The little things

Local artists create miniature masterpieces.



In this big world, it’s easy to become captivated by large-scale art. Statues that shoot into the sky, murals that cover entire buildings and art installations that take up city blocks seem to be the norm. But bigger isn’t always better. There are many Tulsa artists whose interests take a more microscopic view of the world, delving into the details of everyday life with whimsy and flair; with poignancy and proficiency. Here are just a few of the artists who prove that the little things really do matter.

 

 

Kitsch and stitch

When Terra Tyler took a knitting class over a decade ago, it was just a hobby, something to keep her hands busy while pregnant with her second daughter. Today, she’s a certified knitting and crochet instructor who has discovered a tiny niche of her own.

“As my daughters got older, I wanted to teach them what I had learned,” Tyler says. “And because I have two girls, everything in our house is cuter if it’s miniature. That’s when I noticed amigurumi.”

Amigurumi is an art form originating in Japan in which tiny creatures and characters are crocheted or knitted into 3-D characters, then stuffed with polyfill to give them girth. Tyler created her first one as a gift for a family friend, and soon realized the art form had endless applications.

“I also tutor and teach, so when my kids were learning about fungi, of course I had to knit a mushroom and then tell them really corny mushroom jokes,” Tyler says. The diminutive fungus is no more than 2 inches tall, with a white stalk, bright red head, and tiny eyes to give it life. This was only the beginning for Tyler. Her collection now includes tiny pickles, cacti, telephones, rainbows, pencils, mermaids, honeybees and pizza slices.

“I started designing my own projects,” she says. “I’m inspired by those weird, crazy holidays. Like for National Popcorn Day, I made little buckets of popcorn for my girls. Each kernel has eyes, of course. They have to have a personality.”

The miniature creatures have become Tyler’s gift-giving goldmine, providing a sea of silly yet sentimental inspiration for every occasion.

“Because we’re a little bit corny in our house, I will draw a little picture or a note of encouragement to go along with the character,” Tyler says. “On Valentine’s Day I made my girls little gifts. I found some cute vintage Valentine’s Day cards, so I knitted creatures to match. I made one that said, ‘You’re a-maize-ing,’ with a little knitted corn cob with eyes. Another once said, ‘I lava you very much,’ with a tiny volcano. My husband was really getting tired of it ... He was like, ‘That’s enough, Terra. We get it. Just stop with the puns.’”

But the puns continue unabated in the homeschool group she tutors and instructs. “My students always give me gifts and say things like, ‘You’re a yarn good teacher.’ They’re really silly about it because they know I like to do this stuff.”

To make these tiny textiles takes a little patience, though Tyler tries not to time herself. This particular art form has its own set of difficulties compared to knitting or crocheting a scarf or blanket.

“Because it’s on a smaller scale, it can sometimes be harder for people; but if you can knit socks, you can knit something like this,” Tyler says. “However, if all you know how to knit is a scarf or hat, then this may be a bit different. Some people are not comfortable using multiple needles. And some people have trouble with the smaller needles because it’s difficult to see the stitches.”

Tyler also designs and knits more common projects, like scarves and gloves, but she has found that her work with tiny items can be very gratifying.

“It amazes me that something so tiny can have a lot of depth and meaning, even though it’s small,” Tyler says. “The smaller things really get your attention sometimes.”

To find patterns or learn about Tyler’s other creations, visit knittingwithterra.com.

 

It’s a small world

Sarah Bowen took her first tiny steps toward her big idea in December 2013. She has always been artistically inclined and attracted to whimsical, offbeat subjects.

“I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil, and I remember I’d draw pizzas obsessively,” Bowen says. “I would show them to my parents like, ‘Mom, look! This is a pepperoni pizza, this is sausage.’ They still talk about it.”

The dainty treasures of the world have always captured Bowen’s imagination, and she notices the extraordinary among the ordinary.

“I was one of those kids who gravitated to anything tiny,” she says. “Ridiculous little things that others probably thought were trash, like a tiny acorn or something. I just thought it was so cool.”

