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“Warrior Healing Through Art”

Catoosa, Okla. - The Route 66 Native Arts Alliance is hosting an Art Event titled, “Warrior Healing Through Art” showcasing Veterans who are Native Artists. This Event will be held at the Vault Gallery located at 1801 Highway 66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Pawnee Artist, John Knife Chief, a Veteran, Traditional Bow Maker and Dancer will kick off the 10 a.m. Opening Ceremony that will include remarks by Cherokee Council Member, Danny Callison.

The following officers will be honored for their exceptional and invaluable service to the Community. Betsy Swimmer, President; Crystal Hanna, Vice-President; Gwen Coleman Lester, Secretary; Angie McAfee, Treasurer; and Jerry Bob Henry, Parliamentarian.

Special recognition will also be given to Gwen Coleman Lester for artwork depicting the Choctaw Code Talkers; to Jennifer McAffrey Thiessen, Cherokee Artist, a Veteran and member of the Cherokee Color Guard; and to Jerry Bob Henry, Choctaw artist & Veteran, who will be demonstrating spray and pour painting.

Also participating are Cherokee artists & veterans: Steven Morales, a Jeweler and Ron Mitchell, Painter. Kenny Brown, a Veteran of Delaware Indian descent will be painting on skulls. Cherokee artists Eva Cantrell, Textiles & Baskets; Debby Kurth, Quilt Maker; Tana Twist, Bead Artist and Bo Jackson, miniature stickballs.

This Event will include Live Music, Food and Cultural Events. Free and Open to the Public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Submitted by:
Betsy Swimmer
Rt 66 Native Arts Alliance
1801 Hwy 66
Catoosa, OK 74015
(918) 277-2278


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