Brush Strokes of History – Art of Brunetta Bernard Griffith (1919-2006)
Jan. 10 – Feb. 27, 2019
DUNCAN, Okla. – Women important in early Oklahoma history, Apache leaders and customs of Indian culture and legends are the stories told in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s first exhibit of 2019, “Brush Strokes of History.”
Nineteen oil paintings by Brunetta Bernard Griffith, 1919-2006, are on display now through Feb. 27. Painted in the 1970s-80s, the artist, who was from Rush Springs, researched in depth the subjects in her work.
Griffith once said in a 1991 interview, written by her friend and fellow artist, Frankie Sue Gilliam, “My goal is to preserve history with my paintbrush.”
And while Griffith was painting the important figures in early Oklahoma history, she never realized that she too, would become a central character in the history that she found fascinating.
Griffith served on the board of the Oklahoma Historical Society and received several awards during her career. Her interest in Native American history was a part of her own history, as she was a Choctaw descendant. Her work was featured in Oklahoma textbooks and has been recognized by the Choctaw Nation, with some of it in the headquarters in Durant. She was also known for painting murals of history, including one of early Rush Springs that remains in that community.
In 2014, the Heritage Center featured an exhibit of nearly all the Griffith works held in its collection. This exhibit, “Brush Strokes of History” is a curated selection of her pieces that highlight the individuals and history of Oklahoma history. Among the pieces are the five Apache leaders, six women of importance to early statehood, plus the arts and culture, and more.
Several articles and other memorabilia, along with one of Griffith’s heritage dress are on display in this exhibit. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Located at 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan. Call 580-252-6692 for information.
The Heritage Center is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/348775972518247/ or call (580) 252-6692.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is Named Best of America Heritage Attraction by The Official Best of Oklahoma 2018. And 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