By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: July 2012
Roger Bush, director and curator of Elsing Museum: God’s Natural Art Museum, holds a meteor rock with Paulino and Julia Allende, long-time members of the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society.
Vivid colors, stunning shapes and intricate designs are often the foundation for the most beautiful and moving artwork. If you’ve never truly experienced the breathtaking natural art of rocks, minerals and gemstones, mark your calendar now for the “Rockhound Treasures Show,” July 14-15 in Exchange Center 1 at Tulsa Expo Square. The show is presented by the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society (TRMS).
Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society craftspeople will be flint knapping, cutting and polishing rocks, beading, wire wrapping, and demonstrating other lapidary techniques. Many club members will be exhibiting their collections of fossils, rocks and minerals, gemstones, and finished crafted pieces, along with educational exhibits from across the Midwest. Twenty vendors will offer finished jewelry as well as equipment and supplies, beads and other items. A silent auction and hourly door prizes will be ongoing throughout both days.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. Admission is $6 for adults, ages 12 and under free. “This is an event you won’t want to miss, with spectacular natural art to view and purchase,” says TRMS member Kay Waterman.
Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society began in 1958 as an educational non-profit organization. The club promotes interest in collecting rocks, minerals, fossils and artifacts, working with the lapidary arts, and sharing knowledge about the earth sciences. TRMS awards an annual earth sciences scholarship and supports local schools with hands-on rock and fossil programs. Members enjoy classes at the club workshop, including the faceting classes taught by Elmer Kitchell, a club member who has been faceting gemstones for more than 40 years. TRMS also hosts weekend collecting and educational field trips. Monthly meetings are held at the Central Library downtown. For more information, see the club website at www.ttownrockhound.org. The Rock and Mineral Show is the group’s premiere event, held annually to showcase their unusual fossil and mineral displays and sell products relating to their hobby. TRMS will also offer educational programs at the show, as well as a free hands-on earth science project area for kids.
TRMS’s main headquarters is the Elsing Museum at Oral Roberts University, a hidden gem in itself. “Visiting the Elsing Museum: God’s Natural Art Museum is a unique experience for exploring fascinating specimens that provide a glimpse into the past and information about the foundations of this world we inhabit,” says Roger Bush, museum director and curator. The museum comprises an extensively rare collection – over 3,000 samples of some of the world’s most amazing gems, minerals, natural art, petrified wood, Indian artifacts, oriental artifacts, and so much more.
“Part of our collection contains minerals and rocks that were found in the Tri-State Mines. These mines are now closed, which makes visiting this museum a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Roger. Guided tours are offered for groups as well as for individual visits. The museum serves as an excellent supplement for classroom studies in geology, earth sciences and other related subjects. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
To view a spectacular display of “God’s Natural Art,” be sure to attend the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society’s “Rockhound Treasures Show,” July 14-15 at Expo Square.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.