It's Wednesday Morning in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Normally, early on a Wednesday I can set in front of the gallery, enjoy a cup of coffee and wave at the area ranchers and Pawhuska residents as they head out to start their day. But this morning everything started to change.
After years of work, prayer and just plain believing it could happen, Pawhuska is becoming something more, a tourism, arts and travel destination. There is excitement in the air, the community is starting to come together and you can physically see daily the changes and growth. It's a wonderful time to be in this small rural town and watch it's rapid rebirth!
From Ree Drummond's mercantile and deli, to local merchants and business people investing in the community with time and cash, there is movement on every front. A 1 1/4 bronze sculpture is being finished in our art center, the merchant's association is working to quickly dress Pawhuska in her finest and residents are starting to work towards common goals.
There have been times in the past when it seemed this might never happen, but now it is so obvious that we are becoming something so much more than what we were.
I would encourage you to get involved in Pawhuska, or your own community. Groups of like minded people, working together can make incredible things happen.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery