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Patrons can enjoy 2 shows during March at city's Powell Gallery

Fans of the Leslie Powell Gallery will have a unique opportunity in March to experience two shows during a month-long exhibition.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a presentation by Jason Poudrier. Poudrier, a Cameron University professor, will be reading some of the writings that were done under his tutelage during the Oklahoma Arts Council's Pilot Arts Program at the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center.

There will be a reception after the reading and will run through 8:30 p.m. in honor of the two shows on display from Ed Hoosier, The Oklahoma Printmakers Network.

Paintings by Ed Hoosier

"Postcards from the Red Road" is a collection of paintings by Ed Hoosier that explores the idea of what "being Indian" means to him. The paintings represent images of Native Americans at different times and in different places in what Hoosier calls "everyday environments."

"I try not to stylize or embellish them too much," Hoosier said.

Hoosier, a Lawton native, has been drawing for most of his life, but he didn't pick up painting until a few years ago. Wasting no time, he jumped right into his new hobby, producing about a painting per week. 

Hoosier grew up in Medicine Park, raised by his great-great grandmother, a full-blood Comanche.

"I think I had an epiphany at some point and started looking into our family history," Hoosier said. "All my friends were just like me, I didn't see myself as an Indian kid. As a teen, I didn't really have an interest. It wasn't really until I was a grown man when I did become interested."

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