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Matthew Moffett is a self-taught artist who paints for the love of painting. Moffett started to paint when one of his dogs died of a sudden aneurism and he wanted to commemorate his companion.  Moffett started painting pet portraits at the age of 25, with no former training or experience.  To date, Moffett has painted more than 1,200 pet portraits all over the United States and in several foreign countries.  Moffett has been painting and showing his art for 16 years, and has branched out to painting landscapes and cityscapes along with the pet portraits.  His work can be viewed on his website www.m2tulsa.com or at his studio, M² Studio in Tulsa, Okla.

 

Moffett was an art elementary teacher for Tulsa Public School’s Eugene Field Elementary School as well as Zarrow.  Moffett now is the director/co-founder of a dynamic, non-profit after school art program in Tulsa, Okla., called “The Tulsa Girls Art School Project” (TGAS.)  The mission of TGAS is providing quality visual arts training to underserved elementary girls in the urban Tulsa area.  TGAS is starting its eighth year and has helped elementary aged girls achieve their dreams of becoming visual artists.  See the project at www.tulsagirlsartschool.org.

 

“I am so excited to see Tulsa bloom and grow, especially the downtown area.  It’s exciting to be apart of the growth and development of Tulsa and to put ideas into place for future generations to enjoy. We are on the cusp of becoming a big city, and I love to capture the joy of Tulsa in my paintings.  I love to use bold colors and hope that people walk away from viewing my artwork with a smile on their face.  Life can be tough enough with its challenges…I want my art to inspire people and make them happy.”

 

“I like to paint a peek into the dog’s secret life…things they do when the owners are not around.  I always have these daydreams about what my dogs do all day long, while I am working…and I try to capture this on canvas.”

 

 

Tulsa, Okla. (April 21, 2015) – The original artwork for the 2015 Mayfest poster, created by Tulsa artist Matthew Moffett, will be unveiled at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus, located at 700 N. Greenwood Ave.

 

Moffett is a self-taught Tulsa painter.  A former elementary art teacher at Eugene Field Elementary and Zarrow schools, he is now the director and co-founder of the Tulsa Girls Art School project.

 

Moffett began painting after the sudden death of one of his dogs.  He painted the pet’s portrait to commemorate his companion.  To date, he’s painted more than 1,200 pet portraits all over the United States and in several foreign countries.

 

This year’s poster painting is called Tulsa: My Cup O’ Tea, and features an art deco style, the Tulsa skyline and a teacup and saucer in bright colors.

 

“I was inspired by Tulsa rising out of a black, art deco tea cup to represent our oil past, and the wild paisley background to represent our colorful Renaissance happening in downtown Tulsa,” Moffett said.  “In the reflection of the tea cup is an older oil-town Tulsa.  The canvas is circular, representing how Tulsa’s downtown has come full-circle and will experience another golden age.”

 

Moffett describes his style as magical realism and full of symbols.

 

The reception will include the unveiling of the 2015 poster and recognition of the sponsors that make Mayfest possible each year.

 

Posters will be available to purchase at the Merchandise Tent at 4th Street and Main during the festival, May 14-17.  Posters are $25 if signed by Moffett and $15 for unsigned.

 

The original artwork will be sold by silent auction, with a “buy it now” option.  Bidding will take place at the Mayfest Invitational Gallery, located in the Williams Towers Lobby at 1 W. 3rd St.  Bidding will take place at the Invitational Gallery Opening party on May 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To buy tickets to the Invitational Gallery Opening, call (918) 582-6435 or email comments@tulsamayfest.org.  Tickets are $25 each.

 

The artwork for this year’s poster will be added to the Mayfest mural by William Franklin. Each year, Franklin adds the current poster art to the mural on the wall of the official Mayfest Hotel, the Hyatt Regency.  Painting will begin after May 1, at 3rd Street and Main, weather permitting.

TITLE:

Tulsa: My Cup O’ Tea

 

PAINTING INFO:

The size is 30 inches round.  The materials include oil on stretched canvas.  The painting features a Tulsa skyline rising from a teacup and saucer, with a colorful paisley background.

 

PRESS KIT INFO:

The teacups and saucers which hold the media kits were painted with downtown themes by students at the Tulsa Girls Art School, which the artist co-founded and directs.

 

ABOUT MATT MOFFETT:

Matthew Moffett is a self-taught artist who paints for the love of painting. Moffett started painting pet portraits at the age of 25, with no former training or experience. Moffett has been painting and showing his art for 16 years, painting landscapes and cityscapes along with the pet portraits.

He is the director/co-founder of a dynamic, non-profit after school art program in Tulsa, Okla., called “The Tulsa Girls Art School Project” (TGAS.)

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“I am so excited to see Tulsa bloom and grow, especially the downtown area.  It’s exciting to be a part of the growth and development of Tulsa and to put ideas into place for future generations to enjoy. We are on the cusp of becoming a big city, and I love to capture the joy of Tulsa in my paintings.  I love to use bold colors and hope that people walk away from viewing my artwork with a smile on their face.  Life can be tough enough with its challenges…I want my art to inspire people and make them happy.”

