OKLAHOMA CITY – Three American Indian artists — Chance Brown, Lauretta Newby-Coker and John Timothy — will have their artwork featured in south-central Oklahoma through Oct. 31.
Visitors to Chickasaw Country can peruse Brown’s paintings at the Chickasaw Nation Information Center in Tishomingo, Newby-Coker’s art at the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center in Davis and Timothy’s work at the Chickasaw Visitor Center in Sulphur.
“The centers have always provided information about local attractions, and the artistry available to view or purchase provides a deeper insight into the area,” said Paige Williams Shepherd, director of corporate development and tourism for the Chickasaw Nation. “Viewing the artists’ unique works at the tourism centers is just one thing visitors can do to learn about the Native American culture and heritage that defines Chickasaw Country.”
Chance Brown, Chickasaw Nation Information Center, Tishomingo
Chance Brown is a Chickasaw artist from Ardmore. His passion for art began at a young age when he practiced drawing with his grandmother and a neighborhood friend. Chance pursued art at East Central University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art.
Currently, Brown works as the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities exhibits and gallery coordinator. In addition, Brown serves on several boards and leads a select team of young artists to Belize each summer with the Chickasaw Nation. While there, they work on art projects for the youth at their schools.
“Working in an art field, I see several artists’ artwork all at different stages in their professional career,” Brown said. “By constantly seeing art in my profession, it keeps me active in my pursuits and helps me analyze what works and what may not work in my own subject matter.”
Brown works mostly in portraiture, live drawing, painting, graphite, and pastel. He regularly participates in local markets, and in 2014, Brown commissioned a mural at the East Central University Linscheid Library Tommy Wayne Quaid lounge.
Lauretta Newby-Coker, Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center, Davis
Lauretta Newby-Coker, a Choctaw citizen and longtime Noble resident, creates stained glass mosaics and mixed media art, as well as watercolor and oil paintings. Newby-Coker’s pieces embody happiness through impressionistic style and subject matter.
“The inspiration for my art is happiness,” Newby-Coker said. “We can all recall a very special time or event. I do my best to convey those times or feelings that give happiness within.”
Newby-Coker’s art is on display across the U.S., including a mural in Hesperia, California; a stained-glass mosaic in Norman; multiple pieces at the Choctaw Regional Health Center in Norman; and more.
“In December 2016, I was one of 12 Oklahoma Artists to create a Christmas Ornament for the Oklahoma Christmas Tree displayed at the White House in Washington, D.C.,” Newby-Coker said.
Her pieces have earned awards including the Choctaw Heritage Award and the Best of Division award at the Cherokee Art Market.
John Timothy, Chickasaw Visitor Center, Sulphur
John Timothy is a native Oklahoman who is enrolled Muscogee (Creek) Nation and works as Cultural Interpreter for the Center for American Indians at Bacone College.
He is a multimedia artist who overall features an array of subjects and themes in his art. Timothy is predominately self-taught. His clever wit is seen in many of his pieces when he focuses on Native American humor reflected from family stories and memories of his childhood.
“My focus when creating, be it a humorous or dramatic piece, is to offer a space that will allow the viewer to see something in themselves and laugh, be touched by suggestion, or suddenly introduced to a reality they were not aware of moments before,” Timothy said.
Timothy is also an award-winning flute maker and recording artist, having recorded with recognized Cherokee composer Lisa LaRue as well releasing a solo album titled Invtska. He has performed at numerous events, including weddings, commencements, appearing on local and national tv and special performances at the State Capitol.
Timothy and his wife have traveled and participated in art shows and other venues around the country, winning many awards along the way.
For more information, visit www.chickasawcountry.com.