OKLAHOMA CITY – Chickasaw photographer Jim Trosper continued to travel to scenic locations in and around Oklahoma during much of the COVID 19 pandemic. my art because my work was available online, “he said recently.
This trend is also true when Trosper takes part in his second in-person art exhibition of 2022: the Artesian Arts Festival in downtown Sulfur. She kicks off at 9:00 am on June 25th after a two-year hiatus. While the one-day show will reintroduce art lovers to in-person involvement with Chickasaw artists, the Artesian Online Art Market can be enjoyed from June 27 to August 1 at ArtesianArtsFestival.com.
“We attended the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts in May,” Trosper said. “It seemed a little strange, but after two years of canceled festivals, it was wonderful to be back with the people, visiting and seeing old friends again.”
In November, Trosper’s work will be exhibited at Exhibit C, a gallery owned by the Chickasaw Nation located in Bricktown, near downtown Oklahoma City.
“The Chickasaw Nation has been wonderful for me. It opened galleries and travel stops so that my work could be viewed and appreciated. The tribe worked hard to make sure the Chickasaw artists remained viable and that their art was fully supported in recent years, ”she added.
The Chickasaw Nation is home to several dedicated art venues and facilities throughout Oklahoma that feature talented First American craftsmen, including Exhibit C Native Gallery & Gifts, Oklahoma City; Chokma’si Gallery, Ada, ARTesian Gallery and Studios, Aapisa ‘Art Gallery and Chickasaw Visitors Center, all in Sulfur; Chickasaw Welcome Center, Davis, and Chickasaw Information Center and Chickasaw Council House Museum, Tishomingo. For more information, visit Chickasaw.net.
Trosper will be presenting new work at the festival in person and also on the online marketplace, where the prints are available to crowds of people who have come to appreciate his sky-high photography skills.
In fact, Trosper said his best-rated work – titled “Where the Buffalo Roam” – was surpassed in sales by a similar acquisition titled “Graze”. The new photo shows six bison grazing beneath the Milky Way in a 30-second timed exposure that shows both the wonders of the earth and the magnificent infinity of the universe.
While nightscapes still appeal to Trosper, many road trips have inspired him too. The latest trip – and images are available online for those who might miss the June 25 in-person show – focuses on White Sands National Monument.
Located in the far southeastern tip of New Mexico, it is where footprints estimated to be 23,000 years old have been discovered. It’s an ancient anomaly that has slowly morphed from a lush Eden to a chalk-infested desert over thousands of years. He shares a troubled relationship with the nearby Holloman Air Force Base. The nation’s first atomic bomb was tested there in July 1945.
Today, nearly 600,000 Americans visit the site each year, and Trosper has obtained a photograph titled “Soba”, or horse, in the Chickasaw language. “We were shooting the white sands and taking pictures when we saw a boy riding a horse in the distance. When he got closer, I asked if we could take some pictures and I think they turned out very well, “said Trosper.” It’s a beautiful place but it’s pretty dry. There is a mountain range behind the cyclist which provides the depth of which a spectator needs to see how vast the park is, “he said.
On its website, JimTrosper.com, it takes you to the Rockies, Lake Tahoe, Crested Butte, the Wichita Mountains, and into the skies.
About the Artesian Arts Festival
Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, the Artesian Arts Festival is a celebration of all artistic expressions.
The one-day event features diverse art media created by elite First American artists, on display at the Artesian Plaza, 1001 W. First St., in downtown Sulfur, Oklahoma.
Open to the public free of charge, the Artesian Arts Festival welcomed more than 11,000 visitors in 2019, the last festival in attendance. The Artesian Online Art Market was launched in 2020 and 2021 and will be available again this year.
For more information, visit ArtesianArtsFestival.com or call (580) 272-5525.