Throughout high school, she continued to try new mediums — charcoal, pencil, pastel, painting, screen printing — but working with polymer clay “just stuck.”

Her first time to play with polymer clay, or oven-bake clay, led her to her first muse: tiny gnomes. The prototype was meant to be a gift for a friend, but the character took on a life of its own.

“The medium (polymer clay) really suits the size,” Bowen says. “The first one I did turned out squishy, but I got better at them. Friends and family loved them and encouraged me to show and sell my art at the 2014 Blue Dome Arts Festival. That’s when Tiny Things by Bowen was born.

Bowen began showing in more festivals, but it was Tulsa’s 2015 Wizard World Comic Con — an extravaganza where fans can meet and dress up like their favorite comic book or video game heroes — that expanded her purview to include “nerdier” subject matter. Using neodymium magnets — strong, rare-earth magnets — she created tiny replicas that resonated with Comic Con fans.

“I started out doing a lot of nerdy stuff, recreating pictures, cartoon characters and video games because it played to the Comic Con crowd,” she says. “It’s really great to bond with the kids who know all the characters — likely because their parents are nerds, too.”

Now, art fans are eating up her miniature food magnets. Measuring maybe an inch, these tiny tacos, burgers, pizzas, macarons and breakfast foods have become a popular commodity for all audiences. Constructing these popular magnets requires one-part creative brainstorming, one-part technique.

“I don’t use any molds,” Bowen says. “Everything is individually hand molded. For the prototypes, it usually takes me three tries until I like it. Once I get to that point, I can usually make six to 10 maybe in an hour, depending on how intricate they are.” She uses a tiny toaster oven in her studio to bake the finished pieces.

Bowen spends the majority of her year as a sign language interpreter at Tulsa Public Schools, but during the summer she’s a full-time artist. Perhaps it is her interaction with her students and her fans that keeps her inspired.

“A lot of my ideas come from the stuff I enjoy,” she says. “I love a lot of Japanese cartoons and the cartoon ‘Adventure Time.’ It’s a little weird, I know. But I’m an adult, and I love cartoons.”

Though she still makes tiny food, her latest project hits closer to home. Her “Oklahoma Landmark” series features tiny magnets in the shape of Oklahoma and other Sooner State motifs, like a bison, scissortail flycatcher, downtown Tulsa buildings and the Blue Whale. These special Okie-themed magnets are stocked at the Art Deco Museum and Ida Red. She also has started offering polymer clay parties, where she teaches students how to create two projects.

To find out more, visit tinythingsbybowen.com.

 

Life in miniature

Miniature drawings captured the imagination of a young Merlin Little Thunder in grade school. Always sketching or painting, Little Thunder found his niche in an unlikely location.

“Back when I was a kid drawing pictures, Webster’s Dictionary had all these really intricate illustrations along with the definitions,” he says. “I’d take that dictionary and reproduce all those illustrations to the best of my ability, however close I could get it. It just stuck with me.”

The young Little Thunder was attracted to the small, detailed drawings for their “rhythm” and intricacy. These illustrations informed his understanding of the diminutive medium.

“Miniature art pieces have to flash at you,” he says. “They have to draw you in and hold your attention. Basically, they have to do more than a larger painting.”

He started creating miniature art — some no larger than 2-by-2-inches, up to 4-by-6- inches — in earnest in 1980 and never looked back. When he started doing miniatures in acrylic, they featured mostly stereotypical art and subject matter. But Little Thunder wanted to create a big impact with his tiny portraits.

“People liked what I was doing and it was getting me by,” he says. “Pretty soon, though, I wasn’t satisfied. I wanted to have more substance in my paintings. I wanted a narrative. I wanted this little painting to say something. I wanted to speak to people and record a piece of history.”

Little Thunder grew up in northwest Oklahoma, steeped in the rich stories and culture of the Southern Cheyenne. In 1975 he began focusing on Native American art especially from the early 19th and 20th centuries.

