Participating Artists in the Red Earth Festival
The 36th annual Red Earth Festival features America's finest Native artists, each one featuring their beautiful one-of-a-kind creations available for sale to the public. The Red Earth Art Market is located in the Sam Noble Events Center at the National Cowboy Museum & Western Heritage Museum. Check below to see if your favorite Red Earth artist will be featured in our show!
Cliffton Aguilar (Santa Domingo Pueblo) creates unique jewelry pieces that are just as artistic as they are stylish. He uses a contemporary method to create each piece. Aguilar’s work can be seen across the nation in many festivals, award shows, and auctions.
Mary Aitson (Cherokee) lhas since been weaving baskets for more than 25 years. Mary uses honeysuckle, buck brush and palm reed along with natural and traditional dyes to create her baskets. Her baskets have been shown in many galleries and festivals.
Marco Arviso (Navajo) believes that adornment has a powerful effect on the human spirit. In 2010 he started designing his own jewelry line and communicates traditions of his people by using sacred semi-precious gemstones.
Abraham Begay (Navajo), a well known silver jewelry maker, has won many awards for his exceptional jewelry work. Abraham owns and operates his own gallery in Flagstaff, Arizona. He crafts jewelry from silver and other precious stones with an attention to detail that is astonishing.
Jon Belindo (Kiowa) is not only an artist, but also an educator, and is thus busy all year round. He watched his father, Dennis Belindo, become a star of the Golden Age of Indian Art and was inspired to create beautiful pieces of art just as his father did. He now creates his one individual and unique art pieces and hopes to inspire others into the world of art as well. Because of his busy job as an educator, it makes his pieces rare and always a delight to see.
Les Berryhill (Muscogee Creek) has won many awards for his exquisite beadwork. He was named the Red Earth Honored One in 2014. His artwork includes beaded skulls, blankets, antique wooden utensils and western memorabilia. Les has been recognized for his skill and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Jolene Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo) is an accomplished artist who learned her craft from her grandfather over 20 years ago. She makes her jewelry in the tradition of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. Jolene continues to refine her craft, learning to select the finest raw materials and then cut, carve, and shape each separate element to create her highly refined jewelry.
Ruthe Blalock Jones' (Delaware/Shawnee/Peoria) works focus on the traditional American Indian ceremonial and social events. Throughout her life she has worked in a variety of media. She generally adheres to the traditional, two-dimensional, “flat” style, with images placed in negative space or a blank background. Her painting subjects derive from her personal experiences, and she concentrates on painting women in dance attire. Her work has been exhibited in venues around the world and she has won countless awards for her beautiful art.
Jason Bobelu (Zuni Pueblo) is a skilled jeweler working in the Zuni inlay style. He uses small and precisely cut stones to create exquisite and detailed patterns in accessories of all kinds. Such creativity allows Jason to make intricate and unique pieces with stone placements rarely the same across his pieces.
Bill Brien (Chippewa) is a self-taught artist that chose digital art as his medium and creates his work using his cell phone. Keeping his phone on hand he can create pieces of art whenever inspiration strikes. In honor of his late wife who passed away from breast cancer in 2014, not only does he dedicate much of his art in her memory, but he also donates to many cancer centers.
Nick Brokeshoulder is a Hopi carver and well known for his creation of traditional Hopi Katsina dolls, a craft he learned from his grandfather. He works in a traditional style, using natural pigments, subdued colors, and intricate detailed painting.
Aaron Brokeshoulder (Choctaw) Aaron was inspired to learn the techniques of silversmithing from his father. After winning an award for a concho belt he made, he was hooked. From there he began learning more and travelled to many shows with his father around the country. With time he began to spread his wings and create his own one of a kind and whimsical pieces, each starting with a story to share with customers and collectors.
Devin Brokeshoulder (Santo Domingo Pueblo) works with 2-D art. Devin travels with his family to showcase their art across many festivals and award shows. Still perfecting his craft, Devin creates art that is inspiring and impressive to see.
Milford Calamity (Navajo) works with sterling silver, copper, gold, turquoise, as well as a variety of exotic stones. He loves to exaggerate shapes, textures and colors within his work. He takes great pride in combining contemporary and traditional styles. His motivation and determination extend beyond any imaginary threshold.
