Events you can count on
Where to see art in Tulsa this month.
10th annual 5x5 Show
As a fund raiser myself, I love this idea. Selling 5-inch-by-5-inch canvases for $55 on the fifth day of the fifth month is an awesome concept, and Tulsans benefit by having so many works of art by a large variety of known and unknown artists from in and out of town. You never know whose work will be there, so show up early to get yourself squared away with your piece of affordable art. Plus, you help support the local arts scene. Thank you, TAC, for making donating so much fun.
May 5. 5:55 p.m. TAC Gallery, 9 E. Brady Ave.; 592-0041.
Tulsa ArtCar Weekend and Parade
You’ll be surprised who you see at this event featuring art on wheels. I recently saw a photo of Libby Auld, owner of Eloté Café downtown, with her art car creation from years past. Wildly decorated vehicles parade through Tulsa’s streets for the joy of passengers and viewers alike. Bring your kids. Don’t have any? Bring your inner child.
May 14-17. Various times. Living Arts Gallery, 308 S. Kenosha Ave.
This is a Tulsa tradition I have attended since I was a kid. More than 120 artists showcase their work along Main Street. You will see everything from paintings, to jewelry to sculpture. It’s a festive time that caters to families and people just wanting to enjoy our beautiful downtown. Also, there are tons of kid-friendly activities for them to create their own works of art.
May 14-17. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. Williams Green, East Third to East Sixth streets, and South Boulder to Boston avenues. Visit Tulsa Mayfest.
Blue Dome Arts Festival
As if one arts festival were not enough joy for one weekend, the Blue Dome Arts Festival takes place simultaneously and just down the street to the east from Mayfest. While Mayfest has more of a splashy commercial feel at times, Blue Dome is set on maintaining a local theme. Organizers require that everything sold be made by the artists and request that the artist be present. Even the food is primarily local. If you want to catch the who’s who of Tulsa’s art scene, you should definitely browse the Blue Dome Festival. You’ll be proud to see the talent in our city.
May 15-17. Noon-9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. East First and Second streets and Elgin and Detroit avenues.