MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 27, 2012

Dugi, Williams win at Cherokee Art Market

“Looking Forward, Looking Back-Mirror Bag” named Best of Show


— This year’s seventh annual Cherokee Art Market honored Orlando Dugi and Kenneth Williams with Best of Show for “Looking Forward, Looking Back-Mirror Bag” beadwork/quillwork entry at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The awards reception held on Oct. 12 honored the Cherokee Art Market prizewinners with $75,000 overall prize money awarded across 20 categories.

“The Cherokee Art Market continues to offer one of the largest prize purses of any Native American art show in the country,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a media release. “It attracts the country’s most talented Native American artists and thousands of art lovers who can catch a glimpse of the finest Native art. It continues to be a boost to the local economy and supports thecontinued expression of Native culture and history.”

The seventh annual Cherokee Art Market ran Oct. 13-14 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa and featured art from more than 130 elite Native American artists from across the nation.

Native American artwork representing more than 45 different tribes was on display and sale at the Cherokee Art Market. Art forms included beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles. Guests also enjoyed a variety of cultural demonstrations and performances during the market.

Top winners

With more than 65 winners in eight classes, the following are the Cherokee Art Market 2012 Best of Show and Best of Class winners:

Class 1 Painting, Best of Class — Sharon Irla, “Save Xingu”

Class 2 Sculpture, Best of Class — Troy Jackson, “Cherokee Women Carrying Tradition”

Class 3 Beadwork/Quillwork, Best of Class — Orlando Dugi and Kenneth Williams, “Looking Forward, Looking Back-Mirror Bag”

Class 4 Basketry, Best of Class — Shawna Cain, “Sun Perch”

Class 5 Pottery, Best of Class — Jane Osti, “Sacred Winds”

Class 6 Textiles, Best of Class — Berdine Begay, “Second Phase”

Class 7 Jewelry, Best of Class — Toneh Choleewah, “Eyeing the Hand”

Class 8 Diverse Art Forms, Best of Class — Dallin Maybee, “Best Friends Make the Best Music”