Gallery girl

Ariana Jakub traversed the globe before landing in Tulsa’s downtown Deco District, where she operates her own gallery.

Gallery owner, Monroe Demonstration School art teacher and Tulsa transplant Ariana Jakub is mining the Midwest for artistic talent and bringing it to her new gallery in the downtown Deco District.

Originally from New Jersey, Jakub studied studio art and Russian language and culture at Emory University before moving to Moscow, where she hosted art shows at her apartment and discovered her Russian heritage.

She relocated to New York City because "you can lose yourself in Moscow," she says, and entered the art world through the Christie’s auction company.

"Working at Christie’s was invigorating and I never grew tired of it," she says. But life had other plans for her that included a move to Tulsa to be close to her boyfriend.

Jakub arrived in Tulsa in February 2011 and hit the streets, discovering the city’s little shops and galleries and seeing where she would fit in career-wise. She happened upon The Gallery on Sixth and discovered Savage Art Gallery, where she later became the director. 

Jakub started the Little Savages art history education program for children K-4 in that space and hosted some exhibitions, but the wide-open spaces that native Tulsans love weren’t exactly a breath of fresh air for her.

"The Deco District has a New York feeling in Tulsa," she says. "The wide open spaces terrify me; being surrounded by tall buildings comforts me."

Jakub opened her own gallery Sept. 1 in the Deco District at East Fifth Street and South Boston Avenue in the Philcade Building, where she continues Little Savages and art shows. 

This month, Jakub will show the work of Michael Davidson, Florida State University optical microscopy scientist and photographer.

Davidson began photographing the molecules of cocktails and beer under the microscope in an effort to raise money for his department. Jakub says she was drawn to the photos because they were unusual.

"They are so colorful and not Photoshopped," she says. "I am attracted to images that I haven’t seen before. This is a bridge between art and science."

Approximately five large framed pieces and several small photos for sale from Davidson’s collection will be displayed during the exhibition. Other Ariana Jakub gallery artists with work on display in December include photographers Caty Smith, Kris Graves and Robert Little; painter and printmaker Jerrod Smith; mixed media artist Cassie Hamilton; painter Isadora Stowe; seamstress Julia Swearingen; yarn portrait artist Pete Pitchford; and photographic seamstress Maria Aparicio Puentes.

Also this month

La Festa di Natale Painting Demonstration

As a prelude to Villa Ravenna’s La Festa di Natale — an annual holiday dinner with 10 courses and 11 Italian wines — Texas artist Todd Ford will unveil two new wine paintings. He also will do a live painting at Lovetts Gallery.

Also at Lovetts is "Caution: Wet Paint!" with Camille Engel and Natalie Featherston.

Ford’s artist demonstration is 5:30-6:30 p.m., Dec. 3, at Villa Ravenna, 6526-A E. 51st St., with live painting 3-6:30 p.m. at Lovetts, 6528 E. 51st St. "Caution: Wet Paint!" artist reception and demonstration is 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Dec. 8. Exhibition runs through Dec. 31 at Lovetts.

Sunday Matinee Films at Gilcrease Museum: Photography

This Sunday afternoon film event features three documentaries about photographers Joel Sartore of National Geographic fame; George Steinmetz, exploration photographer; and Robb Kendrick, who utilizes tintype, a historical photo technique.

1:30-3 p.m., Dec. 9, at Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road. Free with museum admission. Visit

Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition presents a new biennial exhibition that represents a broad survey of artists in the state presented with works of artists from across the country. The opening of "Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma" coincides with the grand opening of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s new Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA). Opening is 1-5 p.m., Dec. 16; exhibition continues through Feb. 16 at AHHA, 101 E. Archer St. Free and open to the public. 

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