‘Fashion as Art’

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Behnaz Sohrabian's contemporary portraits of stylish women will be on display at the exhibit beginning Feb. 1.
Marla Cook will combine the best attributes of high end retail departments and a milliner's atelier. The hats that will be on display have been created by some of the top milliners in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.
Professional artist and illustrator Rosemary Burke will showcase signature illustrations and drawings that presen the latest in fashion while also chronicling the evolving roles of stylish women.

 

Francis Bacon, the British author, statesman, and philosopher once commented that “Fashion is the attempt to realize art in living form.”

During the month of February, JRB Art at The Elms Art Gallery will indeed prove that Bacon was right in believing that fashion is art. The gallery’s “Fashion as Art” exhibit will feature the drawings of fashion illustrator Rosemary Burke, contemporary portraits of stylish women painted by Behnaz Sohrabian and a Pop Up Millinery Shop curated by Marla Cook as well as a display of high fashion clothing and accessories from Balliets.

The exhibit opens from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 1 during The Paseo’s First Friday Gallery walk and continues through February 24.

ROSEMARY BURKE

Professional artist and illustrator Burke, who for 40 years actively worked as a fashion illustrator for prominent department stores and ladies boutiques, including Balliets, will be exhibiting her signature drawings and illustrations that not only present the latest in fashion, but also chronicle the evolving roles of stylish women.

Her illustrations are timeless in content and composition. Burke, who has freelanced as a graphic designer for the past several years, was commissioned in 2011 to create portraits of all of the University of Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy winners.

BEHNAZ SOHRABIAN

Born and educated in Tehran, Iran, Sohrabian received a bachelor of science degree in Applied Chemistry, a bachelor of arts in Painting and a Master of Arts in Art Studies. After receiving her master’s degree Behnaz immigrated to America and to Oklahoma to be near her sister. In speaking about her work Behnaz said, “My work is about me, my life, being a woman.”

She believes that historically men have depicted women as possessions, either as mothers or lovers.” Behnaz says “I paint women as people: strong people with depth and power. I paint them as delicate and sensitive, but not weak.” Five of Behnaz’ large canvasses are included in the February exhibit at JRB Art at The Elms.

MARLA DEANN COOK

For the last eight years, Cook has worked in the fashion and retail industry in New York City before recently returning to her home state of Oklahoma. For the February “Fashion As Art” exhibit, Cook will curate and present a Pop Up Shop at the gallery. The Millinery Shop will combine the best attributes of high end retail department and a milliner’s atelier. The hats on display have been created by some of the top milliners in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Customers will be able to buy hats off-the-rack or may custom order a hat. The selection of hats will include styles that are avant-garde as well as traditional. In addition to hats and fashionable accessories for women, the shop will also present several styles of hats for men.

JRB Art at The Elms presents a diverse roster of emerging, established, and internationally exhibited artists who create in a wide range of media including: paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fine crafts, functional objects, fiber art and photographs. This 8,000 square foot award-winning gallery in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District changes its exhibits monthly in a gracious environment that fosters a dialogue between the arts and the larger community while providing quality art for first time buyers as well as individual, corporate and museum collections.

JRB Art at The Elms, the former home of Nan Sheets which was built in 1920, is located at 2810 North Walker and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday 1-5. The gallery’s telephone number is 405-528-6336 and the web site is www.jrbartgallery.com

 

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