Aesthetes and anthropologists can devour an eyeful of wide-ranging cultural artifacts and extensive fine art collections at the Mabee-Gerrer. The permanent collection of Egyptian art claims Oklahoma's only mummy that's not living, and the antiquities section features sculpture and pottery from ancient Greece, China, and Mesopotamia. Visitors can also set their sights on a broad sweep of American works, including timeworn Aztec textiles housed in the Arts of Ancient America collection, present-day paintings by Oklahoma artists in the Contemporary Art section, and the unpainted canvases hanging in the museum's 23rd-century collection.
Clothing, handbags, and jewelry parade colorfully across Isabella's brimming shelves, begging for precious wardrobe space amid a collection of customizable gifts. Shoes by brands such as Nomad and Yellowbox ($10–$50) give underconfident feet the poise and courage to withstand tickling in unorthodox cross-examinations. The shop's selection of handbags ($25–$50) stylishly totes personal effects, and a bevy of necklaces adds infusions of swank in a variety of styles. Gifts by brands including Tyler Candle Company line shelves alongside a selection of earrings ($4–$40) that dresses lobes with the appropriate flair for cocktail parties or cocktail parties in the peacock enclosure. Isabella’s staff can also personalize gifts and clothing with embroidery or custom printing, allowing shoppers to practice self-expression without heckling a primary-school Christmas pageant.
Located within the Art Play Center Tulsa Stained Glass has been transforming glass into colorful window treatments for more than 35 years. Brandishing this finely-honed craft, they restore slices of history by repairing antique church windows as well as mending household pieces. In addition to forging custom designs for customers' abodes, Tulsa's glassworkers impart knowledge on a new generation with classes where budding artists learn to build door panels, fashion kaleidoscopes, and add cheery color to prison visiting-room windows.
Colorful and delicate glass sculptures are on display at Tulsa Glassblowing Studio. These pieces show just what students can create when they learn the art of glass blowing. The studio's youth and adult classes are designed to bring participants up from the novice to the advanced level. Instructors start by teaching the uses of basic tools to create simple forms, from ornaments to paperweights, and later introduce the design concepts and techniques necessary to create more advanced pieces.
Sooner Scrapbooks’ crew embellishes the tangible and backs up memories in keepsake form with an aesthetic showcase of scrapbooking parties, classes, and more. A spacious private party room jam-packed with supplies frames each creative klatch as up to 15 juvenile celebrants cut, paste, and giggle their way through two and a half hours of imaginative revelry. Enterprising kids can draft artist-collective manifestos on rainbows of specialty papers emblazoned with sports, western, and school motifs, or dabble in solo expression with pictorial montages punctuated with ink stamps, die-cut shapes, and doodled footnotes. While Sooner Scrapbooks’ event space comes fully outfitted with an entourage of textiles, trimmers, and ornamental embellishments, youngsters may wish to bring along personally meaningful photographs for memento integration, or stave off the starving artist cliché with a stock of finger-fortifying snacks (not included with this Groupon). Post-party, budding assemblers bit by the scrapbooking bug can stock up on a crafty mélange of supplies, including hard-to-find theme paper, albums, and stickers.