MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release

September 9, 2015

 

Contact: Kendra Blevins, Marketing and Development Coordinator Kendra@tulsagirlsartschool.org

 

First Annual Live Painting Event at Mainline Art Bar Benefits TGAS

 

TULSA, OK: Tuesday, Sept. 15, Mainline Art Bar is hosting a night of original art and entertainment to benefit Tulsa Girls Art School. Admission is $15 and includes a complimentary drink and a vote in the live painting competition. Live music and light refreshments will accompany the painting done by five Tulsa artists. The completed works will be available for purchase via a silent auction at the end of the night. Mainline Art Bar & Gallery is located at 111 N. Main St.

 

These five artists will exhibit their process, creativity and skill:

 

Matt Moffett is a self-taught artist that paints for the love of painting. Raised in California, Oklahoma and Spain, Moffett was taught to appreciate beauty in all forms and also to express this beauty through art. Moffett is the executive director of the Tulsa Girls Art School, a non-profit benefiting underserved girls in the community by providing an arts education.

 

Libby Williams is a graduate of the bachelors and masters art programs at the University of Tulsa.  Her abstract style explores the relationship between color, space, scale and form. She often works in plein-air and is inspired by observation. Color is the primary subject matter and true context of her work.

 

JP Morrison Lans lives between Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Brisbane, Australia. She is a life-long homeschooler who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute, in 2007.  Morrison Lans works primarily with colored pencil to create realistic yet somewhat altered figurative portraits. She is also an experimental installation artist, who fiddles with imagery of houses, forts, and fantasy spaces to create playful realms.

 

Jason Lockhart is a Tulsa Native with an arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute. His paintings feature architectural elements juxtaposed with typography and painterly abstractions resulting in organic yet mechanical compositions. Lockhart believes “his job is to present something beautiful but his goal is to make you think.”

 

Steve Tomlin has influenced art in Tulsa for over 30 years. Tomlin served as an illustrator in the Army and obtained degrees in Art History and Psychology. These experiences gave him insight and sensitivity to the human condition, which is a reoccurring subject in his non-objective abstract works.

 

More about TGAS

TGAS works to empower talented and motivated young girls from underserved Tulsa schools by exposing them to specialized art training. It provides a small class environment, which allows for quality individualized instruction and the students’ quarterly art show teaches the girls to be savvy entrepreneurs. Whether the medium is blown glass, metal sculpture, fiber art or fine oil painting, students experience a new and diverse curriculum curated by founder and Executive Director Matt Moffett.

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For immediate release

September 9, 2015

 

Contact: Kendra Blevins, Marketing and Development Coordinator Kendra@tulsagirlsartschool.org

 

The 2015 Through a Child’s Eye Gala is an Eerie and Bizarre Affair

Inspired by the Addams Family characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams

 

TULSA, OK: The 2015 Tulsa Girls Art School fundraiser, Through a Child’s Eye Gala: Inspiring Individuality, The Addams Family is inspired by the works of iconic cartoonist Charles Addams, whose work was recently brought to Tulsa by Tulsa Girls Art School and the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education.

Addams is widely known for creating the spooky Addams Family characters, which inspired the 1960’s TV series and feature films. Inspiring Individuality, The Addams Family is a fantastically eerie gala that will bring to life the essence of the Addams Family through an eccentric fashion show created in conjunction with Ihloff Salon, a new series of gothic style live paintings presented by the TGAS girls and an exclusive silent auction featuring the work of Oklahoma artists Chris Mantle, Matt Moffett, Marjorie Atwood and more. Sara Bost Fisher is chair of the event with patron chair Mary Ann Doran and honorary chair Linda Allen, mosaic artist.

The gala will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Tulsa Ballroom of the Cox Business Center.

The funds provided by this event will be used to provide the girls with supplies, quality instruction, transportation and other necessities to create their best artwork.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 918-949-9638 or visit www.tulsagirlsartschool.org.

 

More about TGAS

TGAS works to empower talented and motivated young girls from underserved Tulsa schools by exposing them to specialized art training. It provides a small class environment, which allows for quality individualized instruction and the students’ quarterly art show teaches the girls to be savvy entrepreneurs. Whether the medium is blown glass, metal sculpture, fiber art or fine oil painting, students experience a new and diverse curriculum curated by founder and Executive Director Matt Moffett.

