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Firehouse Art Center’s Horsepower features Vai ls & Gilpin for their first dual exhibition

on September 11, 2018

NORMAN, OK – In their first exhibition together, husband and wife duo Kristen Vails and Dusty Gilpin bring “Horsepower” to the Firehouse Art Center. Horsepower is on display from
September 14, 2018 to October 20, 2018, with a reception on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 6 to 9 PM. 

The exhibition juxtaposes images of horses and automobiles, rendered in the unique and contrasting styles of Vails, who explores painterly brushstrokes and the use of symbolism, and Gilpin, whose mixed artistic background is evident through photo-realistic renderings and street-style spray paint.
With the horse an established subject for Vails, her latest works weave an element of iconography into layers of acrylic and latex. Her imagery of horses fades in and out, creating a
sense of emotion, impermanence, and mystery. A third-generation commercial artist, Gilpin honors the power of the automobile and its impact on design and aesthetic with his new works.
He explores multiple mediums including spray paint, acrylic, and enamel as a nod to his experience as a mural artist, sign painter, and car enthusiast.
The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, Allied Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorships from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and members.

ABOUT THE NORMAN FIREHOUSE ART CENTER – The Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves Norman and surrounding communities by offering visual art classes for students of all ages, as well as gallery exhibitions of the highest quality.
ABOUT THE OKLAHOMA ARTS COUNCIL – The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides approximately 500 grants to almost 250 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state's arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at
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