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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Arts Trek at Mabee Gerrer Museum

  • Arts Trek promises a variety of activities.
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  • An innovative, exciting cultural experience, Arts Trek combines an arts festival with a performance walk. Anchored at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, this event is an arts adventure for all.
     
    The event takes place Saturday, and is free and open to everyone.
     
    The performance walk kicks off at 10 a.m. at the St. Gregory’s Abbey Church with an organ and flute duet by Dr. Carlos Feller and Dr. Ron Lewis. Visitors should be sure to allow plenty of time to park and walk to the church to avoid missing any of the first performance.
     
    Following performances on the walk include folk, opera, and choir music, as well as dancing in the traditions of India, Native American Indian, Matachinas, Ireland, and the Middle East. A wonderful array of performances will also occur during the festival at stages located inside the museum, in the museum courtyard, and on the museum grounds.
     
    Donna Merkt, event coordinator, said there are several youth performing, including 16-year-old opera and musical theater vocalist Ansley Elliott, eighth grader Pranshu Adhikari who is studying traditional and contemporary Indian dance, the Thurman children who are accomplished Native American dancers, and several young people who are part of All About the Irish School of Dance.
     
    For the performance walk, visitors follow a map and a guide, walking to each performance location in one large group. Visitors can pick up a map when they arrive, or download the map now at www.artstrek.org.
     
    At the arts festival (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), local artists and crafters display, demonstrate, and sell their arts. Over 40 artists are featured at this year’s festival.
     
    “We have a really amazing variety of artists participating in Arts Trek this year,” commented Merkt. “Not only is there incredible jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and photography, but the event also features sculpture, hand-woven baskets, carved wood furniture, and more!”
    Merkt mentioned there is something for everyone, mentioning sculpted bookes, robot and knight sculptures created from recycled metal, i-pad stands carved from fallen Oklahoma trees, coffee cups featuring henna designs, and artistic shoes.
     
    Those who appreciate the culinary arts can tickle their taste buds at Arts Trek. Many will appreciate the home-made goodness of tamales and tacos crafted by members of the Holy Angels Catholic Church and pulled pork sandwiches offered by the St. John’s Lutheran Church Kitchen Crew.
     
    For those who appreciate “fair food,” Snoway refreshments will have fried candy bars and Kool Aid, funnel cakes, hotdogs, and more. For those who delight in local wines, tastings and bottle sales will be offered by Canadian River Winery and Base Vines and Cattle.
    Page 2 of 2 - Arts Trek is all about community collaboration, and many community organizations and business are offering free art projects and activities for kids and those young at heart.
     
    “There are some great projects being offered this year,” exclaimed Merkt, mentioning, “painting suncatchers, designing cars, creating balloon buddies, and crafting bobble-head dogs.”
    There are over 20 free art projects for kids. Kids also enjoy a free bounce house, free face painting, and a giant bubble area.
     
    The 4-H robot which throws Frisbees will be there as will the SkyNews9 helicopter and pilot Jim Gardner.
     
    Arts Trek festivities take place at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and on the grounds of St. Gregory’s University and St. Gregory’s Abbey at 1900 W. MacArthur, Shawnee.
     
    The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please visit www.artstrek.org or call 405-878-5300.
     
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