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Western Movements

Featuring work by REA BALDRIDGE

Opens 2nd Friday, May 13, 5-8pm

Continues through Friday, June 3. All work will be available online for purchase as well at in-gallery.


Liggett Studio is a located at 314 S Kenosha, Tulsa, OK 74120

When I think of Oklahoma, my home state, and Oklahoma City, my hometown, I am immediately transported back to childhood. I am awash in a kaleidoscope of memories and grade school lessons, and all kinds of myths and legends and false narratives extolling the singular greatness of our state.

Mostly it’s about western movement. From the transport of Native American tribes along the trail of tears, to the great land runs of the late 19th century, and the rush for black gold at the start of the 20th. And then there is the Dust Bowl and the great “Okie” exodus. But again, as always westward, on to California. Oh the manifested destiny of it all!

Oklahoma may be “where the wind comes sweeping down the plains”, but that wind is moving eastward, so Okies almost never have the wind at their backs, and nobody calls the wind “Mariah” anymore…if ever.

Anyway… I’m making some paintings about some of that…

–Rea Baldridge

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