Oz in the News 7.29.12

“A Kiss for Courage” by Kay O’Rourke is among the works at “Ozvitational.”  The Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave., will open its popular “Ozvitational” show today with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring “OzCream” from the Milk Bottle. Nearly 40 artists have submitted works based on the “Wizard of Oz,” either drawing from the 1939 Judy Garland classic or the original L. Frank Baum stories. The works cover all media – jewelry, painting, drawing, mixed media and metal and ceramic sculpture included. Among the artists featured are Sheila Evans, Kay O’Rourke, Larry Ellingson, Sister Paula Turnbull, E.L. Stewart and Mel McCuddin. The show runs through Sept. 15.

‘Oz, The Rock Opera’ swings to good music  Described by the presenters as ‘a modern, rock musical set against the themes of power, lust, greed and crime’, this play is also supposed to have ‘serious philosophical underpinnings’. So the protagonist, Dorothy in an inebriated state stumbles into a bar having accidentally crushed a woman under the wheels of her vehicle. She realizes that she has landed into the dark part of the city also called the Land of Oz and there is hell to pay for. Moving into the realms of surreal, the play gets into the thick of all evil which is a dark mix of drug dealers, whores, bars and casinos. She meets characters who are bogged by their own issues but join her to help her escape from this dark city.

L. Frank Baum Wisdom Cards  I came up with the idea of doing these Wisdom Cards whilst working on an Artist Book project, which I chose to make for L. Frank Baum, the writer or The Wizard of Oz series. I realised how profound and lovely some of the quotes from his books and letters were, so thought it would be nice to make cards with the quotes on them, as a kind of step-by-step guide to life.

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