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Native American Church at core of Kiowa’s art

ANADARKO — The creativity of a Kiowa artist focsed on the Native American church will begin display at the Southern Plains Indian Museum.

The museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of paintings by Gordon Emhoolah from April 5 to May 24.

Emhoolah will be on hand for a reception and gallery talk from 6 to 8 p.m. April 5, at the museu, 801 E. Central. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

“The museum is very excited to display the works of a young Native American Church artist,” said Bambi Allen, museum director. “Gordon is very talented at drawing, painting and beadwork. His traditional teachings are evident in each piece of work.”

An enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Emhoolah is a talented painter, Allen said. Born and raised around the “Apache Wye” area west of Anadarko, he and his wife, Lorrie Thorpe-Emhoolah, reside in Norman. He currently works full-time as an artist.

Emhoolah first began his artistic work in the mid 1990s, exploring sketching and graffiti art as a hobby.

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