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2/4/2015

Tulsa Girls Art School                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kendra Blevins, communication coordinator

918-949-9638

Email: Kendra@tulsagirlsartschool.org

Follow your “Bliss” to the TGAS Spring Art Show with New Orleans Artist Sally Heller

TULSA, OK – Multi-media installation artist Sally Heller is traveling from New Orleans to build one of her incredible art installations with the TGAS girls April 13 – 16, 2015 for the spring art show, “Bliss.” Her collaboration with the girls will culminate in a life-sized installation, which will be constructed in a space next door to TGAS and on display during the art show.

“This is a first for TGAS because the girls have never done an installation before,” says Executive Director Matt Moffett. “I’m excited that Sally is collaborating with us, not only because she has done prestigious art shows like her installation at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and her “ScrapHouse” sculpture in New Orleans, but because she’s a strong, successful woman artist. I’m excited for the girls to learn from her.”

In addition to the installation, the beginning, intermediate and advanced students will have individual pieces for sale at TGAS during “Bliss.” Original student works include all new oil paintings, a wood and glass reliquary, a handcrafted lamp decorated with Shrinky Dinks and must-see multi-media projects.

TGAS spring art show, “Bliss,” is at Tulsa Girls Art School, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd., on Thursday, April 16, 5:30-8 p.m., with a wine reception. Free and open.

Sneak Peak of June art shows:

Two of our girls are graduating this year! Monae King and Amanda Zimmerman will be presenting their one-woman art shows in June. Monae King’s one-woman art show is June 4 and Amanda Zimmerman’s one-woman art show is June 25. More to come later!

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2/1/2015

Tulsa Girls Art School                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kendra Blevins – communication coordinator

918-949-9638

Email: kendra@tulsagirlsartschool.org

 

Tulsa Girls Art School Chosen as Finalist for Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Award

 

TULSA, OK. – Tulsa Girls Art School, (TGAS) is a finalist in the Youth Services category for the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence, (ONE) Award, presented on April 25 in Tulsa. Out of approximately 16,500 nonprofits statewide, only 24 were named finalists by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

 

ONE Award honorees do not apply for the awards, but are nominated and selected by the ONE Awards Selection Commission, composed of Oklahomans from throughout the state representing a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

 

Matt Moffett, TGAS executive director, co-founded the afterschool art program in 2007 to provide visual arts education and teach life skills and financial management to underserved girls in Tulsa. The TGAS studio, located on Admiral Blvd. in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood, is a safe and supportive environment for girls in third through 12th grade to come afterschool to work on oil paintings, ceramics and a variety of multi-media projects. The culmination of the students’ work is presented during an art show at the end of each semester, where 30 percent of the art sales go into a micro-savings account for each student. College prep is another important part of the curriculum at TGAS, where students are aided in filling out applications, financial aide forms and creating an art portfolio.

 

Moffett is excited to see the work of TGAS gaining attention from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

“I’m excited to see that starting a grassroots organization has taken off not only in our targeted audience in Tulsa but that the state of Oklahoma is behind us and we are getting recognition for it,” says Moffett. “This award is very prestigious and the attention for being a finalist helps us educate the public on our mission and what we do for Tulsa’s next generation of artists.”

 

The ONE Awards Selection Commission, a group of prestigious community leaders from across Oklahoma, determines the finalists. “The finalists are recognized, not merely for their efforts to better their community, but for their quality of process toward that effort,” said David Hogan, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission. “These are nonprofits with not just big hearts, but great methods as well.”

 

The ONE Awards Ceremony is April 25 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa where three finalists are selected for each of the eight categories. The winner of each category is awarded $7,500, while the other two finalists are awarded $5,000. At the conclusion of the ceremony, one overall winner is announced and receives the $10,000 Award for Excellence.

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2/1/2015

Tulsa Girls Art School                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kendra Blevins, communication coordinator

918-949-9638

Email: Kendra@tulsagirlsartschool.org

 

Come and Get Your Love

Annual TGAS Valentine Show

TULSA, OK – Come and Get Your Love on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Tulsa Girls Art School’s 4th Annual Valentine show. The TGAS girls are selling original handmade Valentine cards, only available at TGAS.

Students used designer fabrics, capitalizing on their soft textures and bold designs, to create one of a kind Valentine cards. Also available are colorful Valentine linocut prints designed by the beginning, intermediate and advanced classes.

Each handmade card is only $10 and all proceeds from the Valentine show go to support the students and their trip to Santa Fe this summer.

Come and Get Your Love on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Tulsa Girls Art School, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd., 5:30 – 8 p.m. with wine reception. Admission is free.

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