Listening to the stories of older tribe members talk about their experiences made his imagination go wild. “I wanted to portray what really happened and how people lived,” Little Thunder says.

The men in his community noticed his artistic abilities, too, and wanted to ensure Little Thunder fully understood the lives and culture he was depicting. “They gave me audience and said, ‘Listen here, now. There are a lot of artists doing paintings of Native American subject matter; but it doesn’t have meaning.’ I didn’t want my art to be like that,” Little Thunder says.

So, he researched and learned the deeper meaning behind the symbols and stories of his culture, making sure the images and scenarios he depicted were done with respect and authenticity.

His art has won awards since he began, but really started getting attention in 1986. He found his art in the national spotlight when Southwestern Art magazine profiled him. “I painted under the radar until probably ’86-’87,” he says. “But you take a step backward when you hit the national spotlight. You have to reassess your path and try to figure out what’s next. It takes you by surprise.”

Little Thunder has continued to paint and gain accolades through the years, showing in galleries from coast-to-coast, and selling most of his work to collectors and as commissioned pieces. “The thing with miniatures is that no one can use that excuse that they don’t have any wall space,” he laughs.

Though they are tiny, one painting can take up to eight months to complete. “People oftentimes think that miniatures, because they are small, can be done quickly. But the first couple of weeks are what I characterize as ‘problem solving.’ It needs to have a rhythm, a pattern.”

See and purchase Little Thunder’s art at the upcoming “Small Works, Great Wonders” show Nov. 10-26 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit merlinlittlethunder.com.

 

Locomotivation

For as long as they can remember, husband and wife Harry and Sammy Wolohon have had an affection for model trains.

“When I was a child, my dad brought a train home for Christmas after the war and put it under the tree,” Harry says. “I guess I was 5 or 6. It was just a toy at first, but it turned into something more later on.”

Sammy’s love for trains also was imparted by her father. “We lived in Oklahoma City, and my dad would drive us and park behind the Borden’s manufacturing plant where the Santa Fe train would pass. We would watch that train every evening.”

When Harry and Sammy married, they both had their own trains, and each year the collection would grow as they bought trains for their children and, later, their grandchildren. These days, they have moved on from simple indoor setups to more elaborate outdoor railroad landscapes.

Garden Trains, sometimes called G-Scale Trains, are the larger of the model trains. The Wolohons’ sets are 1:24 ratio electric or battery powered. By using their own backyard, they combine a passion for railroading with their interest in gardening.

At one point, Harry purchased several trains at a going-out-of-business sale, but they sat in a closet for 15 years. He found a place for them and sought out the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club to learn more about the hobby.

The idea behind these elaborate garden railroads is to mimic not just a particular town or landscape, but also an era. “The garden club typically produces layouts, so they are prototypical, meaning they try to reproduce in miniature what a train and a town would look like,” Harry explains. “It takes into consideration engineering, constructing buildings, putting a water feature in a garden layout. Again, there are a number of skills that you can call on to put into your railroad.”

Each member has a different vision, and when it comes to creating your own layout, the possibilities are endless, he says.

“You can either build a large garden train consisting of 2,000 feet of track or a smaller track that goes around a tree,” Sammy says. “Some people do different eras. Some do the ’50s, some the 1800s; some just Western towns, while others have a mixture.”

The Wolohons’ setup recreates the 1950s, which gives them some flexibility. “A 1950s town can have contemporary buildings and have the older buildings that still exist, so you can have a mixture,” Sammy says.

The Garden Railroad Club regularly hosts speakers and member lectures to demonstrate new tricks of the trade, like how to build life-like adobe houses or find new uses for water features. The club meets once a month and often takes modular model trains to veterans’ centers and children’s hospitals, in addition to contests and events. Each member has their own interests and is drawn to trains for different reasons.

“The club members have all different types of trains: locomotives, steam engines, diesels, contemporary ones,” Sammy says. “One guy has a 50-car military train with all the tanks.”

