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Release Date: September 04, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Artist Mary Ruth Barnes, Chickasaw Nation 2015 Dynamic Woman of the Year, is teaching acrylic and watercolor painting classes at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios.

SULPHUR, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will host basic acrylic and watercolor painting classes taught by Mary Ruth Barnes, Chickasaw Nation 2015 Dynamic Woman of the Year, at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St.

Acrylic is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12. Watercolor will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The classes are open to the public at a cost of $20 each session. Students are welcome to attend as many sessions as they desire.

Barnes, of Ada, is an award-winning artist who specializes in watercolors and acrylics. Her work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States. She is also a published author, photographer and avid equestrian.

Barnes said her Chickasaw grandfather, who was a storyteller, taught her by painting pictures in her mind about love, nature, history and culture.

“I paint to revive the stories he told me and give a continuation of my culture to my children and my grandchildren,” Barnes said. “With each story he told me, I try to retell it in my images of the horse, the buffalo, the white dog, the eagle, and the turtle.”

The enrollment fee of $20 includes instruction and materials. Pre-registration is encouraged as class size is limited.

On display at the ARTesian Gallery and Studios are the works of weaver Margaret Roach Wheeler, illustrator Shawn Harjo, painter Billy Hensley, jeweler Juanita Hanna and woodworker Vicki Somers.

Five separate studio spaces are also occupied by various artists. Joanna Underwood Blackburn, James Blackburn, Margaret Wheeler and Patta LT are current resident artists who work and sell out of the ARTesian’s studio space.

The ARTesian Gallery and Studios is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

To register for classes and workshops, or for more information regarding other upcoming events, call the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, 580-622-8040.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016