Smoke Over Oklahoma: How Railroads Tamed the Territory
The Railroad Photographs of Preston George
“Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George” will be the second exhibit during the summer of 2018.
Photographer Preston George became interested in the steam locomotives during the Great Depression, and captured black and white images using a Kodak camera. Eventually, he switched to a Graflex camera to photograph the trains as they cruised through Oklahoma. This exhibit is from the Oklahoma History Center and the Heritage Center staff and members are excited for its arrival.
Numerous railroad lines traversed through Oklahoma – including the Frisco, the Katy and heavy duty locomotives from the Kansas City Southern and Santa Fe lines. The community of Duncan’s history is definitely connected to the railroad industry, which even today, promotes an active railroad organization and is home to the Rock Island 905 Historical Museum, located in Fuqua Park. Longtime CTHC Association member Rick Duncan has installed a working model railroad in the center of the room that will be on display all summer. Rick has been collecting trains since he was five-years-old. He is also a member of the SouthWest Oklahoma Railroad Association (SWORA). Duncan’s interactive train set should delight all ages.
Images to be featured in this exhibit are included in a book of the same title, by author Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr. which is available in our gift shop.
Patsy Nixon: Gems, Junk, and Rainbow Shards
Sept. 6 – Oct. 11, 2018
Patsy Nixon’s formal art training included pottery and pastel paintings. Now, at age 90, she is creating new art, and a break from traditional art. Using found objects such as bottle caps, broken CDs, jewelry and household items, she creates mixed media collages on salvaged wood panels. Every piece begins with a sketch on a grid for accuracy to dimensions.
“This is so much more fun! I like to say I went from creeks and clay to gems and junk.” Patsy’s husband, Jack, scours the ground on his bicycle rides around town, in search of items for her art. Those discarded objects become treasures and works of art for this creative individual. While Patsy still uses much of her art background training to create the pieces, she is able to be a bit freer with her direction with this style of art. In creating her mixed media pieces, she discovered that the foil which comes off the CDs reminds her of rainbows, which resulted in her choice of exhibit title. “That foil comes off like shards and looks like rainbows,” she said.
Tiger Art: The Legacy Lives On
Dana Tiger, Christie and Coleman
Oct. 18 – Jan. 16, 2019
Dana Tiger is the daughter of the late Jerome Tiger (1941-67) and she, along with her children, Hvresse Christie Blair, and her brother, Coleman Tiger Blair, will exhibit their work, Oct. 18 to Jan. 16, 2019. Dana says she is inspired by her children. Even after having been a professional artist for more than 20 years, she finds that she continues to learn. Dana is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is of Seminole and Cherokee descent. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001. Her award-winning work, primarily in watercolors and acrylics is displayed in galleries, museums, private collections, state buildings and Native American institutions. Dana’s paintings feature the beauty and strength of Native American women.
Dana was five-years-old when her father, Jerome Tiger, died. He is considered a legendary artist and three of his works are held in the Garis Gallery of the American West here at the Heritage Center.
Dana has used the personal challenges in her lifetime to make a difference in her community. In 2002, Dana and family founded the Legacy Cultural Learning Community, a non-profit. Its mission is to nurture creativity of Native youth, through the legacy of their tribal languages and culture using arts.
Her daughter, Hvresse Christie Tiger, has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Most recently, Christie’s newest painting of her son, Aiden, at a ceremonial ground, is featured on the March 2018 cover of the Native Oklahoma magazine. Christie has expanded her art to the wearable market, with it featured on everything from high top sneakers to tops and leggings. Dana’s son, Coleman, is an award-winning sculptor and attended Northeastern State University.
Please visit the Chickasaw TV site to hear Dana talk about her art and her personal challenges, as she deals with Parkinson’s disease.