I am happy to announce I have joined a new Gallery in Tahlequah, Oklahoma called Echota Arts, located at 1540 Echota Ave. Diane Rickey has a beautiful new gallery where she creates stained glass, custom frames and embroidery. I am honored that she will be featuring many of my sculptures which may be purchased for gifts or for your home. I have small sculptures large table top sculptures which depict small animals, historic people and Native American subjects.Visit the gallery Wednesday through Saturday 9am-6pm.
'Tallgrass Warriors' is the latest sculpture, consisting of two fighting Prairie Chickens, fighting over territorial breeding rights. The 'Lech' is an area that is a 'booming ground' and area for display and courting by the 'Prairie Chickens' on the plains. These males are fighting for breeding rights.
Several species live in the United States. The birds in the Tallgrass Prairie are the 'Greater Prairie Chickens'.
Studies and research is being conducted southeast of Bartlesville, Oklahoma at the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center. I traveled there last summer to study these birds and learn about how their efforts at the Research center are making a difference in bringing these birds back.
In the 80's, my husband and I lived on a ranch in the Osage and his cousin had a ranch not too far from us. At that time I saw a film at their home, during a family reunion, of birds being captured on Don's Ranch by the Department of Wildlife from Colorado to catch and transport birds from his ranch to Colorado to replant and replace dwindling populations.
Thirty -five years later, I decided this was a subject I wanted to revisit as a sculptor. Since I have only been sculpting full time since 2009, I now have the important job of bringing attention to conservation efforts through my art. I hope you like my interpretation.
American Women Artists to show at the Iconic Rockwell Museum, 111 Cedar Street, Corning New York,
January 19-May 6, 2018.
I will be exhibiting in the show as a Signature Member with my Toltec Player, Little Brother of War. What an honor to show where two of my favorite artists, Russell and Remington have permanent exhibits.
The Rockwell is a Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate New York and lays in the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community.
Experience this unique community center where people enjoy, connect and reflect on the essence of the American experience, character and values, through the eyes of American artists.
The Rockwell is open every day 9am-5pm (fall, winter & spring)
9am-8pm Memorial Day-Labor Day
Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving and December 24-25.
for view of American Women Artists website
I, like many of my fellow artists, are preparing for winter, and shows for the coming year and cleaning out closets, and garages. And here on the ranch, preparing the cattle for the coming weather, is a priority.
Looking back, 2017 has been a good year, but also a year of unexpected illness and trials. We have had a good year on the ranch with 100% survival of calves born and that is always good. Cattle prices have fallen though and and that is not good. I guess the prices can't stay high forever. We have been blessed to live in a country where we can live the lifestyle of our choosing and practice our religion. That is the biggest blessing of all!
I have also been truly blessed, as an artist, to be accepted into many shows across the country and my work is still desired by many people, of whom I am thankful.
Bruce Carter of Tallgrass Art Gallery, in Pawhuska and Shannon Hanna and her staff, Teresa Garcia, of RSHanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, continue to work hard to present my work to the public and for them I am truly grateful. Sales have been good.
The highlights of this year have been, the installation of the Set-T'ainte' (Satanta) bust in the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark Museum, in Lawton, Oklahoma, creating the Wah-Zah-Zhe Ballerina for the Osage Ballet School-ArtMaker, in Pawhuska, participating in the First Redfern PleinAir event in Tahlequah, where I got a First and Second Place for my pastels (one sold) and Volunteering to serve as WAOW Co-Show Chair with Julie Hayes for the first time ever that the 48 year old organization, WAOW Women Artists of the West, Show will be held in September 2018 in Bartlesville, Best of Show at OSS Show in Pawhuska. Last but not least, attaining Master-Signature Status in WAOW.
Other shows that I participated in were in Las Cruces, NM, Kerrville, Texas, Fredericksburg Texas, and Tucson, Arizona.
I am ramping up for the new year with great anticipation for 2018. Special events for 2018 that are already scheduled, can be seen on my Shows for 2018 page.