Eva Cantrell (Cherokee) mixes contemporary methods with traditional themes in order to teach others native stories and the meanings behind the symbols in her art. She uses the contemporary materials in creating the Cherokee double-wall baskets and contemporary materials for her textile work.
Dylan Cavin (Choctaw) has been drawing for as long as he can remember, and it took a while for him to find the exact outlet within art to suit his artistic expression. In middle school it was his interest that solidified he wanted to pursue art, in college he found his passion for painting and figure drawing. During his time in the army, he dabbled in various other forms and aspects of art, but it was when he began doing portraits of friends and pets that he felt he had found his outlet. Since then, he has won many awards and honors as his art career skyrocketed.
Emilio and Marguerite Chavez
Husband and wife, Emilio and Marguerite Chavez (Santo Domingo Pueblo) are impressive jewelers. Emilio has been making jewelry since he was ten years old, having learned the craft by helping his father, Joe Chavez, make slab Jewelry. Marguerite learned jewelry making from her mother and father, learning to make spaghetti string turquoise jewelry. Both are now fulltime jewelers.
Dennis Chuculate (Acoma Pueblo/Cherokee) has spent his life surrounded by the various art styles of his heritage. He was taught the traditional southwest pottery in the style of the Acoma Pueblo’s by his grandmother and various other mediums in various school settings throughout childhood. Being surrounded by the cultural arts of both his tribes, he has blended the designs to create a style unique to him. It gives his work a whimsical feel as he makes statement rings and bracelets out of gold, silver, and copper, adding heavy gauges cut and filed into eye-catching designs set with beautiful semi-precious stones and gems combined in a playful and striking color combination.
Peter Johnson and Claudette Kasero
Peter Johnson (Navajo) and Claudette Kasero (Laguna Pueblo) Peter is is a silversmith jewelry artist. Claudette is a multi-makes traditional ceramic pots and figures, strings beads of a variety of stones for necklaces, creates beaded necklaces and silver jump necklaces. She also makes beaded earrings, beaded/feather barrettes, bracelets, bow guards, and infant moccasins.
Dan Corley (Cherokee) creates masks that finds its source in the traditions and lore of the different tribes and his own Cherokee Citizenship. He shows the power and mystery of the connection to the earth, the spiritual strength of faith and the oneness of all things. In each original mask, one can sense the reverence and language of mystery, and that is the essence of their unique beauty.
Mel Cornshucker (Cherokee) is a contemporary potter who works in stoneware, porcelain, and raku clay. Known for his high-fire stoneware, decorated with hand-painted, Native-inspired motifs and designs, Mel has created a successful life with his craft. He is a modern potter who values the functionality of his pieces while aesthetically including the motifs of his signature designs. He strives to create pieces that communicate past and present Native American spirit, reflecting his heritage and honors the creativity of man over time.
Vivian Garner Cottrell
Vivian Garner Waytula (Cherokee) is a generational basket weaver, having practiced the art of traditional Cherokee basket weaving since her mother first taught her. In her teens she learned how to weave the Cherokee double-walled honeysuckle and buck brush baskets and relied on her instincts as a weaver to gain knowledge of the double-woven rivercane basketry. She processes her materials for her baskets by hand and harvests everything she needs for the land surrounding her home. She creates a diverse inventory between traditional and contemporary baskets to large rivercane double weave storage baskets. During the year she attends the National Indian Markets and educates the public on Southeastern basketry.
A. Wayne Earles
Wayne Earles (Caddo) chose stonework as his medium, in an effort to likely explore his childhood ideas, when he wondered if it was possible to carve from sandstone. He carves from softer stones, to create Caddo inspired art. He also does engravings on some of his stonework, of the beautiful, artistic, and often intricate design found on ancient Caddo pottery, shell and other artifacts. Besides providing an outlet for his own art drive, Earles hopes that his stonework might also catch the eye and interest of some Caddo youth, making them realize how very intricate and beautifully artistic their own ancient Caddo pottery, shell and other artifact designs are.
Terrance Emery Jr.
Terrance Emery Jr. (St Croix Chippewa) produces beautiful handmade contemporary Native American jewelry that consists of pendants, bracelets, bolo ties, and earrings. His work is composed of 100% sterling silver and all natural semi-precious stones and minerals. Each piece is hand crafted and unique with no two pieces alike.
