Celebrate Women’s History Month at Chickasaw Market | Local News

Chickasaw Market in downtown Ada, Oklahoma celebrates Women’s History Month in March. Already known for gift-worthy jewelry, clothing, beads and pottery, the market will expand its showcase to feature many renowned female artists, authors and artisans this month.

As a special event, Chickasaw authors Glenda Galvan, Jeannie Barbour and Madelyn Goodnight will be available to sign copies of their books on Saturday, March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The opening dates and times for the month of March are:

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bedré Fine Chocolate, Pendleton and Mahota Textiles products will be available for purchase on the market. Clothing, DVDs, books and early American art and jewelry will also be available.

The “Three Sisters Blanket,” a Pendleton from the Chickasaw Cultural Center, is on display, showcasing Brenda Kingery. Chickasaw Market displays will also feature Pearl Scott, Te Ata and Lushanya.

Also featured is the 2022 artwork “Butterfly” created by Kaylie Beshirs, a student at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.

The market is located at 105 W. Main St. in Ada. The property will maintain COVID-19 guidelines from the Chickasaw Nation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, call (580) 332-1458.

Other Featured Chickasaw Artists

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is a Chickasaw artist from Oklahoma. Goldsmith, she has been working with turquoise for many years. A few years ago she started her own business and in 2021 invested in the tools to cut and polish her own stones.

“I truly believe in the beauty of handmade objects,” Smith said. “I believe we were all created to create, and I’m grateful for this gift.”

Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond is a self-taught acrobatic beader, and each of her works is unique. Bond comes from a line of pearlers, including her grandfather and great-grandmother. Bond enjoys sharing his works with others.

Joanna Underwood Blackburn

The majority of Joanna Underwood Blackburn’s works are sculptures and pottery. She draws her inspiration from tribal life and the creations of the First Americans of the Southeast. She creates unique pieces of Chickasaw pottery. Blackburn was able to recreate and help revitalize the art of pottery for the Chickasaw with the guidance and encouragement of tribal citizens.

Amanda Schultz

Amanda Schultz is a polymer clay artist. Born in Ada, Oklahoma, she is mostly a self-taught artist. She loves making clay jewelry and likes to involve quartz in her medium.

“I come from a creative family and have always loved using my creativity to design and make things,” Schultz said. “In 2017 I bought my first sheet of leather and practiced until I was good enough to open Mandarella’s online workshop with handmade leather jewelry.”

Sherri Miller

Sherri Miller always had a passion for beading when she and her father, Robert Hamilton, started making crafts. Like many Chickasaws, Miller grew up in a family known for crafts such as beading, tatting, ceramics, pottery, crocheting and painting. When the Chickasaw Nation began offering beading classes, Miller was introduced to other beading techniques.