TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - The Cherokee National Historical Society announced the winners of the 24th Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show at an awards reception Friday night.
Cherokee National Treasure Tonia Hogner-Weavel was awarded the grand prize for “Heart on Heart.” The blue wool coat with mink collar and cuffs features red and white cording accents and hand-beaded southeastern designs.
“This is a very big surprise for me, and I am truly honored by this recognition,” Hogner-Weavel said. “I won the show in 2003, and it has always been my goal to win one more time. I am thankful to the judges for recognizing the heart and soul in my work and appreciate the community of artists I’m surrounded by. It’s wonderful when artists can come together in support of one another. This is an amazing show with talented artists and dear friends, and I hope it is enjoyed during its showing.”
The premier Cherokee art show and sale runs through Sept. 21 and showcases 119 pieces by 73 artists, including six Cherokee National Treasures and a United Keetoowah Band Tradition Keeper. The show features two divisions: traditional and contemporary.
The traditional division is defined as “arts originating before European contact” and consists of three categories: basketry, pottery and traditional arts.
The contemporary division is defined as “arts arising among the Cherokee after European contact” and consists of seven categories: paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry, beadwork, jewelry and textiles.
“This show is a celebration of the Cherokee people and the incredibly gifted artists who share our unique history and culture with the world,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. “These artists have dedicated themselves to mastering their crafts, and their role as storytellers will help shape the Cherokee narrative for generations to come.”
Artists competed for a share of more than $10,000 in prize money, sponsored by Cherokee Nation Businesses.
First-place winners in each category are as follows:
Traditional Arts: Phyllis Jimmeye, “Gathering Bag”
Traditional Basketry: Mike Dart, “Fishin’ Basket”
Contemporary Pottery: Crystal Hanna, “Tradition Keeper”
Contemporary Basketry: Vicki Coppedge, “Peaceful Journey”
Visual Arts: Dino Kingfisher, “Provided For”
Sculpture: Troy Jackson, “The Passing of a Generation”
Beadwork: Carolyn Pallett, “Southeastern Resound”
Textiles: Karen Berry, “Riverbank”
Jewelry: Toneh Chuleewah, “Everglades Bracelet, Braided Cord Motif”
Other special awards include the following:
Emerging Artist Award: DeAnn McDaniel, “Crazy Dog”
Bill Rabbit Legacy Award: Julie Brison, “New Beginnings Are Coming”
The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.