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The Art Hall another positive addition to Uptown 23rd

Bill O'Brien / Red Dirt Report
The Art Hall is at 519 NW 23rd Street in OKC's "Uptown 23rd" district.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, an American author made his way to Moscow for the purpose of researching a biography of Andrei Sakharov, a nuclear physicist who had become a dissident leader in the USSR after having assisted in the creation of the Soviet nuclear program in in the 1950’s.

But the author soon become consumed by the rapid transformation that Moscow was undergoing after seven decades of a centrally planned economic system, with the smell of freshly poured concrete in the air and the sound of power saws in operation being heard throughout the day as trucks carrying construction materials crowded the streets. Moscow, he concluded, was “a city in the fury of the present tense."

And a somewhat similar observation can be made at various locales in Oklahoma City, and perhaps most notably on 23rd Street in the area between Classen Boulevard and Broadway, where formerly moribund structures have been transformed into places with gleaming facades seemingly overnight that people can be seen entering and exiting throughout the day and into the evening.

That section of 23rd Street was part of the historic Route 66 that made its way from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, and it has recently been said that that highway began as a thoroughfare but has become a destination in itself as historians and filmmakers now make their way through its remnants to record parts of the now vanished Americana that it displayed and was part of.

One of the more intriguing places now found there is The Art Hall located at 519 NW 23rd Street.

It is here, at The Art Hall, that the work of numerous artists is available for purchase, displayed on walls of red brick and plaster that are reminiscent of a much earlier era.

The individual works that are now being shown there include several items described as being “acrylic on canvas” by Huda Hashim, a somewhat mysterious artist from the African nation of Sudan who was educated in the United Kingdom and the U.S. and whose work is often found in galleries in Dallas and for sale on websites.

Her art there currently reflect in part her African heritage and include works titled “ Africa Rose’, African woman”, “a Walk in Sudan” and “Al Jeran” which translates into English as “Neighbors.”

And it is possible that Huda Hashim’s aristocratic reserve conceals a sensitivity and concern that is reflected in her art.

The establishment also features some of the art of Alicia Saltina Marie Clark, an artist who also works in acrylic, and her work on display is indicative of a pride and reverence for her Native American heritage.

Gayla Hollis, whose works are described as being “mixed media of oil and watercolor’ has some of her art on display as well, and while all of them appear to have the word “buffalo” in their title, only a few of them actually include a recognizable image of that beast. Interestingly , her titles are in both French and English.

The prices are listed on the individual works, and potential purchasers are directed to the adjoining Urban Tea House if they wish to make a purchase. That establishment also has art on display, and the work of the individual that is currently being shown, Kyndal Rainey, seems to be indicative of a great appreciation of nature on her part, and features skies, flowers, and other bright images.

And it seems probable that some of the art shown at The Art Hall Oklahoma City will in time find their way to museums and private galleries.

The Art Hall is a collaborative effort between Anna Russell of Land Run Commercial Real Estate Advisors, independent curator Helen Opper, the gracious tenants of the Rise on 23rd Street, and numerous Oklahoma artists.

It is open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. M-F and 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.  It is located at 519 NW 23rd Street in Oklahoma City's Uptown 23rd District. For more information go to or call 405-231-5700.

Monday, June 19th, 2017 10:33am

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Bill O'Brien is an attorney based in Oklahoma City.

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