Ray D. Garcia
Ray "Duck" Garcia (San Felipe Pueblo) was born into a family of jewelry and pottery artists, and it was at the age of ten that his own interest in jewelry began. He began working with his family, cutting stones and making turquoise and heishi necklaces for traditional wear. It was at the age of sixteen that his mother formally introduced Ray to silversmith work. Today he carries on the traditions he learned, creating jewelry by hand, cutting and fashioning his stones and metal himself for his art.
Nelson Garcia's (Santo Domingo Pueblo) father was a silversmith with talents in traditional designs and Heishi necklaces. From studying his father’s workmanship, more than just a talent formed for him. Nelson began creating his first works in grade school, buying silver from his uncle to craft silver cones that are used as the ending tips to a Heishi necklace. Since then, he has worked hard to form his own business and become an accomplished silversmith, he has won many distinguished awards and now lives a successful life with his wife in Phoenix.
The night before Clancy Gray (Osage) was to begin student teaching for physical education, he discovered his love for teaching art. From there he created an art legacy of intergenerational impact in the Tulsa area with his teaching. Now retired he creates art year-round, using the impasto style of using a palette knife to apply his acrylics creating depth and allowing light to animate the paintings. There is stillness, balance, and movement with his work.
Paul Hacker (Choctaw) is a strong believer of keeping Native American artistic traditional skills and cultural heritage alive. He meticulously handcrafts his traditional plains Indian flutes, custom knives, and replicates historical Native American pottery.
Crystal Hanna (Cherokee) continues the traditions and legacy of Anna Mitchell who she apprenticed under in the Spring of 1999. She practices the traditional method of Southeastern Mississippian pottery, in doing so making statements about her culture and preserving a heritage. Crystal participates in major Indian Art Markets and festivals across the country and has won many awards with her beautiful art form.
Nicole Hatfield Curtis
NiCole Curtis (Comanche/Kiowa) is a native Oklahoman who draws her inspiration from historical photographs of proud tribal women. By painting these women, she feels she not only acknowledges them, but also honors them by giving them a voice in our contemporary world. She frequently incorporates tribal language into her paintings to teach Native languages while keeping them alive. Nicole is a self-taught artist who refers to painting as ‘her voice’.
Yonavea Hawkins (Caddo) is a bead work artist who creates unique bead work designs using a beading loom with size 13 cut beads. Yonavea uses the 13 size beads because there are more colour choices then in smaller beads. She also creates Native American cultural items using a 2-needles applique stitch for the bead work.
Renee Hoover (Cherokee) was adopted away from her Cherokee tribe at an early age, Her adoptive parents taught her important skills that would aide her as she reconnected with her culture later in life. Her mother taught her the importance of attention to detail and the joys of practice and discipline. Her father taught her to always value and celebrate her heritage. Today, Renee is a well-known, accomplished basket weaver and artist of other crafts.
Anita Caldwell Jackson
Anita Caldwell Jackson (Echota Cherokee) began pursuing art at a young age, using leftover paint by number paints to create her first oil painting. Today, she is a Master Artist with the Five Tribes Museum in Muskogee. She is accomplished in several media and especially likes to create sculptures out of leather.
Linda Kukuk (Choctaw) is a self-taught, award-winning artist. She is mainly known for her scratchboard art, specializing in realistic pictures of wildlife, pet portraits, Native Americans, and portraits. Rather than always doing scratchboard in the “traditional” sense, she enjoys experimenting by starting with white clay board, adding either watercolor, acrylic ink, India ink, or a combination of these, then doing scratchwork on the surface she has prepared. Though she embarks on various creative side roads throughout her artistic travels, she never strays far from scratchboard as it never ceases to challenge!
Jay Laxton (Chickasaw) grew up in South Texas where he first became interested in art, working as a jeweler’s apprentice and blacksmithing. He then started to learn leather working and ceramics after moving to Oklahoma where he started working at the Artesian Gallery & Studios. He is always willing to try and learn something new, he likes to mix things he has learned with the thought of “it’s either going to work or be a learning experience”.
