Bulletin Board:  e-mail wahlesahcwy@gmail.com or info@cherokeeartistsassociation.org to be included...


        July 27, 2009 

Media only: Judy Pierce (918) 456-6007, ext. 6157 

Fiber Arts Demonstrations at Cherokee Heritage Center

      PARK HILL, Okla. - The Cherokee Heritage Center will host demonstrations of nineteenth-century Cherokee fiber crafts Saturday, August 1 beginning at 10:00am and concluding at 4:00pm. The craft of finger weaving, chair seat weaving, knitting, darning, and basketry will be demonstrated in Adams Corner Rural Village, a replicated 1890s Cherokee town.

      The Adams Corner General Store will also be open with merchandise representing the 1890s. Adams Corner Rural Village consists of seven structures including a one-room schoolhouse and log cabin.

      Visitors can also enjoy a guided tour of the Ancient Cherokee Village and Trail of Tears exhibit. Admission to the Heritage Center is $8.50 for adults, and youth are admitted for $5. Additionally, a summer evening dramatic presentation is available Friday and Saturday nights with prior reservations. Citizens of any of the three federally-recognized Cherokee governments and a guest are admitted free to the museum and villages on the first Saturday of each month.

      The Cherokee Heritage Center, south of Tahlequah, is located at 21192 S. Keeler

Drive. At the intersection of Willis Road and Highway 62, go East on Willis Road, which becomes South Keeler Drive. Cherokee Heritage Center hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and weekdays, and Sundays 1:00pm to 5:00pm. For more information, contact Karen Cooper at 918 456-6007 or visitwww.cherokeeheritage.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                America Meredith, Cherokee, artist and art historian, will give a community presentation hosted by the Cherokee Arts & Humanities Council

                                                                                                                                                                                                        of all the Cherokee and Moundbuilder art she photographed in the collections in DC, NY, PA, MA, and NJ as part of the NMAI Community Artist Program on Sunday, August 2. More information to come                                                                                                                                                                                                         at the home page of www.cherokeeculture.org .

Tero Applications also available for artists. Email wahlesahcwy@gmail.com

Greetings from Kansas City, MO:

I am writing to invite Native American artists to participate in the 4th Annual Kansas City Indian Art Market & Cultural Festival October 3 & 4, 2009. We are making plans for it to be even bigger and better than last year. Artists who participated last fall told us they were very happy with their sales and the hospitality shown them and they plan to return.

Ours is a small festival…we had fewer than thirty vendors last year but they ranged from inexpensive to high end and all seemed to do well as we had several thousand people attend.

Our not-for-profit organization NCIAC has as its mission to educate the public about Native American heritage so in addition to the artists which are the main attraction, we offer cultural classes, displays, entertainment and children’s activities.

We hold our festival (dubbed KC Indian Fest) outdoors so you are welcome to bring your own tent or set up inside our 100’ tent. The details are on the application form which I would be happy to email to you. Please let me know if you would prefer that I mail you the application in an envelope.

Please email me if you have any questions. I was able to arrange with two nearby hotels for rooms under $60 last year and I hope to be able to do that again this year.

Please check out our web site www.kcindianfest.com

I hope to hear from you soon.

Nancy Blue, Co-Chair


Chickasaw Nation Artist Directory Application


Email Wahlesah or Lisa Rutherford for the Application


Cherokee Nation is inviting any artists on July 12th from 8 m-12 to set up for a commercial at the complex clearing. Call 918-384-7730 for more info.



Thousands of people travel to Tahlequah during Labor Day weekend to learn about the history of Tahlequah and Cherokee culture and art. For the past three years the Tahlequah Art Guide has helped visitors find the best in art showcased throughout our town and we have been the only guide focused on the promotion and selling of art.

This is your chance to be a part of our free guide handed out to some of the 15,000 visitors looking to learn, be inspired and take home a piece of Oklahoma art. Advertising prices are the same as last year and space is limited. The deadline is August 1, so check out our attached rate sheet for more information.

To see the guides from previous years check out the link below.


Thanks for all of your support and I look forward to working with you to make the 2009 Tahlequah Art Guide the best ever and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Mickel Yantz

LogJaM Arts, Inc.


NEED A NATIONAL TREASURE Application? Contact Lisa Rutherford!!! 


America Meredith will be doing a presentation for the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council in Tahlequah in August.

Also, the CAHC will be having a potluck in July.


