Museum of the Red River reopens; exhibit and program dates announced

Dino Campers watching volcanoes "explode"

Idabel, OK (August 7, 2018)—The Museum of the Red River has reopened following a temporary, construction-related closure in July. Due to the length of the closing, its summer exhibit, Arts of the Southwest, will remain on display until September 2. The show features a range of prehistoric, historic and contemporary art from the American Southwest. The exhibit will be followed by Andean Textiles on September 13. A smaller show, Island Spirits, will be on display through October 28. The exhibit highlights several contemporary objects from the Museum’s South Pacific collection.

The Museum has scheduled several programs for the rest of August and September. First is a “beer and baskets” workshop with Linda Lou Alexander on August 11, from 4 pm to 8 pm. Cost is $45. Attendees will create a double-walled basket (Western Cherokee-style) while enjoying a selection of local craft beers and wine. Next is a free, beginner-level painting class on August 25. Participants may drop-in or drop-out anytime between 10 am and 3 pm. The Museum has also scheduled a beading workshop for September 15 and a weaving class for September 22. More information about September programming will be available at the end of August.

The majority of the Museum’s construction project is scheduled for completion this fall. The multi-million-dollar project includes renovations to most of its existing spaces, as well as new additions. The Museum plans to remain open for the remainder of the construction. Call (580) 286 -3616 for more information.


Museum of the Red River closure extends into early August

Idabel, OK (July 27, 2018)—The Museum was closed for the past two weeks, allowing contractors to work on its new roof and air conditioning systems. Brian Hendershot, Head of Communications and Outreach, stated that the recent heatwave prevented them from completing time-sensitive parts of the project. As a result, the closure has been extended one week, to August 6. Hendershot said, “we must remain closed in order to protect collections”. He also noted that empty, unairconditioned gallery wouldn’t be a “pleasant experience” for most. The closing will not affect the Museum’s upcoming basketry workshop on August 11. More information about the workshop is available at

Once construction is complete, Museum will cover 45,500 square feet. Some of its new spaces have already opened, including several galleries. Other areas are expected to open in the coming months. Moreover, despite construction, interest in the Museum remains high. Head of Programs Christina Eastep noted that, “more people are attending our programs than ever before”. In fact, the Museum’s had a record number of Dino Camp attendees for the second year in a row. Interest is expected to increase once the project is complete.


“Beer and basketry” workshop scheduled for August 11

Lidded Basket, ca. 1950, by Lottie Queen Stamper (1907 to 1987)

Idabel, OK (July 25, 2018)—Linda Lou Alexander will lead a basketry workshop at the Museum of the Red River on August 11. The class is scheduled for 4 pm to 8 pm and costs $45. Participants will learn how to create a sturdy, double-walled basket (Western Cherokee), while enjoying a selection of local craft beers/wine. All participants must be 21 years or older. Registration is available over the phone (580.286.3616) or at

Basketry is one of the world’s oldest and most widely practiced crafts. Styles and techniques differ from place to place. One of the more complicated techniques is known as the “double-wall” or “double-weave”. As the name suggests, double-wall baskets are made up of two “walls” seamlessly woven together. The Cherokee double-weave technique predates European contact. It is also one of the many traditions that the tribe maintained despite their forced relocation during the 19th century. Like many native American traditions, it almost into obscurity by the 20th century. However, Lottie Stamper and other weavers revived the tradition in the 1940s. Since then, it has evolved into a complex and highly stylized art form practiced by only a few artists.


SHERDS: July 2018

Aerial shot of construction, July 2018

Before you dive into this issue, please note that the Museum will be closed from July 14 to July 30. During this time, contractors will complete critical work on the building’s new roof and air conditioning system. You can learn more about the closure in this press release.

Click the link below the read the latest edition of SHERDS. As always, the newsletter contains information about upcoming events, exhibits, and all things construction. We’ve also got a few special announcements with regards to gifts and acquisitions tucked away in this issue. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest Museum news. Enjoy!


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