If you want to see a little of the real West of today, mosey on down to Stockyards City, a few minutes west of downtown. Home to the world’s largest stocker/feeder livestock market, Stockyards City is the “genuine article” and a “must see” when visiting Oklahoma City.
You won’t find any “My parents went to Stockyard City and all I got was this lousy T-shirt” shirts or Elvis salt and pepper shakers but you will leave knowing what a real steak tastes like, and that real boots don’t come from Bloomingdale’s. Take time to browse the western wear and specialty shops lining the streets, complete with jeans (Wranglers is the brand of choice), hats, dusters, spurs and belt buckles the size of hubcaps.
A “must see” while in the Stockyards is Oklahoma Native Art and Jewelry. The New York Times recommends the Gallery as a must see destination in the book “The New York Times: 36 hours, 150 weekends in the USA and Canada.”
Over the last 40 years exhibiting her works with fellow artists throughout the country, Yolanda White Antelope has gathered her fellow Native American and Western Artists to bring the show home to Oklahoma. Along with her pottery you will find over 68 featured artists representing over 28 tribes from Oklahoma and the Southwest.
Known as one of Oklahoma City's premier American Indian galleries and shops, Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry features rare works of American Indian artists and craftsmen. Authentic American Indian and Western artworks including sculpture, jewelry, Kachinas, Cherokee baskets, dream catchers, pottery and paintings. The store is Native American owned and operated and also a working art gallery.
The gallery features works by Native American Artists past and present, featuring museum quality art including carvings by Creeping Bear and fine art by Doc Tate Nevaquaya, Jerome Bushyhead, Virginia Stroad, a broad variety of items from Oklahoma’s tribes and Native American and Western Artwork of nationally and regionally recognized Artists.
Particularly popular are the white pottery pieces with horse hairs burned onto their surfaces in Jackson Pollock-like swirling patterns — a technique pioneered by White Antelope. When those in the know chat about horse hair pottery White Antelope’s name is always at the top of their list! White Antelope is affiliated with the Acoma Tribe. “People of the White Rock” – which seems fitting when you admire her pottery. The majority is fashioned from Polychrome clay. She has at most twenty seconds to apply the horse hair after the pot is removed from the kiln. Some of the pots are so thin light filters through rephrasing the designs.
A thirty year resident of Oklahoma, White Antelope horse hair pottery may be found around the world. Her artwork is on permanent display at the Brooklyn Art Museum, New York City. She and her Artwork have appeared on national television (CNN) and on many local stations. In print you may find her and her artwork in The New York Times, Southern Living, The Cowboy Way, and Native People.
Popular with visitors and locals alike is the extensive selection of quality Native American jewelry. Exceptional works are created by Mario Badillo, the on-site jeweler, working in silver, gold, North American turquoise, Australian Gaspeite, white buffalo turquoise, and other faceted stones. Mario has spent the last 26 years featuring works in sculptured stone and metal smithing throughout the country. He has brought the concept of seeing into the stone - complementing his ability to unite the precious gemstones with the creativity of forging metals - to embrace the beauty of the natural stone to complete his inspirations in his jewelry designs. Mario creates many of the traditional Native works in Silver and Gold that are not wax-casted from molds, but custom made by hand.
Oklahoma Native Art and Jewelry, a Native American owned and operated gallery, is located across the street from Cattleman’s Steakhouse (another must do in the Stockyards) at 1316 South Agnew. For more information, call the store at405-604-9800, or visit www.oknativeart.com.
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