TULSA, Okla., (August 26, 2011) --- The 6th Annual Cherokee Art Market is set for Oct. 8-9, 2011, and will feature inspirational art from more than 130 elite Native American artists from across the nation. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sequoyah Grand Ballroom at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Admission to the family-friendly show is $5 per person.

The finest Native American artwork representing more than 45 different tribes will be displayed and sold at the 6th Annual Cherokee Art Market. Art forms displayed include beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles. Guests will also enjoy a variety of cultural performances and the Art Tour of Tulsa, which introduces guests to Tulsa’s finest museums, Gilcrease and the Philbrook.

An awards reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. in honor of the Cherokee Art Market prizewinners with $75,000 overall prize money awarded across 20 categories. The public is welcome to attend the awards reception for $25 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

 “The Cherokee Art Market continues to grow each year with showing by tremendously talented artists. The show has become a top venue for art collectors and enthusiasts, and a means for artists to generate a market for their work,” said Molly Jarvis, Vice President of Cultural Tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “The international audience for the show speaks to the broad appeal that Native American art continues to generate. For many artists, their craft has been passed down several generations and represents their cultural teachings and lifeways.”

The 5th Annual Cherokee Art Market enjoyed an attendance of more than 3,000 guests with participation of more than 100 Native American artists from across the nation.
 
“Best of Show” for the 5th Annual Cherokee Art Market went to Cherokee National Treasure Bill Glass Jr. for his sculpture “Healer,” which measures more that 3 1/2-feet in diameter and weighs more than 100 pounds. The “Healer” is a circular art piece featuring a unique Cherokee design highlighted by dynamic colors and infused with clay, metal and adhesives.

“Through the Cherokee Art Market my tribe is making a concerted effort of many individuals in support of native people’s art. This event highlights the diversity of today’s tribal artist and reflects cultural awareness of both past and present,” said Glass. “Many tribes are doing their part in support of Oklahoma tourism. Come see what these fine artists have created and support the arts.”  

The 6th Annual Cherokee Art Market will take place at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK 74015.

To purchase tickets, obtain entry forms or for additional information on the Cherokee Art Market, please call (918) 384-6990 or visit www.CherokeeArtMarket.com.

For information on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.

 

About Cherokee Art Market
Cherokee Art Market annually brings together an elite group of Native American artists from across the United States to display and sell their work. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeArtMarket.com.

About Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group
The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group is managed by Cherokee Nation Entertainment and was created in 2007 to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people. Efforts by the Cherokee Nation include developing guided community and educational tours, creating tourism partnerships and programs throughout northeastern Oklahoma, and launching a new Cherokee tourism-specific website. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.

About Cherokee Nation Entertainment
Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation Entertainment operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, seven Cherokee Casinos, four hotels, two golf courses and many other retail operations in northeastern Oklahoma. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeStarRewards.com.
 
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people.  It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 300,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capital located in Tahlequah, Okla. Employing more than 8,200 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1.3 billion. To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.
 

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Cameron Andrews
Pier Communications
562-432-5300

Ben Elder
Cherokee Nation Entertainment
918-384-5853