Adult Programs

Beading workshop slated for February 17 at the Museum of the Red River

Idabel, OK (January 29, 2017)—Back by popular demand, Choctaw beading artist Greg Bohanan will lead a loom beading workshop February 17, from 10 am to 3:00 pm. The class is capped at 10 people. Cost is $45. Attendees may keep any leftover materials—including the loom—for their own use. The class will break at noon for a potluck lunch and resume at 1:00 pm. Participants can register online or by calling (580) 286 – 3616.

Beading has always been a part of native American culture. At first, native Americans made their own beads from bone or shell. However, the process was long, and the finished product relatively cumbersome. The introduction of glass beads by European changed everything. The new beads were more colorful, smaller, and easier to use. Artists could create a limitless number of patterns and compositions. Over time, different tribes developed their own designs and methods.

Contemporary beadwork is a rich blend of artistic traditions. Some artists blend materials and patterns to create distinctly 21st century designs. Others have developed unique beading styles that incorporate three-dimensional surfaces. Some have even successfully revived traditional practices. Nonetheless, regardless of its form, beadwork serves as a powerful symbol of native American heritage.

UPDATE: We are unable to accept any more participants at this time. Thank you for your interest!

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Create a one-a-kind “stocking stuffer” at the Museum of the Red River on December 9

Examples of native American beadwork Idabel, OK (November 29, 2017)—Native American artist Greg Bohanan will led a beading workshop at the Museum on December 9th, from 10 am to 3 pm. Participants will use the gourd stitch—a winding, brick-like pattern—to create a keychain. Christina Eastep, Acting Head of Programs, noted that “Mr. Bohanan has led many successful workshops…having such a talented artist lead this class is a blessing for us and those who learn from him.” The program costs $45 for nonmembers and $40 for members at the Contributor level or higher. All supplies are provided. Participants can register online or by calling (580) 286-3616.

Beadwork is one of the best-known forms of native American art. Prior to European contact, native Americans used natural materials like porcupine quills, shells or antlers to decorate their goods. The introduction of small glass beads in the late 1700s led to an explosion of new art. Over time, each tribe developed their own distinctive designs, colors, and styles. Many continued to use beads alongside traditional materials. Others created unique beading techniques known only to members of their tribe. There has been a renewed interest in beadwork in recent years.  Modern artists often borrow techniques from other tribes and incorporate them into their own work.

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Museum holds annual Festival of Trees show

Idabel, OK (November 1, 2017)—The Museum of the Red River invites local businesses and civic organizations to celebrate Christmas and community involvement with Festival of Trees show. The festival will be open to the public November 27th to December 31st. Local schools, civic groups, businesses and other organizations can help turn the Museum into a winter wonderland by submitting their own tree to the festival. Entries will be accepted between November 20th and December 8th. Submissions will be judged on their creativity, aesthetics, and how well they represent their organization.

Contestants may submit a tree into one of the following categories—businesses, civic groups, schools, and professional decorators. Please note, the Festival of Trees will be on display in the Museum’s Jack Bell Hall. Therefore, each submission must adhere to the following rules:

  • Trees must be artificial and devoid of any “edible” or “living” decorations
  • Trees must be “family-friendly”
  • Trees must be under 8 feet tall
  • Trees may not use artificial snow or glitter

Contestants must submit a form with their tree. You can get a form in the Museum Store or by clicking here. Winners will receive recognition on a permanent plaque in the Museum and, most importantly, bragging rights. All trees must be taken down January 2nd through January 6th, during normal business hours.

The festival is an annual celebration of community involvement and Christmas. Christina Eastep, Acting Head of Programs, said, “our goal is to highlight the wonderful organizations and businesses that serve McCurtain County.” Local organizations are also key to the Museum’s continued success. Their support allows the Museum to provide free admission and educational programming at little to no cost to the public.

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Former SOSU Director of Art to led painting class at the Museum of the Red River

Idabel, OK (October 13, 2017)—Dr. Gleny Beach, a former Director of Art at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will led painting class at the Museum on October 21, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Participants will learn how to paint their favorite fall landscape. (Please bring a photo.) Cost is $45 or $40 for members at the Contributor level or higher. No experience necessary. All materials are provided. Call (580) 286 – 3616 or visit the Museum Store to register. Registration is also available online at www.museumoftheredriver.org/programs/.

Dr. Beach is a commercially successful artist and teacher, with over two decades of experience at SOSU alone. Her recent accomplishments include a 2009 Governor’s Arts Award and membership to the 2010 People to People Citizen Ambassador Program. Dr. Beach has also judged several art competitions in recent years, including the Museum of the Red River’s 2017 Expressions of Youth contest.

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