April in the Arts District: Festival of the Arts and OKC Memorial Marathon by Caleb Savage

The last weekend of April is an exciting time for the Arts District! Aside from the great events at the Civic Center, Museum of Art, and Myriad Gardens, it’s also time for the Festival of the Arts and the OKC Memorial Marathon!

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Festival of the Arts

Kicking off Tuesday, April 23rd and finishing up on Sunday, April 28th, the Festival of the Arts takes place right in our backyard in Bicentennial Park, in between the Civic Center & City Hall! The Festival of the Arts “is a community celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, bringing a variety of talented artists together in downtown OKC’s Bicentennial Park. Festival of the Arts has been an OKC tradition since 1967, considered a rite of spring and a signature event for the Arts Council, with an average of 750,000 Festival attendees.”

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Find us from the Festival by crossing Walker at Colcord and walk through the Concourse of the Arts District Parking Garage to check out Joe O’Connell’s and Blessing Hancock’s “Small Talk About the Weather” (2016). We’re located along Main Street in Suite A, right before the South car entrance to the parking garage.

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Run to Remember

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Their mission is to “celebrate life, reach for the future, honor the memories of those who were killed and unite the world in hope. This is not just another marathon. It is a Run to Remember… and a race to show that we can each make a difference and change the world.” Remembering the events of April 19,1995, the marathon acts as the largest fundraiser for the OKC National Memorial & Museum.

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Instead of ending in Automobile Alley, this year’s finish line will be just outside the shop, on Hudson between Main & Sheridan! If you’re headed to the Finish Line, approach us from the west side of Hudson and turn west on Main Street! We’ll be open early at 6am on Sunday, the day of the race, to help you stay warm and alert while you wait on your favorite runners!

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It’s a good time to explore the Arts District! While you’re here, check out our latest artist, Virginia Sitzes!

Drink Special: Spring Americano by Caleb Savage

It’s Spring time in Oklahoma City! Main Street is turning green, meetings beginning at the shop are headed to the Myriad Gardens or Centennial Park, Bradford Pears are bringing the masses to their knees.

Honey Lavender Lattes have become a Spring favorite and will stay on the bar all month long. #SecretMenu tip: add Honey Lavender to an Espresso Cream Soda for an afternoon treat!

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SPRING AMERICANO

Americanos are a staple for most people, but once the weather starts heating up, they start to fall out of favor. Iced americanos are great and they’re available every day in the cafe, but for our April drink special, we decided to put all of the best qualities of espresso and turn it into a drink!

Our Spring Americano is a sparkling iced americano made with a lemon and brown sugar syrup and topped with fresh mint! This drink accentuates what we love about great espresso: bright acidity, delicate florals, and a deep and rich sweetness! Mixed with sparkling water, this drink creates a foamy and refreshing Springtime treat!

This special will be available all month long so stop in on a sunny afternoon and give it a try!

New Artist: Virginia Sitzes by Caleb Savage

My work is meant forge a connection with the viewer; the mark making extracts my personal emotions, thoughts, and memories in visual form. I want to express the desire to cry, to laugh, to dance, and to sleep all at the same time, through layers and colors. My work becomes more than just a visual experience; it evokes an emotional response.
— Virginia Sitzes
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We’re thrilled to have the work of Virginia Sitzes in the shop! If you missed our last artist, find out more about Kyndall Rainey here!

About Virginia

Virginia Sitzes received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in 2017 and co-founded Art Group OKC. She currently resides in OKC where she is a practicing professional artist. Sitzes’ work is process intensive. Through printmaking and painting she gives in to intiuition and the natural effects of chemistry on paper. Sitzes finds relief in being consumed by the moment, and visually solves her questions. Her work reflects internal thoughts and processes, as well as fun and beauty that she finds throughout the world.

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About her work

“There is freedom in letting go of control. My work, in a literal sense, is a visual manifestation of my inner thoughts. While playing with the merging of mediums, a brush, a screen, a needle, I let intuition guide my mark making. I play with process and abstraction while letting my brains subconsciously deal with moments, throught, and memories. I hope to give a glimpse of what it may be like to walk down a tiny stream, gather around a campfire at the end of the day, or stand in the midst of waves crashing during the setting of the sun.”

If you love Virginia’s work, her paintings, prints, and merchandise can be found and purchased here!

Cup Design Artist: Tyler Roberts by Caleb Savage

Last April, we collaborated with our friend Arjan Jager to design new artwork for our cups! His afternoon doodle sparked an idea that begins phase two this week! We’re proud to present our second Cup Design Artist, new dad, Barista Trainer, and all-star teammate and friend: Tyler Roberts!

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ABOUT TYLER

Tyler’s been with Clarity since August 2016 and holds the Clarity record for longevity having been with the team for 2.5 years out of the 3.25 years we’ve been around. When he joined the team, we knew he could make great coffee and take care of the friends and family that walk into the cafe, but art was a secret talent we didn’t know he had.

FROM CALEB

“If you know Tyler, you know he’s got a pretty fierce commitment to whatever he’s decided. From endless book and music recommendations to diet and fitness tips, Tyler’s got an answer and the dedication to solve almost any problem that comes his way. I first heard about Tyler’s art after a conversation where he told me he knew that if he just committed to practicing drawing an hour every day, he could draw whatever he wanted. Just a few months later, he was drawing characters and figures that were amazing. As great as his artwork is, as always, I’m even more impressed by his simple commitment to the effort it takes to make great work.”

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ABOUT TYLER’S CUP DESIGN

“Downtown OKC, while still in progress, has a lot to offer people. Whether it’s art at OKC Museum of Art’s beautiful galleries, or 21c Museum and Hotel’s 14,000 feet of always free and always open space; a solemn quiet place to remember and reflect, or a botanical garden in the middle of the Midwest. We have a place for everyone. Since I’m not good with directions, I drew the landmarks for people to see the places I love.”

Stop by the shop and grab a tasty drink to enjoy while you check out Tyler’s design incorporating all our great neighbors. Use it as a tour guide to check off great places to visit with your cup of coffee! Whether it is the OKC Museum of Art, the OKC Memorial, Myriad Botanical Gardens, or 21C Museum Hotel, we are confident you’ll have a great time exploring our city.

Cheers!