Dennis Spielman

The real and imaginative adventures of Dennis Spielman

Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate - photo by Dennis Spielman

Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate

For this episode of Uncovering Oklahoma, I got to take a tour of Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate in Oklahoma City. Owners Maura and Roy Baker share their chocolate-making process from start to finish as well as talk about their coffee shop in the Britton District

Visit them online at https://zerotolerancecoffee.com or in-person at 913 West Britton Road in Oklahoma City.

Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes.

Looking to mix up your wardrobe? I have some great Oklahoma-themed merch at my online store and your purchases help supports my projects. 

Exhale Launched

Featuring 185 videos I made, I am excited to share the online lung rehabilitation program, Exhale has launched! If you or someone you know someone is struggling with COPD, smoking, and other lung conductions, Exhale takes a holistic wellness approach with educational videos, strength training, yoga, breathing techniques, and even cooking classes.

While there are over 100 videos on the app, a user technically won’t see them all as the program is customized to a person’s needs. For example, if you have diabetes, there are some additional videos about diabetes and how it relates to lung health. There are also five different skill levels, based on the mMRC standard for the strength, walking, and yoga videos. Also, technically I have made over 200 as the company went through an identity change in the early stage so we reshoot a bunch of lessons and redid videos based on feedback too.

I meet with the founder, Wendy Lawson, back in November of 2020 and we’ve been filming videos ever since that December. I’m excited to see how this program goes. There are plans to add more content and cover more fields!

Learn more at joinexhale.com

Okie Baking Co - photo by Dennis Spielman

Okie Baking Co.

Occupying 484 square feet in Downtown Norman, Shannon Hanchett of Okie Baking Co. specializes in homestyle cookies inspired by the history of various people and places that make our state great.

Visit Okie Baking Co at 231 W. Main Street in Norman and online at okiebakingco.com

Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes. Be sure to visit my online store with various Oklahoma-themed merchandise. 

Nature's Course by John Newsom - photo by Dennis Spielman

Nature’s Course Learning Gallery with John Newsom

Painter John Newsom gives a tour of the learning gallery at Oklahoma Contemporary, which pairs with his exhibition, Nature’s Course, in the main gallery. I took a creative departure from the traditional artist statement by having John talk about his works through the learning gallery.

John Newsom: Nature’s Course at Oklahoma Contemporary is a mid-career retrospective, featuring 31 of his paintings from the last 20 years. Newsom is best known for his richly textured large-scale oil on canvas paintings of flora and fauna. Newsom’s work layers and combines elements of Abstract Expressionism, minimalist geometric shapes, and hyper-realistic representations of animals to create complex allegories of the natural world.

The exhibition runs from March 24 to August 15, 2022.

Thanks to my superstar supporters, Revolve Productions, and the Keller-Kenton Family, as well as all of my supporters on Patreon. If you love what I’m doing, please join me on Patreon for bonus content, including early access to new episodes. Be sure to visit my online store with various Oklahoma-themed merchandise. 

Nature’s Course by John Newsom

Artist John Newsom and Oklahoma Contemporary director Jeremiah Matthew Davis gave a preview tour to media and other VIPs before the official opening of Nature’s Course. Here is that behind-the-scenes event that I filmed for Oklahoma Contemporary.

Stay tuned to Uncovering Oklahoma as over there I’ll share a one-on-one tour with John Newsom about the learning gallery part of the exhibition. I’ll also have an artist interview for a new series I’ve developed.

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