I am looking forward to the One Woman Show in Kerrvile, Tx, the WAOW Show in Bartlesville, the AWA Show in the iconic Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY, the Three-woman Show in Newton, Kansas, and the APA Signature Show in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Merry Christmas to all and a Blessed 2018! I hope to see you at the shows.
'Ruffled Feathers' in clay, started almost a year ago. The idea to sculpt fighting Prairie Chickens began from a memory and a viewing of a film at Don Barnett's Ranch near Dexter, Kansas on the Oklahoma/Kansas border.
After a family reunion at the Barnett ranch several years ago, I saw a film about the Colorado Department of Wildlife capturing these birds on Don's ranch to study, relocate and build up the populations of birds in Colorado.
At the time we lived about 20 miles from Don and Shirley, on a ranch northeast of Newkirk, Oklahoma. My family had witnessed and heard these birds in the distance in the spring when they are vying for dominance on the 'lech' to compete for breeding rights. The 'Booming grounds' are usually the same year after year. The calls and the thumping sound can be heard in the still of the evenings and early in the mornings.
It was this experience and interest and the dwindling populations, that inspired me to sculpt these birds. Research was done at the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center, Southeast of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
At the Center, I got to see the collections of eggs, (over 400 last year) to be hatched, and learned what it takes to care for the chicks once that have hatched........some are handled to imprint, so they can be artificially inseminated, while others or handled with the camo shrouds, so they can be released into the wild. Each chick is handled several times a day for feeding and weighing and documentation. Volunteers are needed during this time to help hold and feed the chicks. Volunteers work around the clock.
The new breeding barn held large netted pens of birds and a large area south of the barns held the birds to be released.
The Education Center is located about 10 miles west of the Research Facility and can be visited to learn more about the prairie chicken and other birds that are being helped through conservation efforts. For more information about the Sutton Center go to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.suttoncenter.org
The sculpture has just been cast at the foundry and is posted on this website. I am pleased with this sculpture and it has already been accepted in the American Plains Artist Signature Show in Pawhuska, March 23rd- April 28th. Opening March 23 & 24 at the Ole#1 Firehouse, 118 1/2 Main Street. This historic building is the new Arts Center, behind the City Hall and the Constantine Theatre.
Price Tower, the only sky scraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Bartlesville Oklahoma, will be the site for the 48th Fine Art Exhibition and Sale in September 2018. Plans are being made to host this wonderful organization, WAOW, of professional women artists for their annual show. Many of the 300 members strong organization have never been to Oklahoma. This is the first time WAOW has shown in Oklahoma. Celebrating it's 48th year in Oklahoma will be a super special event. You can visit the WAOW website for more information. www.waow.org.
It is an honor to exhibit with 50 other fine Western Artists at this beautiful Museum. The Party is by invitation, but the show may be experienced Sept 16-October 28th, 2017. The Party benefits the Museum's quality educational programs, and provides crucial operating support for this world-class organization.
The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to Excellence in the collection, preservation and promotion of Western heritage and to the education and cultural enrichment of it's diverse audiences.
Jason at Museum of Western Art to accept sculptures for the upcoming 34th Annual Art Sale & Exhibition at the Kerrville Museum. I delivered three pieces, Spirit Seeker, Echoes of Palo Duro, and Hot on the Rocks, which will be installed along with 50 other artists work from across the country. The Opening Reception will be Saturday, September 16, 2017, 6-9pm.
Prairie Treasures, bronze, limited edition, 7"x6"x5" can be seen at the APA, American Plains Artists 32nd Juried Show and Exhibition and Show going on in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Ranch and Heritage Museum which will end November 5th.
A trip to Texas unlike any other. First Friday Art Walk demonstrations at the Llano Gallery, were cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey on the coast. Cancelled flights for incoming artists and those affected on the coast put a damper on the artists ability to attend, however the Art walk continued with good attendance from the public at both galleries. Refugees from the storm brought many to Fredericksburg to seek shelter and to redirect their heartache and concerns, if only for one evening, by enjoying the beautiful artwork in the two Hanna galleries.