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September 7, 2013

Cherokee Art Show winners announced

TAHLEQUAH — Winners of the 18th Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show were announced recently during the opening reception at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Virginia Stroud was awarded the grand prize for her acrylic piece titled “Traders Come.” The painting depicts a busy day of trading between Cherokees and European settlers.

“As is the case every year, the amount of outstanding work from this group of highly talented Cherokee artisans made choosing a grand prize winner a tough task,” Cheryl Parrish, interim executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center, said in a media release. “We’re proud to display all of these pieces through Sept. 15 for the public to see and possibly purchase them.”

The 140 traditional and contemporary pieces of artwork on display at Cherokee Heritage Center make it one of Oklahoma’s most prominent art shows.

The traditional division is defined as arts originating before European contact and consists of four categories, including basketry, jewelry, pottery and traditional arts.

The contemporary division is defined as arts arising among the Cherokee after European contact and consists of six categories, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry, beadwork and textiles.

Ribbons and prize money totaling $15,000 was distributed to winners in both categories.

First-place winners in each category are as follows:

• Visual Arts: Robert Lewis, “Little People Tell Yona a Story.”

• Traditional Arts: Karen Berry, “Starlit River.”

• Traditional Basketry: Joann Rackliff-Richmond, “Circle of Life.”

• Traditional Pottery: Crystal Hanna, “Untitled.”

• Contemporary Basketry: Mike Dart, “Whispering Winds.”

• Contemporary Beadwork: Carolyn Pallett, “Lessons By Moonlight.”

• Contemporary Jewelry: Antonio Grant, “Ancient Eagle Dancers.”

• Contemporary Pottery: David Pruitt, “Jogali.”

• Contemporary Sculpture: Troy Jackson, “Friday’s Washday.”

• Contemporary Textiles: Janet Smith, “Turtles and Turtles.”

The public can vote for the People’s Choice award by viewing the gallery and liking a favorite piece on the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Facebook page.

A complete list of winners can be found at www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

Information: (888) 999-6007 or www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

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