Sharing Oklahoma heritage through art

By Mary O.Esparza, - [email protected]

The National Bank of Commerce Wigwam Gallery (located on the north side of the downtown Altus square) opened last year. NBC Oklahoma Chairperson Ken Fergeson utilizes the gallery to showcase Oklahoma artists through various exhibitions. Ferguson said he hopes the art will provide a positive impact on the area.

Stacey Durham serves as the curator and manager of collections for NBC Oklahoma. Durham currently has put together an exhibition titled “Feminine Strength and Beauty in Art.” It started on Jan. 25 and will run through May 13.

Spotlight artists include Cathy Routen, Bert Seabourn, Shirley Thomason Smith, Shane Scribner, Mitsuno Reedy and Ashley Farrier. Their work demonstrates the female in all types of forms, strengths, weaknesses, power, humor and sophistication, along with their life roles and experiences.

Other Oklahoma artists that have been featured at the Wigwam Gallery have tapped into their Oklahoma heritage and produced pieces of work that tell stories of the Native American culture, horses and buffalo, the cowboys and images of all sorts. Artists also use all types of media to help portray their visions and ideas of Oklahoma.

The Wigwam Gallery has been welcomed with open arms by the Altus community. Fundraising events for non-profit organizations and private gatherings also utilize the gallery for projects.

The Wigwam will open their doors during the upcoming “Art Affair on the Altus Square” event that will be held April 2. Their doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to view the current exhibit. The Wigwam Gallery will also host an upcoming fundraiser for the Oklahoma Arts Institute on Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the NBC Oklahoma Wigwam Gallery contact Durham at [email protected] or at 580-481-3150.

By Mary O.Esparza,

[email protected]

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.1277

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.1277

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