TULSA INTERNATIONAL MAYFEST WINS IFEA PINNACLE AWARDS

 

Tulsa, Okla. (Oct. 17, 2014) – The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Tulsa International Mayfest on Sept. 29, 2014 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, in Kansas City, Mo. Mayfest received four awards in the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. Awards received include:

 

Gold     –    Best ad series (created by Bryan Cooper)

Silver    –    Best T-shirt design (created by Bryan and Phill Cooper)

Silver   –    Best press/media kit

Bronze –    Best commemorative poster (created by Phill Cooper)

 

This is the eighth year Mayfest organizers entered Mayfest into the Pinnacle awards.  Over the past years, Mayfest entries won multiple awards per year in various categories.

 

“The Pinnacle awards showcase some of the best events from across the world,” said Heather Pingry, executive director of Mayfest. “We are thrilled to receive recognition among leaders in our industry, and we also enjoy the opportunity to showcase Tulsa to event planners from across the world in this competition.”

 

Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events.  Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as Bumbershoot in Seattle, Wash.; Boulevardia in Kansas City, Mo.; Denver Comic Con in Denver, Colo.; Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, Pa.; Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in Temecula, Calif.; National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC and Luminato Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

“We are extremely pleased to receive so many awards this year,” said Mary Jo Sartain, Mayfest festival chair.  “We are especially thrilled that the Cooper family was recognized in three different awards, as they have dedicated many hours of service to Mayfest over the years.  Their contributions, and contributions from other local artists, are what make Mayfest such a wonderful event.”

 

The 2014 Mayfest attracted approximately 350,000 attendees over four days. The art festival offers vendors selling arts and handmade goods, various art shows, live music and food vendors.

 

International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow, Poland; Hero Insolito in New Delhi, India; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Seoul Cartoon & Animation Festival in Seoul, South Korea.

 

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.  Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

 

 

About International Festivals & Events Association

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.

For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.

MAYFEST ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

The 42nd annual art festival celebrates art in various media

 

Tulsa, Okla. (May 16, 2014) – Organizers of the 42nd annual Tulsa International Mayfest celebration awarded multiple commendations to festival artists this week, including the PSO Mark of Excellence award winner to a Youth Art Gallery artist.

 

Sean Tyler, a homeschool high school junior, a student at Heidi Contreras School of Art, and a Youth Art Gallery artist, received the PSO Mark of Excellence award and a $500 prize.  Tyler entered her mixed media floral painting called Field Trip, which is on display in the Youth Art Gallery at the Performing Arts Center until 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. Representatives from PSO will present Tyler with her award at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Youth Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center.

 

“The fields were very competitive this year,” said Heather Pingry, executive director of Mayfest.  “We’ve got amazing artists that entered very high-quality work.  Our judges had a tough decision, and the winners are quite deserving.”

 

Visual/juried artists are the artists that show their work in outdoor booths at Mayfest.  These winners are awarded in various categories, and are as follows:

 

Photography – Tracy Peterson Saldo

Painting – Christopher Westfall

Graphics/Printmaking – Vicki Bolen

Glass – Sandra Kaye

Clay – Frank Campbell

Metal – Dennis Conner

Mixed Media – Linda Tong

Leather/Fiber – Brockman Leather

Jewelry – Mark Jiminez

Digital – Bob Collier Jewett

Drawing – Dennis Rhodes

 

 

 

The Invitational Gallery, set in the lobby of the Williams towers, crowned three winners.  They are:

 

1st – Matthew Bearden for his acrylic on canvas, Governor Joe

2nd – Nathan Opp, for his oil on paper, Mudhra Series #8

3rd – C (Elizabeth) Smathers for her turned cottonwood bowl, Vortex

 

Youth Art Gallery awards are given in two categories for each age group.  The youth awards are as follows:

 

Kindergarten to Second Grade

2D

1st – Shea Jackson – Monte Cassino

2nd – Ellie Nair – Zarrow

3rd – Samantha Contreras – Jenks West, Heidi Contreras School of Art

 

3D

1st – Madeline & Joel Guenther – Heidi Contreras School of Art

2nd – Noah Phetsacksith – Grissom Elementary

3rd – Michael Bassett – All Saints

 

Honorable Mention

Max Bruner – Monte Cassino

 

Third Grade to Fifth Grade

2D

1st – Caleb Tham, Heidi Contreras School of Art

2nd – Lily Jiang, Jenks East Intermediate

3rd – David E. Garcia, Union Briarglen Elementary

 

3D

1st – Andrei Mikhailov – Undercroft / Heidi Contreres School of Art

2nd – Sophia Rapacki – Monte Cassino

3rd – Brynley Smith – Lake Country

 

Honorable Mention

Rebecca Robinson Lindbergh Elementary

 

Sixth to Eighth Grade

2D

1st – Ashley Wyatt – Oneta Ridge Middle School, Broken Arrow

2nd – Julie Orellana – Homeschool / Heidi Contreras School of Art

3rd – Alexis Boylan – Oneta Ridge Middle School, Broken Arrow

 

3D

1st – Lauren Floyd – Oneta Ridge Middle School, Broken Arrow

2nd – Jasmine Marble – Childers

3rd – Logan Bailey – Childers

 

