The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 9, 2013

Artists to speak at CSRHC


Enid News & Eagle

— During March, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is hosting its first show of fine art and custom cowboy gear, Trappings of the Cherokee Strip.

The March Brown Bag Lunch & Learn will feature two artists from the show, Kathryn Leitner and John Rule. Both artists will demonstrate their techniques and share about what inspires their art.

Leitner works in paint and pencil to create Western scenes, and Rule is a master saddle maker and sculptor.

The presentation is free to the public and will noon on Wednesday in the Humphrey Heritage Village Church.

Trappings of the Cherokee Strip is open to the public through March 31. This invitational show features 13 artists and craftsmen from across the state.

Heritage Center guests have the opportunity to enjoy a collection of fine art and handmade gear, including the works of painters, sculptors, photographers, saddle and boot makers, silversmiths, potters and makers of western furniture.

The show is curated by the Heritage Center’s curator of collections, David Kennedy. He said,

“It is a thrill to interact with these artists and a privilege to handle their works,” Kennedy said. “These are very talented artists, and their art really does capture the spirit of the Cherokee Strip.”

Featured artists are Brenda Dewald, Ray Dorwart, Mike Eslick, Harold Holden, Barbara Jacques, Stephen Jones, Mike Klemme, Earl Kuhn, Joe Lamerton, Kathryn Leitner, John Rule, Shirley Simons and Robin Wolf. Each participating artist is exhibiting three works of art or gear. All works are for purchase deliverable following the close of the show.

Admission to Trappings of the Cherokee Strip is included in museum admission. The Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the fine art and gear show or other CSRHC programs, contact the Heritage Center at 237-1907 or www.csrhc.org. Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located at 507 S. 4th.