Dr. Nathan Brown: Journals & Photographs
January 3, 2018 – February 27, 2018
Public Reception 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7
With guest artist, Norma Brown
Journals and photos of published poet/author to kick off 2018 exhibits at CTHC
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center will begin the 2018 year with an exhibition featuring Dr. Nathan Brown’s journals and photographs. A public reception to meet the author is set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7.
Brown, who has published 16 books, isn’t new to the Heritage Center. In May 2012, he exhibited his photography and a few of the books he’s authored. This time he introduces a few of his personal journals and many of his poems will be on display.
Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, Nathan Brown lives in Wimberley, Texas, but frequently travels to the Sooner State for teaching purposes and performances. He also has several family members who reside in the Cyril community and many of his photographs are from that community. He served as Oklahoma Poet Laureate in 2013-14. He also is the creative writing instructor for the Center’s program, “Saddle Up & Write” designed for area sixth-grade students.
His mother, Norma Brown, an accomplished artist, will be his special guest with a few of her paintings in the show. Norma Brown has been painting professionally for 35 years with some 200 awards locally and nationally. Her paintings are in collections in the United States, Europe and South America. She has a degree in education and art and has taught many workshops for various art organizations.
She enjoys painting commissions as well as painting on location around the country. Oils and watercolors are favorite mediums. Her work has illustrated several books.
The Heritage Center opened in 1998
Several engaging and unique exhibits have been planned to highlight the Heritage Center’s history as 2018 is its 20th anniversary. Since its humble beginnings, the facility has become an international tourist destination and one of Oklahoma’s Outstanding Attractions. Other notable awards are the Great Expectations Model School Certification (11 consecutive years) and True West magazine’s Top 10 Western Museums.
(About) Saddle Up & Write was originally introduced as Creative Writing – Writing in Response to Art with the 2010-11 academic year. That first year, only Duncan Middle School sixth-grade students participated, but that quickly expanded to Empire and Marlow Middle School with the next year. Brown has been the instructor for the program since its inception. In its fifth year, the name of the program was changed to reflect the theme of the Heritage Center, but the program itself has stayed the same.
Heritage Center’s Education Coordinator Leah Mulkey said the reception for Brown will be a chance for many of his former students to attend and see his work and share their stories with him since they were in his class.
Other exhibits planned include a pair of award-winning Chickasaw fiber artists, the annual Youth Art Month show, CTHC’s 20 year retrospective, Preston George’s photographs of railroad history in Oklahoma, and the art of Dana Tiger and her adult children, Coleman Tiger Blair and Christie Tiger. Dana is the daughter of Jerome Tiger, whose work is featured in the Garis Gallery of the American West.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is a National Day of the Cowboy “Cowboy Keeper Award” winner, Oklahoma’s Outstanding Attraction (OTIA Redbud) and a True West Top Ten Western Museum.
For information, call 580-252-6692, or visit www.facebook.com/onthechisholmtrail/events