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June 18, 2016 - Gallery Staff

We are currently offering internships to motivated, self-starting students and recent graduates seeking experience in gallery administration, marketing, art handling and public art. Internships are unpaid and are at least 6 months long with a 12 hour/week minimum commitment. This internship is especially beneficial to those brave individuals who are interested in building a sustainable career in the arts. 


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Kasum Contemporary Celebrates Anniversary with Tribute to Fantasy

October 28, 2015 - Darla Shelden City Sentinel

Kasum Contemporary Celebrates Anniversary with Tribute to Fantasy

Darla SheldenStory by  The Kasum Contemporary Fine Art gallery exhibit “A Mystical Menagerie” featuring new works by artists Diana J. Smith and Katie O’Sullivan, will open on Sunday, October 4 and run through November 15.  Photo provided.

The Kasum Contemporary Fine Art gallery exhibit “A Mystical Menagerie” featuring new works by artists Diana J. Smith and Katie O’Sullivan, will open on Sunday, October 4 and run through November 15. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter

Kasum Contemporary Fine Art gallery will celebrate their new double exhibit season with a special tribute to fantasy. September 12 marked the one year anniversary of Kasum Contemporary’s opening in the Plaza District of Oklahoma City,

Gallery director, Tony Morton, says he and his wife built Kasum with creativity, whimsy and big dreams in mind.

“We wanted our season debut to pay tribute to imagination and there may be no greater extension to imagination than fantasy,” Morton said, “We are pleased to be opening our 2015-2016 exhibit season by presenting the far reaching creative works from three phantasmagorical artists in two very unique features.”

The exhibit “A Mystical Menagerie”, featuring new works by gallery artistsDiana J. Smith and Katie O’Sullivan, will open on Sunday, October 4 and run through November 15.

The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, October 9, from 7 – 10 p.m. at 1706 NW 16th Street.

A native Oklahoman, Smith is well known for her animal focused acrylics on canvas. Morton suggests that she will soon be widely recognized for her work in sculpture as well.

“Diana’s new hand built clay figures are Canterbrian in many ways. They merge our own, very relative, character traits into a fantasy world of unfinished stories,” said Morton, “A place where we can pick up the pen and author our own world. It’s a place of impossibilities made possible.

“Over the last year Smith has formed, finished and fired a world of wizards. Each one is the creation of a new species clothed in the Celtic robes that reflect the artist’s heritage and topped with a proper wizarding hat,” he added.

Each piece comes with its own hand bound and stitched journal, a miniature version of the full scale Wizards Journal Exalted Tome of Quests,  which will also be on display and for sale.

The Journal is a one-of-a-kind art book, created by Smith, which contains excerpts from the journal entries of questing wizards and will “allow readers to peer ever deeper into each character,” Morton added.

Smith received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma and her interest in masks led her into additional studies in anthropology. She has exhibited in numerous juried, group, and solo shows and has won awards for her paintings, masks and mixed media figures.

“I am very excited to show this new work alongside Katie O’Sullivan’s paintings,” Smith said. “I think it was a brilliant match-up on Kasum’s part.”

Smith has created a contest for the event where participants can write a journal entry for “Feidhlim the Steward of Wings” and post to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #MythicalMenagerieGiveAway.  Entry deadline is Nov. 9. Diana will award “Sioda, the Wizard’s Apprentice” to the winning entry on November 13.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, O’Sullivan’s whimsical approach comes from her creative ability to discover something new in art each day Morton said.

“Katie’s compositions are an aggressively balanced combination of drawing media and acrylics on canvas.” said Morton, “They take on aspects of noted neo-expressionist and primitivist movements, inspired by creatives like Jean-Michel Basquiat, but the dichotomies they deliver are rooted in pure imagination.”

Running concurrently with “A Mystical Menagerie” will be the gallery’s first Satellite Exhibit of the season featuring surreal sculptures of Oklahoma artistPaul Medina.

