In Memory

O K Odie Harris

HARRIS -- O.K. Harris, Sculptor, died June 8, 2008. He was husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. His life was art. In lieu of flowers, please support the arts, each in your own way. The family also wishes to thank the staff at the VA Hospital of Albuquerque for the exceptional care that was provided to O.K. One last opening for O.K. will be held at Art is OK Gallery, 3301 Menaul NE, Suite 28, Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW (505) 898-3160



Our class has many talented people including artists  Odie ‘OK’ Harris and Bill Drexel.  Sadly both of these Vikings are no longer with us, but they left behind many gifted artistic works including the ‘Solar Arc’ sundial that they worked on together.

Odie (as we all knew him in High School) and Bill were good friends and partners on projects and the simple beauty of this piece is still available for viewing at the 4 H Park near Menaul and 12th street.  This piece was created in 1985 and was originally purchased and placed by the City of Albuquerque at the Girard and Central location.  It was subsequently moved back down to the Valley where it is now on display.

If you knew Odie or Bill, or if you enjoy this piece of art, please leave a comment for our other classmates to appreciate.

As said before, we had/have many talented people in our class, and it’s a special pleasure to be able to share some of their beautiful work with everyone.  Rest in peace, Odie and Bill, your class remembers you.



After you've read the comments on Odie's Profile, you may want to visit Bill's page

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08/29/14 01:05 PM #1    

John Snodgrass

Odie was a great friend and I think of him often. I new he was a very talented artist,but didn't realize how much of an impact he had in Albuquerque! I still have a painting that he made for Diane and I after we were married! He also painted a couple of pictures of some of my cars which I still have today. He was a great husband ,father,and friend and still miss him today!

I'm sure he is designing some of the clouds we see from his art studio in heaven!

Rest in peace my friend!

John Snodgrass


08/29/14 02:26 PM #2    

Ed Vaillancourt

I'm sure a lot of us remember the cartoon car art he did in High School, he had a great sense of humor and never took himself too seriously.  You're right John, I'm sure he is designing clouds in the sky, especially the ones with dragons in them.

08/30/14 10:54 AM #3    

Michael Byrnes

Like all of us, I miss Odie & Bill a great deal.   They were an "odd couple" but very artisitic together!  Forfunately, I have two of Odie's metal cranes in my back yard and every time I see them I think of O.K.

08/30/14 12:22 PM #4    

John Leslie

I also have a drawing of my 55 ford station wagon that Odie did, I pass by the Arc almost daily, it always turns my thougths Bill, Odie and VHS.

09/02/14 05:32 PM #5    

Robert Lowder

By some quirk of class scheduling, Odie and I wound up in the same PE class every year at Valley. It became a running joke for the two "PE Buddies". He was talented and a genuinely funny guy. His time came too soon.

12/09/15 05:27 PM #6    

Ed Vaillancourt

Odie had a great sense of humor which often included making light of himself.  John Leslie contributes this picture postcard image with some classic Odie "OK" Harris humor.  You're still making us smile, Odie... 

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