ENID, Okla. — If you want to see some local art, you don’t need to go any farther than Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center this weekend.

“Oklahoma 110,” a gathering of artwork celebrating Oklahoma’s 110 years of statehood, is on display now through Wednesday at the museum, located at 507 S. 4th.

The art from two local artists, Charla Enns and Jena Kodesh, shows scenery and myriad other things that may come to mind when one thinks of Oklahoma.

“The ladies came to us and wanted a place to exhibit their work,” said Robbin Davis, director of CSRHC. “So, we have this beautiful gallery space and, just, an opportunity to bring the two of them together, and they have such a large body of work between them to showcase that, and then to kind of help out the heritage center a little bit since a portion of each art sale comes back to us.”

A lot of the inspiration behind Jena Kodesh’s artwork comes from Southeast Oklahoma, as she’s from Smithville, a town close to the border with Arkansas. But she said her inspiration also comes from this area, too.

“When you’re married to a farmer, you have a great appreciation for the land and what it gives back ... maintaining the land for future generations, and all that,” she said. 

Kodesh works with oils and watercolor, while Enns works with pastel and acrylic.

“What inspires me most as an artist is the natural beauty that surrounds me in Oklahoma,” Enns said.  “When I’m in nature, inspiration can hit me anywhere. One moment it may be the red dirt wearing away along the edge of Turkey Creek, while the next time it could be the light shining on a crooked branch. It may be found in the white tail of a deer running across a field, or the flicker of the yellow breast of a meadowlark. 

“Each day presents possibilities with the almost always guarantee of an impressive sunset saturated with color that begs to become my next painting.”

The “Oklahoma 110” exhibit will culminate Wednesday — or Valentine’s Day, for those keeping track — with a Brown Bag Luncheon at CSRHC. Kodesh and Enns will be talking about their art, and attendees will have one final chance to purchase some of the art and support both the artists and CSRHC.

The exhibit is available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the upcoming week. It is closed Sunday and Monday.

For information, call (580) 237-1907 or go to csrhc.org.


Malan is entertainment editor for the Enid News & Eagle, a CNHI News Service publication.

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