Fall Arts Festival to be held at the Museum of the Red River on October 27

Linda Lou Alexander leading a basketry workshop

Idabel, OK (October 11, 2018)—The Museum of the Red River will hold its biennial Fall Arts Festival on October 27, from 10 am to 4 pm. The event includes artist demonstrations, family-friendly craft activities, musical performances, and more. A full list of artists and events is available at the bottom of this press release or on the Fall Arts Festival event page on Facebook. More will be added shortly.

During this time, the Museum will also host a pop-up exhibit by Chris Powell, an Associate Professor of Art from Texas Christian University, and his students. The Museum will also offer free artifact identification by Dr. Robert Brooks and Carolynn Neal, formerly of the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey. Per Museum policy, no monetary valuation can be given for an object. Moreover, only archeological objects will be identified.

Despite the ongoing construction, 2018 has been a successful year for the Museum. Although attendance is still lower than usual, it is already three times higher than last year’s total number of visitors. Museum programming has continued to see a sharp increase in interest as well. So far, over 2,000 people have attended a program at the Museum in 2018. That’s twice the number of attendees from last year and one of the Museum’s best years so far. Overall attendance is expected to increase once construction is complete.

[Pictured: Linda Lou Alexander (center right) leading a basketry workshop at the Museum. Alexander is one of the many artists who will be at the Museum’s Fall Arts Festival.]

Confirmed Fall Arts Festival Events/Artists

  • Chris Powell: (Sculptor)
  • Sherri Jones: (Jeweler)
  • Linda Lou Alexander (Basket-maker)
  • Gleny Beach (painter)
  • Jackie Ferguson (Painter)
  • Southeast Oklahoma Woodturners (various)
  • Traditional Choctaw Dances (Various Performers)
  • Flint-Knapping (Dr. Carolynn Neal)
  • Artifact Identification (Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Carolynn Neal)
  • Pop-up Exhibit (Chris Powell and TCU Students)
  • Museum Programing
    • Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest
    • Make Your Own Caramel Apple Slices
    • Mini-Painting Class
    • Mini-Weaving Class
    • Mini-Beading Class
  • Mckee’s Bees (Honey Vendor)
  • Yazzie’s Boutique (Vendor)
  • Lyman Choate (Vendor)
  • Kelly Gamble, MFA, MA (Information Booth)
  • OSU Extension (Information Booth)
  • Little Dixie (Information Booth)
  • McCurtain County Tourism (Information Booth)
  • Colonial Lodge (Information Booth)

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