DAVIS — The Chickasaw Welcome Center now has art pieces on display from Chickasaw artist and Oklahoma native Paul C. Moore. This unique exhibit displays Moore's original instruments and jewelry. The exhibit is open to the public for viewing through February 2014 and all pieces are for sale.
Paintings by Moore include a Pow Pow drum painted with contemporary Southeast designs. Another instrument, a Ukulele, is covered with contemporary design work as well as several more traditionally formatted works. The art took Moore several months to design and create.
Visitors can view and purchase Moore's men's and women's cuff bracelets, earrings and gorgets. All the items were formed from copper, a traditional Native American material. The original, one-of-a-kind pieces start at $25.
In August, Chickasaw Country also unveiled a permanent wall sculpture, created by Moore, behind the information desk. The original piece spans 16 feet and is titled 'Dreams of Home'.
Moore is on the faculty staff at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from IAIA in 2006. He has won awards in photography, graphic design and has created numerous paintings, sculpture and jewelry for private collections in the United States and Canada.
The Welcome Center currently displays and rotates original pieces of artwork from Chickasaw and Native American artists. It is located at the southwest corner of exit 55 on I-35. Nearly 29,000 cars per day travel through the intersection. The center includes a lounge area, vending machines, an outdoor children's playground and a dog park. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information about the center call (580) 369-4222 or visit www.ChickasawCountry.com.Chickasaw artist's work on display at Welcome Center