Crystal Bridge Exhibit Features Works by Local Artists

Kyndall Rainey and Danny Joe Rose III


Two distinctly different Oklahoma City artists, Kyndall Rainey and Danny Joe Rose III, will display their work collectively in an exhibit titled, In the Direction of the Sun inside the Crystal Bridge Visitor Center at Myriad Botanical Gardens. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 with an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, purchase an original piece of art and enjoy complimentary brunch beverages.


Rainey is a mixed media artist who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute before completing her degree in art education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Currently, she teaches middle school art at Crossings Christian School and showcases her artwork in various galleries and festivals. Much of Rainey’s work focuses on nature, conservation and personal identity. Using recycled materials and various paint mediums, she creates textured landscapes with a perspective that draws the viewer in.


Rose earned a degree from the Art Institute of Dallas and has exhibited in both national and international group exhibitions. He has had solo exhibitions at Jen Mauldin Gallery, Beagle Studio, Artspace at Untitled, and the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts among others. Recently joining Oklahoma Contemporary as a studio educator, Rose also has been a visiting educator at Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts, Chandra Kumala International School and Artspace at Untitled. Rose has been artist-in-residence at the Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology, Artspace at Untitled, the Moon Mansion Dallas, Paseo Plunge and Oklahoma City University.


On Tuesday, Feb. 18 Rainey will hold an artist talk and demonstration from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Rose will give an artist talk on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both events will be held in the Visitor Center.


In the Direction of the Sun will be on display through March 23. Regular hours of the Visitor Center Crystal Bridge are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Free and open to the public, Myriad Botanical Gardens provides 15 acres of ornamental gardens and grounds that include a children’s garden and carousel, native prairie garden, shade gardens, tree and shrub collections, lake with terraced gardens and a diverse collection of ornamental flowering perennials and grasses.


The Gardens offer a variety of horticultural educational programs for all ages ranging from lectures, classes, workshops and walking tours to seasonal festivals. The grounds also feature The Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of tropical and desert plants. With more than 500,000 visitors annually, the Gardens is managed by Myriad Gardens Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with corporate and community groups to enhance the educational, aesthetic, cultural and economic development of Oklahoma City.