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Julie Marks Blackstone: A Renaissance Woman

By Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

Saturday, February 4, 2023 6pm to 7pm

+ 8 dates

  • Sunday, February 5, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023
  • Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art welcomes the public to a very special exhibit in memory of talented, prolific, and much-beloved Julie Marks Blackstone, a Shawnee-based artist who passed away in September of glioblastoma, an agressive brain cancer. The gallery will feature works from many of Blackstone's mediums, including ceramics, fibers, and paint. 

Julie was a a multi-media artist and Professor of Art for 40 years (30+ of those at Oklahoma Baptist University), Julie taught hundreds of students in classes from Color Theory to Fibers and Ceramics. 

Perhaps best known for her textile/fiber art, Julie’s "Knotty Girl” works were created using a French Knot embroidery technique with embellishments. She is also responsible for the hand-painted work on 3 of the 34 Painted Horses of Shawnee. Julie’s work has been featured in numerous juried shows, winning awards on both a regional and national level, including Fiberworks and Handweavers Guild of America (Award for Excellence twice). In 2021, Julie was part of a three-woman show at Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

Julie was a lover of all the fine arts and appreciated those who excelled in writing and music. She published several books on Amazon under the pseudonyms of Marty Russell (mystery/drama), R.L. Evans (historical fiction) and Jules Marks (medieval fantasy).

A reception to premier this special gallery will take place on February 4th at 6pm. The reception is free and open to the public, hosted by the Friends of the MGMoA.

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