The Metropolis Arts corporation has introduced the opening of the John McNeese Gallery established for Thursday, July 7 with a reception at 5pm, followed by a perseverance and ribbon chopping at 5:30pm. The new 1,000 sq. foot art gallery is found inside suite 101 on the 1st ground of the City Central setting up at 400 E. Central Avenue in downtown Ponca Town. The new gallery is to be focused to lengthy time arts advocate and philanthropist, Mr. John Porter McNeese.
McNeese was born and raised in Ponca City, and later on moved to Oklahoma City in which he and his partner John Richardson owned and operated the John Porter Gallery from 1982-1995. In 1988, McNeese founded the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and was acknowledged in 1996 with the Governor’s Arts Award of Distinctive Recognition for his contributions to the visual arts in Oklahoma. McNeese and Richardson returned to Ponca Metropolis in 2003 where by McNeese served as a board member of the City Arts and owned and operated Art-Place in downtown Ponca Metropolis from 2004 to 2008. McNeese proceeds to advocate for the arts and supports quite a few arts and tradition organizations throughout Ponca City and Oklahoma.
“The effects that John McNeese has designed on the arts in our condition is immeasurable” mentioned Terron Liles, City Arts Government Director. “Our business hopes this gallery will enable go on his legacy, and it is our sincere privilege to identify it in his honor” Liles went on to say.
Next the determination and ribbon chopping, the community is invited to watch the just one-night time exhibition entitled “Maxine Warren: Monotypes.” This show is a assortment of original will work by Oklahoma artist and Ponca City native, Mrs. Maxine Warren (1927– 2014), from her family’s private assortment. Warren, a former art instructor for Ponca Metropolis General public Educational institutions, obtained her art degree from Oklahoma State University in 1948 while finding out below very well-recognized artist Doel Reed. All items will be for sale and proceeds from this exhibition immediately advantage the Metropolis Arts group.
Town Arts, also identified as the Ponca City Art Affiliation, is committed to enriching the cultural existence in Ponca Town by advertising and marketing, instructing, and nourishing the development and appreciation of the visual arts. Established in 1966, the City Arts is one of Ponca City’s oldest non-profit organizations, and is headquartered on the 5th ground of Metropolis Central in Suite 500. The corporation and its programing is funded by means of the generosity of donors which includes Carl & Brenda Renfro, Phillips 66, John & Mary Anne O’Neill, Blackwell Spouse and children Dentistry, Kyle & Rachel Stewart, Spouse and children Vision Care, Stuteville Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Ponca Metropolis, quite a few patrons, as properly as partnerships from the Oklahoma Arts Council. Executive board associates of the Town Arts consist of President Mary Anne O’Neill, Vice-president, Chelsi Hendrickson, Treasurer Aimee Snyder, Secretary Amy Geurin and board associates Elaine Armstrong, Nathalia Hiatt, Nancy Tyndall, Kelsey Wagner, Larry Bittman, Chad Winslow, Rhonda Skrapke, Brenda Baugh, Betty Scott, Melinda Littlecook, Victoria Bauer, Alena Jennings, and Jordan Burns.
The John McNeese Gallery is no cost and open up to the general public on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm all through scheduled exhibitions, or by appointment. Hrs will be extended through pick out reveals and activities. To e book an afterhours gallery appointment or for up-to-date gallery several hours, a listing of approaching exhibitions and other information and facts, go to www.pcarts. org or contact the Town Arts business at 580.765.9746.