Press Release

Release Date: August 18, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



The Chickasaw Nation will host art classes at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St. Sulphur, Oklahoma. For more information or to enroll in any of these classes, call (580) 622-8040.

Mud Cloth Workshop

A mud cloth workshop will be offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 .p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26. Classes will be taught by Judy Dominic.

Dominic works with a variety of materials in her artwork. She started weaving while caring for her first child, and soon began taking on other challenges including felt making, papermaking, bookbinding, and many others.

Participants will learn about the traditional method of dyeing cotton cloth with mud.

An enrollment fee of $100 includes instruction and materials.

Silk painting workshop

A silk painting workshop will be conducted August 26. Classes will be taught by Choctaw artist Patta Butcher.

Butcher has been a professional artist for more than 30 years, has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and holds the title of 2017 Red Earth “Honored One.”

The workshop will be split into two sessions for different skill levels. Morning sessions, 10:30 a.m. to noon, will cover beginner techniques. Afternoon sessions, 1-3 p.m., will guide intermediate students who have taken the beginner class.

Participants will learn the process of applying dyes on silk fabric using a fusion of contemporary original design concepts and traditional Native American motifs.

An enrollment fee of $25 includes instruction and materials. Pre-registration is encouraged. Class size is limited.

Basic pottery class

The Chickasaw Nation will host multiple four-week courses in the basics of clay with Cherokee artist, Tanya Lowrance.

Lowrance works with a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, graphite and various printmaking methods, in addition to clay. Her talent for art was inspired by her high school art teacher, Paul Walsh and East Central University professor the late Bob Sieg.

“Each piece of art should convey a story or feeling,” Lowrance said. “That way the viewer becomes emotionally and or spiritually involved with the piece.”

Participants will learn the basics of clay techniques, including coil, slab, wheel techniques and glaze.

Classes are set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

An enrollment fee of $100 includes instruction and material. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016