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Release Date: April 03, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



SULPHUR, Oklahoma - The Chickasaw Nation will host multiple art classes and an artist reception at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St. Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Pop art class

The ARTesian Gallery & Studios will host a pop art class, 3-6 p.m. April 7. The class will be taught by Cherokee artist Tanya Lowrance who works with a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylics, graphite and various printmaking methods. Lowrance teaches art at the college level, and says she does not care to “color inside the lines.” Her talent was inspired by her high school art teacher and local artist Paul Walsh and East Central University professor the late Bob Sieg.

Participants will explore the history of pop art is associated with famous artists throughout history such as Andy Warhol, who focused on pop-culture and consumer goods. Participants will also paint a pop art style icon representing the state of Oklahoma while learning acrylic medium and different finishing techniques.

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

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

Artist Reception

The ARTesian Gallery and Studios will host a reception for Native American artist Summer Zah, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Artesian Gallery & Studios. The reception is open to the public at no charge.

Zah graduated from East Central University with a degree in Studio Fine Arts. Her artwork has been featured in Ada Artist Association in Ada, Oklahoma, Print on Paseo, in Oklahoma City, and at the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

In addition to her featured artwork, Zah is also the recipient of a merit award from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Her art is characterized by earth tones and vibrant colors, indigenous iconography and text. She is influenced by her Navajo, Jicarilla Apache and Choctaw background.

The ARTesian Gallery & Studios exhibit featuring Zah’s work will be on display until April 25.

Watercolor classes

The ARTesian Gallery and Studios will host two adult watercolor classes in April. The basics of watercolor will be 1:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, and advanced watercolor will be 1:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26.
Classes will be taught by award-winning Chickasaw artist Mary Ruth Barnes who specializes in watercolor, acrylics and more.

Mrs. Barnes’ work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States. In addition to receiving several awards for her art, Mrs. Barnes was named the Chickasaw Nation 2015 Dynamic Woman of the Year.

An enrollment fee of $10 includes instruction and materials. Pre-registration is encouraged. Class size is limited.

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

Last Updated: 09/16/2016