Pawhuska, the little town in Osage County, Oklahoma is full of art and cultural experiences, as well as some of the best natural beauty in the Midwest. For those of us that are lucky enough to live here we are surrounded by art and culture that has it's roots over 100 years ago and continues to grow to this day.
What exactly does Pawhuska have to offer in the arts? It is so varied and diverse, you would think you are in a community much larger. From the public art of John Dale Free, sculpture, to the Osage Ballet, which recently performed at the Festival of Families when the Pope visited the U.S., Pawhuska is an arts destination. The Constantine Theater boasts some of the best acoustics of a venue it's size and is home to the Osage Ballet.
Continue to be amazed as you visit Immaculate Conception Church to view the windows produced in Germany, and the shrine to St. Kateri, the first Native American Saint. Walk the streets of this historic town and the buildings themselves are architectural art.
The Osage Nation's Tribal Museum is the oldest Native American Museum in the U.S. boosting a collection that tells the story of the Osage People and preserves their history. The Osage County Historical Society Museum tells the story of the county and also recognizes Pawhuska as the home of the first Boy Scout Troop in the United States, another John Free Statue is also located here.
Add to this the natural beauty which is art all unto itself, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and Osage Hills, and you have a destination that cannot only keep you steeped in art and beauty, but take you back to a historical place and time.
Tallgrass Art Gallery and School is so lucky to be in the center of a town steeped in art, history and beauty and look forward to it's continued growth. Come visit us and enjoy Pawhuska, The Real Gateway to the West.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery