Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mocha, Latte, or Americanna?

Many OU art students attended the Mocha Club meeting last Friday night to hear live acoustic music and hold a bake sale at the Loft located on Campus Corner.

The Mocha Club was a non-profit with the mission of helping to build infrastructure and providing basic necessities for people in Africa. They encourage people to give up two mocha's a month and give $7 to the mocha club to help build schools and provide education and water.

The hip new band called Lauren Band preformed on Friday night. Many art students love Lauren's band because she plays mellow tunes acoustically with the help of bongo drums.

"She is an amazing singer, and every song she played she transformed it to give the song a new feel," Senior Carmany Phillips said. "They would take a pop song and make it a slow song. They did great."

The Mocha Club also held a bake sale with tons of goodies for the art, music, and givers to buy which would help fund their cause.

"I liked how the Mocha Club used art and music to make people interested in their cause,"music lover and OU sophomore Bailie Gregory said. "It also set a really chill mood."

The Mocha Club was founded a little over five years ago, and holds meetings in almost every town to try to make a difference not just in the community, but the nation.

"I think it's awesome how their cause puts everything into perspective," Gregory said. "I can buy a mocha or I can give an impoverished child clean water for a month. It's crazy how privileged we are in America and how much we take for granted when there is so much need in other parts of the world."

For more information on a Mocha Club in your area, please contact or

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's All In Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Flea market is an event where vintage clothes, jewelry, and artwork are sold. the University of Oklahoma's Magazine Interest group went this past Saturday to shop, visit, and experience a new world of vintage, endlessly aging art.

MIG went to New York to meet with the editors of People, Glamour, New York Times Magazine, and parenting magazines in New York for a chance at understanding the jobs of the various types of editorial positions. Their free day finally came on Saturday where a handful of the went with professor Katheryn Jenson-White to walk across the Brooklyn bridge and go to the flea market.

"I like that it's different from the Oklahoma City flea market because it's like a garage sale and in New York it's like a vintage shop instead," Journalism sophomore Chinh Doan said.

Th flea market had a variety of 1930-1980 artwork, clothes and jewelry all reasonably priced, and affordable to the average college student. The artwork there was very different than the artwork in Norman, Okla. because of the fact that it is a different culture and lifestyle.

"Where do I begin to talk about the wonder of art and cloture in New York," Magazine Interest Group advisor and professor of Journalism said. "Oklahoma has amazing museums, but in New York its museums are at a multiple of ten. Then when you add film, theater and architecture its such an amazing rush for the eyes and the mind that it can be overwhelming in the best way."

The flea market also had furniture and old vinyl records. But sophomore Austin Anderson was looking at a different form of art: fashion.

"Like any form of art, fashion as a form of art starts as an idea and it's a visual expression of how they feel," Public Relations student Anderson said.

Anderson and his mother have their own fashion blog that has attracted the attention to many of the famous stylists in the US such as Tim Gunn from Project Runway. Although Anderson only bought records, the flea market as a whole was interesting he said.

"I like to stand out, and everyone in Norman wears the same thing," Anderson said. "I can where stuff I always wear in New York and fit in whereas in Norman I couldn't."

Though there are many forms of art, many vintage paintings were sold at the Brooklyn flea market, and the students from OU saw them in many different ways.

"New York gives you more ways to interpret your views of art," Doan said.

The Brooklyn Flea market is held every Saturday on Lafayette Street and opens at 10 a.m. For more information please contact the City of Brooklyn.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Italian Art Extravaganza :)

The Oklahoma Museum of Art could learn a hing or two from the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK.

Although many might not know it, the OKC Museum of art does not have many Italian Renissance Art pieces, but the Philbrook Museum caters to mostly Italian Medieval and Renassace period pieces.

The Philbrook museum is so interested in Italian art that it was designed to look like a 1920s Italian style villa and sits upon many very beautiful gardens.

"Opened in 1938 as Tulsa's first art museum, the building itself is the former home of oil magnate Waite Phillips and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places," states the We site.

The museum also houses 8,500 art pieces that consist of Italian art, Native American and Asian art, and various sculpture.

The Philbrook is opened from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and on Thursdays stays open until 8 p.m. The price is $7.50 for general admission and $5.50 for seniors, students, or groups of ten or more.

From more information on the Philbrook please contact 918.749.7941.