Painting

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.

Two Knives in a Giftbox , Jess Wedel

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!

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.

New Artist: Jaiye Farrell by Caleb Savage

We’re pleased to share with you work from our new artist: Jaiye Farrell!

We loved Christie Owen’s work on our walls and will miss pieces like Jupiter, but we’re also thrilled share new work with you!

About Jaiye’s work

“Oklahoma-based artist Jaiye Farrell cultivated his style of painting from abstract patterns that transcend societal and cultural divides and remember the communal roots of humanity. From an infatuation with archeology emerged a creative and ambitious talent: to craft signature designs that inspire self-reflection.”

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Staff Picks

Each time a new artist brings their work to the shop, the atmosphere changes just a little. It sometimes takes regulars a moment to catch the change, but when they do, people stay a little longer, consider the pieces, and share with us their interests in art or how they feel about the current work.

Jaiye’s work blends into our cafe, but when a piece catches someone’s eye, it seems to draw them in and examine the smaller details in the painting. Joel’s a fan of Molocale Materia. “I like the piece because it has perspective. It makes me stop, and think a little more introspectively.”


Next time you’re in the shop, take a minute and let us know what your favorite piece is!