‘Art of the Plains’ opens downtown

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The American Plains Artists’ Signature Show — “Art of the Plains” — continues until May 7 at the Ole #1 Firehouse Art Center in downtown Pawhuska.

A local group, Preserving Arts in the Osage, is hosting the national exhibit, which features 54 small works by APA’s most prominent members.

The six-week show and sale opened Friday night with a reception, barbecue and Western musical entertainment, held at the show’s historic site in the town’s historic original fire house. Ole No. 1 Firehouse Art Center, 118 1/2 W. Main St., is located behind City Hall and adjacent to the Constantine Theater.

Art connoisseurs from across the Midwest, and beyond, are expected to be drawn to “Art of the Plains,” which includes “realistic and representational artwork in traditional media that depict the American Great Plains’ region’s landscape, wildlife, people and way of life — in either historical or modern times.”

Three show entries will receive special honors and cash prizes. The Plainsman Award goes to the “People’s Choice” winner. Attending artists vote on “The Golden Spur Award.” The recipient of “The Arrowhead Award” is named by the show’s host organization (Preserving Arts in the Osage).

APA was organized as an artists’ association 35 years ago in Texas. Its Signature Show is expected to draw visitors from all over the Midwest and beyond.

“This is a museum-quality show,” Bruce Carter, the president of Arts in the Osage said. “We are so proud to bring it to Pawhuska, Osage County and Oklahoma.”

Carter is the owner of Tallgrass Art Gallery, 521 Kihekah Ave. He can be contacted by e-mail at bruce@tallgrassgallery.net or by phone at 580.304.8731.

Preserving Arts in the Osage is a local organization dedicated to obtaining quality exposure for the community as an artistic destination.