Tulsa is fortunate to host approximately 75 nationally recognized painters, potters, bead workers and cultural designers who will gather in the heart of Indian Country at Spirit Bank Event Center (105th & S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK) to celebrate the 24th Annual Tulsa Indian Art Festival. The Festival is a project of the National Indian Monument and Institute.
Award-winning musician Arvel Bird is one of the featured entertainers. Arvel’s stories combined with his excellent fiddle playing excite audiences throughout the U.S.
Cherokee-Creek artist, Mel Cornshucker, has been selected as the 2010 Featured Artist. Mel’s oven-safe, contemporary pottery incorporates modern techniques with traditional designs. Exhibition dancing will be performed at intervals through the event. Will Hill and Jehnean Washington of Mahenwahdose Productions will entertain with vignettes of American Indian stories. The Native American Caucus of the Oklahoma Legislature will be the honored guests.
Preview Night’s artists reception and patron seated dinner on Friday, February 12th supports the Tulsa Indian Art Festival Scholarship Fund, providing visual and performing arts scholarships to qualified American Indian students. Throughout its history, the Festival has donated approximately $80,000 in student scholarships.
Cornshucker’s donated original pottery will be auctioned at a live auction conducted by auctioneer Jay Litchfield. The auction will also include a summer week and a winter week at a 4-bedroom house in Crested Butte, Colorado. Artwork donated by exhibiting artists and items from area merchants will be auctioned at a silent auction. The winning juried artwork will be displayed throughout the evening. Guests will be treated to special entertainment by Arvel Bird.
Tulsa Indian Art Festival is an all volunteer network working to help preserve and to showcase the eloquent art and culture of the American Indian. The Festival is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
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