Cherokee Heritage Center

The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

34th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show Winners Announced

The winners of the 34th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show were announced Saturday, April 30, at an awards ceremony held at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

The show features more than 200 works from 134 artists. These talented artists competed for more than $10,000 in prize money in the following seven categories: Painting, Graphics, Sculpture, Miniatures, Basketry, Pottery, and Trail of Tears Theme.First, second and third prizes were awarded in all seven categories, as well as a Grand Award and numerous Honorable Mentions. This year’s Grand Award winner is K. Henderson for her painting “Son of the Earth.”

When asked about her winning entry, Henderson said, “It’s kind of a typical piece of what I’m doing now. I go through old photos of the Plains Indians in their more elaborate outfits and then I simplify them to match my style. This painting is based on an outfit I saw.”Henderson strives to include a lot of emotion in her art, compelling the viewer to take a deeper look.“I try not to dictate what the viewer should see,” said Henderson. “I leave it up to the viewer to get out of the painting what they can. They make up their own stories and emotions. I try to get a deep emotion but leave it up to the viewer what that emotion is.”

Henderson received $1,500 for the grand prize award. Other cash prizes were also given to the first, second and third prize winners in all seven categories. First place received $600, second received $400, and third place received $200. Guests of the show can vote on their favorite works for the highly sought after People’s Choice Award.

This award earns the artist $100.These cash awards were made possible by show sponsors Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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