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Helen Opper-Curator At The Art Hall-Segment 1
December 20, 2017 Real, Meaningful Conversations From The Real World

In this segment, Jeff sits down with Helen Opper, Curator of The Art Hall, which is located at The Rise at 23rd and Walker in Oklahoma City. She explains that they have a specific exhibit schedule and feature various works by Oklahoma City artists as well as works from artists out of the Oklahoma City area, but mostly from within the state. We continue hearing from her about how they focus on featuring diverse kinds of works by artists who don't always have opportunities to exhibit at other locations. She also explains that they are open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 9 pm and from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays and that people are welcome to tour The Art Hall anytime during those hours and can come and go as they please since there is no charge for admission. Then, Helen speaks about how they try to show work from as many artists as they can in each exhibit and that they usually do multi-artist exhibitions because of that. She then shares some information about the history of the building itself as well as some details about the renovations that took place to transform it into The Rise as it is now known. She then talks about the fact that they are the only art gallery in the Uptown District and on 23rd Street and about how they are close to The Paseo and to The Tower Theatre, which makes it a convenient stop on the way to or from those locations. She and Jeff also visit some about the uniqueness of The Art Hall and about what it adds to the overall experience of being in the area and about how nice it is to be able to just "drop by" when people are nearby Helen also reflects about what it adds to the overall experience of being in the Uptown area in terms of art and culture. We wrap up the interview as Helen speaks about how The Art Hall is now also available to be rented as an event center, and there are details about that and about purchasing any of the art that is on display there on their website at www.arthallokc.com

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