October 16, 2017
$75,000 in prize money awarded to numerous artists
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.