The late artist S. Letha Nichols will be honored in a special exhibit of her works at the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum. “The museum is fortunate to own several of Mrs. Nichols’ paintings, such as the kneeling Indian which served as the official high school logo for several decades,” according to the Historical Society Executive Director, Dr. Betty Gerber.
“She favored portraits, and we have several in both oils and pastel, plus some historical sites such as the old depot and the old high school that stood on the North Intermediate High campus,” Gerber adds. “One of the most beautiful portraits is that of Broken Arrow pioneer, Newt Williams, which is on loan from . It’s impressionistic and captures the essence of Mr. Williams, down to his familiar sitting posture.”
This exhibit is the first time her work has been selected posthumously for a one-woman show. However, in 2000, Nichols was honored on her 86th birthday with a special exhibit at Arkansas Valley State Bank, now . Then Mayor Jim Reynolds declared March 10, 2000 as “Letha Nichols Day.” Mrs. Nichols died in 2002.
The exhibit will continue at the museum through Saturday, June 19. The museum is located at 400 S. Main, and is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 4 and Saturday 10 to 2. Call 258-2616 for more information or visit their website at www.bahistoricalsociety.com.