Written by David Tamez on Friday June 7, 2013
Gourd Art featured on OETA's Gallery
Lawton resident, John Hernandez passionately creates an uncommon work of art made from gourds. Hernandez turns a common gourd into a colorful creation. Gourd art is an artistic tradition that began ten thousand years ago. It is an ancient tradition among the indigenous peoples of the Americas, notably the central highland people of Peru, the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo nations of the American Southwest. Gourd art is also a tradition in Africa and Asia, and the Nuxálk and Haida nations of British Columbia.
Hernandez uses paint and pine needles to make these organic gourd pieces. To help carry on this artistic tradition Hernandez also teaches gourd art classes at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton where he is the museum director. In addition, he travels around Oklahoma to teach classes to those who are eager to learn. As the Director of the Museum of the Great Plains, Hernandez continually promotes history and Oklahoma Culture.
Don’t miss Gallery 1307 airing June 13th featuring this unique artist.