By: Donetta Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012
Come check out the great selection of fine art at Arts on the Avenue in downtown Tahlequah.
Tahlequah, the “City of Firsts,” is presenting the fourth annual Arts on the Avenue, Friday, June 8 from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and will take place in historic downtown Tahlequah on Cherokee Capitol Square.
This year’s event will feature a variety of fine art on display surrounding historic Cherokee Capitol Square, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodcarvings and sculptures, beadwork, baskets and photography. Fine art demonstrations from select artists will also be presented. A selection of Native American and non-Native American artists from the region will showcase their fine art.
A mixture of live music and dance performances will also be presented throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, including jazz, folk, country and classic rock. The Tahlequah Ballet will be present for dance performances.
Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be an assortment of family-friendly traditional events. These events will include making of miniature stickball sticks, cornhusk dolls, corn bead necklaces and basket weaving. Events will be conducted throughout the day in Cherokee Capitol Square.
In addition, select Oklahoma wineries such as Summerside Vineyards, Stableridge Winery, Blacksheep Winery and Oak Hills Winery will be showcased in a wine garden along Delaware Street so guests may enjoy the art while sampling the multiple flavors of wines produced in the region.
The wineries and local downtown merchants will also be participating in Wines on the Avenue, to be held Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. along Muskogee Avenue, in conjunction with the Friday night art stroll. The art stroll allows visitors to shop for art displayed in downtown studios, the Cherokee Capitol Square and the newly opened Cherokee Arts Center.
Arts on the Avenue is sponsored by Cherokee Nation Tourism, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah Main Street Association, Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.
For additional information regarding the fine art festival or for an artist entry application, please visit www.ArtsontheAve.net or contact Andria Hummingbird at (918) 453-5728.