Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this edition of our show, we hear from the funny, verbose, opinionated, and widely acclaimed contemporary artist Burton Silverman. (You can learn all about him, and see examples of his work, at burtonsilverman.com.) Last night (July 8th), an exhibit of Silverman's work opened here in Tulsa at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art --- "Realism Recovered: The Paintings of Burton Silverman" will be on view through September 1st. (For more about this show, visit jewishmuseum.net.) As we hear on today's program, Silverman's had an interesting and accomplished career in art --- for example, he "came of age" as a deeply and uncompromisingly Realist painter in an age of fervent Abstract Expressionism (having seriously studied art in New York City just after World War II). Moreover, in the early years of the Civil Rights movement, Silverman spent time creating many outstanding drawings of various people and events in the Deep South. He's also known as an expert portrait-painter.