YWCA Featured Artists Info Gallery

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YWCA Featured Artists Info Gallery

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Kristal Tomshany

Here is one of my favorite places in the world…my studio! Another one of my favorite places is in the classroom at TCC where I teach art, and, of course, at the YWCA where I enjoy Zumba, Pilates, and Yoga classes!

I attended college at OSU and got my MFA in Fine Art from T.U. many years ago. I have shown my art at the M.A. Doran gallery, Living Arts, Liggett Studio and the AHHA here in Tulsa. I’ve also had several solo exhibitions at the Tulsa Artist Coalition gallery and the Performing Arts Center.

Here is a link for my website, if you would like to see more of my work: www.sorghumsentinel.org.

I’m also a musician! I play Irish whistle, bodhran, tambura, harmonica, wooden flute, and cello with a Celtic group called “Finnegans Awake”. We have played at the Gathering Place, Woody Guthrie Center, Philbrook, Gilcrease, and many local pubs.

My paintings range from “everyday” still life objects to landscapes to abstractions to more narrative, symbolic work. My paintings are always evolving and changing, which keeps it interesting for me, and for my viewers as well, I hope. Hope you enjoy the show.


Donna Urmeneta

My name is Donna Urmeneta and I have always loved art. Even as a child I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. However, the most I could hope for as far as art materials go back then was a pencil, and Indian chief tablet and a cheap box of watercolors from TG&Y.

Junior high and high school expanded my world. I was able to try new materials and more complicated projects. There were no art schools or college for me as anything beyond high school was unaffordable. I got married right out of high school and had my first child. Two children and two divorces later I was able to go to TJC (as TCC was known back then). I received an associates degree in art.

That was my first experience at having a live model that I really began to develop some skill, but having to work full-time took it’s toll after that and I didn’t really keep up with my art until I was retired almost 3 1/2 years ago. Since then I’ve taken an oil painting class at Ziglar‘s Art and Frame and portrait sessions at Whiteside Park. I set up an art studio in a spare room in my home. I developed an interest in pastel painting several years ago and that’s where I’m focused for now.

Other than getting older, retirement has been one of the best things that could’ve happened to me. The time I spend in my studio working on a painting has increased this past year, and my passion for being an artist has increased. I hope to be able to continue this pursuit for the rest of my life.