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Museum will hold a night of fun, wine and painting on May 19

Idabel, OK (April 19, 2018)—The event is a follow-up to the Museum’s popular 2017 event, Cinco de Vino. The program is scheduled for May 19, at 6:00 pm, in the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center. The class is $45 and is cosponsored by Girls Gone Wine of Hochatown. The fee covers everything needed to make a masterpiece—step-by-step instructions, painting supplies, food, and of course, wine. The class will be led by Jackie Ferguson, a nationally-recognized artist who lives in Haworth. Aspiring painters and/or wine aficionados can register online or calling (580) 286 – 3616.

Attendees will draw inspiration from traditional Mexican folk-art or artesanía. Mexican folk-art is made up of brightly-colored, decorative objects designed for everyday use. The tradition is rooted in the country’s many pre-Hispanic cultures. However, over the years, artesanía has been influenced by numerous European, Arabic and even Asian cultures. It remains a key component of Mexico’s national identity. Many artists continue to use the same methods and materials that their ancestors did. Moreover, artesanía’s utilitarian nature helps keep “traditional” art a part of everyday life. It’s also a part of Mexico’s thriving tourism industry and is often exported around the world.

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Museum director to lead tour of world’s most remote country

By Marcus Holland-Moritz -, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Idabel, OK (March 29, 2018)—Museum of the Red River Director Henry Moy will lead a tour of New Zealand from September 21 to October 2, 2018, as part of the Museum’s annual travel study program. The program is capped at 15 attendees. The tour includes excursions to the nation’s most famous natural and man-made wonders. The cost of the program is $5,199. (A single supplement is available for an additional $1,099.)  A deposit of $1,000 is due by May 21. The fee includes room, airfare (from Houston), some meals, and all sightseeing fees associated with the nine-day itinerary. When asked about the tour, Moy noted that the weather should be exceptionally pleasant and that “the trip promises to have something great for everyone!”

New Zealand is a collection of approximately 600 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Due to its remoteness, New Zealand was one of the last landmasses settled by humans. As a result, the islands developed a distinct form of plant and animal life unlike any other. New Zealand’s varied topography has served as the backdrop for several movies, including the Lord of the Rings series, Avatar, and The Last Samurai. New Zealand also has an extremely vibrant arts and entertainment scene, much of which is influenced by the islands’ indigenous people, the Māori. For more information about the program (including registration forms) call (580) 286 – 3616 or click on the links below.

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[Pictured: By Marcus Holland-Moritz –, CC BY-SA 2.0,]

Museum of the Red River will hold flute-making workshop

Presley Byington leading a flute-making workshop (2014)

Choctaw artist Presley Byington will present a flute making workshop March 17, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Museum of the Red River. Cost is $45, and all supplies are provided. The class will break at noon for a potluck lunch and resume at 1:00 pm. This class is capped at 10 people; interested individuals must pre register by calling(580) 286 – 3616 or online.

Byington, an Idabel-native, is an accomplished Choctaw dancer, flute player, and flute maker. He has performed across the nation, including at the Choctaw Days Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Christina Eastep, Head of Programs, noted “Presley has shared his talents with the Museum for many years and his workshops are always well-attended.”

Flutes have played, and continue to play, an important role in traditional native American culture. Early native American chiefs used them to welcome guests or while holding court. Flutes were also played during sporting events, on the battlefield and by medicine men. Today, flutes are usually considered a key part of native American art. They’re also used in important ceremonies and tribal functions.


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

Artist Greg Bohanan leading a beading workshop

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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