The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

June 13, 2014

Nontraditional art show celebrates the art of manliness

OKLA. CITY — What makes a man? Though this question has been contemplated throughout man’s history, there’s little consensus.

To answer this question, three metro arts professionals are organizing a landmark event to celebrate the essence of men, aptly named the Manly Show. The event will be at Istvan Gallery and Urban Art complex on Father’s Day weekend in Oklahoma City from noon to 5 p.m. today.

The family friendly event will showcase male artists, artisans, merchants, musicians, restaurateurs, mixologists and service providers such as barbers who will offer straight-razor shaves on site throughout the event. Highlights of the two-day event, which started Friday, will include arts exhibition, art/craft demonstrations and musical performances.

Organizers Steve Boyd, exhibit manager and curator of Oklahoma Contemporary, Stephen Kovash, owner and operator of Istvan Gallery, and Tony Morton, gallery director of Paseo Originals Art Gallery selected artists that represent an array of styles and mediums. Each a leader in the Oklahoma City arts community, the trio came together with the vision of creating a show that celebrates both traditional and nontraditional art forms in a fun atmosphere that attracts both art patrons and people who have never been to a gallery.

Many prominent local area artists including David Phelps, Joe Slack, Brett McDanel, Dan Garrett and David J. Holland are contributing artwork to be exhibited for sale during the event. Local artisans and vendors will be on site with wares including casual apparel, grooming gear and gadgetry by TRADE Men’s Wares and hand tied fishing flies by artist Jeff Stokes.

“There will be something for every man at the Manly Show,” said Kovash. “We want to bring all men together to share in and celebrate the experiences that make us men.”

The Manly Show will run a continuous music line-up that includes bands and solo performers like Country Strange.

There will be food trucks, a cash bar, a cigar bar and sampling and a brown spirit tasting sponsored by Byron’s Liquor Warehouse.

“While we cannot be sure what an ideal man or simply good man is, we can be sure of some of the qualities involved in the making of him,” Morton said. “It’s not about flexing your muscles. It’s about flexing your mind and exercising good choices. There are many ways to accomplish this, and we are bringing all of these creative men together to exemplify that fact. If you come out to answer the question for yourself, you will have a lot of fun in the process.”

General admission is free to men as a symbolic nod to the weekend event. Women will pay a $1 cover, and there will be no charge for persons under the age of 18.

The event will take place at the Istvan Gallery at 1218 N. Western Ave. For more information on the Manly Show or to purchase VIP access to the event, visit or call 831-2874.

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