Brush Strokes Of History – Art Of Brunetta Bernard Griffith

Women important in early Oklahoma history, Apache leaders and customs of Indian culture and legends are the stories told in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s first exhibit of 2019, “Brush Strokes of History.”

Nineteen oil paintings by Brunetta Bernard Griffith, 1919-2006, are on display now through Feb. 27. Painted in the 1970s-80s, the artist, who was from Rush Springs, researched in depth the subjects in her work.

Griffith once said in a 1991 interview, written by her friend and fellow artist, Frankie Sue Gilliam, “My goal is to preserve history with my paintbrush.”

And while Griffith was painting the important figures in early Oklahoma history, she never realized that she too, would become a central character in the history that she found fascinating.


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