Osage Ballet to hold fundraiser art auction, art show

BY ROSEANNE MCKEEJ-C CORRESPONDENT

The Osage Ballet will hold its second annual fundraiser from 7 – 8:30 p.m. April 25 at the historic Harwelden Mansion in Tulsa. In addition to an art auction, this year’s fundraiser will feature a fashion show inspired by Native American clothing by designer Wendy Ponca.

Tickets will be $15 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. The Harwelden Mansion is located at 2210 S. Main Street in Tulsa.

“The Harwelden Mansion provides a beautiful backdrop for this elegant evening,” Director Randy Tinker Smith said. “Last year’s fundraiser exceeded our expectations and with the addition of the fashion show, we expect this year’s event to be a great success.”

Attendees may bid on the silent auction or the live auction, featuring renowned artists, including Native Americans. Works by Anita Fields, clay figure; Ken Foster, oil painting; Joseph Chamberlain, watercolor painting; Black Dog Creek, turquoise necklace; Charles Chapman, gicleé; and Jim Red Corn, print, are among the paintings and fine jewelry to be auctioned.

The funds raised will help fund the summer performances of “Wahzhazhe: an Osage Ballet,” which was well received at 2013 performances at Tulsa Performing Arts Center and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The summer performances are planned July 18, 19 and 20 at the Skiatook High School and July 25, 26 and 27 at the historic Coleman Theater in Miami, Okla.

“These summer performances continue our efforts to provide opportunities for area residents to experience the story of the Osage people through ballet,” Smith said.

For more information call Randy Tinker Smith at 918-704-4668 or email at osageballet@gmail.com.

Donations may be sent and made payable to: Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, 101 E. Archer St., Tulsa, OK 74013. This is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Also visit the Osage Ballet Facebook page and website at www.osageballet.com.