The Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City.

Paseo First Friday Gallery Walk Returns in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma’s first art district, the Paseo Arts District continues to grow with restaurants, galleries, and retail. After cancellations due to the pandemic, the district is ready to welcome the community back for the July First Friday Gallery Walk. Galleries and shops stay open late, and the evening marks the opening of new exhibitions each month. All guests are asked to wear masks, follow directional signage, practice social distancing, and use the provided hand sanitizer. This month’s walk is Friday, July 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Though most Paseo businesses have reopened in some way, some will not be open for First Friday. You can find more information about how to support your favorite shops and restaurants during their new hours.

The Paseo Art District in Oklahoma City.

The Paseo Arts Association (PAA) is proud to present the first exhibits in their new Paseo Arts and Creativity Center at 3024 Paseo – the 6th Annual Print on Paseo and a showing of photos and video from the Black Lives Matter protests in Oklahoma City will open with a reception during First Friday. Both exhibits will be on display at the PACC and online starting July 3 through August 1, 2020.

Through their juried Print on Paseo exhibition, the PAA strives to represent and spotlight the depth and diversity of Oklahoma printmakers, while offering the public an opportunity to learn about the different methods of printmaking. The works of 29 printmakers were curated by juror Emma Difani, who will present artist awards at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

View powerful images by Ryan Magnani, Michael Steinman and Eric Waltman and video by Kiley Josey taken during the May and June Black Lives Matter protests and vigils. Steinman and Waltman of The House Helps, in collaboration with Black Lives Matter’s Oklahoma City chapter, captured the movement authentically as it was happening. Photos are available for purchase with the proceeds benefitting Black Lives Matter. Details are available at The House OKC.

Enjoy a live music performance by Casey & Minna, a local fiddle and guitar duo who perform folk, contemporary pop, oldies and original music, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the red “Flamenco” sculpture at the center of the district. Casey & Minna began their musical journey together as a raucous big string band and whittled it down to just the family, often playing unplugged and strolling to meet the needs of venues, audiences and themselves.

Oklahoma City’s Unique Arts Destination, the Paseo Arts District is located between NW 27th & 30th Streets and Walker & Hudson. Each First Friday, Paseo galleries offer special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists, and a variety of live entertainment – all within walking distance. Ten restaurants and a handful of shops round out the Paseo’s distinctive atmosphere.

Images: The Paseo Arts District / Joshua Vaughn

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