Next Meeting May 11 at 7:00 pm 

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

To contact the organization contact 

Glen Thomas.  His email address is gthomas49@pldi.net or

phone 405-488-4662 


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




Caryn Brown

Mosaic Sculpture, you ask?  Isn’t that flat art?  Our program this month will include a demonstration, audience participation in creating a new work of art, and a slide show of a mosaic artist’s works.  Caryn Brown, an outgoing publicly acclaimed professional artist, will be bringing some of the tools and materials she uses when creating her three dimensional mosaics.  By attending this meeting, whether you’re a woodcarver or a bronze sculptor, you may learn something that will find a place in your work.

“From my early childhood I was compelled to create art. I fell in love with color.  Tempera paints to acrylics and finally to oils, painting was my constant companion and passion.  This drive eventually led to an art scholarship to the University of Tulsa. There I discovered how to refine my organic paintings, providing more structure to my work.

“The discovery of mosaics came from a combination of travel and dusty bookstores in my 20s.  This ancient art form was fascinating in the fact that it was organic with its jagged edges and wide range of materials, and yet it was based in structure and color… a combination of my experience to that point. I was intrigued. By playing with different concepts and approaches, including inlaid mosaic furniture and handmade tile hanging pieces, I was able to define a new approach to mosaics which generated buzz and excitement in the local market.

“Upon returning to Tulsa after 8 years in Kansas City I have broadened my resume to include larger installations and a pursuit into sculptural pieces.  Many are detailed, personable creations tailored to a client’s needs and space.  Often these works contain historical references, public input and support, and even community workshops to complete the projects.  I am told that my work is different from many in the fact that my painting background is evident and there is a certain thoughtfulness in each piece.  I thrive on this feedback and inspiration and continue to experiment in blending fine art detail with the timeless art of mosaics.”

Call someone who you haven’t seen at an OSS meeting lately.  Caryn is driving from Tulsa to share her knowledge and her art.  Let’s provide a big crowd.  That’s at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Contemporary Arts Center in the Fairgrounds.  And bring sculpture to share!   Keep thinking in 3 dimensions!!

PAO/OSS Pawhuska show:

Details and entry forms were sent May 2 to all active and recent former OSS members. From Jim Franklin:  The potential of this show is enormous.  We need as many members as possible to enter what could turn into a very successful annual summer show.  The exhibit will occur at the peak of summer vacations and there will undoubtedly be large crowds in Pawhuska, thanks in large part to Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Mercantile.  Larry Waid has put together a postcard invitation to our show.  These will be available for sending to our patrons, friends and family members.  We hope each of you will attend the opening on July the 15th in Pawhuska. We will also be inviting our members to demo their skills during the show.  If interested, contact Jim or Larry. More information will be available in the very near future.                      


Member news:

Kristen Abramson, who has been apprenticing with wildlife sculptor Jocelyn Russell, sent us pictures of some of the 15 life-size pieces installed at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans April 25.  The elephants were created in Jocelyn’s studio in Washington, then enlarged at Synappsys Digital Services in Norman and cast at the Crucible.  The Norman work portion of the process started a year ago and was featured in The Oklahoman’s May 1 issue. The lions and meerkats were finished at Art Castings in Colorado.  (For more information, see Jocelyn’s website, wildlifebronzes.com.)

Leaving the Crucible in Norman, OK.



April was a busy month for Harold Holden.  On the 20th, he and Mike Larsen were honored in a 2-man show at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  (Both artists had previously been inducted into the Hall).  On the 22nd, Harold was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  He is now one of only 10 artists to have been inducted – and the first Oklahoma artist – since the award’s creation in 1955.  Interestingly, everyone honored there that night was presented a “Wrangler statue” – sculpted by Harold Holden!  From the April 23 Oklahoman:  “Many lifelong connections have been made through this museum, and I’m honored to be here,” Holden said.  “It seems a little strange to be receiving one of my own sculptures, but I’ll take it.”  

Catherine Johnston’s "Hope" piece will be formally dedicated on May 18th along with the completion of the Garden of Remembrance at Clarehouse, 5:30-7:30 pm, 7617 S. Mingo in Tulsa.  She did at a David Rankin Watercolor Workshop in Tulsa, April 24-27th, and has two pastels on display at the “Wild Fork” on Utica Square.     

Pamela Winters had fun doing a sculpting demo at the RS Hannah Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX, at the artist reception in April.   The WAOW Show continues through June 3rd.  She is working on a piece entitled “Anna’s Chickens.”


More TOSS news from Larry Waid:  Due to the number of opportunities to enter shows during the summer/fall months, sculpting workshops, summer projects and vacations, TOSS is taking a workshop break until September. However, thanks to the efforts of our members, we will still be actively promoting and recruiting so when we meet for our next session we might have a new crop to share sculpting with. Brittany Morgan is leading the way promoting and offering sculpting workshops to school students.  

Many of us are entering the OSS/PAO show so will get to visit, see each other’s’ work and cheer one another on.  

Brittany Morgan, Catherine Johnston, James Wallace and I entered the Bartlesville Art Show. James and I both won Honorable Mention awards. A very good show.

I will be traveling to Loveland in May to spend 2 days helping do patinas on 7 pieces of my work to bring home. Will deliver another at the same time. Sandy and Pat Regan will be coming back through Loveland from their visit to California to pick up Pat's work and maybe one more of mine, if it is ready.  

Sally Flora-French, Catherine Johnston and I will be traveling to spend 5 days in June with Kristen Abramson and Jocelyn Russell sculpting "Big Cats.” We are looking so forward to it!

Et cetera:  

One update of our new directory: the second phone number listed for Jim Franklin is his cell.  (His studio phone “is no longer.”) …Former member and past president Virginia King passed away on April 16.




  Oklahoma Sculpture Society

1708 Sandpiper Drive

Edmond , OK 73034

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.  

   Reminder: :  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.

OSS Membership Form








Please indicate your interests in the following in order to help us in our planning:  

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Workshops:  1-, 2- or 3-day?_____________  With a model?__________________

     Instructors you’d like?________________________________________________




Field trip ideas?________________________________________________________


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Thank you!  Please return this along with your dues ($35) to Neal Willison at the next meeting or mail them to him at 3612 N.W. 19th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

 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.  

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.     

Website:  www.ossculpture.com


Oklahoma Sculpture Society

1708 Sandpiper Drive

Edmond, OK 73034









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