SONIC Free Family Day: The Art of the Book at OKCMOA

Everyone's invited to the Museum on Nov. 13


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Inspired by the special exhibition, "Sacred Words: The Saint John's Bible and the Art of Illumination," SONIC Free Family Day on Nov. 13 will feature demonstrations by "The Saint John's Bible" artist calligrapher Diane von Arx. SONIC Free Family Day is a bi-annual event with art activities, story time and films. Free admission and all activities for the event, taking place from noon to 5 p.m., are made possible by SONIC, America's Drive-In.


"We are thrilled to have one of 'The Saint John's Bible' artists joining us for this fall's family day," said Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement. "Visitors can see her art in 'Sacred Words' and watch her demonstrate the art of calligraphy in Founders Hall. We hope that getting a behind the scenes peek into the calligraphy process will help visitors see the artwork on view in a new and exciting way."


In April, SONIC Free Family Day drew over 3,200 visitors to the Museum. At this fall's family day, families can practice designing illuminated letters, sketch in the galleries, see demonstrations by Diane von Arx and enjoy story time with Metro Public Library. Both adults and children will enjoy the film "The Secret of Kells," a children's story featuring illumination, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater.


"We are looking forward to another fun-filled SONIC Free Family Day at OKCMOA," said Christi Woodworth, vice president of public relations at Sonic Corp. "Each Family Day is a little different, providing new experiences for visitors both repeat and new to the Museum. The theme this fall, 'The Art of the Book,' provides families with many different opportunities to learn about and engage with illumination and calligraphy."  


"Sacred Words" presents the concept, historical context, technical execution and significance of "The Saint John's Bible" and illumination as an art form. "The Saint John's Bible" is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era. "Sacred Words" includes 70 selected folios from "The Saint John's Bible" as well as other historical illuminated manuscripts, such as Books of Hours, Qur'an pages and Torah scrolls. This exhibition will be open through Jan. 8, 2017.


For a full schedule and more details about Family Day, visit