Lofton wins buffalo artwork in Cherokee Phoenix giveaway

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
06/18/2020 08:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Sue Lofton, of Tahlequah, left, accepts a framed canvas print of a Kenny Henson painting from Cherokee Phoenix advertising representative Terris Howard on June 8. Lofton was the Cherokee Phoenix’s first quarterly giveaway winner of 2020. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – A Cherokee Nation citizen who works for the tribe’s Human Services department is the latest Cherokee Phoenix quarterly giveaway winner.

Sue Lofton, of Tahlequah, won a framed canvas print of a Kenny Henson painting during the April drawing, which contained 153 entries. She only got to pick up the painting after the Cherokee Nation re-opened offices on June 1 as part of Phase 1 of a three-phase plan.
“I was shocked,” Lofton said. “I’m like ‘awesome,’ especially since he’s won an award for it. I have a place for it, for sure.”

The prize was a print of Henson’s award-winning, 2018 painting titled “Lords of the Plains.” The piece won Best of Show at the Indian Summer Festival in Bartlesville, an Honorable Choice Award at the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show & Sale and a third-place award at the Arts Under the Oaks competition in Muskogee. It features three buffalo bulls resting on a grassy knoll overlooking the valley where they once roamed.

“My husband’s name is Yanasa, and that’s Cherokee for buffalo,” Lofton said. “That’s his Cherokee name, so this even makes it sweeter.”

Henson, a design engineer for the CN’s Aerospace & Defense division, draws inspiration for his paintings from Cherokee lore, nature and fantasy.

“Culture and tradition is all I knew growing up,” he said in a February interview. “My grandpa and great uncle, they used to tell a lot of stories. A lot of them were like myths or legends or just something you could learn from. Uncle Ike used to tell me stories about Little People. So I’d put those into my paintings.”

The Cherokee Phoenix will hold its next 2020 quarterly drawing on July 1 when it gives away a woven wall hanging piece by 15-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen Emma Sherron.

Entries for the drawing can be obtained by donating to the Cherokee Phoenix’s Elder/Veterans Subscription Fund or buying a Cherokee Phoenix subscription or merchandise. One entry is given for every $10 spent or donated.

For information, call Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or email samantha-cochran@cherokee.org.

Past quarterly giveaway winners are Lila Beaver, of Vinita; Darlene Littledeer, of Tahlequah; Theta Reed, of Collinsville; Julia Dahl, of Chico, California; Bryce Adair, of Alva; Naomi Birdtail, of Tahlequah; Dusty Helbling, of Ozark, Arkansas; James McNew, of El Dorado, Kansas; Geneva Collins, of Park Hill; Steven Rice, of Bartlesville; Patrick Swartz, of Bellevue, Nebraska; Charlotte Foster, of Chelsea; Dana Parks from Brownsboro, Texas; Nan Butler, of Wellston, Wauneta Wine of Columbia, Maryland; and Dale Easky of St. Clair, Missouri.
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