Honorable Mentions

Vive Bock – Monte Cassino

Piper Tully – Childers

Kate Kouplen – Jenks

April Katey – Oneta Ridge Middle School

Taylor Woodward, 8th, Oneta Ridge Middle School

Corrine Travis – Oneta Ridge Middle School

Jillian Shock – Childers

Mason Mitchell II – Childers

 

 

Ninth to Tenth Grade

2D

1st – Peter Gerstenberger – Metro Christian High School

2nd – Sandra Durate – East Central High School

3rd – Allison Childress – East Central High School

 

3D

1st – Michael Seyuer – South Intermediate Broken Arrow

2nd – Meagan Foreman – South Intermediate Broken Arrow

3rd – Ulisses Arredondo – East Central High School

 

Honorable Mentions

Bailey Wyatt – Metro Christian

Lauryn Whitehorn – Skiatook

Lizzy Chapman – Metro Christian

Kevonna Everidge – East Central

Loren Park – Skiatook

 

 

Eleventh to Twelfth Grade

2D

1st – Giselle Lara – East Central High School

2nd – Liliana Rios-Garcia – East Central High School

3rd – Suah Cho – Victory Christian

 

3D

1st – Raul Contreras – East Central

2nd – Emily Rose – Metro Christian

3rd – Rakeem Ford – Central High School

 

Honorable Mentions

Brenda Serna – East Central

McKenzie Park – Skiatook

Lucero Peralta – East Central

Stephanie Portillo – East Central

Hefzi Olver – East Central

Diana Arellano – East Central

Mercedes Pena – Holland Hall

Hang Phan – Union

Peighton N. Forth – Central

Seung Young Kang – Victory Christian

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Tulsa, Okla. (Sept. 24, 2013) – Tulsa International Mayfest will soon be accepting applications from food vendors, performing and visual artists for the 42nd anniversary festival, scheduled for May 15-18, 2014. 

 

Mayfest showcases more than 75 performers on three outdoor stages each year.  Musicians from all genres have the opportunity to receive exposure and recognition from more than 350,000 attendees during the event. Musicians from rock to blues and country to jazz all performed in 2013.

 

The performing artist application process is new for 2014, and requires an electronic press kit containing items like performing artists’ bios, pictures and audio examples.  Resources are provided for artists who do not currently have an electronic press kit.  Performing artist applications are available online at www.tulsamayfest.org/music/.  All performance applications are available now and must be submitted online by Dec. 18, 2013.

 

Additionally, Mayfest features approximately 100 fine visual artists and 20 craftspeople during the four-day festival. Entries are professionally judged according to strict guidelines through a blind jury process.  Many participating artists in recent years reported record sales after Mayfest; therefore competition for booth space is increasing each year.  Mayfest artists work in various mediums, including wood, clay, paints and more.

 

“I look forward to applying to Mayfest every year. It’s by far my favorite spring event,” said Christopher Westfall, past Mayfest artist.  “The board, staff and volunteers are very helpful, and I enjoy seeing old friends and collectors.”

 

Visual artist applications will be accepted online starting Oct. 15, 2013, at www.zapplication.org.  All visual artist applications must be submitted online by Jan. 25, 2014.

 

Tulsa International Mayfest is also currently accepting applications from food vendors and food trucks for next year’s festival.  After the success of local food trucks attending Mayfest in 2013, trucks will again join the traditional food vendors.

 

Mayfest features approximately 30 food vendors during the four-day festival, and includes treats such as corn dogs, funnel cakes and more.

 

“Each year, Mayfest seeks to provide the best visual and performing artists to Tulsa,” said Heather Pingry, executive director of Tulsa International Mayfest.  “Providing the best festival food enhances the experience for attendees and artists.  The Tulsa community now offers great food trucks, and we are excited to again incorporate them into the festival.”

 

The selection committee will review applications based upon the quality of foods, variety of menu, and pricing; food service experience with large crowds; needs of food preparation and size of facility requirements; past compliance with county and state health regulations; and previous experience and successful operation at other major festivals.

 

Food vendor applications are available at www.tulsamayfest.org/food/ and will be available on Oct. 1, 2013, with a final deadline of Jan. 15, 2014.

 

For questions regarding the application process, please email comments@tulsamayfest.org or call the Mayfest office at (918) 582-6435.

 

The art festival offers vendors selling fine arts and handmade goods, various art shows, live music and food vendors.

Mayfest is requesting art donations to foster children’s interest in art. Art Beginnings, a new addition to KidZone, will be open Saturday, May 18 from 11am to 7 pm and Sunday May 19 from 11 a.m. – 6:oo p.m or until all art is purchased. This just-for-kids gallery is an opportunity for Mayfest’s youngest attendees to develop their love of art. Admission is $5 per child, and each child may choose one piece to take home. Art Beginnings is open to children ages twelve and under.

To populate the gallery and nurture the children’s love of art, Mayfest is asking local artists and artisans to donate pieces of art to Art Beginnings. Donated art can be any size or medium, including paint, pottery and more.

For more details, and to submit art, download this submission form.

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