Contact Roy Hamilton with questions.



present the Fourteenth Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show & Sale

August 22 – October 4, 2009
Rules and Instructions



August 7th 4pm - Artwork must be delivered to the Cherokee Heritage Center. Artwork not received or late will forfeit their place in this year’s show. 

August 14th - Accepted artwork will be posted on the Cherokee Heritage Center website: www.CherokeeHeritage.org. You may also call 1-888-999-6007 to find out. 

August 21st 6-8pm - Cherokee National Historical Society Members’ Reception.

Accepted artists are encouraged to attend and preview the art show with our members. 

August 22nd 12pm - Awards Reception

Award winning artwork will be announced; and ribbons and prize money will be handed out. 

October 4th 5pm  Art show ends. Artwork can not be picked up prior to this date. 

October 5th – Artwork can be picked up during business hours Monday - Friday 10am-5pm. If other arrangements are necessary, please contact us prior to October 16th. 

October 16th 5pm  Last Day to pick up art or make arrangements. Any artwork left after this date without pickup arrangements will become property of the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. 





Size Limitations

      Entries in the fine arts division may not have an image area exceeding 48" wide or 48" high.  Mats, frames, and bases will not be measured unless they are a part of the overall artistic work, such as a painting extending onto the mat.  Sculpture must not exceed 48” x 48” x 48” excluding base.  Paintings must be on a standard surface.  Image area is defined as being the exposed viewable area of the image. 



Number of Entries


If entering more than four pieces (remember, no more than three per category) you should request an additional form, make a copy of our blank form, or obtain additional forms at the museum during the check-in process. 


Each entry must be designated in only one of the following categories: 

Traditional Division

Traditional Division is defined as arts being performed prior to European contact. 

Category 1 – Traditional Basketry:  All items must be of native material, such as barks, honeysuckle, buck brush, river cane, etc., natural dyes are encouraged, and commercial dyes are not permitted.

Category 2  – Traditional Jewelry and Beading:  Traditional beadwork materials, such as horn, shell, clay, etc. will be accepted.  Commercial beads are also accepted.  Safety pin beadwork is prohibited.  Jewelry may incorporate use of native material such as flint, agate, petrified wood, jasper, horn, bone, shell and bird or animal parts.  Materials protected under federal law will not be allowed.

Category 3 – Traditional Pottery: Pottery must be made with traditional methods, and must include clay preparation, construction, and firing. Kiln fired and wheel thrown pots will not be allowed. 

Category 4 –Traditional Arts: This category is open to other crafts such as toys, masks, musical instruments, cooking utensils; stick ball sticks, knives with carved bone handles, etc.  Traditional weapons – blowguns, bow and arrows, war clubs, points, etc. are included here. Sculpture- Original works in stone, wood, clay, metal, bone and other natural materials. Unfired clay will not be accepted because of its fragile nature. Images submitted in one medium may not be resubmitted in another medium, i.e., a woodcarving may not be entered as a bronze in the same year or later year. 

Contemporary Division

Contemporary Division is defined as arts being performed after European contact. 

Category 5 -- Visual Arts: Paintings -- Original works in oils, watercolors, acrylics, gouache, tempera etc., and related mixed mediums, such as ink and acrylic.  Graphics --Original works in ink, pencil, charcoal, pastels, scrimshaw, etc.   No photography-offset or gicl’ee prints will be accepted.  Works produced in lithography, etchings, hand-pulled prints, and block prints are eligible.  

Category 6 – Contemporary Sculpture --  Original works in non-traditional materials.  Paper casts are acceptable.  Entries in this category should be carved, molded, constructed, or shaped by the artist not something formed by nature. Images submitted in one medium may not be resubmitted in another medium.

Category 7 -- Contemporary Pottery -- Wheel thrown or hand built pieces using contemporary methods such as clay preparation, construction, or firing is allowed.  No slip mold pieces are allowed.  Sculpted clay will be classified here. 

Category 8 – Contemporary Basketry:  All items must be of commercial material and commercial dyes are permitted. 

Category 9 – TextilesWeavings, rugs, blankets, tapestries, clothing, appliqué, ribbon work, quilts, shawls, traditional ceremonial garments and sashes are acceptable.  Sewing machine work is acceptable.   NO commercially made clothing, liquid embroidery or commercial kits are allowed. All quilts must have a hanging pocket or appropriate hanger attached. 

