Press Release

Release Date: March 28, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Mary Ruth Barnes, of Ada, is a Chickasaw artist who specializes in watercolors and acrylics.

The Chickasaw Nation will host a weekly series of basic acrylic painting classes taught by Mary Ruth Barnes, Chickasaw Nation 2015 Dynamic Woman of the Year, 1:30-4 p.m., Wednesdays, April 4 until June 27, at the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St.

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

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.”

An enrollment fee of $10 per session includes instruction and materials. Pre-registration is encouraged as class size is limited.

For more information, or to enroll, contact the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 580-622-8040.

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