As culturas Amazônicas exhibit: October 17 – January 14

Amazon Exhibit, October 2017

Idabel, OK (October 18, 2017)—The Museum will showcase parts of its Amazon collection, one of the best in the United States, in its new exhibit, As culturas Amazônicas. The show contains over 100 objects from the Museum’s South American collection and represents 37 different groups. Additional objects were provided by Michael and Jeanne Bernstein of Tucson, Arizona.

The show will remain open until January 14, 2018. Admission to the exhibit—and the rest of the Museum—is free. However, parts of the Museum’s permanent exhibits, including Acrocanthosaurus atokensis are unavailable due to construction. (Acro is anticipated to return in late 2017/early 2018.)

In many ways, the Amazonian Basin is similar to the American frontier during the 19th century. The Basin, which contains the world’s largest rainforest, is experiencing unprecedented exploitation, settlement, and development.  Consequently, its indigenous people are losing their land and their resources. Unsurprisingly, it has becoming increasingly difficult for people to maintain their traditional culture.

However, some groups have managed to maintain their cultural identity by promoting—and often selling—traditional art. Their art remains linked to their ceremonies, myths, and traditional way of life. By selling their art, they ensure that the culture of the Amazon will endure, while gaining some measure of independence. The objects on display at the Museum were primarily purchased from those artists during the last 40 years.

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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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Beware of individuals asking for donations on behalf of the Museum of the Red River

Idabel, OK (September 19, 2017)—On September 18th at 8:34 PM, the Museum received a report of an individual soliciting donations for its construction project. It was quickly confirmed the individual in question was not an official Museum representative. The public was informed shortly after and a police report was filed the next morning.

Please be aware that the Museum has not authorized anyone to ask for gifts on its behalf, aside from staff and board members. Moreover, the Museum does not, and will not, solicit funds on a door-to-door basis or through cold calling. Museum representatives do not engage in high-pressure, on-the-spot appeals. Nor does it send couriers to collect donations.

The Museum occasionally seeks out new donors in the form of Corporate Partners or through its Membership Program. If you are unsure as to whether or not you have been contacted by an official Museum representative, call (580) 286 – 3616 to verify their identity. The safest way to donate to the Museum is in person, with a trusted, well-known Museum representative such as the Director, on-site, or online at https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/give/.

The public should be wary of unsolicited phone calls or visits from strangers that ask for money in general. Brian Hendershot, Head of Communications and Outreach, has the following tips to avoid charity scams. First and foremost, never use the phone number provided to you to verify an organization’s credibility. Do not provide personal or financial information such as bank account numbers or social security numbers. Watch out for organizations whose names closely resemble respected, legitimate organizations. You should also be extremely wary of text messages, social media campaigns, or emails that try to direct you to donation links. Finally, avoid cash donations.

When in doubt, contact the organization and/or verify their credibility with organizations like the Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or Guide Star. Reputable organizations will be happy to wait while you do your homework.

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 mollymurphybeads.com.   

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