AWARDS – $10,000 in Prize Money. A Grand Award of $1100  will be given.  Nine (9) First Place prizes of $600 each will be awarded in each category.  Five (5) Judges Choice awards will be distributed at the discretion of the Judges with a $400 prize for each.  Fifteen (15) $100 Honorable Mention Awards will be awarded. The museum and judges reserve the right to withhold awards in categories.  

JUDGING – The Cherokee Heritage Center will select a judge, or judges, based on their knowledge of Cherokee crafts. A list of accepted works will be posted on our web site at http://www.cherokeeheritage.org. Winners will be announced at the awards presentation Saturday August 22nd at 12pm.  












Packaging:  Entries must be shipped in a reinforced corrugated carton or wooden box.  Masking tape should be used on an entry under glass.  Note:  Frequent cases of unsatisfactory insurance settlements have been encountered on works damaged in transit.  All insurance settlements will be treated as sales with the museum retaining its normal commission. 


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            Cherokee National Museum   Cherokee National Museum

            21192 S. Keeler Dr.    P. O. Box 515

            Park Hill, OK 74451    Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465 



The Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. is proud to recognize

Cherokee Nation Enterprises & Thalden Boyd Architects

as the sponsor of the Fourteenth Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show.


Booth space for the Cherokee National Holiday are available for reserving now. To reserve an area you must be a member of a federally recognized Tribe, for all requirements and more information contact the Cherokee Heritage Center, Becky Adair, education associate.


Sydney Dove from Jay who is looking for artists at the Huckleberry Festival in Jay on July 4. She is offering free booths and wants to attract native artists and demonstrators. Setup is from 2-7 pm on July 3rd and the festival opens at 9 am July 4.  Artists need to provide own setups, booth sizes are 10 x 6 or 10 x 10. Her number is 918 253-8555.


First Name : Nancy

Last Name : Walton

Address Street 1 : 2235 S. Ranch Drive

Address Street 2 : SouthWind Marketing

City : Ponca City

Zip Code : 74601

State : OK

Daytime Phone : 5807472152

Evening Phone : 5807472152

Email : nwalton@kawenterprises.com

Comments : On July 3rd and 4th we are having an event at our Casino. We will have Native American Dancing, artists and crafters and I still have room for more. There is no charge for the tent, table & chairs and all sales belong to the artist. If you know of anyone who would like to have a booth please ask them to contact me! We would really like to have some jewelry artists and beaders. thanks!



In July the Cherokee Arts & Humanities Council will meet for a picnic in the Murrell Home park, everyone is invited.  We will have hot dogs and hamburgers, chips too, and you bring what you/yours like to drink and/or any side dish you like at a picnic.

This is the tentative date, until I hear from some of you that it doesn't work for you:  July 12th, Sunday afternoon, about 1:00 p.m. in the Murrell Home Park at Park Hill.

I'm also asking for subjects or things you would like on an agenda for a quick business meeting at about 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.  gwytutsi@yahoo.com




Past Events:

JUNE 9th


June 13th:

Tahlequah Art of the Living Festival

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2009


Media only: Judy Pierce (918) 456-6007, ext. 230

Website: CherokeeHeritage.org

Cherokee Heritage Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Adams Corner Rural Village

PARK HILL, Okla. - The Cherokee Heritage Center will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Adams Corner Rural Village on June 13.  This will be an afternoon to remember of live music, old-fashioned games and demonstrations of loom weaving, quilting, knitting, darning and basket weaving.

Adams Corner Rural Village is a uniquely recreated historical Cherokee community. It is the result of a generous donation by Mr. K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. owner of the Tennessee Titans National Football League franchise. Mr. Adams is a descendant of Mrs. Nancy Fields Blythe, one of the First Families of the Cherokee Nation. The Village is dedicated in memory of his mother, Blanch Keeler Adams.

The public is invited to take a closer look and explore Cherokee culture at its best at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Experience this major tribal cultural center in the state where “Oklahoma:  Native America” comes alive!

From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm enjoy free lemonade, cake and homemade ice cream. During this celebration, admission is free to Adams Corner Rural Village, Ancient Village and the award winning Trail of Tears Exhibit. This does not include admission to the summer performance. Call (888) 999-6007, for rates and information.

Take advantage of this opportunity to spend time with your family and friends while experiencing all that the Cherokee Heritage Center has to offer.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is open daily Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., located just outside of Tahlequah, OK. 

For more information about this event please call the Cherokee Heritage Center at

(918) 456-6007, toll free at (888) 999-6007.

- CHC -



Judy Pierce

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Cherokee Heritage Center

21192 S. Keeler Drive

Park Hill, OK 74451