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Paseo Arts & Creativity Center announces first artist-in-residence

By Staff Reports / Lifestyle / June 18, 2020

The Paseo Arts Association (PAA) is pleased to announce Sam Charboneau as its first artist in residence in the organization’s new Paseo Arts and Creativity Center (PACC). Charboneau, a photographer, will create a new body of work in her PACC studio for one year, which begins July 1, 2020.

Sam Charboneau first picked up a camera as a way to release tension. She quickly fell in love with and pulled inspiration from the work of surreal painters and stop motion animators. As a self-taught artist, Charboneau is familiar with the process of trial and error. She uses found objects to build the handmade creatures she includes in her whimsical and surreal composites.

For several years, Charboneau has been an active participant in the PAA’s annual juried shows and was one of six female artists featured in the PAA’s March exhibit “Luminosity.” Program Manager Paige Powell says that Charboneau was a natural fit for their inaugural residency. “Sam’s finished work has always intrigued gallery visitors, and now that she will be creating her work here and utilizing the resources in our new space so fully, we are excited for guests to be able to experience more of her creative process.”

The Paseo Arts and Creativity Center will be open during the July 3 Paseo First Friday Gallery Walk until 9pm and visitors will be invited for the first time to view the July exhibits, tour the new facility and meet with Charboneau and the other studio artists. More information and updates about the PACC can be found at thepaseo.org/PACC.

Oklahoma City’s Unique Arts Destination, the Paseo Arts District is located between NW 27th & 30th Streets and Walker & Hudson. A wide range of galleries, ten restaurants and a handful of shops round out the Paseo’s distinctive atmosphere. For more information, call the Paseo Arts Association at (405) 525-2688 or email at amanda@thepaseo.org. Visit thepaseo.org/join for membership information.

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