A new effort is underway to promote the art that's created right here in Oklahoma. 108 Contemporary is a non-profit gallery in the heart of the Brady District. It's opening with an exhibit by a nationally-know artist, but it's focus will be local. The grand opening will feature the work of Jon Eric Riis, of Atlanta, Georgia. He's famous for his unusual tapestries. 108 Chair Myra Kaiser says his work is heavily influence by the time he spent in Asia, but it also has humor and political themes. The gallery is an evolution of the Brady Craft Alliance and it's intended to showcase Oklahoma craft artists. That's everything from weaving, to wood, glass ceramics paper and jewelry. They are historic work skills that are now done as contemporary art Kaiser says the gallery is unique in Oklahoma and they hope it will help to keep this state's artists living and working here. Their public grand opening is this Friday from 6:00 TO 9:00 PM. Riis will be speaking from 1:00 to3:00 PM on Saturday. The gallery is located at 108 East Brady, just east of Boston.
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