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October 9, 2012

Cherokee Nation hosts major Native American art market

Tulsa — TULSA — Art enthusiasts are gathering at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa as more than 130 Native American artists from across the nation display their work during the seventh annual Cherokee Art Market on Oct. 13-14, 2012.

Admission to the family-friendly market is $5 per person and free for Cherokee Star Rewards Club members. The Cherokee Art Market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

“The Cherokee Art Market has become one of the premier Native American art shows in the United States, which is a testament to the flourishing talent and abilities of the artists,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “The show continues to provide Native American artists with a venue to feature their art and generate an income from a substantial number of art collectors and general enthusiasts from around the country.”

Collectors and art lovers can view and purchase the world’s finest Native American artwork, representing more than 45 different tribes, in mediums such as beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles during the annual market.  Guests can also enjoy a variety of cultural demonstrations and performances during the market.

An awards reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in The Sky Room in honor of the Cherokee Art Market winners. More than $75,000 in overall prize money will be awarded across 20 categories. The public is welcome to attend the awards reception, and tickets are available for $25 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

More than 5,000 guests attended last year’s art market, and with growing anticipation for this year’s event, organizers are expecting an even greater turnout.

The seventh annual Cherokee Art Market will take place at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 West Cherokee St., Catoosa.

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