January 2018 Around Town 1

Fine Print Exhibit Opens Jan. 26

at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Fine Print! Posters From the Permanent Collection, an exhibition that explores how posters work to sell audiences on products, people and ideas, opens Jan. 26 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

The exhibit, which runs through May 27 in the museum’s Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery, offers visitors an opportunity to see rarely exhibited European and American posters in the museum’s permanent collection that were produced between the fin-de-siècle French poster movement of the 1890s and the 1972 Olympics.

Not only will this be the first time many of these posters have been displayed, but the exhibit also marks the museum’s first large-scale poster show in nearly 50 years. Whether bedecked with the sinuous curves of Art Nouveau, the bold patterns of Art Deco, or the minimalist text and imagery of the International Style, these posters demonstrate how style creates and communicates meaning.

The art museum also is opening two other exhibitions this month, both of which will run from Jan. 26 to April 8.

Admission is always FREE, thanks to the generous support of OU’s Office of the President and Athletics Department.

For more information, call 325.4938 or visit 

Norman PTA Council to Present

Chocolate Festival for First Time

The Norman Chocolate Festival, previously hosted by the Firehouse Art Center, this year will be presented by the Norman PTA Council, with the majority of proceeds supporting education in the Norman Public Schools through grants for school PTA projects.

During the festival, set for Saturday, Feb. 10, at Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave., partnering restaurants and businesses will offer thousands of samples of delectable treats.

Tickets can be purchased for four one-hour-long sessions. During each session, ticket holders will be able to wander through the vendors and receive 10 tastes. Premium admission ticket holders will receive five additional tastes.

Event T-shirts are available with purchase of a ticket or a donation, or available onsite.

Participating restaurants include Legend’s, NOSH, Apple Tree, Rusty’s Frozen Custard and The Diner.

For more information, visit facebook.com/events/164960957570525/

Firehouse Art Center Gallery Sets

Healing Studio Exhibition

An annual exhibition highlighting the creativity and self-expression of the Firehouse Art Center’s weekly Healing Studio program will be featured in the FAC Gallery Jan. 12-17.

The Firehouse staff invites the Norman community to join them in celebrating these individuals during an opening reception scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The purpose of the Healing Studio program is to nurture and provide an outlet for the creative expressions of individuals with varying degrees of cognitive, physical and learning abilities. The program’s weekly sessions are conducted in a positive, supportive atmosphere with projects that help students link visual art expression to their personal experiences and emotions in a way that is communicative, healing and confidence building.

The exhibition supports the artistic endeavors of these individuals, while providing gallery attendees with insight into the Healing Studio program. Artwork in the show reflects the topics and visual art instruction explored during the program over the past year. Inspiration is drawn from a multitude of subjects, including the work of master artists and current events, in a way that directly builds connections between the program’s participants, their community and their self-expression.

The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorships from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and memberships.

Jazz Concert, Tango Lessons

Among Events Set at Libraries

A jazz concert for all ages, a “Slime Academy” for children in fourth or fifth grades, and Argentine Tango lessons for teens and adults are among activities scheduled in January by the Pioneer Library System at its branches located in Cleveland County.

Norman Central

9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 – English as a Second Language Tutor Training: Join the library’s group of adult volunteers who work with adult language learners through the Literacy Services Department. Call 701-2682 to register.

Norman West

Noon Wednesday, Jan. 24 – Lunch and Listen concert: The monthly free concert features the Mary Sallee Jazz Quintet, including University of Oklahoma Jazz Professor Jay Wilkinson, pianist and composer Mary Sallee, OU Saxophone Professor Dr. Jonathan Nichol and Bassist John Cole.


3 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 – Slime Academy: Join the slime crazy by making a different kind of slime at each afterschool event. Targeted to children in fourth or fifth grades.


6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, Argentine Tango lesson, led by instructors Martha and David Wells of TangoLife OKC. For teens or adults.

Southwest Oklahoma City

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, the Penn Ave. Literary Society is the library’s book discussion group for adults, meeting monthly on the second Thursday of each month.

Sightseeing Sooners 

Masters Golf Tourney Travel Package

Are you a golfing enthusiast? Sightseeing Sooners–a program of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association–is planning a special travel package April 4-7 to Atlanta centering around the Masters Golf Tournament.

The package includes roundtrip transportation; luxury accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta; a Masters viewing party featuring special guest appearances; tickets to the tournament providing grounds access, along with two-way shuttle service; golfing at a private course featuring instruction by a licensed PGA professional; and a deluxe spa package.

Prices start at $3,510 per person. You do not have to be an OU alum to take part in Sightseeing Sooners travel opportunities.

For details and to make reservations, visit