Art

New Artist: Jess Wedel by Lindsay Hill

Blank Canvas,  Jess Wedel

Blank Canvas, Jess Wedel

“These pieces are my permission to grieve, to love, to leave, to be okay in the midst of everything—relationships, endings, disease. Painting is the first place I allowed myself to make no mistakes and hear no opinions. Many of my pieces are crafted over stretches of time; late at night when I couldn’t sleep, in between chemo treatments, before boarding a plane to a faraway place.”

-Jess Wedel

We are so excited to be the first place to get to showcase Jess Wedel’s art! We hope you got to stop by to see the bright and beautiful work of Virginia Sitzes. If you missed her work, catch up here!

Jess Wedel is an OKC native with a love for travel and getting everything she can out of life. She is a self-taught artist with a passion that ignited from a friend giving her a canvas after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016. She has climbed mountains and beat cancer, and we can see the beauty and the pain through each stroke.

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Two Knives in a Giftbox, Jess Wedel

“These are the colors of my redemption, triumph, and hope after a long, sorrowful journey. These brushstrokes represent my new music on life and how it has evolved. Nothing is held to a single form – there’s no model – there’s no subscribed meaning. It is very much about making all of that on your own. They are my response to a life I have found urgency in living. In heartbreakingly beautiful, non-nihilistic way, may my work remind you that we don’t have much time; death is close and few things really matter so live deeply and with uninhibited strokes.”

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We’re big fans of Jess’ work! Stop by next time you’re in the Arts District and come say hi and enjoy these beautiful paintings.

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!

New Artist: Kyndall Rainey by Caleb Savage

“Nature is a great storyteller. Even the simplest leaf can speak to storms weathered, seasons past and even of new life coming. The more time I spend in nature, the more I understand about surviving the storms in my own life.”

We loved having Jaiye Farrell’s abstract work in the shop over the holidays and our thrilled to show the work of Kyndall Rainey!

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From the Artist:

“As I create, I want to share the ethereal feeling I felt when I make the connection between my one life and the resilience of nature. As I mix various mediums and materials, I often find a harmonious interaction between them. It’s the process of creating that always reminds me of the peace I found when I was near the ocean or by my favorite tree. Even though there will always be storms in life, I find positivity in the constant recreation of nature and the process of reflecting that beauty in my work.”

Kyndall Rainey is a mixed media artist based in Oklahoma City. She studied fiber art at the Kansas City Art Institute before completing her B.A. in art education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Kyndall is the middle school art teacher at Crossings and showcases her work at various galleries and festivals. Much of Kyndall’s work focuses on nature, conversation, and personal identity, and she often works with paints, clay, fibers, and found materials. Her love for various mediums allows her to create textured paintings, sculptures, and installations.