Gwen Coleman Lester
Gwen Coleman Lester (Choctaw) focuses on capturing Native American subject matter to illustrate contemporary Choctaw culture in her creations. Her artwork includes illustrations of family life, dances, and stickball games, sometimes using Choctaw language as a design element. Her colored pencil drawings are realistic and tightly rendered while her acrylic paintings are loose and painterly.
Monica Silva Lovato
Monica Lovato (San Felipe Pueblo) creates unique mixed metal jewelry with hand cut stones that she creates distinctly, as she believes each stone that is put in a piece of jewelry is destined for a specific person to fall in love with and take home. When working with clay she puts her heart into every part of the process and looks forward to the happiness she sees on those that take her art home.
Andy Marion (Navajo) is a third-generation silversmith, Andy works with raw silver and gold, brass and copper, to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. He has been a silversmith since the age of nine and won his first award when he was a teenager. He was taught by his father who is also a silversmith. Marion currently produces both traditional and contemporary designs.
Diane Martinez (Tarahumara) is a self-taught artist and is always experiment with new ways to make her pottery better. She also has skills in beadwork, textiles, photography, baskets, and jewelry, and has won awards for all. She loves to share her art with others. She believes adults become happy children with clay and children show their inner light when given a chance to express it through clay.
Michael McAllister (Echota Cherokee) approaches each new creation with excitement as each is totally unique. He applies wax to the fabric of his pieces to control the dye he uses in each piece. His art tends to reflect Native American tradition and you can find his art in the Cherokee Mountain Gallery in Eureka Springs Arkansas.
Pat McAllister (Echota Cherokee) began painting at an early age, her talents passed on by her mother, a water color artist. Pat never considered any other career than an artist as she watched her mother in her studio. In her art, Pat uses her family and friends as models and places them in historical settings, making the viewer feel as if they are there with those people, in that setting.
Victoria McKinney (Echota Cherokee) followed her true life wish to be an artist and potter with the support of her husband after quitting her position at the University of Arkansas. Since then, Victoria’s art and skill has flourished, leading her to have received many awards across the nation and has attended many prestigious Indian Art Markets and festivals.
Ron Mitchell (Cherokee) was an outstanding art student and after his first art show in 1971 after years of being a technical illustrator, he made a living as a professional artist who is always ready to help others. Ron has been a mentor to numerous beginning artists, providing many demonstrations and learning opportunities. He has shared his knowledge and experience to each student that learns from him. Over the years, his art style has evolved, instinctively painting, drawing, and sculpting about his heritage. Despite being red green colour blind, Ron uses the full colour spectrum to create images that incorporate history, telling stories that resonate with Cherokees and art collectors alike.
Gary Montgomery (Seminole) is a professional artist who primarily works with oil paints. Growing up outside of Seminole, Oklahoma and living on a farm with his grandparents, he often played outside and with his horse, these pastimes would later influence his art. His style is realistic, and he describes himself as a western artist. His work has been contributed to many art shows.
Steven Morales (Cherokee) is an army veteran and while battling with personal PTSD and trying to regain and find his self-worth he was introduced to the art of silversmithing and lapidary. After learning the basics, he focused on creating unique pieces that were different from the mainstream style. Art is what helped him through struggling times, and he states that “Art is medicine, and all medicine is healing”.
Tim Nevaquaya (Comanche) is a celebrated artist and flutist from Apache, Oklahoma. Since childhood, he has sought to learn as much as possible about his culture, spending time with his elders and his father (Doc Tate Nevaquaya) who he apprenticed under for many years in both Indian art and Native American courting flute. By age 12 he was composing music on his father’s flutes. Timothy is one of a few Comanche artists working in a traditional and contemporary styles of Indian art.
Sylvester Noche (Zuni) is a jeweler who uses the detailed and intricate Zuni Inlay style for his art. Delicate and exact, Sylvester is able to create beautiful patterns within each piece of jewelry. His expertise has placed many of his pieces in many auctions and festivals across the nation.
Amado Pena (Pascua Yaqui) cherishes the honor he has received as being a recognized Artisan of his tribe. He dedicates himself to bringing his tribe’s art, history, and culture into the public’s knowledge and interest. His art celebrates the strength of a people, his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment. His artwork is defined by its bold color, form, and dynamic composition.
