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Making Money as a Visual Artist

The Show Starts Now Studios in collaboration with the Norman Arts CouncilResonator, and OkSessions presents Art & Victory, a free monthly panel discussion series designed for creative entrepreneurs. The theme for July’s panel was Making Money as a Visual Artist, which included topics on becoming successful, how to get your art displayed in galleries/businesses, working art festivals, pricing your work, pitfalls to avoid, and hustle tips.

Christian Pearson from OkSessions hosted this panel discussion with artists, Jessica Legako and Jason Wilson. 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Jessica Legako – Jessica Legako is a painter who primarily works in oils; her work often involves texture and gestural movement. Her current work involves a focus on distance and depth involved with landscapes. She has earned her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Born and raised to a farmer and a teacher, she was enriched with an outdoor lifestyle. This allowed undisrupted observation, which fed her imagery. She currently lives and maintains her studio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Jason Wilson – Forty years ago, a young boy watched his Native American grandmother design, assemble and sew his family’s quilts. Today, contemporary Perceptual artist, Jason Wilson, influenced by his grandmother’s quilts, gives new life to old concepts. Jason says his designs are about building the painting as much as painting the painting, involving hours of construction. To this end, Wilson developed his own unique acrylic paint formula to hand paint his canvas. The result is a technically perfect, remarkably flawless finished canvas. By bringing his designs to life, Jason Wilson hopes to delight and inspire others.


It was our biggest crowd yet! What was really fun was we some people sketching the panelists and making art during the show. I do have plans for the next three Art & Victory sessions. August is Intro to Acting, September we’re talking about making short films, and in October we’ll discuss starting your own podcast.

The 2019 Black Foodie Summit Recap

In this recap of the 2nd Annual Black Foodie Summit by OKC Black Eats, I visited with each of the vendors to uncover what they offer. Learn about some black-owned restaurants and food caters in the Oklahoma City area. 

Featuring: Vanessa House, Anthem Brewing, Vesa’s Soul Food, NyRea’s Place, Dani’s Desserts, Sylvia’s Homemade Better Cookies, Bentley & Bosh Executive Cleaning, The Poetically Vegan, Brown Cow Bakeshop, Mero, Polk House, Bistro 23, M’EyE Chef, and Chef Paul. Plus, opinions from Nikki Nice and Dave Cathey.

Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen

I visited Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen in Downtown Norman on Tuesday where they bring a unique pizza experience to the metro with their coal-fired oven and specialty pizzas with their own taste profile. Fred Auletta and Tina Adkins discuss in this Uncovering Oklahoma video how their coal-fired oven works, what makes their pizza different, their vegan options, how they’re great for a date night, and what else guests can expect.

Visit Pryor’s Pizza Kitchen at 123 West Main Street in Downtown Norman or their website at PryorsPizzaKitchen.com

Prelude Coffee Roasters

Prelude Coffee Roasters believes coffee is a starting point. Owners Pryce Fischer and Sam Wilson share how they desire for the coffee to be a tool used for creating experiences, evoking memories, and inspiring your new beginning.

I still have plans to release another video on Thursday. There has been an influx of new businesses and I want to try my best to keep up with what’s happening. This was also one of the reasons I renamed my Tuesday Treat series to Creator Conversations and moved that to Wednesday so my videos could be better spaced apart.

Visit Prelude Coffee Roasters for yourself at 3 NE 8th Street in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley District inside the 8th Street Market or online at https://preludecoffeeroasters.com/

Dead People’s Stuff

Get lost through the reclaimed and restored finds at Dead People’s Stuff “Architectural Antiques + Design” in Oklahoma City. Curran and Marymar Fudge give a tour of their antique store.

For my patron supporters, I have an uncut version of the tour available here. I cut out several parts for pacing and to keep the video more timeless. They are finishing up their remodel.

Visit Dead People’s Stuff for yourself at 1900 Linwood Blvd in Oklahoma City’s Ironworks District or online at deadpeoplestuffok.com

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