Verna Bates - Gourd Art & Masks

VERNA BATES is a member of Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma.  She began making Cherokee gourd art in 1995 and specializes in handmade Cherokee gourd masks, which are traditionally made by hand-stitching.  The masks are decorated with feathers, fur, shell, pearls, copper, leather, etc.  She also makes decorative gourd bowls and dippers.

Verna is a self-taught artist and strives to incorporate a bit of Cherokee history, myth or it's language by means of wood burning, painting or etching onto each piece of gourd art.  She has won numerous awards and her art is collected by both, private and corporate collectors across the U.S. and abroad. She owns “Gourds, Etc.” which is a successful art studio located in rural Locust Grove, OK.  Her art can be purchased at the Heritage Center Museum Gift Shop, Tahlequah, OK; Cherokee Art Gallery in the Hard Rock Casino/Resort, Tulsa, OK; Gourds, Etc. Art Studio, Locust Grove, OK.


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