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Next Meeting February 8 at 7 pm at City Arts Center 

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To print and application for membership: 2018 Membership Application.docx

To print and application for membership: 2018 Membership Application.docx

The Oklahoma Sculpture Society is an organization of Oklahoma Sculptors working, sharing, showing, and learning together. The Oklahoma City chapter meets the second Thursday of each month
(7 pm) at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center located on the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Annual membership dues are $35. The Tulsa chapter meets on Saturday mornings in Tulsa, contact Larry Waid for details.

To contact the organization contact 

Jim Franklin - jimfranklinstudio@att.net 

phone 580-572-8317

for Tulsa information Contact

Larry Waid - waid8337@att.net

Phone 918-607-5612 




Our February 8 program will feature Norman artist Brett McDanel, who creates metal sculptures out of found objects. He has a background in construction but says he wandered around lost until he found his calling, creating symbolic sculptures by repurposing metal objects. His work is largely an allegory of his own life and speaks to the obstacles and hurdles he has had to negotiate to realize his dream. His work explores the boundaries of human emotion as he is "poking things you know you shouldn’t" and his sculpture "often delivers a dark, comical mood." He says that people can either go to the stars or just sit and look at them, and too many people are content to look. Brett is not content with the observer role and says, "I want to inspire strength!"

McDanel will bring samples of his work and discuss his background and how he evolved into the sculptor he is. According to his promoter Tony Morton, "He is a raw dude who likes to speak directly. Brett’s presentations generate a lot of interest and questions and he enjoys interacting with an audience." Should be fun! - Glen Thomas


From Larry Waid: Our January workshop was well attended with 10 members including new member Linda Dunbar, 6-yr-old Josey, and visitors Wendy Colbert, Velida Palmer and African potter Yusuf Etudaiye. Jim Franklin spoke on future plans for OSS and hopes for growth. We continued with the "armature-to-clay" program used in the two previous workshops. The next step will be heads, hands and feet. This will be an ongoing program starting the new people with the same training procedure. We did a potluck lunch which provided a good opportunity for all to visit and get to know each other. We always include and invite owner Dan Ziegler and staff to come and join us.

In February we will continue with the armature-to-clay program. In March, Pat Flanagan will teach all how to make a silicone and plaster mold to cast their own sculptures. Pat creates beautiful works, makes her own molds and pours her own plaster pieces and does the patina all herself.

Front Row seated left to right: Linda Dunbar, Katharine Dillsaver

Second: Pamela Winters, Sally Flora-French, Pat Flanagan

Third: Larry Waid, Velida Palmer, Wendy Colbert, Pat Regan

Fourth: John Kerr, James Wallace, Jim Franklin


Sally Flora-French will be teaching a hand casting class using the "Cold Cast Bronze" method on Feb. 5 at the Wagoner Art Alliance in Wagoner from 10 to 2 ... limited class size ... cost is $50... "I willl donate all materials (alginate, hydro stone, etc.) …good gift for Valentine’s Day."

Heather Kaiser has this piece in the Rockwell Museum show in Corning, NY, Perspectives of the American Experience: A National Juried Exhibition of American Women Artists, January 19 – April 22, 2018. (See americanwomenartists.org for more information on this amazing organization

Janie Tigert won the medallion contest last month!

Pamela Winters: "I was approved as a member of TAG -Tulsa Artists’ Guild!!!! Larry was my sponsor."

From Britt Morgan: "Well, it doesn't have to do with sculpting. But I just got back from attending Casy Baugh's last workshop in LA and it brought my charcoal skills to a whole new level. Studying and learning like that makes me excited about art all over again."

Susan Thompson tells us she is teaching a workshop on hand-building face jugs at Oklahoma Contemporary starting February 3.

News from people we haven’t seen for a while: Todd Burkhalter tells us he is still looking for commission work for any subject any size. Will teach art/sculpting classes just about anywhere for a little cash!