“Paul’s works represent strong anthropological and contemporary social context; his most recent body of work is no exception.” said Morton. “Medina refers to his works as Balancing Acts which represent the quandary of power and of need in relation to food.”

Medina has exhibited at the Oklahoma Museum of Art, The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. He has amassed collectors from around the world including writer Judith Blume of New York, and Yannick Noah of Paris, France.

Kasum Contemporary Fine Art’s closing reception will be held on Friday, November 13 from 7 – 10 p.m.  For more information call 405-604-6602 or visit www.KasumContemporary.com.


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GALLERY TO SHOW WORK IN SANTA FE

June 14, 2015 - Daily Oklahoman

GALLERY TO SHOW WORK IN SANTA FE

Kasum Contemporary Fine Art will be exhibiting at ART Santa Fe International Contemporary Art Fair July 9-12. Kasum will be the first gallery invited to exhibit from Oklahoma in the history of the fair.

Kasum will exhibit works of 12 Oklahoma artists: Thomas Batista, Jonelle

T. McCoy, Michelle Himes McCrory, Brett McDanel, Stacey D. Miller, Morgan Robinson, Barbara Scott, Mark Sisson, Kevin Stark, Joe Turk, Jane Turnbull and Katherine Liontas-Warren.


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WATERCOLOR BY CAMERON’S KATHERINE LIONTAS-WARREN INCLUDED IN EXHIBITION

February 23, 2015 - Cameron University

“Before There Was Something,” a watercolor on paper by Cameron University Professor of Art Katherine Liontas-Warren, is included in “The Semi-Arid Landscape,” an exhibition featuring works of art in various media that showcase the drama and the beauty of the semi-arid landscape. The exhibition will be on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas from March 6 through April 19.


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Open Call for Performance Artwork

January 23, 2015 - Gallery Staff

In an ongoing effort to offer greater opportunities for the observation of art in Oklahoma City, Kasum Contemporary Fine Art will be hosting performance based artworks monthly in the gallery starting in the spring of 2015. 


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Plaza Bound

July 9, 2014 - Devon Green - Oklahoma Gazette

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Tony Morton, gallery director at Paseo Originals Art Gallery, has purchased his own art space in the Plaza District and is opening a new gallery, Kasum Contemporary Fine Art, in September.

He’s moving from one art district to another to grow his business, and he said the change allows him to be the sole owner and director.

The two-mile move is important to him; he’s moving home.

“I live in the Plaza, and you see all the new people, the ethnic diversity. It’s just more diverse with more traffic,” Morton said.


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A change of scenery: Art gallery to undergo transformation in move to Plaza District

June 18, 2014 - Molly Fleming, Staff Writer, Journal Record

One of the Paseo District's art galleries will soon have a new home in a different part of town.


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Artist In Residency

March 7, 2014 - [Press] at Untitled at [Artspace] at Untitled

We are thrilled to announce that the March Artist in Residence at the [Press] at Untitled at [Artspace] at Untitled is represented gallery artist, Stacey D. Miller. During her residency Miller will be developing a print edition with Master Printer Ed Gruber, Master Printer at the [Press] at Untitled.

Miller is a mixed media artist with a primary focus in printmaking. She is very familiar with the print world and has been a printmaking instructor herself. She has exhibited her artwork nationally in over 80 solo, group, invited, permanent and juried exhibitions. Stacey's work is collected by educational institutions, corporations and private collectors throughout the US and abroad.


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New Exhibit Opens Soon - What Lies Beneath

January 14, 2014 - Paseo Originals Art Gallery Staff

     Over the last ten years Justin Vorel has traveled to over 28 countries. Justin experienced deep suffering while living in Afghanistan and exuberant joy while biking across Mexico; yet in trying to express the transcendent emotion of his journeys the artist says he, "Fell flat." Finding an inability to articulate expression through words, Justin Vorel began using colors to express his experiences. The artist's language drove him to create layered memories weathered by time. Using nontraditional painting implements such as spatulas, squeegees, scrapers and sanders the layers of the artist's work bleed together like the very memories that form our individual character.


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