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Press Release

Release Date: April 02, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • At the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur, community members will learn about acrylics, watercolors, pottery, scratchboards and calligraphy.

  • Creations like these are woven by hand. A class teaching the basics of basket weaving is planned for April 27 at the Chickasaw Council House Museum.

  • The fundamental art of drawing can take many forms. In April, students in Chickasaw art classes will learn about calligraphy and silverpoint drawing.

Painting, beading and weaving among community crafting opportunities

ADA, Okla. – April is chock-full of family-friendly fun for arts and crafts lovers. Whether you are looking to develop a new skill or improve an existing talent, the Chickasaw Nation offers a variety of art classes for students of all ages and abilities.

These art events are open to the public. Instruction and material fees associated with these classes are waived for all Chickasaw citizens.

See below for a full list of art classes happening in April:

April 3 and 17 – Acrylic Workshop with Mary Ruth Barnes

1-3:30 p.m. at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.

Enrollment fee is $10 per class, which includes all supplies and instruction. For more information, call (580) 622-8040.

April 3 – Surface Design Pillow with Patta Butcher

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.

The cost is $25 per session, which includes all materials. Seating is limited. For more information, call (580) 622-8040.

April 8-11 – Quill, Ink and Watercolor with Leanne Parker-West

4-6 p.m. at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.

The cost is $10 per class, which includes instruction and all supplies. For more information, call (580) 622-8040.

April 10 and 24 – Watercolor Workshop with Mary Ruth Barnes

1-3:30 p.m. at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.

Enrollment fee of $10 per class includes all supplies and instruction. For more information, call (580) 622-8040

April 13 – Beaded Badge Clip Class

1-3 p.m. at the Chickasaw Nation Capitol in Tishomingo.

The event has no cost and is open to the public. Class size is limited. For more information, call (580) 371-9835.

April 15-May 22 – Raku

6-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the arts and humanities ceramics studio in Ada.

This class is open to the public and is $25 to cover materials. This fee is waived for Chickasaw citizens. Class size is limited. To enroll, or for more information, contact arts and humanities at (580) 272-5520.

April 15 and 17 – Scratchboard with Leanne Parker-West

4-6 p.m. at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.

The cost is $10 per class, which includes instruction and all supplies. For more information, call (580) 622-8040.

April 22-25 – Calligraphy for Beginners with Leanne Parker-West

4-6 p.m. at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios.

The cost is $10 per class, which includes instruction and all supplies. For more information, call (580) 622-8040.

April 27 – Loom Beading

10 a.m.-noon at Fort Washita in Durant.

This class has no cost and is open to the public. Supplies will be provided. For more information, or to enroll, call (580) 924-6502.

April 27 – Silverpoint Drawing

9:30 a.m.-noon at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.

There is an enrollment fee of $10, which includes all materials and instruction. For more information, call (580) 622-8040.

April 27 – Paint Your Pet with Mary Ruth Barnes

1-3:30 p.m. at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.

There is an enrollment fee of $10, which includes all materials and instruction. For more information, call (580) 622-8040.

April 27 – Basket Weaving Class

1-3 p.m. at the Chickasaw Council House Museum in Tishomingo.

The class has no cost and is open to the public. Class size is limited. For more information, call (580) 371-3351.

ARTesian Gallery & Studios

Designed to assist and promote Chickasaw and other artists, the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur provides the space and equipment needed to create works of art, including a pottery studio and five studio spaces, which are available for artists to rent.

The gallery area provides a venue for artists to display and market their work, as well as a reception area for “meet the artist” events and gallery art shows.

Supplies for creating all types of art, from high-quality paint brushes and watercolors, to crayons and coloring books, are available in the retail shop. Visitors can also purchase contemporary jewelry, books, music and more created by Chickasaw and other Native American artists.