Who is an artist, and what is art? Such questions have preoccupied artists and critics for centuries, but they find an answer in Undercover Artists, a new workshop series by Norman Arts Council (NAC). And that answer is everyone.
Created by a programs committee at NAC, the premise of Undercover Artists is that an artist lurks inside all of us — it just might take some coaxing to unleash creative potential.
Norman-based photographer Shevaun Williams leads the next Undercover Artists workshop 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24 at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St., in Norman. Capped at 12 attendees, the session includes a light lunch. Guests should bring a camera (or phone) and laptop with photo editing capabilities and know how to transfer photos between the two. Tickets are $25 per person. Visit normanarts.org to register.
In an era of increasing access to create and view art, the distinction between someone who enjoys making art and an ‘artist’ continues; this dichotomy informed the creation of the Undercover Artists series, according to Cher Duncan, events coordinator and programs assistant at NAC.
Duncan, who is in charge of the workshop series, said that the programs committee found inspiration from one of its members, Mariann Lawson, who recounted her mother’s ability to knit.
“Her mother had this fantastic gift to create art,” Duncan said, “but would have never referred to herself as an artist.”
Inspired by Lawson’s mother and her…
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