John P. Lasater IV, “Cotton Harvesting,” oil

Nestled in Oklahoma’s Cherokee County lies the quaint town of Tahlequah, which will host its inaugural Plein Air Red Fern festival from June 15-17. Details here!

All artists are welcome to join the inaugural Red Fern festival in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, this weekend and compete for more than $2,500 in cash prizes. Located in Cherokee County, Tahlequah boasts several sites perfect for outdoor painters, include the historic Hurrell Home, Thompson House, Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University, and the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Ancient Village Diligwa.

The Historic Thompson House in Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Scenic views in Tahlequah

Many awards will be handed to deserving artists, judged by regional artists John P. Lasater IV and Bruce L. carter. $2,500 will be shared among the winners of First, Second, and Third Place on paper and First, Second, and Third Place on canvas. Other awards include Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, People’s Choice, and Best Youth under 18.

Seminary Hall, Northeastern State University

“This three-day outdoor painting event will capture many of the faces and facets, architecture, and landscapes of Cherokee County in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and oil,” says Renee Fite, president of the Arts Council of Tahlequah. Registration is $30 and artists are asked to bring their own materials. The first 100 artists to register receive T-shirts and welcome bags. A welcome reception will be hosted on Friday, June 16 at the Cherokee Heritage Center. The Artist’s Exhibition and Collector’s Reception will be held at Spider Gallery at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

To learn more, visit the Arts Council of Tahlequah.


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