The Aapisa' Art Gallery will spotlight Chickasaw artists each season. This summer, we are featuring Chance Brown’s dynamic paintings and prints, and Jay Laxton’s stunning glass sculptures. Exhibited art is sold at the Aapisa' Art Gallery.
Meet the Artists - June 11 - Noon - 2 p.m. - Aapisa' Art Gallery
Chance Brown and Jay Laxton will be available for questions and to discuss their works.
About the Artists
Chance Brown is an artist from Ardmore, Oklahoma, who focuses primarily on acrylic paint and mixed-media, two-dimensional artwork. Brown grew up with a multicultural background and was introduced to his Chickasaw heritage by family friends and oral stories from his paternal grandmother.
Brown has presented artwork to some of his musical heroes such as Eddie Levert of the O’Jays, Charlie Wilson of the GAP Band and Aretha Franklin. He also presented artwork to President Barack Obama, resulting in a signed letter of acknowledgment.
Brown received his bachelor’s in fine arts from East Central University and served the Chickasaw Nation for seven years. In his work, Brown was vital in showcasing exhibits for both local and renowned artists within Indian Country. Currently, Brown has applied to graduate school for a master’s degree in fine arts with a painting concentration.
Growing up in South Texas, Jay Laxton first became interested in art while working as a jeweler’s apprentice in Yoakum, Texas, and later blacksmithing at Pioneer Living History Village in Gonzales, Texas. Laxton then learned leatherwork at Old Southwest Outfitters in Victoria, Texas.
Upon retiring, Laxton moved to Oklahoma and began working at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios. Throughout the years, Laxton has had the opportunity to learn natural dyes, basketry, ceramics and painting, among many other First American techniques.
Laxton is always willing to try and learn something new. He likes to experiment and mix elements, saying, “It’s either going to work or it will be a learning experience.” Laxton’s artwork has been exhibited and displayed throughout the United States and internationally.