Tonya June Rafael
Tonya June Rafael (Navajo) is a jeweler and designer from New Mexico, she enhances her sterling silver jewelry with a variety of bright-colored natural stones. She has won many awards for her artistry. She designs her jewelry and makes it by hand. While she makes lovely earrings, pins, concho belts and other brilliant pieces, Tonya specialty is dazzling, one-of-a-kind handbags studded with natural turquoise and coral.
Stuart Sampson (Citizen Potawatomi) creates works that reflect his love for his culture, taught to him by his grandfather. He specializes in portraits that are highly colorful, and expressive. Known for his use of bright color for backgrounds and subdued gradients for facial details. Frequently painting on wood panels so hints of the exture can show through between the brush marks. This adds another interesting element to his works. His style also includes using black, white, and grey to capture the faces for his subjects with great sensitivity and expression.
Nelda Schrupp (Nakota Sioux) combines her heritage with the inspiration gather from European masters to create her beautiful, abstract jewelry works. Each shape, color, and material used in her emuletic rattles holds a significant meaning. She uses materials like silver gold, copper, horsehair, deer antler and semi-precious stones to create pieces that truly draw the eye and mind into her world and culture.
Gene 'IronMan' Smith
Gene "Ironman" Smith (Choctaw) is an expert craftman of metal art. With it, he shows his special connection to feathers, especially in his first life-size metal headdress, which he titled “Traditional” in honor of his mother. Every sculpture that Gene makes is unique, the inspiration for each comes from visions given to Gene by those that watch over him.
Judy Tafoya (Santa Clara Pueblo) is a sixth generation potter and has been practicing her craft since 1983. Her designs come from inside her and pots will show her what designs they want. Her artwork is traditional, and she creates black, deep-carved style pots. Judy has created many unique and award-winning pieces that can be seen at Native American art shows throughout the United States.
Jon Tiger (Muscogee Creek) was raised by his maternal grandparents, He attended many schools in his pursue of art. His artwork varies in size from miniatures to mural, working in pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and even wood burning. Jan has given several public-school presentations and has exhibited in galleries, banks, gift shops and art shows. He has numerous pieces in permanent and private collections in the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, and England.
James Tsoodle's (Kiowa) approach to his paintings begins with a childhood memory of living with, observing and hearing tribal stories and their environment. He starts each painting with a simple pencil outline sketch on canvas, then, with the brilliant colors of his own mix of acrylics, he brings to life the subject matter of choice.
Karin Walkingstick's (Cherokee) passion for art began at an early age and has explored many forms of creative expression but has committed her time exclusively to creating one-of-a-kind works of pottery with techniques that echo her Cherokee culture.
Bryan Waytula (Cherokee) is an active fine art professional, following in the footsteps of his mother and grandmother, who were both Cherokee Treasures in the Art of Basketry. Bryan creates both traditional and contemporary works that are unique and stunning. Drawing since the age of 5, he continues to spend time furthering his techniques and style while teaching young artists as an Oklahoma educator.
Micah Wesley (Kiowa) is a painter and DJ based in Norman, Oklahoma. His focus is identity and references of experience, and he instructs various courses of art history. He paints his experience as a tribal member living in urban Oklahoma. He says his identity was forged from conflict, fear, family, heritage, and fragments and expresses this in his art.
Stephen and Robie White (Pawnee) are Irari jewelers, Irari being the Pawnee word for “brother”. They are silversmiths, bead stringers, and Native beaders, handcrafting every piece of jewelry they sell.
Stephen and Robie White (Pawnee) are Irari jewelers, Irari being the Pawnee word for “brother”. They are silversmiths, bead stringers, and Native beaders, handcrafting every piece of jewelry they sell.
Joy White (Pawnee) says that she was always brought up to know and appreciate her heritage and started to bead at a young age. Two Cheyenne grandmothers taught her the techniques and told her the colors should flow like the colors of the rainbow or like a river meaning that one color fades into the next color. The pointers and lessons she received made a lasting impression on Joy and she works hard to live up to their teachings.
Daniel Worcester (Chickasaw) is a nationally recognized artist for his colorful knives that combine function and aesthetics. He uses discard materials like sterling silver, billiard balls, and dominoes to construct the vibrant handles and forges the steel blades himself. He is also a very talented painter and writer.