Aapisa' Art Gallery Features Amy Gantt, Heather Bell Richardson and Carter Kornegay
October 30, 2021 -January 8, 2022
The Aapisa' Art Gallery is located inside the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center.
This art exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Aapisa' Art Gallery will spotlight various Chickasaw artists each season. Beginning Oct. 30 the gallery will feature artwork from three Chickasaw women: Amy Gantt’s dynamic printmaking, Heather Bell Richardson’s decorative and functional pottery and Carter Kornegay’s intricate sterling silver jewelry. Exhibited art and jewelry are sold at the Aapisa’ Art Gallery.
Heather Richardson will do a live pottery making demonstration on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.
Amy Gantt (Chickasaw) is an assistant professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where she teaches in both the Art and Native Studies departments. As an artist, she works in clay, printmaking and photography. Most recently, she has been working in printmaking with a focus on Mississippian symbols. While researching a presentation for the 2019 Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation conference, she became fascinated with her Mississippian ancestors and their ancient motifs. She found herself dually inspired by the process involved in block printing and by the traditional symbols used by the Indigenous people of the North American Southeast. This convergence of ideas led to a new body of work for her that is ongoing.
Heather Bell Richardson
Heather Bell Richardson is a ceramic artist from McKinney, Texas, and a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics as well as a Bachelor of Science in Design with an all-level art teaching certificate from Texas Woman’s University in 1995, she taught visual art in the Lewisville Independent School District and was awarded a Lewisville Education Foundation Grant for papermaking.
Heather has been working with clay for over 35 years and is inspired by objects and textures found in nature. She delights in the combination of earth, water and fire to produce tangible works of art. Using stoneware clay, Heather experiments with different techniques to produce decorative pieces and functional pottery.
She has recently displayed work at the Chickasaw Nation ARTesian Gallery, the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco, the Gallery at the McKinney Art Studio as well as having work for sale in the Aachompa' Gallery Gift Shop at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. She is a multi-year participant in numerous First American art events.
Carter Kornegay is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a freshman at Collinsville High School. During the summer of the 2020, Carter decided to learn a new trade inspired by her grandmother’s love for turquoise jewelry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she relied on online resources to learn the intricate skills of silversmithing. Carter soon launched her Instagram business, CK Turquoise. In the past year, she learned much about the art and gained confidence in her own design skills. In her words, she “loves bringing God’s beauty to life and sharing my gift with others.”
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