J. Don Cook and Bert Seabourn Gallery
The third installment in the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ free Fine Art Series is a dual exhibition by two uniquely brilliant Oklahoma artists, Bert Seabourn and J. Don Cook. The Cook-Seabourn show runs from April 18 – May 31. A free-to-the-public opening reception is from 5-7pm, April 18.
Cook is a wildly prolific artist. He’s a painter, photographer, sculptor and writer. For years, he roamed the world as a photojournalist, earning three Pulitzer Prize nominations, and three years ago he compiled the fruits of that labor into an award-winning book, Shooting From The Hip. Other artistic enterprises have included creating large-scale steel sculptures with the "spot" use of stone or glass incorporated; creating paintings on aluminum panels and writing – he has completed a novel and is working toward publishing it.
A painter and printmaker, Seabourn has experimented extensively with graphic media, gouache, watercolor, acrylics and oils for over fifty years. He continues to exhibit throughout the United States and has shown his art in England, Germany, France, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. His work is in private collections worldwide, and is also in many public collections. Says he of his work, "My name has long been associated with being a Native American painter and/or a painter of Indians. I think of myself as an American expressionist who sometimes paints Indians and sometimes paints non-Indians and sometimes paints landscapes and sometimes paints flowers. I think of an expressionist as a painter who expresses himself with the honest use of paint...meaning...it drips, it smears, it splatters, it runs...it does all these things."
It is the goal of the Myriad Gardens Foundation to bring people to the Gardens for a wide range of events, including new programming in the fine arts. In June, look for an indoor-outdoor art and sculpture exhibit featuring the artists of The Red Earth Festival. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, June 7. In 2012, photographer Carl Shortt kicked off what has become the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Fine Art Series by staging a show of his photographs for all to enjoy. In January, colorful abstract painter Joy Richardson became the second artist in the series.
All art is available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Gardens.
Where: Myriad Botanical Gardens
Address: 301 W. Reno