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Chickasaws to open art gallery, store in Oklahoma City's Bricktown district

The Chickasaw Nation’s Exhibit C to offer chocolates, hand-crafted products and art.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: March 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014

Candy — Bedre Chocolates, to be specific — soon will be sold from the Candy Factory Building in Bricktown.

The Chickasaw Nation, which previously located its Chickasaw Country tourism offices in the north half of the building’s first floor, is preparing to open a showcase of the tribe’s art, entertainment and culture in the storefronts facing Bricktown’s main entry at 1 E Sheridan Ave.

Exhibit C also will include a gift shop selling pottery, art and jewelry created by members of the Chickasaw Nation, and an American Indian art gallery. The gallery and store represent a continued investment in Bricktown by the tribe that also includes sponsorship of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and the “Warrior” statue at the Chickasaw Plaza along the Bricktown Canal.

Promoting Chickasaws’ art, culture

“Opening of this new gallery and retail space marks another significant step in our efforts to promote tourism in Chickasaw Country and throughout Oklahoma,” said Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby. “Exhibit C offers a great venue to feature the diversity in arts and culture that are an integral part of the attraction Oklahoma holds for visitors from around the world. We believe this new space offers an opportunity for Chickasaw artists to connect with the thousands of visitors to Oklahoma City who have a genuine interest in Native American Culture.”

Paige Williams, Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce director of tourism, said Exhibit C adds to an already robust list of merchants she has called neighbors since the Bricktown office location opened in 2010. The art gallery will be the first in the district and offer authentic pieces of artwork by Chickasaws typically not available in the immediate area.

“The pieces offered at Exhibit C will be hand-crafted from Chickasaw citizens, giving tourists the chance to take home an authentic memory of their visit to our state,” Williams said.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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