January 16, 2019
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Exhibit to Feature Oklahoma Artists
ENID, Okla. — The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid is pleased to present “Layered Lives,” an exhibit running from January 15 to February 16, 2019, in the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery. The exhibit will feature the artwork of Oklahoma artists Jena Kodesh of Tonkawa and Jill Webber of Stillwater.
Jena Kodesh, a graduate of Oklahoma State University (OSU), holds a bachelor of fine arts degree with double majors in studio art and art history, along with a masters of arts degree in education. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Leadership Arts Program and a recipient of the Governor’s Arts in Education Award. After completing National Board Certification, Kodesh began instructing two-dimensional art and art appreciation classes for Northern Oklahoma College. She is currently an honoree of the Journal Record’s 50 Making a Difference and a 2018 candidate for Oklahoma Woman of the Year. She enjoys promoting the arts and arts education across the state. Her artwork validates a love for organic form.
Jill Webber is a newcomer to the fine art scene, having spent her career teaching high school art. She loves to capture the beauty of simple things people pass by every day, especially views in nature and in surrounding landscapes. In order to find the material for her paintings, she often hikes around in wooded areas or in the mountains in northern New Mexico. She enjoys observing how the time of day and the changing of the seasons can alter the beauty of a certain area or object. During the past three years, Webber became one of the five founding members of the Art Advocates, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting the OSU Museum of Art in advancing art and art education in the Stillwater community. She is presently serving as a cochair for this year’s events. In addition, Webber serves on the Selection Committee of Modella Art Gallery.
An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, January 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Brown Bag Lunch and Learn featuring a conversation with the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, at noon. Both events are free and open to the public. “Layered Lives” is included with regular museum admission. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 507 S. Fourth St. in Enid. For more information, please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.
The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.