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Local photographer shares visual story of cowboy poet Jay Snider

April 2019  – We are seeking regional artists to continue this special spotlight.

Local photographer shares visual story of cowboy poet Jay Snider

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DUNCAN, Okla. – Rancher and cowboy poet Jay Snider is featured in a trio of photographs on display until April 30 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in its Garis Gallery of the American West, in Duncan. The spotlight display opened in early March.

Images are by Stephens County photographer, Dee Dodson, who has embraced the cowboy way of life, capturing the personalities of ranchers, cowboy poets and rodeo competitors of all ages.

“Born and raised in Oklahoma, normal everyday life never interested me. I was always drawn to the cowboy way of life and all the work and pride it entails,” Dodson said.

Whether she’s shooting rodeo action, or getting to know her subjects by photographing them in their daily chores or activities, Dodson said she finds that all of her subjects possess strength, courage, determination and respect. Photographing Snider was a highlight, she said, adding that the Sniders have been extremely encouraging to her as she pursues her dreams. In addition to the images of Snider, Dodson also has three images in the lobby on display.

“Jay is a true definition of a cowboy, whom I admire very much. From the crease in his hat, to the spurs that jingle at his feet, his kind words and warm smile and loving heart epitomize the cowboy at its truest form.”

Featured with the photographs are copies of some of Snider’s poems. Snider and his wife, Sandi, are long-time members of the Heritage Center, which opened in 1998. Snider is a nationally known award-winning poet and performer. Born into a ranching and rodeo family, it’s Jay’s legacy. His dad was considered a top roper and rodeo cowboy, and his granddad was a brand inspector for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

With his family legacy and his own experiences, Snider has plenty to write and began crafting cowboy poetry in 1996. He preserves the “old-timer” stories and has gained a fan following – even on popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Six images range in size from 14×18 to 27×40 inches. Those of Snider are “Tools of the Trade; A Cowboy’s Tale; Cowboy Legacy; Another three images are on display in the lobby, featuring Katy Simpkins of Texas. They are, Cowgirl, The Road Less Traveled, and The Ride. They are available to purchase through the Heritage Center, until April 30. Please call to inquire. Proceeds benefit the working artist.

Dodson’s work has been published in The Circle Ranch, an online magazine that covers women in agriculture. The regional artist spotlight at the Heritage Center is the first fine art feature solo show for Dodson. The regional artist spotlight is not a traditional exhibition, but a way to showcase for a limited duration, one to three pieces of fine art in the Garis Gallery of the American West.

Dee and her husband, Brandon.

This spotlight feature began in January 2017 and is designed to provide a professional presentation to working fine art artists and the work is available to purchase to help support the artist.

The Heritage Center is seeking area artists whose work must meet the criteria of its mission, “To celebrate and perpetuate the history, art and culture of the Chisholm Trail, the American Cowboy and the American West.” This also includes Native American art and traditional landscape work, with emphasis on Oklahoma and north Texas subject matter. Artists who are interested in being showcased or considered for a full-exhibition, should send high quality images of the artwork to along with artist biography for consideration.

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, OK, 580-252-6692 or email: Group tours always welcome. It is an official “Best Heritage Attraction,” an Oklahoma Outstanding Attraction, a National Day of the Cowboy ‘Cowboy Keeper” and a Top Ten Western Museum – True West Magazine. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association is a 501c3 non-profit.


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Previous artists featured in this program: Jennifer Cocomo Hustis, Clay Cole, Pat Dixon, Robert Peterson, Karyn Ortega, Douglas Dillon, Dee McMahan, and Joy Quigley.

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