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Enjoy Art, Entertainment and High Tea at LGAA Fall Art Tour

Willard Stone: "Something to Believe In"
Willard Stone: “Something to Believe In”

The Locust Grove Arts Alliance is hosting a Fall Art Tour that includes the Willard Stone Museum, the Gourds, Etc. Art Studio of Verna Bates and the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (ROMP). The tour will be Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a reception following at 3:15 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the LGAA. You can buy your ticket in advance from any LGAA member or come to the VFW, starting at 10:00 a.m. to buy a ticket. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

Tour-goers can choose to visit each place on their own or meet at the VFW Hall at 11:00 and be chauffeured to each venue. Get your ticket stamped at each stop and then bring it back at 3:00 to the VFW to enter it for a chance at the door prizes.

Artwork by Verna Bates
Artwork by Verna Bates

Chauffeur Pam Quantie will be driving the tour bus and providing information about each of the stops on the tour. In addition, tour bus-riders will get a free lunch at the ROMP stop.

At 3:15, at the VFW, tour-goers can reconvene and celebrate the day with door prizes and a high tea reception—all included in the $5.00 price of the ticket.

A special exhibit on the life and work of Willard Stone, developed and arranged by his granddaughter April Stone, will be on display all day in the VFW Hall.

The Willard Stone Museum is dedicated to the famous Master Artist who lived most of his life in Locust Grove. The museum website says of Stone, “For all of his life, Willard Stone worked in the same simple crowded studio, striving to create the perfect pieces of sculpture. Stone said, ‘A man spends his whole lifetime trying for perfection, but he never makes it . . . this is for God alone.’”

Inside the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry
Inside the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry

The Gourds Etc. Art Studio is home to the work of Cherokee artist Verna Bates, who has won numerous awards for her gourd masks, jewelry and other art works. Her studio is a converted house with rooms full of beautiful items she has crafted. Outside, you can see the gourd garden which produces all of the gourds she uses in her artwork. Bates will have many items for sale during this event.

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry is an interactive museum dedicated to the love of words and the form of poetry. Exhibits are hands-on and focus on wordplay, rural life, Oklahoma subjects and the sounds, smells, sights, and yes . . . tastes of poetry. ROMP includes a poem cache treasure hunt and plenty of creative opportunities for all ages.

For more information, visit, or contact Shaun Perkins, 918-864-9152 or


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