The Skirvin Hilton Hotel and Paseo Arts Association are pleased to announce Petra Germany as its ninth artist for their Artist in Residence SPACE program. Petra, an accomplished designer and producer of pop-culture jewelry for gamers, geeks, and cosplayers through Etsy, conventions, and personal commissions, will work in the historic hotel’s studio space from July 1, 2021 through January 2022.
Join them in welcoming Petra Germany as the new Artist in Residence with a reception in her honor on Friday, July 23 from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres (cash bar available with wine, beer and cocktails).
“We are delighted to have our SPACE, Skirvin Paseo Artists Creativity Exposition, program back open at The Skirvin Hilton! This is a partnership that began in 2012 and continues to be highly sought after and was the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma,” said Amanda Bleakley, executive director of the Paseo Arts Association.
SPACE is a unique urban artist in residence program in which members of the Paseo Arts Association can apply for a yearlong on-site residency in Oklahoma City’s premier downtown landmark hotel. The Skirvin provides a working art studio where the artist can create his/her work and give hotel guests and visitors the opportunity to observe and participate in the creative process.
As the SPACE Artist in Residence, Petra invites guests of all ages to an in-depth experience with their favorite characters and offers local residents insights into various creative techniques to generate an interest that may soon find practical application in Oklahoma as our film industry is taking on a new level of interest in the state. She plans on creating a detailed costume and a series of props per month, with materials sourced from local businesses wherever possible.
Inspired by different genres like science fiction, fantasy, historical or western, these would correspond with pop culture trends like Marvel ("Black Widow"), DC ("Wonder Woman", "The Suicide Squad"), "Hamilton", "Fantastic Beasts" and classics such as "Star Wars" or "Frozen".
Themed workshops for all skill levels on costuming basics such as pattern making, sewing, leatherworking, or EVA foam builds will offer a new experience with every visit. Guests will be able to view costumes, handle props and enjoy a taking photos with Petra in costumed character. Small accessories and craft kits will be available for sale. All projects are family friendly, non-hazardous, and compliant with COVID-19 safety protocols.
For more than 100 years, the historically significant Skirvin Hilton Hotel has been synonymous with purpose, elegance and innovation. Since its inception, the hotel's identification with and support of the arts has been legendary. All of the major arts organizations, including Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma Theater Center, Oklahoma City Ballet and Allied Arts have been showcased at The Skirvin.
“We are proud to again partner with the Paseo Arts Association showcasing our city’s diverse art community and providing a platform to challenge, enlighten and creatively engage our guests,” said Skip Harless, general manager of The Skirvin. “It was immediately apparent that Petra’s energy and fresh approach to engaging others with her unique art was perfect for the restart of this program. We are thrilled to have her in our Space and cannot wait for everyone to experience Petra in action!”