Bixby Artist Helps Nonprofit

SHOWCASING HER CRAFT: Bixby resident Autumn Andrews stands in front of her artwork with Matt Moffett, executive director of Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS), at Andrews’ first art show, held May 7 at TGAS, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd.

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Autumn Andrews, a 14-year-old Bixby art student, held her first art show in May and used the event to give back to the Tulsa Girls Art School (), 2202 E. Admiral Blvd.

Her show, called “Fanciful,” featured 33 of Andrew’s favorite paintings, which are inspired by nature and her imagination. Andrew’s artistic journey began when she started taking painting classes and discovered her love for creating. When she was in seventh grade, her Bixby art teacher connected her with the program Operation Aware, which helps prevent drug and alcohol abuse in young people.

Students chosen to participate in the program are paired with local artists to create a piece of art to be auctioned, with the money going back into the program.
Andrews was paired with local artist Matt Moffett. Moffett is the executive director of , a grassroots nonprofit art studio that empowers underserved girls through visual arts training.

Moffett is a self-taught artist who paints for the love of painting. Raised in California, Oklahoma and Spain, Moffett grew up being taught to appreciate beauty in all forms and also to express this beauty through art.

Together, Andrews and Moffett created a painting that auctioned for $1,000. Seeing the potential in Andrews, Moffett volunteered to give her private lessons.

With his teaching, Andrews became interested in art history and began to create her own style of art which is whimsical in nature.

Andrew’s show, which was held May 7, was very successful, says Kendra Blevins, marketing and development coordinator, with more than half of her paintings being sold. Thirty percent of Andrew’s sales went to the school.

Updated 05-26-2015

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