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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.


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

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.


Nationally recognized artist to lead beading workshop at the Museum of the Red River

Beading by Molly-Murphy Adams

The Museum of the Red River will host a beading workshop on September 16, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Molly Murphy-Adams, a descendant of the Oglala-Lakota tribe, will guide attendees in creating a colorful, one-of-a-kind needle case. The group will also learn about the history of native American beadwork. Cost is $60 for non-members and $55 for members at the Contributor Level or higher. Supplies and lunch will be provided. Call (580) 286 – 3616 or visit The Museum Store to sign up. Registration is also available online.

 Molly Murphy-Adams currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is an active member of the art community. She combines “traditional feminine arts with contemporary design and media” to create cultural narratives that reflect on the issues of “learning to live with the weight of the past.” Her art is currently on display at the Oklahoma Contemporary’s as part of their ArtNow 2017 exhibition. Murphy-Adam’s work is also in the permanent collections of the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City and the Museum of the Great Plains in Lincoln, Nebraska. More information about Murphy-Adams can be found at   


Beat the summer heat with an afternoon painting class

Idabel, OK (July 28, 2017)—Attendees will learn how to memorialize their pet in paint on August 26th, from 1 PM to 4 PM. The class is open to artists of all ages and skill levels. Cost is $45 for nonmembers and $40 for Museum members at the Contributor Level or higher. Supplies are provided. However, participants must bring a photo of their pet. (Please note, no pets are allowed in the Museum.) Call (580) 286 – 3616 or visit The Museum Store to register. Registration is also available online.

Pets have been a part of our shared culture for thousands of years. Recent archaeological evidence from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science suggests that the world’s first pet lived 32,000 years ago. Moreover, people from around the world were routinely buried with their favorite pets for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until European aristocrats started wearing clothing with special pockets designed to hold small dogs, that pets truly became “man’s best friend.” The Museum will display several pieces of ethnographic art that highlight the history of pets during the class.


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