TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (April 27, 2011) --- Tahlequah, the City of Firsts is presenting yet another first with Arts on the Avenue on Saturday, June 11 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and will take place in historic downtown Tahlequah from Cherokee Capitol Square to Norris Park.

The downtown event will feature a variety of fine art on display along Muskogee Avenue including jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodcarvings and sculptures, beadwork, baskets, and photography. Fine art demonstrations from select artists will also be presented. A variety of Native American and non-Native American artists from the region will showcase their fine art.

“Arts on the Avenue is a fresh, new festival for the City of Tahlequah and surrounding area that is sure to exceed guest experiences,” said Donna Tinnin, festival organizer and community tourism representative at Cherokee Nation. “This type of fine art show in an open-air setting really amplifies the City of Firsts spirit and includes several exciting elements that visitors are sure to enjoy.”

On Friday, June 10 from 5-9 p.m. downtown art studios will be open for the Studio Stroll. Visitors will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to talk one-on-one with the artists while enjoying their work. The Northeastern State University Jazz Lab will also be hosting art and music.

For the first time the Tahlequah Farmers Market will be open in Norris Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A variety of live music and dance performances will also be presented throughout the day including Jazz, Folk, Country and Classic Rock in Norris Park. The Tahlequah Ballet and Melissa’s Dance Studio will present dance performances. Brave Combo will headline the day’s music festivities featuring a world music mix of salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more.

Along with a children’s art activities area in Norris Park, there will be a variety of family-friendly traditional events including a stickball game, making of stickball sticks and ball demonstration, pottery making, blow gun shoot, basket weaving and more. Events will be conducted throughout the day in Cherokee Capitol Square.

Guests will also enjoy authentic Cherokee cuisine in the Cherokee Capitol Square area.

In addition, select wineries will be interspersed with the artist vendors so guests may enjoy the art while sampling a variety of Oklahoma wines.

Arts on the Avenue is sponsored by Cherokee Nation Tourism, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah Main Street Association, Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Cherokee County and Fort Gibson State Bank. The Kid’s Zone in Norris Park is sponsored by Tahlequah Lumber.

For additional information regarding the fine art festival or for an artist or winery entry application, please visit www.ArtsontheAve.net or contact Donna Tinnin at (918) 453-5728.


About Tahlequah, City of Firsts
On August 9, 2010, in a partnership with Cherokee Nation and Northeastern State University, Tahlequah rolled out a new branding campaign named: “Tahlequah, City of Firsts.” The campaign features first time events and actions, most historical and some whimsical, that have occurred throughout Tahlequah’s rich history. Ranging from the first institute of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi to the first newspaper in Indian Territory, the City of Firsts campaign highlights Tahlequah’s progressive spirit and its commitment to community and economic development. The City of Firsts campaign is dedicated to the citizens of Tahlequah with the hope that they will embrace the designation as a source of pride while creating a sense of unity with the residential, tribal, educational and civic groups. For more information or to share a first memory, please visit

About the City of Tahlequah
The City of Tahlequah is the oldest municipality in Oklahoma by virtue of an incorporation act by the Cherokee National Council of 1843, more than half a century before Oklahoma gained statehood. Tahlequah has the distinction of being the capital of both the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. Tahlequah has a population of more than 16,500 and is located in the "Lakes Country" of Northeastern Oklahoma in Cherokee County. The city is centered in the midst of the Illinois River Valley with Lake Tenkiller and Lake Fort Gibson close by to provide unlimited recreation and beautiful scenery. For more information, please visit