Pawhuska will have an Arts attack this weekend

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Sculptors working on the Ben Johnson Memorial Project will be available to discuss the bronze sculpture project on Saturday.

Jack Buzbee/J-C correspondent

“Arts Adventure in the Osage” is coming up Thursday-Saturday. It is a three-day celebration of the arts, culture and history in Pawhuska.

“Saddles, Spurs and Sculptures,” the Ben Johnson Memorial fundraising chuck wagon dinner/dancing event is sold out, but all the other activities are available.

The adventure starts Thursday with a preview party for the “Art Bank” art show and sale in the historic First National Bank building, 100 E. Main. The art show will continue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. This show will feature the work of several regionally and nationally known artists and fine craftsmen. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited to attend the preview party.

Friday, the Osage Nation Museum will host “A Night at the Museum.” The museum will show the movie “A Night at the Museum.” Food vendors and popcorn will be available. The Osage Nation Museum will also be open during this event. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks and enjoy an outdoor movie at the oldest tribal museum in the United States.

Saturday, the fun really picks up with events scheduled throughout the day. From sidewalk art contests for all ages to “Saddles, Spurs and Sculptures,” the Ben Johnson Memorial fundraising chuck wagon dinner/dance, there are plenty of activities.

From 8:30-9:30 a.m., visitors can visit the ‘Registration Station’ for the ‘Finding Pawhuska’ scavenger hunt. Participants will be given a passport with clues to 14 historic locations in Pawhuska. The first player to finish the hunt by visiting all 14 locations and having his ‘passport’ stamped will receive the first prize of $500, second $300 and third $200. The scavenger hunt will end at noon.

Guests may also register for a ‘Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest’ from 8:30 to 9:30 at the Registration Station. There will be three categories, age 5 to 13 (first prize $50), 14 to 17 (first prize $150.00) and adult (17 and over first prize of $500). Sidewalks will be marked for each artist to work in with chalk provided. Artists will have from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to complete their works with the theme “The Real West.”

Tallgrass Art Gallery will sponsor a plein air painting contest from 9:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., with registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Artists may work in any media and any genre to create their work. All artists will need to bring their own supplies for a day of plein air in historic Pawhuska. At the end of the event, works will be judged. A prize of $200 will be awarded to the best portrayal of Pawhuska and a second prize of $200 for best piece of the day. Artists may choose to sell their works that evening at ‘Saddles, Spurs and Sculptures with 70% going to the artists and 30 percent going to the Ben Johnson Monument.

Saturday ends with the ‘Saddles, Spurs and Sculptures’ chuck wagon dinner, dance and auction. Hosted by Miss Lily, the evening has an old west theme, with saloon girls, sheriffs and an art/cowboy gear auction. The event is a sellout. The ‘Ole #1 Firehouse Tent Saloon’ on Main and Kihekah will be the location for this event. Chuck wagon cooks will be cooking downtown all day to prepare the evenings meal. Guests can also view the ‘Ben Johnson Memorial Project’ located across the street to view the memorial and talk to the working sculptors.

Shuttles will be provided between the various event locations, the Osage Nation Museum, the Osage County Historical Society, Historic Downtown Pawhuska and the Osage Casino. This event is sponsored by the Osage Nation Museum, Osage Casinos, Pawhuska Merchants Association andFor more information on Pawhuska, visit, or