Ada — A compilation of images by well-known, Chickasaw native and artist, Sherry Nail, are currently on display at the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center in Davis, Nail uses a special technique called photography painting which adds detail to selected images for enhanced effects.
Nail’s Chickasaw heritage is reflected through her lens, capturing the Native way of life, the cultural people and diverse landscape of Chickasaw Country. Nail refers to her photography and the people and land as art.
“I use the art of photography to capture and record life’s special moments,” says Nail. “I enjoy photographing people and the beautiful scenery in Chickasaw Country. Photography painting is fun; converting the original photograph to give the impression of a painting gives the artwork more detail and visual appeal.”
Born and raised in Ada, Okla., Nail is a full-time artist. She spends many hours restoring old photographs; and weather it’s taking portraits of high school seniors, family portraits or sports teams, Nail enjoys capturing exceptional moments in Chickasaw Country. Nail received her bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and History from East Central University in Ada.
Nail’s photography is displayed at the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Building located in Ada and the Chickasaw Nation Regional Office in Oklahoma City. In addition, Nail has received awards at the Southeastern Art Show and Market and her image ‘Capture the Spirit’ was featured in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma calendar.
‘Dance Troupe’ along with 14 other images of Nail’s art work are on display through June 2014. ‘Dance Troupe,’ is a photography painting that replicates a photo that Nail had captured by still photography. The painting depicts a group of Chickasaw Nation dancers in regalia.
Located adjacent to Bedré Fine Chocolate, the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center is located at the southwest corner of exit 55 on Interstate 35. Opened in November 2012, the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center has several amenities including a lounge area, vending machines, an outdoor children’s playground and a dog park. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Memorial Day and Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.