12th annual Cherokee Art Market selects ‘Navajo Bling- Bracelet & Necklace Set’ as Best of Show

October 16, 2017

Ric Charlie was awarded the 12th annual Cherokee Art Market’s Best of Show for his 14-karat gold jewelry set featuring more than 1,700 individually set diamonds.Ric Charlie was awarded the 12th annual Cherokee Art Market’s Best of Show for his 14-karat gold jewelry set featuring more than 1,700 individually set diamonds.

$75,000 in prize money awarded to numerous artists

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TULSA, Okla. — Navajo artist Ric Charlie received the Best of Show award for ‘Navajo Bling- Bracelet & Necklace Set’ during this year’s Cherokee Art Market at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The 14-karat gold jewelry set features more than 1,700 individually set diamonds and is valued at $75,000.

The Cherokee Art Market, featuring more than 150 elite Native American artists representing 50 tribes, ran Saturday and Sunday. Art forms included beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles. Guests also enjoyed a variety of cultural demonstrations and performances.

With nearly 60 winners in eight classes, the following highlights the Cherokee Art Market 2017 Best of Class winners:

Class 1 – Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Bryan Waytula, Cherokee Nation, “We Stand as One”

Class 2 -- Sculpture

Bill Glass Jr., Cherokee Nation, “The Discussion Revolves”

Class 3 – Beadwork/Quillwork

Beverly (Bear King) Moran, Hunkpapa Lakota, “Dakota Night Sky with Possible Bag”

Class 4 – Basketry

Ronni Leigh Goeman, Onondaga Nation, “Descent of Sky Women- Creation Story”

Class 5 – Pottery

Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “Bird Effigy”

Class 6 – Textiles B

Marie Martin, Cherokee Nation, “Grayhorse Lady”

Class 7 – Jewelry

Ric Charlie, Navajo Nation, “Navajo Bling- Bracelet & Necklace Set”

Class 8 – Diverse Art Forms

Beverly Moran, Hunkpapa Lakota, “Midnight Dream”

Additionally, Joshua Adams earned the Culture Keeper Award for “Death to Power, Death to Politics” for the second consecutive year. The Innovator Award went to Christy Ruby for “Taboo Kusaxian (Love) Birds,” and Chase Kahwinhut Earls earned the Anna Mitchell Award for “Restrictive Emergence.”

For a complete list of winners from the 12th annual Cherokee Art Market, please visit www.CherokeeArtMarket.com.