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Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Paintings by Gwen Coleman Lester

November 17, 2012 - January 5, 2013

Gwen Coleman Lester is a Choctaw artist from Southeastern Oklahoma. Gwen was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, in 1956 to Jimmie and Lucille (Tims) Coleman, both members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Gwen began her artistic career in the commercial sector and gradually moved to fine art working in colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and occasionally oils.

She is very proud of her heritage which she honors by painting and drawing Choctaw history, legends, and culture. Hearing her parents and grandparents speak Choctaw greatly influenced Gwen when she was a child. The language has since become part of her artwork, and many of her art pieces include Choctaw words and phrases.

The Five Civilized Tribes Museum named Gwen a Master Artist in 2007. Gwen's awards for her work include Best of Show and Choctaw Heritage awards from the Choctaw Indian Art Show, Tushka Homma, Oklahoma; Best of Division for Drawing at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Art Fair and Market, Phoenix, Arizona; and Best of Division for Painting at the Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also received first place from the Eiteljorg Museum's Indian Art Market, Indianapolis, Indiana; the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Tulsa Indian Art Festival; and the Annual Trail of Tears Art Show, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Gwen is honored and excited to exhibit her work at the Southern Plains Indian Museum.

Gwen Currently lives in Claremore, Oklahoma, with her husband, Rod Lester, who manages her art business which includes original paintings, drawings, and limited edition prints.

For information on purchasing pieces after the show please contact Gwen Coleman Lester at nativeart@cox.net.

The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior. For hours of operation call 1-405-247-6221.


Creation Story Creation Story
2012 Gwen Coleman Lester

Etched Upon My Heart
Etched Upon My Heart

"This is my Grandmother seated with a bible in her lap, her church behind her, and the 23rd Psalm written in Choctaw overlaid in the background."
2012 Gwen Coleman Lester

2012 Gwen Coleman Lester

Woven Treasures
Woven Treasures

2012 Gwen Coleman Lester


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