By Jan J. Smith
OAI President & artist.
One of the best-kept art secrets in OKC is the Oklahoma Artists Invitational Art Show & Benefit that is happening April 3rd – 5th at the Mercy NeuroScience Atrium, 4120 W Memorial, OKC. This year Bert Seabourn, a long-time Oklahoma favorite artist, is the featured artist. Twenty artists will be presenting art, sculpture and jewelry. The OAI art show accepts only Oklahoma artists and each artist has been juried in as patrons expect high-quality art.
From Oklahoma Artists Invitational’s very first show in 2010, they adopted the mission statement that “Oklahoma Artists Invitational art shows are produced by juried Oklahoma artists interested in making a difference in our world through fine art, community charitable support and health education”. Since their beginning, the OAI artists have chosen Mercy Health Foundation-Stroke Treatment & Prevention as their charity and donated a percentage of their sales toward this work. For health education, Dr. Richard V. Smith, Medical Director Emeritus of the Mercy NeuroScience Institute, gives a free talk during the art show on Stroke Treatment & Prevention. In April, Dr. Smith is also adding information on Parkinson’s. The art show is the only place the public can hear this life-saving talk unless they belong to a group that invites him as a speaker.
Image gallery from the 2018 Art Show & Benefit
This high end, very popular OAI art show offers fabulous original oil & acrylic paintings of all sizes along with stunning sculpture. Three artists offer jewelry with semi-precious stones set in sterling, gold fill and copper. Many artists offer prints, canvas giclees (prints on canvas from the original art) and frameable notecards. There is a great opportunity for everyone to go home with something they like.
This will be the 16th Oklahoma Artists Invitational popular art show with an appealing venue, wine, food, raffles and fabulous paintings, sculpture and jewelry. This year’s artists include Bert Seabourn, Jan J Smith, Karen Seikel, Steve Seikel, Jessie Seikel Hill, Teri Cunningham, Barbara Fluty, Peggy Lunde, Henrie Close, Diane Goldschmidt, Yvonne Covey, Sandy Wallace, Diana Robinson, Linda Littlechild, Debbie Flynn, Polly Sharp, Rory Morgan, 3 jewelry artists, Dustin Buckley, Emily Buckley, Judy Osborn and sculptor, Glen Thomas.
All attendees have an opportunity to participate in raffles offering many desirable items including Dustan Buckley Jewelry, Bert Seabourn print and many more. 100% of the proceeds from all raffle items and a percentage of all sales will be donated to the Mercy Health Foundation- Stroke & Parkinson Education, Treatment & Research. Since 2010 OAI has donated $33,155 to Mercy Health Foundation. To check out the list of the raffle packages and values, hover over Events at the top of the page and click on Raffles. These will continue to be updated.
Oklahoma Artists Invitational is introducing the Certificate of Art Purchase, as an option to support art, charity & important health education. A pre-purchase is made and then the Certificate of Art Purchase is used as cash to purchase any art, jewelry, sculpture, giclees, prints or cards at the show. Certificate purchasers receive an invitation to the Friday, April 3, 3:30pm VIP 1st Choice Pre-Party at OAI’s Mercy NeuroScience Atruim venue prior to the opening of the art show. Bert Seabourn will be there to greet each Certificate of Art purchaser and the sponsors. A percent of all sales go to the OAI charity and this creates a fun way to receive art while supporting Stroke & Parkinson Education, Treatment & Research. For more information click on the Certificate of Art Purchase on the right sidebar or the red button on the Home page.
Be sure to add Friday, April 3 on your calendar for the Oklahoma Artists Invitational art show opening from 4-8 pm. Or April 4th & 5th, Saturday & Sunday from 11-5. Don’t forget to add Dr. Smith’s free talk on the Treatment & Prevention of Stroke at 2 pm on Sunday. Hover over Events at the top of the page and click on Calendar to see more details for the show. For information or to purchase a Certificate of Art Purchase you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will enjoy the wonderful art, sculpture, jewelry and refreshments all while supporting a wonderful charity and Oklahoma artists.