Cameron University Professor of Art Katherine Liontas-Warren is one of the Oklahoma artists featured in “The Artist’s Project - Going Native in Oklahoma,” part of the Creative-Native Project, a series of documentaries focusing on art and environmental issues in each state by filmmakers Bob Demboski and Fran Hardy of Santa Fe. Liontas-Warren was interviewed by the filmmakers in early May on location in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, a locale that she frequently features in her work. Jack Bryan, former chair of the Cameron Department of Art, was also interviewed for the project.
“Fran Hardy is a very accomplished environmental artist who believes in preserving and sustaining our environment,” says Liontas-Warren. “I feel very honored that she has selected my work as part of the Creative-Native Project. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful area that continues to capture my heart. My work represents this love, and I hope many others will be attracted to this glorious area surrounding Lawton, Oklahoma.”
The documentary, sponsored by the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, will premier this fall. The 90-minute program will also be available on DVD to schools and educational institutions. A major exhibition of the artists and places featured in the film will take place in 2012 at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.
Other individuals featured in the documentary include Quintas Herron, a pioneer in sustainable tree production who also established two museum collections in southeast Oklahoma; Tulsa artist Grace Grothaus; conservation photographer Kim Baker, whose current work features the Illinois River; and Caddo potter Jeri Redcorn. The documentary will also include the Mabee-Gerrer Museum and St. Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee, the Nature Conservancy's Four Canyons Preserve in northwest Oklahoma, The Museum of the Red River in Idabel, and Closer to Earth, an organic gardening program for at-risk youth in Oklahoma City.
Hardy is a nationally acclaimed environmental fine artist/educator who serves as host of the project. Demboski, is a filmmaker and owner of Good Coffee Productions in Santa Fe. His production clients include Oprah Winfrey, CBS and NBC, as well as the History, Discovery, Bravo, and Travel cable channels.
The Creative-Native Project is a series of documentaries that look through the artist’s eye to focus on how to preserve the local environment and cultures using creative solutions. For more information, go to www.creativenativeproject.com.
May 13, 2011