OK Harris died Sunday, June 8 at the VA Hospital. There will be a memorial at the Art is OK gallery (next to Cost Plus on Menaul/Carlisle) in the next couple of weeks.

Pamela Michaelis sent out these words in her email notification. "OK was a man of heroic nature; there was never a bigger, more generous heart."

Read more about OK Harris, a pillar of the Albuquerque art community.

UPDATE: The memorial service will be Saturday, June 14 from 5 to 7pm at Art is OK

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Comment by mombat on June 9, 2008 at 1:03pm
WOW! I really enjoyed that he just put those large pieces outside of the store so that it was a wonderful public display.
Comment by Zoe on June 9, 2008 at 1:17pm
I am really sad to hear of his passing. His art brought so much joy to me over the years. I was always pleasantly surprised to see his "latest" as I drove by. My reaction was frequently, "how the heck did he come up with that?" He contacted me once about a project he was working on and I was struck, yet not surprised, with his kind and down-to-earth demeanor.
Comment by SzuperGipsy on June 9, 2008 at 4:30pm
He was bigger than life, but down-to-earth like none I knew before. For him to do better was if the people around him were doing better. We use to eat burgers together and talk silly stuff, laugh and be happy surounded by art. For others its a dream come true, I just felt very lucky. I still remember the day when he unloaded the megaton of art around his gallery that the Bernalillo HS students made with him. He was so happy and proud, so were the kids. Ohhh, I just hope that the kids will never forget.
I think Jon Schneck was waiting for him up there and his other friends. He still is in good company...and I just have to wait to get lucky again to meet someone like he was.
RIP OK and thanks for being such a giant...
Comment by Michelle Harris on June 9, 2008 at 6:26pm
We all miss Dad already and hope that we can continue his work of making the world a better place. I would love it if people would start e-mailing photos and stories about Dad (adobemama@adobemama.com) that we can share with the family. Everyone is heart broken and we are all trying to celebrate OK. Art really is OK and we are all blessed to have been a part of his life. Thank you to all of you who are showing your support for the family and for all the New Mexico artists that he loves. Keep the Faith,
Comment by JSK on June 9, 2008 at 7:38pm
Comment by vashti on June 9, 2008 at 10:16pm
Wow, my condolences to his family and friends. I didn't know him at all but love those sculptures, and just yesterday went to Art is OK with my mother just to visit them, they always bring us so much joy.
Comment by Diane Gray on June 10, 2008 at 2:03pm
i remember the day michelle & i went to his studio to pick out stuff to make metal display trees for my necklaces. ok took one look at the stuff he had, and made us put it back. he was laughing at us the whole time, as we explained what we were trying to do. he put aside the the monsterpiece he was working on, and made me two huge, heavy, perfect steel display trees. he didn't mind that we had shown up unannounced and interrupted his work, he was just glad to see us and to laugh and play with us. and that was just ok. he was fun, and funny, and playful, and a scoundrel, and a bunch of other things. i called him dad for 24 years. i love ok, and i miss ok.
Comment by Josephine Brionez de Flores on June 10, 2008 at 4:56pm
I am so sad to hear this. I didn't know him, but he made me smile every time I drove by his sculptures. His work graces the streets of Burque! He will be greatly missed but not forgotten!
Comment by Pat O. on June 10, 2008 at 10:46pm
I never met OK Harris, but have always appreciated his great sculptures when I go to Cost Plus. He was an original artist, with a lot of humor in his work.
Comment by Chuck Gallagher on June 12, 2008 at 12:11am
I have know OK since we worked together at BDM in the early 80's. After I got to know him I was conviced that he never slept. We were working swing shift and OK was also welding., painting cars and just about anything else he could, but always his art. We worked together quite a bit when his career was taking off and I did a lot of photography of his art. Over the years I would get a call out of the blue from OK just to say hi and catch up on old times. I will miss you OK.


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