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Bartlesville Art Association News

Bartlesville Art Association is no longer the best kept secret in Bartlesville!

 A billboard, BMonthly magazine article, word of mouth, posters, and live radio broadcast all put out the word that we have a new home where we continue to make “happy little accidents” and so much more!

 We had three great BAA and community events in the last several weeks. I estimated about 80 members came to the member’s only open house at our new “digs” in Comanche Center. The feedback was great – good lighting, cozy, efficient set up, easy parking and access.

 Our public opening was well attended. Several new members signed up as they munched on hotdogs provided by Regent Bank. Curious people listening to live KWON radio on site came by to check us out.

 And finally, we had our Annual Art Show opening on August 25 at the Center. Over 200 people attended the opening and silent auction. Many local artists and vendors donated to the inaugural silent auction fundraiser. It went so well, we look forward to bigger and better selections for next year’s opening reception and silent auction on October 4, 2024 judged by the renowned Clayton Beck. If you haven’t been to the Lyon Gallery at the Center to the art show, it will be there until September 29.

 Next, the BAA Members Only show will hang for the month of October in the glass display cases in the foyer of the Bartlesville Public Library.

 New This Fall – Kids After School Arts and Crafts with Quincey. Quincey Turner, a very talented young woman, is teaching afterschool art classes for kids K through 5. Register on the BAA website. For more information on Quincey and to see her impressive body of work, go to <>

 Fundamentals of Drawing and Oil/Acrylic painting classes begin with Cris Sundquist next Monday, September 18, for 8 weeks. There is still time to sign up for Cris’ phenomenal classes on our website.

 No Talent Tuesdays taught by Janet Odden began Tuesday the 12th and focuses on basic drawing skills.

 Live Model Drawing/Painting with Anne Spoon begins October 1 on alternate Sunday afternoons.

 Felt Flowers on Plush Pumpkins Saturday, Oct 21 with Namrata Jaju will be a fun start to the Fall season.

 Watercolor for Beginners – Paint a Red Rose on Saturday, October 21 with award-winning watercolorist and former BAA board president, Amy Jenkins. See some of Amy’s amazing paintings on here website <>

 Super-popular, Paint Your Pet Party, returns Saturday, Oct 28 with Valerie Unruh. YAY!!!

 Join us for Open Studio on Wednesdays with Cheryl Bryan. Open Studio is a member benefit. We welcome anyone to join the group for a session. After you see how much you learn and have fun doing it, we ask that you become a member for only $40 for a whole year of open studios (and your free “Art 101” class!).

 Opportunities to display artwork are beginning to open up! Check them out. Artists are being invited to display and sell artwork at several places around town including the Palace Rooms, the Coffee Exchange in the Hotel Phillips, and next door at Suzie-Q Vintage Mall, our new neighbor in the Comanche Center.

 Board Elections - Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 5. We will have our Christmas/Holiday member social and annual meeting. At this meeting, a slate of board members will be presented to the membership for approval. The bylaws will require a vote as minor changes need to be made to reflect the new address and some changes in board make up.

 We will recommend an Executive Committee of President, President Elect, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The remaining board members will have responsibilities including Marketing, Membership, Annual Art Show, Art-FULL Day in the ‘Ville, Donations and Fundraising to name a few. We are looking for nominations and volunteers for the board. Kathleen Rutledge will be stepping down as President after 4 years.

Bartlesville Art Association is located at 217 S. Comanche ave at Frank Phillips Blvd in the historic Comanche Center.

Did you know you do not have to be an artist to join the BAA?

For over 70 years now, art appreciators of all ages have joined to help support the arts in Bartlesville.

*Art improves the quality of life and supports economic development in our community.

One of the reasons people choose Bartlesville as their home is because of its vibrant arts scene!


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