Timothy donates pieces for Cherokee Phoenix giveaway

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen MaryBeth Timothy, of MoonHawk Art, recently donated four ceramic tiles to the Cherokee Phoenix for its third quarterly giveaway. The four tiles are 6 inches by 8 inches featuring a bear, eagle, wolf and horses.

Timothy, who has created art most of her life, said she didn't become a professional artist until age 30.

"I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I can remember going back in my parent's desk and finding pictures that I'd drawn when I was really little. I remember in kindergarten winning first place for a Halloween drawing that I'd done," she said. "I started professionally I guess when I was around 30. And started painting about that time as well."

Timothy said she and her family had always taken an interest in the arts.

"My mother's pretty creative. She's always done crafty things with us since we were little, and we're all very musically inclined as well. I've just always b een drawn to it, that and nature," she said.

Although she didn't grow up in the Cherokee culture, she said it's always been something she wanted to learn more about. As an adult, she said art helped her do that.

"I didn't grow up traditional or around our people until I was an adult, and I had that yearning to learn about our history and culture, our heritage, and I think in learning that it has also inspired that part of my art as well," Timothy said.

She said meeting influential people helped to further her artistic career.

"Betty Cramer-Synar and her daughter Addie Synar. They really were my kick to continue and to increase my knowledge on it and to venture out into other mediums as well," she said.

Timothy said she's experienced several art media, including drawing with graphite, pencil, pen and ink and acrylics. She has also worked with watercolor pencils, colored pencil, oil and she sculpts. More recently, she and her husband app lied for a loan through the CN to print on ceramic tiles, coffee mugs and T-shirts.

"We do all of the original art, and then we do our own printing as well," she said. "We are Moonhawk Art LLC now. So we just became an LLC a few months ago."

Timothy and her husband's artwork is for sale online and at craft shows and powwows, but they also take commission jobs. They also continue to work regular jobs, she said. MaryBeth works for the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and John for Bacone College, both in Muskogee.

Entries for the Cherokee Phoenix quarterly giveaways are obtained by people donating to the Cherokee Phoenix elder fund or buying a subscription or merchandise. One entry is given for every $10 spent. The third drawing will be on Oct. 1. The tile featuring a bear is titled "Bear Clan." "Ancient Glory" is the tile with the eagle. "PeekaBoo" is the one with a wolf, and "Seven" or "GaLiQuoGi" is the tile with horses.

For more inf ormation regarding the giveaways call Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or Justin Smith at 918-207-4975 or email samantha-cochran@cherokee.org or justin-smith@cherokee.org.

For more information on MoonHawk Art visit www.moonhawkart.com or email moonhawkart@gmail.com.


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