‘It’s Just Shockingly Fun’ How an Oklahoma Woman Is Using Art to Bring People Back to the Britton District

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Lisa Lampton Allen has always been an artist, but it was only in recent years that she decided to share her talent with the world and teach others how to create her abstract pieces. Her method is not only fun, but also therapeutic for many and keeps people coming back to the Britton District.

Behind the door at 911 West Britton, a creative world awaits.

“It may come in and be like. So that was pretty fun, right?” Allen said, demonstrating her method on a canvas.

Allen, who shares the unique way she makes art with the world: with trowels.

“So you come back and you can scrape off as many as you want,” Allen said, using a trowel to scrape paint off the canvas.

“It was easy to teach with,” Allen said. “It was easy to clean and you couldn’t break it. So I fell in love with the putty knife and the trowel.”

They are knives of all sizes that you can find in a hardware store, but Allen and the crew use them to create masterpieces.

“This is all abstract art, and it’s easy and fun to teach and everyone just loves it, and it literally drags color and it’s just shockingly fun,” Allen said.

But for some, it’s more than fun, it’s therapeutic.

Jill Capri has been bringing her daughter Chloe to the studio for years.

“She is very creative. She’s very smart,’ said Capri. “It was just an incomplete spinal cord injury. It’s called TM, transverse myelitis. It’s very rare. And so art was something she could just do and enjoy expressing her creativity.’

News of Hideoutart started to spread and more and more people went back to Britton.

“It was like, if you build it, they will come and thank God they came,” Allen said.

Now, four years later, after realizing her dream, Lisa is making it permanent.

“I decided to go ahead and buy this building, and it felt good in every way,” Allen said.

Hideout Art is by appointment only. Those of legal drinking age may bring alcohol and medical marijuana with them if they are a cardholder.

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