Wallace Owens opened Owens Arts Place Museum, the first and only Fine Arts Museum in Logan County, after retiring Professor Emeritus from the University of Central Oklahoma. The latest exhibit “New Works,” opening Sunday, will feature work from artists Kathy Buttry and Connie Seabourn.
Connie Seabourn began exhibiting and selling artworks as an adult in 1969 through gallery shows and museum competitions. Receiving a BFA from the University of Oklahoma and master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma; Seabourn taught at Rose State College, the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Public Schools. Her work has been documented in books, papers, magazines and is included in many prestigious collections. She has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Today, she continues to paint passionately, as well as teach art classes to adults, conduct occasional workshops in watercolor, mixed media, and printmaking and continues to write and illustrate children’s books. “Metamorphosis” was the title of her latest body of work, which was exhibited at Edmond Fine Arts in January 2018. Seabourn exhibited a large body of work for a solo exhibit at Oklahoma City University in 2017, entitled, “The Feminine Face of God.” Seabourn makes her home in Oklahoma where she explores life, art history, mysticism and religions, transforming her discoveries/thoughts/feelings into her unique and personal artworks.
Their bright colors and the joyfulness of them drew Kathy Buttry into working with colored pencils. Active abstract images of flowing colors are now sharing wall space with a new series of works— “Dogs Playing with Frisbees.” Since the late-1990s, a series called “Singers” has been her primary 3D focus, using low-fire and water-based clay each piece is formed into a mask that appears to be singing a heartfelt, soulful song. Buttry has exhibited in two person shows at the Ponca City Museum of Art, the Donna Nigh Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Coiled Pot. She exhibited her work again in Lakewood at Quailridge with a small group of artists in “Visionmakers: Five Visionary Artists.” She has participated in Prairie Dance Theater’s “Christmas Samplers,” Colorado Indian Arts Market and Western Arts Roundup and the Gallery of the Plains Indian. A special honor for Buttry was the selection of a grouping of her “Singers” masks that were used on a poster. The board of Intertribal Wordpath Society, a non-profit based in Norman, voted to produce the poster as a fundraiser. Another honor was the commission of a life-size wolf, the mascot, for Edmond Santa Fe High School. Her work is included in the Melton Art Reference Library and her book “Our Fathers’ Daughters” was selected to be included in the Wilma P. Mankiller Collection of the Oklahoma State University Library.
The opening reception of “New Works” is July 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with refreshments provided and an open mic for poetry, music, etc. Owen’s Arts Place Museum is located at 1202 East Harrison Ave.