Wade Heckes spent 4 months working with Sandra Van Zandt doing molds for her 17-foot-high war memorial in Austin, TX, unveiled Dec. 2. "The Price of Liberty" portrays a version of Lady Liberty taking a husband and father off to war while his tearful wife holds on. The couple’s daughter also holds a U.S. flag which is folded into a triangle, symbolizing the loss of American loved ones who have passed in warfare. Now Wade is doing some work for John Free.

Grant Ritchey is primarily caring for his wife right now but must be doing a little sculpting: he plans on doing the May Fair in Norman this spring and would like to do one or two 'One Day' art shows nearby. "I saw Lou Hale about a month ago as she came through Norman on her way to Texas. She picked up one of my last boxes of Bruno Lucchesi clay." Sounds like Lou is still sculpting!


You all received an email about The Museum Broken Arrow proposed show in October. Your OSS Board asked for members willing to show to let us know by Jan. 31st. We are also accepting two-dimensional work from those who also sculpt. If you enter you must show both … not just two-dimensional work.

While this is a good start, the venue is 30’ x 40’ so we could use some more folks.

These are the members who have committed thus far: David Nunneley, Linda Cain,

Link Cowen, Phyllis deQuevedo, Sally Flora-French, Mary Greear, Pat Flanagan, Britt Morgan, Glen Thomas, Patsy Lane, Jim Franklin, Larry Waid.

If you do not find your name on this list and wish to be involved, please call Jim Franklin at 580.572. 8317.


The Vala Ola workshop, scheduled for June 2 through June 5, will be held in Edmond’s Conservatory for Classical Art. It is still open for registration: a deposit of $200 will hold a place for you. (Checks can be made out to OSS and sent to Neal Willison, 3612 N.W. 19th Street, OKC 73107.) During the workshop, designed for beginning as well as experienced sculptors, Vala Ola will take you through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be 1/3 life-size (approx. 24" figure). The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, rib cage, pelvis. We will spend time on the head, eyes, mouth, nose and how to sculpt beautiful hands and feet. Fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, use of shadows, points of interest, composition, leading the eye around, texture and lost edges, drapery and building an armature. Finally we will learn how to add your own personal twist to the pose. The class will also feature tips on working with foundries. We will have a female model for each day of the workshop.

For more information, contact Phyllis deQuevedo, pdequevedo@kicker.com.


OSS 2018 leadership:

President – Jim Franklin; OKC Vice President – Janie Tigert; Tulsa Vice President – Larry Waid; Treasurer – Neal Willison; Secretary – Delene Brewer; Historian – Dru Marseilles.

OKC committees: Programs – Mary Greear and Glen Thomas; Newsletter – Dru Marseilles and Jim Franklin; Website – Neal Willison; Sculpt-ins – Glen Thomas; Door Prizes – Neal Willison; Hospitality – Dru Marseilles.

Tulsa leadership: President – Larry Waid; Treasurer - Pat Regan; Secretary - Katharine Dillsaver; Calling Committee - Pat Regan, Britt Morgan and Pamela Winters.

Thanks to all for being willing to work on behalf of our organization!


for webpage info contact Neal Willison at naw@osuokc.edu

The Oklahoma Sculpture Society was established in the fall of 1979 as a non-profit corporation devoted to the education, appreciation and creation of three-dimensional art. Oklahoma City meetings are generally held the 2nd Thursday evening of the month at the Contemporary Arts Center in the State Fairgrounds.

Reminders: The newsletter deadline is the 20th of each month. Please send your news to Dru Marseilles, 1708 Sandpiper Drive, Edmond, OK 73034 (405-341-6570) - or e-mail it to dmarseilles@cox.net. Dues are $35 each calendar year; $15 for students or those out-of-state members wanting only the newsletter; $50 for supporting members. Please send to OSS Treasurer Neal Willison, 3612 N.W. 19th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107.

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