This July, the National Garden Railway Conference was held at Tulsa’s Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. It was the first time the convention has been held in Oklahoma. VisitTulsa helped Tulsa Garden Railroad Club bring the convention to town.

As with most creative pursuits, the Wolohols consider theirs a work in progress. “You’re never finished,” Harry says. “You can really create your own world.”

For more on the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club, visit tulsagardenrailroadclub.com.

Tulsa Garden Railroad Club from TulsaPeople Magazine on Vimeo.

 

A doll's life

Carlyn Ritter hasn’t always been a doll artist. Though always fascinated by marionettes and miniature versions of real-life characters, it wasn’t until later in life she started pulling her own strings.

“I loved ‘Pinocchio’ and all the wonderful things that Disney threw out there for us to look at when we were little,” Ritter says. “I’ve always had an interest in marionettes, but it was about 25 years ago while healing from a hip replacement that I made my first doll.”

Later, Ritter’s involvement in the Tulsa Herb Society gave her the opportunity to really let her inner puppeteer come to life. The group put on garden marionette shows for kids. Ritter put five years of work into building her own “troupe” of seven marionettes fashioned from gourds. She even wrote the music.

“Marionettes are pretty complicated to make and I was self-taught,” Ritter says. “But I loved the process.”

Later, she upped the ante and learned how to carve wood, then moved on to working with clay. From there, the sky was the limit. “I made cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, all kinds of animals,” she says. The recent one I made I call ‘Scaredy Girl and the Big Bad Wolf.’ I also have a small Groucho Marx and other movie stars.

“I’m a little weird,” she laughs. “Whatever the occasion is, I can probably come up with a character.”

Because marionette making is more tedious, Ritter has turned her attention to making dolls. “Marionettes are time-consuming and are hard to string,” she says. “I occasionally make a marionette because I really don’t want that art form to die. But, dolls I make more often.”

And these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill cloth dolls. They are constructed more like a sculpture or piece of 3-D art. She uses materials like cloth, paper clay, polymer clay and epoxy clay. One of Ritter’s more striking pieces is a cricket, decked out in a tux and tails, playing a violin. It looks like it danced off a movie screen.

“The cricket was made from paper clay, wire armature and cloth,” Ritter says. It was her entry into a contest put on by Art Doll Quarterly magazine, which challenged doll artists to create a doll with anthropomorphic qualities, meaning human-like traits given to something distinctly non-human. “It came from an artist’s picture I saw, so I asked if he would mind if I made a doll using his work. He was thrilled,” Ritter says.

Ritter is an avid member of the Tulsa Art Doll Association (TADA), a group that meets regularly at the Hardesty Regional Library. The group brings in other dollmakers from all over the country to show them new techniques and styles. It’s an all-ages group, and Ritter hopes it will grow. Ritter also has another wish for a fun addition to the new park being constructed along Riverside, A Gathering Place.

“At New York’s Central Park there is a place called the Swedish Cottage where they perform marionette shows,” she says. “I think it would be so cool if we had some kind of small puppet stage so children could enjoy puppet shows.”

Artistic dolls and some marionettes created by TADA members will be featured in an October show at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. In December, some items will be on display and available for purchase at the Tulsa Artery. 

 

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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Tom Perotta is the bestselling author of Election and Little Children, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into an HBO Series.

Where:
Sharp Chapel
800 S Tucker Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $2-$12

Where:
Loony Bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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In Elizabeth Brown’s “Morphology,” the artist imagines a landscape of drawings and sculptural installations that are inspired by the natural world, but are forged from an array of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts
307 E. Mathew Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts
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Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Through the use of glass, beadwork, and fiber, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott and Sonya Clark highlight, challenge, uncover, and discover race, representation, and injustice. The project weaves...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Join us Thursday, September 21st for a Backyard Bash featuring games and activities for the entire family, drinks, authentic Tanzanian food from JBFC's newly released "Taste of...

