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Press Release

Release Date: October 18, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



SULPHUR, Okla. – The Chickasaw Nation will offer an assortment of learning opportunities for both experienced and aspiring artists this October through November at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St.

Handstitched Blouse

Chickasaw artist Margaret Roach Wheeler will teach a handstitched blouse workshop Oct. 26.

Attendees will hand cut, sew and create designs using the discharge technique on organic knit cotton.

Wheeler is a Native American hand weaver of Chickasaw-Choctaw decent. She has created costumes for film production, designed garments for fashion shows and exhibited around the world. She lectures, instructs workshops and seminars on Native American fibers and her unique style of weaving.

An enrollment fee of $50 includes all class instruction and materials.

Fine Gourd Art

Chickasaw artist Donna Welch will teach fine gourd art workshops Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21.

An enrollment fee of $50 includes all materials and instruction.

Pucker Toe Moccasin

Chickasaw artist Ashley Wallace will teach a pucker toe art workshop Nov. 16.

An enrollment fee of $50 includes all materials and instruction.

Wrapped Basketry

Chickasaw artist Margaret Roach Wheeler will lead a wrapped basketry workshop Nov. 30.

Attendees will create a “rug mug” through wrapped basketry with yarn, twine, raffia and pine needles.

An enrollment fee of $50 includes all class instruction and materials.

About the ARTesian Gallery & Studios

Located in the heart of downtown Sulphur, the ARTesian Gallery & Studios is a space for creating, appreciating and sharing fine art. The 400-square-foot facility features an art gallery, classroom space, reception and retail space.

The facility was designed to assist and promote Chickasaw and other Native American artists. The gallery provides an excellent venue for artists to display and market their work. A reception area houses art shows and meet the artist receptions. Five separate studio spaces are also occupied by various resident artists

The ARTesian Gallery & Studios offers public art classes for all levels. Students can learn many different art mediums such as painting, weaving, dyeing, crafts, drawing, beading, printing, soapstone carving, moccasin making, quillwork, needle punch and embroidering with French knots taught by world renowned artists.

Nearby attractions include the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Chickasaw Visitor Center and the Chokma’si Sculpture Park, all conveniently located near the Artesian Hotel.

The ARTesian Gallery & 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 (580) 622-8040.