Meet the Artists:

Three OKCMOA Staff Members Submit Work to the Viva Las V-EGG-as Art Raffle

At this year’s Omelette Party, we’re looking forward to featuring over 50 egg-cellent works of art created and donated by local artists. This year, we’re thrilled to highlight that 3 of the over 50 works of art in our art raffle were created by OKCMOA staff members! Not only is the art raffle an egg-citing and fun part of the Omelette Party but it’s also an important way to support the Museum. We asked OKCMOA staff members Jessica, Ernesto, and Randall a little bit more about why they chose to participate. Don’t miss seeing their work in person at this year’s Omelette Party on March 3rd!

Follow the White Rabbit by Jessica Legako

Our first artist is Jessica Legako. Jessica has been at the Museum for a year and a half and is our Administration Receptionist.

Tell us more about Follow the White Rabbit?

I wanted to create a sense of depth and distance with a high textured foreground and a receding background on wood. The imagery can be translated into anything because it is abstract except for the distance and movement. Many, many layers of oil paint, molding paste, wood stain, and resin were used throughout the process. The beauty of the physical textured paint, wood grain, and color is what I wanted the viewer to see.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find my inspiration in slowing down and observing how the world moves and looks. I draw every day and try to appreciate everything from the sunrise and to the way tree bark creates tiny shadows. I started creating as a senior in high school and it has been the one thing in my life that will always bring me to the present moment. I don’t paint or draw for any reason except that it helps me to process and translate my emotions. At the end of the day, if I lost everything except my gift, I would still be happy.

Why did you decide to get involved with the Omelette Party?

I got involved with the Omelette Party because I believe in the Museum and in our staff. I’ve seen their passion to preserve the life’s work of other artists like me and show them to the world.

Next up is Ernesto Sanchez, who has dedicated over 15 years to the Museum as our Head of Exhibition Design and Installation.

Subversive Energy by Ernesto Sanchez

Tell us more about Subversive Energy?

This work is a continuation of a long time fascination with landscapes. In our day-to-day life, we spend our time existing and walking through different landscapes. I was interested in highlighting our place in the ordinary places we visit that we frequently take for granted. Landscapes are a part of who we are.

Where do you find inspiration?

All around us there are so many sources of inspiration; we just need to zoom in and focus on them. My art is more abstract versus concrete in nature because I like that people can see it many different ways. Since I was a little boy I’ve always enjoyed arts and design.

Why did you decide to get involved with the Omelette Party?

I got involved because the Omelette Party funds an incredible organization that enriches the lives of many people in OKC.

What are you most excited for at this year’s Omelette Party?

The Omelette Party is the best party of the year! There is great food, great music, and great art all to benefit a great cause. What more could you need for a fun night out?

Last but not least is preparator Randall Barnes. As a preparator at the Museum, Randall and the rest of the team work to bring the exhibitions to life. The preparators complete a lot of the hands on work installing the exhibitions, from building and painting the walls of the gallery, to matting and framing and placing the art for exhibition.

Egos are Something the Wu Tang Crush by Randall Barnes

Tell us more about Egos are Something the Wu Tang Crush?

My work in the Omelette party is from my series #RedShirtCollective, a semi-autobiographical tale about a group of Heroic Kung Fu Artisans as Graffiti Removers. The piece is an oil painting and is 17”x36”.

Where do you find inspiration?

My inspirations come from Pop Culture, (like Hip Hop and Kung Fu films), art history and personal experiences.

What are you most excited for at this year’s Omelette Party?

I’m looking forward to the party aspect and to the 5 hour open bar!