Walkingstick wins top prize at Native Fest Art Show
Cherokee Nation citizen Karin Walkingstick’s “Dogwoods” pot won Best of Show on Sept. 8 in the fourth annual Native Fest Art Show in Cushing. COURTESY
CUSHING – Cherokee Nation citizen Karin Walkingstick on Sept. 8 won Best of Show in the fourth annual Native Fest Art Show for her contemporary Southeast woodlands-style pot titled “Dogwoods.”
Walkingstick has been making hand coil-built pottery for five years and is a student of Cherokee National Treasure Jane Osti.
Walkingstick also won three other awards. Her “Dogwoods” pot also won the pottery category, while her “Grandma’s Garden” and “Daisies” entries took second and third places, respectively, in the category.
“I was surprised and thrilled upon learning that my piece won Best of Show at this year’s festival,” Walkingstick said. “I’d like to thank the festival sponsors for the opportunity and the judges for giving me the honor.”
Artists competed for more than $5,000 in prize money divided among eight fine art categories: painting, photography, graphics, jewelry, basketry, sculpture, pottery and cultural arts. Best of Show was awarded $1,000.
Other CN citizens who placed in the show were Renee Hoover for her “Green Corn Harvest” basket (first place) and her “Cherokee Cradle” basket (second place). Julie Brison won second place in cultural arts with her “Stomp it Out” entry, while Gerald John’s “War Path” entry took third place in basketry. His entry titled “Three Rivers Arrow Quiver” placed third in cultural arts, and the same entry also won a Judge’s Choice award.