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Kiowa silversmith Chester Horse will be honored at 11th Art Walk and Flute Fest

It’s been a long time since 87-year-old Chester Horse lived in southwest Oklahoma, but this weekend, the Kiowa elder will return to his boyhood home to be honored for his work as a jewelry maker.

The legendary lapidary and silversmith has been named the 11th Annual Medicine Park Art Walk and Flute Festival’s Artist of the Year and will be honored in a ceremony Saturday afternoon. The free festival is set for Saturday and Sunday in Medicine Park.

This year’s festival is sponsored by the City of Medicine Park and the Medicine Park Economic Development Authority and will feature more than 30 local and regional artists. Attendees can peruse and purchase pottery, sculpture, paintings, drawings and jewelry, as well as enjoy food provided by vendors and local restaurants.

This is the third year Matt Hughes has volunteered to help coordinate the Art Walk and Flute Fest. According to Hughes, the combination of soulful music and stirring art makes for a truly unique event each year in Medicine Park.

“It’s a little bit more spiritual, and it’s right there on the water, which makes it really special,” said Hughes, executive director of the Leslie Powell Gallery in downtown Lawton.

The event is also a nod to the many native artisans and musicians who hail from southwest Oklahoma, like Chester Horse.

Though Horse grew up near Carnegie/Meers, he has since traveled and lived all over the U.S., including in Florida and Kansas. This fall, he relocated to Shawnee, Okla., where he lives on Potawatomi Nation land set aside for elders.

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