MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 10, 2013

Cherokee Art Market shows work representing 45 tribes


— CATOOSA — The eighth annual Cherokee Art Market, featuring 150 inspirational and elite Native American artists from across the nation, will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Sequoyah Convention Center at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Admission is $5 per person.

Native American artwork, representing more than 45 different tribes, will be displayed and sold at the Cherokee Art Market. It includes beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles. Guests can also enjoy a variety of cultural and art demonstrations.

“The Cherokee Art Market is one of the premier American Indian art shows in the United States,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a media release.

“Our annual market continues to grow year after year, and that is a direct testament to the Cherokee Nation’s ability to showcase these celebrated artistic talents in a world-class event.”

Art demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The demonstrations will include jewelry stamp work technique, katsina doll making, pottery, painting and wooden flutes.

An awards reception will begin at 7 p.m. tonight in The Sky Room in honor of the Cherokee Art Market prizewinners.

Overall, $75,000 in prize money will be awarded across 20 categories.

Tickets for the awards reception are $25 per person and are available at the door.

“Best of Show” for the seventh annual Cherokee Art Market went to Orlando Dugi and Kenneth Williams for their “Looking Forward, Looking Back-Mirror Bag” Beadwork and Quillwork entry.

Information: www.cherokeeartmarket.com.