Cherokee Homecoming Art Show winners announced
Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry is the grand prize winner for the 23rd annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show for her beaded bandolier bag titled “The Orange Monster’s Masquerade Ball.” This is her third time being honored with the grand prize. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation artist Tonia Hogner-Weavel won the Betty Scraper Garner Cherokee Elder Artist Award for her “Deerskin Suit.” Hogner-Weavel creates historically correct clothing with a modern twist. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Visitors to the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show view jewelry pieces and other items during an opening reception on Aug. 10 at the Cherokee Heritage Center. The show runs through Sept. 22. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
An oak and honeysuckle basket by Cherokee Nation artist Mike Dart titled “Giggin’ Basket” won the traditional basket category at the 23rd annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Two women view an American flag-themed mask at the 23rd annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show at the Cherokee Heritage Center. The show runs through Sept. 22. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PARK HILL – The Cherokee National Historical Society announced the winners of the 23rd annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show during an Aug. 10 awards reception at the Cherokee Heritage Center, and Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry won the grand prize for her beaded bandolier bag titled “The Orange Monster’s Masquerade Ball.”
This is her third time being honored with the grand prize.
“I am beyond humbled to receive this honor,” Berry said. “While this piece was a little out of my comfort zone at first, it enabled me to address my concerns about the current political climate and its impact on Native people and the country as a whole. It also demonstrates the importance of utilizing ancient iconography in contemporary work to ensure that Native art remains timely, relevant and impactful.”
The art show runs through Sept. 22 and features 92 pieces by 60 artists, divided into two divisions: traditional and contemporary.
The traditional division is defined as “arts originating before European contact” and consists of three categories: basketry, pottery and traditional arts.
The contemporary division is defined as “arts arising among the Cherokee after European contact” and consists of seven categories: paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry, beadwork, jewelry and textiles.
“The Cherokee Homecoming Show is different than our other shows because it’s Cherokee-specific. You can be from any one of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes: Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. So, all the art you will see is all Cherokee art,” CHC Curator Callie Chunestudy. “I hope when people come and see the show they’ll come away seeing where Cherokee traditions began and where they’ve come to today. I think that it’s important that we recognize our culture and our heritage, and we have a lot of very talented artists that celebrate that and bring it to light in new and contemporary ways.”
Cherokee Nation citizen Tonia Hogner-Weavel entered her art into the textile division. She said she uses fabric or leather to create her clothing, which for the art show was a deerskin suit.
“My personal preference is to do historically correct clothing, but I enjoy doing a modern-day twist, something that appeals to our Cherokee people today, but it has a hint of the past in it,” she said.
Chunestudy said all of the artwork in the show is for sale and can be seen on the CHC’s Facebook page. Along with selling their art, some artists also earned prize money. They competed for a share of more than $10,000 in prize money, which Cherokee Nation Businesses sponsored.
First-place winners in each category are:
• Traditional Arts: Phyllis Jimmeye, “Natural Grass Bag,”
• Traditional Basketry: Mike Dart, “Giggin’ Basket,”
• Contemporary Pottery: Troy Jackson, “Bird Effigy Pot,”
• Contemporary Basketry: Renee Hoover, “Newborn Love,”
• Visual Arts: Ron Mitchell, “Confrontation With The People,”
• Sculpture: Dan Corley, “The Greatest Identity Theft,”
• Beadwork: Carolyn Pallett, “Our Light Shines All Directions,”
• Textiles: Karen Berry, “Water is Life,” and
• Jewelry: Toneh Chuleewah, “Tludatsi, Underground Panther.”
Other special awards included the Emerging Artist Award, which went to Brandy Brown and the Betty Scraper Garner Cherokee Elder Artist Award, which Hogner-Weavel won with her “Deerskin Suit.”
For a complete list of winners and photos from the reception, visit www.Anadisgoi.com