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. 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. The gallery features works by Native American and 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. White Antelope’s horse hair pottery may be found around the world and 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 around the corner from Cattleman’s Steakhouse (another must do in the Stockyards) at 2204 Exchange. For more information, call the store at 405-604-9800, or visit www.oknativeart.com.
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