Chickasaw Nation to Host Artesian Arts Festival May 24 in Sulphur, Oklahoma

Artesian-Arts-Festival_imageDozens of Southeastern Artist, Live Entertainment planned for inaugural event

SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA — The Chickasaw Nation is hosting the inaugural Artesian Arts Festival, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Artesian Plaza in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Planned as a community celebration of all forms of art, the Artesian Arts Festival will highlight artists and art from Southeastern tribes, such as Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee and Creek.

The Artesian Arts Festival is free and open to the public.

Activities for all ages are planned, including a special area for children’s activities and a senior citizens’ arts and crafts booth.

The festival will focus on diversity in art media and a variety of visual art will be on display at the 35 artist booths such as paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, bead work, textiles and pottery.

Southeastern artists expected to attend the Artesian Arts festival include: Chickasaw artists Jeannie Barbour, Mary Ruth Barnes, Doris Davis, Tracie Davis, Margaret “Ellen” Etzler, Sue Fish, Brent Greenwood, Charles Kemp, Brian Landreth, Mike Larsen, Dustin Mater, Nancy McDoniel, Paul Lance Straughn, Dennis Underwood, Joanna Underwood, Ben White and Margaret Roach Wheeler.

Cherokee artists include: Verna Bates, Matthew Girty, Mary Beth Nelson, Lisa Rutherford and Karin Walkingstick.

Choctaw artists expected at the Artesian Arts Festival include: Dylan Cavin, Patta LT and James Wallace.

Chase “Kahwinhut” Earles, Caddo, Scott Roberts, Muscogee (Creek) and Rhonda Williams, Otoe Missouri are also expected.

The ARTesian Art Gallery will host “Gallery Talks” beginning at 10 a.m.

Master-level Native American artists such as Jeannie Barbour, Mike Larsen, Joanna Underwood, Daniel Worchester and Tim Nevaquaya will introduce their works and explain their creative methods and processes.

Artists will also be demonstrating their craft, from pastel drawing to pottery and textile weaving in the Gallery.

A wide variety of entertainment and food vendors is also planned.

Performing Arts

Several entertainers –from traditional native flute performance to red dirt country music are scheduled to perform during the festival including: Zachary Garcia, Katie Barrick, “Overdrive,” Clancy Davis, “Neighborhood Outlaws,” Nathan Burris, “Injunuity,” Darryl Tonemah, “High Water Gamble” and “Zoom City.”

Culinary Arts

Food vendors offering an array of tasty treats from festival fare to traditional native cuisine are participating in the Arts Festival including: Seven Sister’s Bakery, Kona Ice, Mr. Tater Cater, Aw Shucks, Impaachi by Brubt Co., Carousel Shaved Ice, Krazee J’s Kettle Corn and many others.
For more information about the Artesian Arts Festival, contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520, by email at, or visit

The Artesian Plaza is located adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 West First Street, Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Entertainment Schedule:

9 a.m.  Chickasaw Dance Troupe
9:30- 10:15 a.m. Zachary Garcia
10:15 – 11 a.m. Katie Barrick
11 a.m. – noon Overdrive
Noon – 1 p.m. Clancy Davis
1 – 2 p.m. Neighborhood Outlaws
2 – 3 p.m. Nathan Burris
3 – 4 p.m. Injunuity
4 – 5 p.m.  Daryl Tonemah
5 – 6 p.m.  High Water Gamble
6 – 7 p.m.  Zoom City

ARTesian Art Gallery: Gallery Talks

10 a.m. Introduction of Masters Show – Jeannie Barbour
11 a.m. Live Drawing with Pastels – Nancy McDoniel
Noon Work as a Metalsmith – Daniel Worchester
1 p.m. Elders Painting Series 1 & 2 – Mike Larsen
2 p.m. Presentation of Flute Making and Recital – Tim Nevaquaya
3 p.m. Presentation on Bronze Sculpting – Dan Brooks
4  p.m. Processing and Weaving with Honeysuckle – Dana Tolbert
Hand Building Clay Pottery – Joanna Underwood (all day)
Textile Weaving – Margaret Roach Wheeler (all day)


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