Art sale, auction to be held for Osage Ballet

Staff Reports

An art sale and silent auction to benefit the Osage Ballet will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at The Constantine Theater in Pawhuska.

The exhibition is to feature artists such as Ted Moore, Sid Clanton, Dante Biss-Grayson, Joe Don Brave, John Free, Kugee Supernaw, June Carpenter and Chris Turley, according to the Osage Ballet. 

Randy Tinker Smith, director of the organization, encourages supporters to plan to attend the fundraiser at the theater, 110 W. Main St.

The July 29 art exhibit also will feature a bronze sculpture by Duchoiselle, a 19th-century French sculptor. Bronze sculptures by Duchoiselle, are among those sold by the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house in New York City.

The Osage Ballet’s annual fundraiser enables the continued sharing of the story of the Osage people through the artistic medium of ballet in the tradition of the late prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, who was Osage, and her sister, Marjorie Tallchief.

Since 2012, the Osage Ballet, organized as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has performed "Wahzhazhe, an Osage Ballet," at prestigious venues such as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian, the International Festival of Families in Philadelphia during the Pope’s visit to the U.S., the Coleman Theater in Miami, Oklahoma, and at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

To learn more about the Osage Ballet or to donate, visit osageballet.com and watch for posts on the Osage Ballet Facebook page. Contact osageballet@gmail.com for more information about this art exhibit and sale.

Smith also said that Dance Maker Academy, an entity distinct from Osage Ballet but related to it, is looking forward to producing a musical drama at The Constantine Theater on Sept. 10, 11 and 12.

Dance Maker Academy is also looking forward to continuing to offer ballet as an elective class to Pawhuska school children in the upcoming, 2021-22, academic year.

Smith also said last week that performances scheduled for Aug. 6 to 7 in Branson, Missouri, had been canceled as a result of COVID-19 concerns