Cost: $10 per person. 2 and under are free

Where:
Spain Ranch
732 E. 116th Street
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: Janada Batchelor Foundation for Children
Telephone: 918-706-2268
Contact Name: Amanda Winge
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Cookbook and new brand unveiling, family-friendly games, activities, drinks, and food samples from the cookbook Tastes of Tanzania.

Cost: $10, tickets; free, ages 2 and under.

Where:
Spain Ranch
732 E. 116th St.
Jenks, OK
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Sponsor: Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children
Telephone: 918-706-2268, ext. 5
Contact Name: Amanda Winge
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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will host an exhibition entitled “Digital Divas”, by internationally recognized Sculptor Slim Cook from September 7 to October 2, 2017 with an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Telephone: (918) 743-4297

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Celebrate International Peace Day by finding your inner peace in a yoga session led by Rachel Calvert beginning at 6pm. All ages can stop in and create a craft using peaceful words and pictures....

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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It's back!  The class that everyone asks about and waits for...hearty, warming, comforting soups and stews.  Yes, stew is added to this class just to round things out. ...

Cost: $65.00

Where:
The Girl Can Cook!
315 South Main
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Contact Name: Candace Conley
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Cocktail reception, plated dinner and dessert, comedian Jeff Nease, presentation of annual Barry Switzer Award of Excellence, program featuring Special Olympics athletes and guest speakers, and...

Cost: $200, tickets; $2,500-$10,000, sponsorships

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Special Olympics Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-481-1234
Contact Name: Derek Cain
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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Cost: $39-$59

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Josey Records
1020 S Rockford Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Shuffles: Board Game Cafe is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign and is hosting three upcoming gaming events where you can choose from more than 100 games to play. There's Board Game/Astronomy...

Where:
The Boxyard, Fassler Hall, Chimera Cafe
Tulsa, OK


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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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In Elizabeth Brown’s “Morphology,” the artist imagines a landscape of drawings and sculptural installations that are inspired by the natural world, but are forged from an array of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts
307 E. Mathew Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts
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Where:
Sisserou's
107 N Boulder Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Guthrie Green
111 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Hurricance Stadium
512 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Created by Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours, this music fest features four stages and performances by Randy Rogers Band, Shinyribs, JD McPherson, Lucero, American Aquarium,...

Cost: $60-$150

Where:
Diamondhead Resort
12081 OK-10
Tahlequah, OK
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Tulsa Ballet is throwing a Block Party with live music, craft beer, food trucks, and more, all just before a performance of Creations in Studio K.

Where:
Tulsa Ballet
1212 E 45th Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Through the use of glass, beadwork, and fiber, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott and Sonya Clark highlight, challenge, uncover, and discover race, representation, and injustice. The project weaves...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will host an exhibition entitled “Digital Divas”, by internationally recognized Sculptor Slim Cook from September 7 to October 2, 2017 with an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Telephone: (918) 743-4297

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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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“CHALK IT UP” An Art festival, begins on September 22nd from 7pm-11pm and continues on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-7pm.  This is a family event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rose District
211 S. Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74013
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Sponsor: ARTSOK, Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-688-5766
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett
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Tulsa's Funniest Stories - One Night of Hilarity!     Friday, September 22 at 8 PM - 10 PM Want to hear the funniest stories that have been told on our stage the last 4+...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Ok So Story Slam
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Beehive Lounge
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Case Soccer Complex
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
ORU Aerobics Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Ok So Story Slam brings back some of the best stories from the last four years.

Cost: $10

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Drive
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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The time has come for pumpkin everything. Breakfast, lunch, and Pie Night is all pumpkins.

Where:
Antoinette Baking Co
207 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
American Legion Post 308
11328 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK
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In Elizabeth Brown’s “Morphology,” the artist imagines a landscape of drawings and sculptural installations that are inspired by the natural world, but are forged from an array of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts
307 E. Mathew Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts
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Cost: $5

Where:
Blackbird On Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Fuel 66
2439 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
George's Pub
108 N 1st St
Jenks, OK
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Where:
Fassler Hall
304 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $35.50-$55.50

Where:
Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Utopia Bar & Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Fed up suburban youths struggle to find their place in a superficial society in the rock opera based on the pop-punk band's Grammy-winning album.

