During the month of March, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host its second annual “Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” Show of Fine Western Art and Custom Cowboy Gear. The show features the works of 13 of Oklahoma’s best Western artists and craftsmen expertly exhibited to showcase the beauty of each item. All works are for purchase, deliverable following the close of the show.
“Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” will open to the public on Saturday, March 1, and remain open through March 29. This invitational show brings together an impressive collection of fine works of art and handmade cowboy gear. On display this year will be paintings; sculptures; works of silver including jewelry, knives, belt buckles and spurs; leather works including hat bands, guitar straps and boots; and home d#233;cor items including pillows, gourd art and wooden bowls. The show is curated by David Kennedy, the Heritage Center’s curator of collections. “The artists really outdid themselves this year. The works we are exhibiting definitely represent cowboy style, past and present,” said Kennedy.
“The Trappings show is such a marvelous combination of beauty and brawn and is so respectful of our proud Western heritage,” said CSRHC Director Andi Holland. “The Heritage Center is pleased to provide these remarkable Oklahoma artists with an opportunity to showcase their amazing works of art.” Featured artists are Brenda Dewald, Ray Dorwart, Mike Eslick, Harold Hackett, Barbara Jacques, Stephen Jones, Ronnie Jones, Kathryn Leitner, John Rule, Kayla Rule, Lisa Sorrell, Sam Upton and Burneta Venosdel. Each participating artist can exhibit up to three works of art or gear. These works are of fine quality, integrity and craftsmanship that will provide years of enjoyment and become treasured collectables.
Admission to “Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” is included in museum admission. The Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. For more information on the fine art and gear show or other CSRHC programs, please contact the Heritage Center at 580-237-1907 or www.csrhc.org. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located at 507 S. Fourth Street in Enid, Oklahoma.