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November 9, 2020

Contact: Renee Trindle
Sod House Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-463-2441

“Icons of the Oklahoma Prairie” Exhibit at Sod House Museum

ALINE, Okla. — The intricately beautiful artwork of Burneta Venosdel will be on display at the Sod House Museum starting on November 14 through December 12th. “Icons of the Oklahoma Prairie” is Venosdel’s tribute to her great-grandparents on both sides of her family…Koppitz, Wagner, McMullen, Bloom and May were all pioneers of the area, some making the Cherokee Outlet Land Run of 1893. 

Venosdel began an appreciation of her natural surroundings in her childhood, but it was not until her retirement from teaching that she pursued her lifelong dream of becoming an artist. With the eye of a conservationist and a steady hand, her detailed sculptures record the likenesses of cattle, horses, birds and endangered species. “My work is embedded in memories and experiences growing up in the rural areas of northwestern Oklahoma,” said Venosdel. Her figural works capture the likeness of people and faces that speak to the early history of the region.

Venosdel is a national award-winning sculptor and painter who travels across the country, exhibiting her sculptures and paintings to collectors who enjoy her strong, dynamic, western-influenced and detailed modern pieces. She currently serves as vice president of Women Artists of the West and was the co-chair for the 48th National WAOW Exhibition held in Bartlesville. Venosdel is a Master-Signature member of WAOW and a Signature member of both American Plains Artists and American Women Artists. She attended Bacone College.

The Sod House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located southeast of Aline on State Highway 8. For more information, contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

The Sod House Museum 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.


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