Cost: $30-$32

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Through a series of events, Christine begins to believe her daughter, the seemingly perfect Rhoda, may in fact be a serial killer.

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Muskogee Little Theatre
311 S 3rd St
Muskogee, OK
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Clark Youth Theatre performs the original high school musical, starring Rydell High's class of 1959.

Cost: $10-$13

Where:
Clark Youth Theatre
4825 S Quaker Ave
Tulsa, OK
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A celebration of impermanence, artists compete, creating artworks with chalk on 10'x10' sections of Main Street, B.A.

Where:
The Rose District
Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK
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7:30 a.m., party; 9:30 a.m., walk.

Cost: Free registration, sponsorships available, fundraising encouraged

Where:
Dietler Commons, in front of McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association
Telephone: 918-392-5010
Contact Name: Leeanna Tomah
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  The Farmer’s Market Every Saturday from 8-11:30am until mid-October New live music each week, cooking demonstrations, wine, cheeses, fresh eggs, meats, honey, veggies and...

Cost: free admission

Where:
The Farm Shopping Center
51st & Sheridan
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: The Farm Shopping Center
Telephone: 918-622-3860
Contact Name: Shelley Latta
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8:30 a.m., fun run; 9 a.m., 5K and 10K Food trucks, inflatables, music, family-friendly event Sign up at: https://runsignup.com/Race/OK/Catoosa/PortHarborDash  The 5K and 10K...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Tulsa Port of Catoosa
5350 Cimarron Road
Catoosa, OK  74015
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Sponsor: Tulsa Port of Catoosa
Telephone: 918-202-7714
Contact Name: Sheila Shook
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Through the use of glass, beadwork, and fiber, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott and Sonya Clark highlight, challenge, uncover, and discover race, representation, and injustice. The project weaves...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Masquerade/cosplay event with food, silent auction and Batman-themed activities. Batman or movie character costumes encouraged.

Cost: $15, individuals; $25, couples

Where:
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Broken Arrow
1400 W. Washington St.
Broken Arrow, OK
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Sponsor: Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-406-9341
Contact Name: Sean Henry
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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will host an exhibition entitled “Digital Divas”, by internationally recognized Sculptor Slim Cook from September 7 to October 2, 2017 with an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Telephone: (918) 743-4297

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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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BUY EARLY BIRD TICKETS ONLINE NOW - ONLY $12!   Get ready for the LARGEST & MOST ASTOUNDING SHOW OF THE YEAR!! BOOBS, ACROBATS, CLOWNS, SPARKS, STUNTS, TORTURE & PLENTY O' CRAZY...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
The Fur Shop Outdoor Stage
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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“CHALK IT UP” An Art festival, begins on September 22nd from 7pm-11pm and continues on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-7pm.  This is a family event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rose District
211 S. Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74013
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Sponsor: ARTSOK, Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-688-5766
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett
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Come see the beautiful Sundance award-winning documentary "Unrest" for free and learn about this most common unknown illness - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Circle Cinema
10 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Unrest in Tulsa
Contact Name: Melanie Randolph
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$45

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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At Oklahoma's largest (and grooviest) pet adoption event, find a new friend or bring one for pet contests, microchipping, vendors and services, and live music.

Where:
Riverwalk Crossing
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Signature Symphony performs Peter Boyer's New Beginnings, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto, and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations with featured pianist Horacio Gutierrez.

Cost: $12-$37

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

Cost: Adults $20, kids $12, seniors & military $17

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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A big top couldn't contain this crazy, adults-only circus. See acrobats, trapese artists, burlesque, fifty shades of sideshow, and some freaky clowns.

Cost: $12

Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $45-$55

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$18

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Ride Brookside
4133 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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