Monday, August 28, 2023 - The Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library is set to host an art show to showcase the work of local artist Patricia Wood. The exhibition will run from August 30 to September 13.
The show kicks off with the library honoring Wood's lifetime of artistic contributions with a reception on August 30 at 1 p.m.
Wood, now 87 years old, has a rich background that has greatly influenced her artistic journey. She grew up in the Brent community, alongside three sisters and five brothers, as the daughter of Charlie and Fannie Tootle.
It wasn’t until she married Joe Wood in 1955 and moved to Tulsa that she discovered her love of painting.
Her artistic journey with acrylics commenced around the age of 30, when she encountered a group of fellow artists. The love for art grew within her, nurtured by the bonds of friendship and the joy of painting.
While there were periods when she didn't paint, it wasn't until 2017, after her husband's passing, that Wood enrolled in art classes and fell in love with oil painting. This period marked a transformative phase in her artistic expression.
Woods’ artistic process involves starting with charcoal sketches before transitioning to paint. She favors working with oil paints due to their slower drying time, which affords her the opportunity to refine her creations. Her artistic focus primarily gravitates towards landscapes and portraits, though she humbly admits that capturing the unique features and expressions of people she knows can be challenging.
In recent times, Woods's artistic focus has shifted towards Native American-themed landscapes and portraits. As a Cherokee citizen, she participated in the Cherokee Nation Art Show in September 2022, where two of her portraits were displayed. Though she didn't win any awards, the positive feedback she received spoke volumes about the impact of her art.
Regrettably, health challenges prevented Wood from submitting a painting for this year's show. Nonetheless, her dedication to her craft and her contributions to the world of art continue to inspire.
For more information regarding the art show or reception, contact Bethia Owens at 918-775-4481.
The Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library is located at 101 E. Cherokee in Sallisaw.
Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer
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