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February 20, 2015

Contact: Andi Holland
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-237-1907 x223

CSRHC Third Annual Trappings Show Coming in March

Enid, Okla. -- During the month of March, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host its third annual “Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” show of fine Western art and custom cowboy gear.  “The Trappings show has gained respect with the artists as well as avid collectors of Western art. We now have a waiting list of artists asking to participate in the show,” said CSRHC Director Andi Holland.

This year the Trappings show will feature 15 of Oklahoma’s best Western artists and craftsmen.  For half of the artists, this will be their first year to participate while the other half are artists who have been in one or all of the Trappings shows.  John Rule, a sculptor and leather worker has participated in the show each year and is the artist who created the original leather piece photographed for the cover of the 2015 Oklahoma Tourism Guide. 

“Trappings of the Cherokee Strip” will open to the public on Saturday, February 28, and remain open through March 28. This invitational show brings together an impressive collection of fine works of art and handmade cowboy gear. The show is expertly exhibited to showcase the beauty of each item. All works are for purchase deliverable following the close of the show.

On display this year will be paintings; drawings; sculpture; works of silver including jewelry, belt buckles and guns; cowboy boots and other leather works; decorative gourds; pottery and furniture. The show is curated by the Heritage Center’s Curator of Collections David Kennedy. He said, “This year's Trappings exhibit will be our best yet! We have a good mix of past favorites and new artists. It's not often you get to handle modern works of this style—especially with this quality. I am particularly looking forward to getting a close-up look during installation.”

“The Trappings show is one of the Heritage Center’s most popular events of the year,” said Holland. “We are pleased to promote our proud Western heritage in this way and provide these remarkable Oklahoma artists with an opportunity to showcase their amazing works of art.” Featured artists are Curt Boles, Brenda Dewald, Ray Dorwart, Mikel Donahue, Harland Hackett, Harold Holden, Barbara Jacques, Stephen Jones, Heather Kaiser, Joe Lamerton, Kathryn Leitner, Bob Rae, John Rule, Skip Thompson and Robin Wolf. 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 Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 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 St. in Enid. 

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