Preserving Arts in the Osage, a nonprofit arts organization in Pawhuska will be hosting a reception at the Ole #1 Firehouse Art Center from 6-8 p.m. March 23.

The organizatoin has achieved many accomplishments in its three-year life span. It has promoted local museums, galleries, artists and performing arts, provided an artist-in-residence, who gave classes to our community during the summer, and were key in promoting Dance Maker Academy’s first production of the Nutcracker Ballet.

Preserving Arts hosted two national art exhibits in Pawhuska that have been featured in national art magazines. The Oklahoma Sculptor Society Show and Oklahoma Creative Communities. Past president, Bruce Carter, has been named Creative Oklahoman of 2017.

The organization hosted art exhibits in Pawhuska that are generally only found in larger cities. Two examples are “Native Pop,” whose previous exhibit location was in Santa Fe, N.M., and the national “American Plains Artist,” which is usually only shown in large museums.

It continues a goal of completing the Ben Johnson memorial. Ben ‘Son’ Johnson’s is known for his roles in numerous motion pictures as well as winning an Academy Award for ‘The Last Picture Show.” He was a world champion steer roper and inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. This will be a lasting tribute to an outstanding gentleman. On March 23, there will be drawing for the winner of the maquette of the Ben Johnson Memorial.

The public is invited to the reception to learn more about Preserving Arts in the Osage. RSVP to Marlene Mosley at (918) 607-3044.