of the City of Tulsa, and a Peace Officer of the State of Oklahoma, do solemnly swear, that I will defend, enforce, and obey the Constitution and Laws of the United State, the State of Oklahoma, and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Tulsa.

That I will obey the lawful orders of my superior officers and the regulations of the Tulsa Police Department.

That I will protect the Rights, Lives, and Property of all citizens and uphold the honor of the Police Profession.WITH MY LIFE, if need be.

This I solemnly swear.

We remember, and we honor each and every one of our fallen brothers and sisters.

NatureWorks . . . A Month Later!

April 8, 2016

Prairie+Grasses,+oil-canvas,14x14,2015Happy Friday!  So, it has been more than a month now since Tulsa’s NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale and I am just now getting around to posting one of the several pieces that I purchased.  I look forward to this show every year and successfully collected a piece from two separate artists that had formerly been on my “wish list” to collect:  Matthew Higginbotham and Jerry Ricketson.  This piece, an original oil by Matthew, is entitled “Prairie Grasses,” was painted in 2015, and measures 14 x 14 (16 x 16 with the frame).  It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from an artist that I have been following and hoping to someday collect.  Hopefully, the first of many more.  I was also able to pick up a another painting by Christopher Westfall as well as a piece by Virginia Stroud.

What, No College Basketball?!

April 12, 2014

Alas, the college basketball season has come to a close, but spring is in the air and if you find yourself in Tulsa, Oklahoma,  it is time for the Tulsa Art Studio Tour 2014.  What is the Tulsa Art Studio Tour?  It is a self-guided tour providing you the opportunity to “see artists in their working space, talk with them about their creations, as well as view and buy artwork.”  This year, thirteen (13) artists in nine (9) different studios will open their doors for this “behind the scenes” look into their creative processes.  The times for the show are Saturday (April 12) and Sunday (April 13) from 12 Noon to 5 PM each day.  Tickets may be purchased at the door of any of the studios ($10) on Saturday or Sunday.  Or, you can purchase them in advance ($5) from:

  • The Gadget Company (104 E. 15th Street)
  • Lovett’s Gallery (6528 E. 51st Street, in the Farm Shopping Center)
  • Nielsens Gifts (8138 S. Lewis Avenue/3515 S. Peoria Avenue)
  • Ida Red (3336 S. Peoria Avenue)
  • The Indie Emporium Shop (501 S.Boston/1317 E. 6th Street)

Here is the list of the artists on this year’s tour:

  • Rachel Ann Dennis, Letterpress (941 S. Pittsburgh Avenue)
  • Samantha Extance, Jewelry (1303 E. 15th Street)
  • P.S. Gordon, Painting (1011 E. 21st Street)
  • Jose Antonio Pantoja Hernandez, Painting (13-1/2 E. Brady Street)
  • Laurie Keeley, Furniture (629 W. 1st Street)
  • Derek Penix, Painting (1520 S. Newport Avenue)
  • Jim Polan, Painting (314 S. Kenosha Avenue)
  • Chuck Tomlins, Mixed media (412 E. 2nd Street)
  • 5 University of Tulsa MFA Students, Illustration, Painting & Printmaking (the Zarrow Center, 124 E. Brady Street)

So, if you have not yet made plans for your weekend, why don’t you check out the local art scene?  I’m planning to; you just never know what treasures you will find . . .

“With My Life, If Need Be” . . .!

May 5, 2012

 . . . this represents the last line of the “Oath of Office” that each police officer swears to upon being commissioned as a police officer for the City of Tulsa.  Even though Peace Officers Memorial Day isn’t for another ten days (May 15th), Tulsa is holding their own Memorial Service today (our Candlelight Vigil was last night).  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Proclamation (signed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy) designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day (and the week that this date falls within as Police Week).  This photo represents the Tulsa Police Honor Guard’s “Tools of the Trade.”   Last year’s new Honor Guard members commissioned the creation of this handsome shadow box (built by Officer Ronnie Benight) which is displayed proudly in the Tulsa Lodge #93 Fraternal Order of Police building.   What a fabulous tribute to our Honor Guard who honor the fallen so exceptionally well.

Our fallen will never be forgotten!

Here are some useful links:

Tulsa’s Local Memorial
State of Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Police Week Schedule of Events (Washington, DC)

Art, Art, Everywhere!

March 31, 2012

If you are an art enthusiast (and/or collector) you will have the opportunity to attend several “shows” within the next month.

Finishing today:

Coming up in a couple of weeks:

And coming up in three weeks:

Needless to say, I have my eyes on several pieces.

Twitter and Local Government!

November 8, 2011

Does your local government have a twitter account?  If they do, do you follow them?   In the November issue of Government Technology, Code for America crunched the numbers and compiled a list of the most-followed local government Twitter accounts (and two are from Oklahoma!). Here are the top-ten!

@311NYC (21,726 followers, 1,989 posts)
@CityMinneapolis (11,719 followers, 827 posts)
@SeattlePD (11,109 followers, 2,445 posts)
@MiamiBeachNews (8,814 followers, 1,020 posts)
@PhiladelphiaGov (8,571 followers, 4,333 posts)
@cityofokc (6,636 followers, 856 posts)
@bouldercolorado (6,309 followers, 2,702 posts)
@MinneapolisSnow (6,000 followers, 113 posts)
@RichmondPolice (5,538 followers, 4,252 posts)
@OkCountySheriff (5,469 followers, 1,526 posts)

Are you following your local government’s tweets yet?


Does Your City “Glow?”

April 17, 2011

Once again our cities have been ranked (by Men’sHealth Magazine).  This time, they sought to measure radioactivity by examining such sources as radon (EPA), x-rays (SimplyMap), cigarette smoke (CDC), and UV rays (NOAA).  Additionally, they examined exposure to cosmic radiation due to elevation (USGS), the number of coal and nuclear power plants within 50 miles (Dept. of Energy), and death rates from cancers commonly caused by radiation (CDC).  Based upon these factors, Tulsa showed up as the 4th most radioactive city in the nation!

The Most Radioactivie Cities:
100. Jacksonville, FL
99. Charleston, WV
98. St. Petersburg, FL
97. Tulsa, OK
96. Indianapolis, IN
95. Oklahoma City, OK
94. Kansas City, MO
93. Birmingham, AL
92. Philadelphia, PA
91. St. Louis, MO

The Least Radioactive Cities:
10. Santa Ana, CA
9. Atlanta, GA
8. Portland, OR
7. Burlington, VT
6. New York, NY
5. San Jose, CA
4. Bridgeport, CT
3. San Francisco, CA
2. Seattle, WA
1. Oakland, CA

Source: Men’sHealth Magazine (research by Julie Stewart)