Benefits of holiday shopping at the museum
Unique gifts to be found at local non-profit
Your gift hunting days for December seem to quickly be disappearing and you may be one of those who decide you will finish your holiday shopping list at the local store. You know – that place where you buy your groceries, blankets, kitchen gadgets, etc. – and think, ‘hey, I’ll get everyone something and be done!’ Hours (or days) later, you straggle out, defeated, spending more money than you planned, and still don’t have that perfect gift.
Did you stop to consider that many of the best gifts are not the ones you will find at the big discount warehouse, but instead at your local non-profit venues?
Here at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, our small gift shop has some of the most unique items, and an excellent selection of books – ranging from historic content, educational research to cookbooks, children’s books and novelty.
One of the best things about shopping at the museum is the art. (Price range from $75-$1,395) Many people realize that buying art is more than just for appearance, but also is an investment. Art sales through the Heritage Center have a lasting impact. First, it contributes to the working artist, and then it contributes to the Center.
Art in the Garis Gallery and throughout the museum is used in student educational programs.
More than 10,000 students visit the museum each school year for educational field trips. Students are provided a tour in the Garis Gallery and participate in worksheet scavenger hunt lessons. Additionally, a creative writing program designed for sixth-grade students from Duncan, Marlow and Empire, serves as a platform to encourage writing into the arts. Having new art on display contributes to these programs.
For the 2019 holiday season, we have one major exhibit, plus four more Oklahoma artists whose work is available to purchase.
In Designed by Nature, the patience exhibited by nature, wildlife and landscape photographer Sarah Rodefeld is evident in her work. Bees, dragonflies and hummingbirds in action reveal intricate details, through Rodefeld’s macro photography skills. Deers, chipmunks, loons, cows and landscapes in each of the four seasons also round out her portfolio. Most of Rodefeld’s work is on canvas, though she does have several pieces matted and framed. Rodefeld lives in Maud, OK, with her husband, Nels. Everything they do centers on the great outdoors. She’s originally from Wisconsin and has many beautiful images of her home state, Michigan and the backwoods of Canada. Rodefeld has provided a variety of merchandise that also would make nice gifts – notepads, journals, magnets, coasters, coffee mugs, small puzzles, keychains and more. They all feature her photography.
Duncan artist, Mikel Davison, whose work was first exhibited here at the museum in 2014-15, has two large original paintings on display. Both are unique and make dramatic conversation pieces. Earlier this year, another one of his paintings sold and is hanging in the new Stephens County Abstract Office downtown.
Greg Erway, of Lawton, is our newest spotlight artist. Three of the four paintings on display are western, while a fourth one features a lion relaxing against a background of jungle leaves. One of his first pieces, that of a bison against a dramatic red background, was only on display for a few days before it was purchased by Dallas, TX, residents, Larry and Dorothy Swalley.
Janet Loveless of Marlow, has been a working artist most of her life. She painted three new pieces, a landscape, a bobcat in a tree, and a pair of horses in motion. All of her pieces can be seen in the Garis Gallery of the American West. One of her older pieces (20 plus years) is in the Garis Gallery collection and also can be viewed by guests. Loveless was excited to be able to paint new pieces for the artist spotlight.
Native American artist, Brent Learned of Oklahoma City, was featured this summer by PBS, a few months after we secured him for an exhibit that is scheduled to open April 2, 2020. Three pieces of his work – two originals and one reproduction on canvas, have been on display since spring 2019.
All art purchases can be taken home the same day. Sales from the artist spotlight and exhibits benefit the artist directly. It also provides the museum with a small commission.
If you are considering making a contribution to the museum’s curated art collection, any of these paintings can be purchased as a gift to the Heritage Center. That is the long lasting impact such a gift provides.
We hope you will shop with us this holiday season or any time of the year.
Running Free is one of the paintings available to purchase at the Heritage Center. Artist Janet Loveless of Marlow recently painted this scene of a pair of horses running side by side.
Duncan flute maker and performer, Duane J. Paul, has two instrumental albums available in our gift shop. They are also available through online purchase. Just one of the many unique gifts you can find in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s gift shop.
Greg Erway created this dramatic longhorn trio for his artist spotlight. This piece and others by Erway are on exhibit in our main lobby. Art purchases can be taken home the same day.
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